Eleven Dubcast: The Big Ten is Trying to Keep Up With the Joneses, But Will They Succeed?

By Johnny Ginter on May 31, 2022 at 2:50 pm
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith

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When was the Big Ten cool? I mean, you can make a strong argument that the Big Ten was never cool, but in the context of college football and whether or not the rest of the country looks at the conference in admiration/fear/respect, I'm not sure that the Big Ten has (in the last few decades) carried the kind of cache that, say, the SEC regularly does.

Except one time. I think that the creation of the Big Ten Network was a masterstroke that changed the way we view college sports and also brought in a metric assload of cash to the conference. Nobody watches it except on very specific Saturdays in the fall, but that's enough.

Anyway, this week Kevin and I talk about some more changes that the Big Ten is considering, this time in reaction to what other conferences are thinking about. Being reactionary isn't cool, per se, but sometimes getting rid of divisions is the right thing to do regardless.

Plus, Ask Us Anything wants us to put presidents at left tackle (you'd think that's a William Howard Taft spot, but he's an obvious zero tech d-lineman), and you can ask us all kinds of fantastical things by sending us questions to dubcast@elevenwarriors.com!


0:00 Conference realignment, in the sense that the Big Ten conference is going to realign itself. Also, what does this mean for Ohio State/Michigan?

16:10 Will boosters start to run the show in the NIL era??!? No. Not at Ohio State at least. Plus, some Gene Smith hagiography.

31:40 Ryan Day, father of the year! Shout out to all dads, who now know that they are inferior to Ryan Day.

34:02 Ask Us Anything reveals that Kevin has a lot of presidential knowledge hiding up his sleeve.

And that'll do it! Thanks as always to you for listening and checking out the Dry Goods store, thanks to Travis for the cool logo, and we'll see you next week!

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