Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he presumed there would be a Big Ten championship football game beginning in 2011. He also said the conference would "pause" from further expansion over the next 12 to 18 months. He declined to comment on whether Notre Dame or any other school was on the league's radar.
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I'm not sure how to take that. Delany made some comments about how the Big 10 isn't right for some schools and some schools aren't right for the Big 10. When he said that I was sure he was talking about Texas, since Texas pretty much blew up the Big 12 with their "my way or the highway" BS.
Come to think of it, Texas kind of did that to the SWC. Odd how history repeats itself. If I were the Pac-10 I would be paying VERY close attention to the fact that A&M is willing to part ways with their chief rival, the Longhorns, and go to the SEC when it's clear that Texas will not. If the SWC implosion followed 15 years later by the Big 12 implosion, with Texas playing a major role in both, doesn't give the Pac-10 pause, they deserve what they get.
Regardless, I'm not sure the Big 10 is done. They said in December that this process would take 12-18 months, and six months later Nebraska is in the fold. So clearly situations are flexible. I don't think Missouri is out of the running yet, but without the Big 10, Missouri's options are very limited. It's looking like C-USA or the MWC, despite the travel and time zone differences.
I don't have a clue what the Big 10's ultimate goals are, but it could do worse than to add Missouri and/or Kansas. We'll have to see.