Clear as mud

Public schools keep fans in dark, then expect them to embrace moves

Updated: November 27, 2012, 2:02 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

The Big Ten Conference, once a tidy enclave of insular Midwestern institutions, is soon to become a behemoth: Fourteen schools, 11 states, 1,288 miles east to west. Tradition means nothing, logistics mean nothing, public opinion means nothing. Maryland and Rutgers are joining the conference in 2014 and bringing their media markets with them. There's nothing anyone can do about it.

This is the way it goes in college sports. Everyone is supposed to nod in agreement while the ...

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