Hmm.... it's a good point, but on the other hand, what exactly do Pitt, Kansas, Syracuse bring to the B1G? Maryland has a solid basketball program and could easily become Oregon east with that Under Armor money, and both football programs have been written about as sleeping giants with B1G money providing the wake up call. Notre Dame would be, as a always, a slam dunk. But changing demographics seem to force a move southeastward.
Haha I may do just that when I get some time later. And considering recent moves, I could definitely see Delaney chasing the money to Atlanta, but Dallas and Miami strike me as highly unlikely, unless he against all odds gets Texas. And that's a concept that I really like, especially since it gives the B1G two more marquee games each year.
Haha definitely groundbreaking right there. I personally would want to see teams in other divisions more often then that would allow though. Competitive balance would also be incredibly hard to balance with, say, OSU playing scUM twice and PSU twice, while another division gets IU/Northwestern/Take your pick twice.
South, to ND, or to Kansas are pretty much the only options by the usual B1G rules, but I'd just seen Boston College in some rumors and such.
Haha if its about money like MD and RU were, BC (gag) mighttt bring in enough for a golden ticket out of the ACC, but Pitt isn't going to move the needle enough to overrule a Penn State veto, imo. And if we're gonna be a basketball conference, I'll take Duke/UNC over BC/Pitt any day of the week.
Oh, I wouldn't be shocked either, I just hate hate the idea.
Going to nine feels like it's inevitable if we want to go to 14/16. Missing literally half the league each year with 16 teams would just be a bit silly. Not that missing seven is that much better, but it's a step in the right direction.
That would be, in my mind, awful. That's no longer even a conference as we know it today. I personally feel like 12 teams, where we were, was a sweet spot. At 20 it becomes completely unwieldy, with the end result of basically having two "Big tens" that share a league office and a championship game. If they get up to that point, it would eventually almost have to split back in half.
The Indiana/Illinois switch makes a lot of sense, I had just completely forgotten about that rivalry when I was pounding this out. I may go ahead and edit that in. And as to the not playing more than once in a blue moon, I honestly don't think that there is any system that fixes that effectively. A pod system feels like the best way to do that, with a little bit of tweaking to the scheduling rules to maximize the variation.
Yeah, I just went with Duke because the rivalry is such a big deal to them. GT, UVA, VT, BC, or even Lville could really slot in there in the same spot. And that's true, that could be weird as well. I was trying to balance it a little though, keeping the 800 win programs somewhat apart.
Hey, just thought you should know that the Mens Cross Country team pulled an at large bid to the NCAA Championship meet (after a 5th place finish in the region behind Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Notre Dame) on Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Women's team also qualified two individual runners.