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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Big Ten mulling summer baseball

Associated Press

The dean of Big Ten baseball coaches says the league should move the season to summer, which would likely leave its teams out of the NCAA tournament.

Minnesota's John Anderson said the Big Ten would benefit from playing April to August when the weather is better. He says cold and snow, along with Big Ten recruiting rules, make it difficult for the conference to compete on equal footing with power programs.

Big Ten deputy commissioner Brad Traviolia said Anderson's idea is worth considering.

Traviolia said the Big Ten is working on a proposal that would allow teams across the nation to play up to 14 non-conference games in the fall. The results would carry over to the spring and be used in the NCAA tournament selection process.