August 17, 2014

Gordon Gee: Big Ten expansion talks ongoing

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee told the university’s Athletic Council last December that talks regarding the Big Ten’s further expansion were “ongoing”. On the heels of adding Nebraska, Maryland, and Rutgers it appears the Big Ten is not quite done expanding.

Gee “believes there is movement towards three or four super conferences that are made up of 16-20 teams.” After Maryland and Rutgers officially become members the conference will be at 14 teams.

The Ohio State president did not name specific schools that the conference was targeting, but said “there are opportunities to move further south in the East and possibly a couple of Midwest universities.”

  • @TheDeePagel

    Notre Dame, Iowa State, West Virginia and Pittsburgh make the most sense to me.

  • mgbode

    completely disagree with WVU. Pitt doesn’t add any demographics. We are likely thinking much bigger than Iowa State’s wrestling program.

    note: he mentioned 4 superconferences, so either the ACC or BigXII would dissolve.

    ACC dissolves: VaTech, UVa, UNC, NC State, Clemson become prime targets

    BigXII dissolves: Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State become prime targets. Texas as well, but I don’t see them coming here.

    ND is obviously always a prime target.

  • Miguel

    Notre Dame, Kentucky, Texas, & Oklahoma jump on board.

  • Kildawg

    Kentucky is already intrenched in the SEC. Ga. Tech and Louisville would be interesting, with B1G and SEC having 2 cross-conference rivalry games (Ga and Tech, Ky and L’ville).

  • Kildawg

    My take is there might be 5 ‘super-conferences’ with the Big East dissolving into the ACC and B1G, the Mountain West splitting between the Big 12 and Pac-12, and C-USA splitting between the SEC and Big 12.

  • mgbode

    not sure 5 conferences can get to 16 teams each as Gee mentioned.
    and, hasn’t the BE already dissolved into the ACC :) (Cuse, Pitt, ND, Louisville – after already taking BC, VaTech, Miami)

  • mgbode

    put Clemson on that list as well then :)

  • Baconator

    The Big Ten X 2:
    Notre Dame, Iowa State, Louisville, Cincinnatti, Pitt, and snag Missouri from the SEC

  • saggy

    I don’t see the big ten wanting va tech – not academic enough. I really believe they are targeting Virginia – would be an academic coup. Kansas, also, is a possiblity.

    To me, UConn makes the most sense (based on what the conference is doing). the big ten is very progressive in looking for basketball schools that play football. Can you imagine if Kansas and UConn joined the big ten???

  • mgbode

    Yeah I just think vatech comes with uva and they are no slices in the engineering fields

  • BisonDeleSightings

    Big 20 East: OSU, MICH, MSU, PSU, MD, RUTG, Virginia*, UNC*, Ga Tech*, Florida St*

    Big 20 West: IND, PUR, ILL, NW, WIS, MIN, IOWA, NEB, Missouri*, Kansas*

  • BisonDeleSightings

    Actually, 20 teams would probably lead to 5-team pods.

    South: MD, VA, UNC, GT, FSU
    East: RUT, PSU, OSU, IND, PUR
    North: MICH, MSU, ILL, NW, WIS
    West: MINN, NEB, IOWA, MIZZ, KS

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    smells like georgia tech for sure.

  • Natedawg86

    Yah engineering

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.r.cox.12 Jeffrey Robert Cox

    Fortunately, Ohio State will never allow Cincinnati into the Big Ten.

  • MrCleaveland

    Why don’t they stop messing around and just call it The Big Revenue Conference?

  • mgbode

    if we wanted Mizzou, then wouldn’t we have taken them when they were begging us to?

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Unfortunately…

    I think OSU vs. UC is a huge missed opportunity for a rivalry in football and basketball.

  • Blue_Guybrush

    Man, as an OSU student and lifelong fan, let me tell you that Gee needs to be out in check. The Big 10 is plenty big enough.