It needs to be Notre Dame
The school that fits the Big 11 mold the best out there is Missouri. Iowa State would be a decent fit as well IMO. Either school would improve the overall quality of the Big 11 in both football or basketball without disrupting the overall balance of power in the conference.
I'm fairly sure Iowa would balk about ISU joining the Big 10. Missouri would be interesting and has been on the wish list for a while. That would get that St. Louis market in there. But I'm thinking that if they have offered it to Mizzou before and they didn't bolt, they won't now.
Pitt or Mizzou would fit best.
Pitt would be the most logical choice from both sides.
Rutgers is in the mix too.
Evidently, any school added needs to have highly rated graduate programs and be a strong research institute.
As much as strength in the requisite sports, this is what the school presidents are looking for.
Must be time for another raiding of the Big East, one stop shopping for conference expansion.
It has to be Missouri or maybe Iowa State. Anyone else and we can't also steal the Big 12's name.
I don't think TCU or Boise St. fit the mold, my money is on Pitt as they would have a natural rivalry with Penn State.
I just don't see Boise or TCU being asked as their other programs aren't that strong.
I don't see any way Penn State allows Pitt into the Big 10.
I think the Pitt basketball program would be very much against leaving as the Big East basketball conference is a huge money maker for the school.
Paterno has been on board with this for awhile and though many assume he has a grudge against Pitt he recommended the Big Ten look at them for expansion.
It would be nice to have a Big 10 Championship game as I am sure it would get great ratings.Quote:
``Let’s get a 12th team -- Syracuse, Rutgers, Pitt -- we could have a little bit of a playoff.’’
And, while Notre Dame irritates people because they're allowed to be independent in football (and take UC's coach) losing them would be a huge hit on every sport except men's basketball.
If the Big East does lose a school, they're in big trouble football-wise. They already struggle to maintain credibility nationally with an 8 team conference and that will be even more difficult if they replace Pitt or Rutgers with a school like Memphis.
Integrating the "11" into this logo was a stroke of genius. It would be a shame to see it done away with, not to mention impossible to force a "12" into a new logo. :cool:
I believe they b10 needs to go to a 12th team and I would want Pitt, then Missouri, then Syracuse. I don't think Syracuse would ever want to leave the BigEast as far as basketball went but ..
Then have it broke into North and South
2. Michigan St.
1. Ohio State
2. Penn St.
6. Pitt or Missouri