Originally Posted by LoganBuck
Academically Iowa State and Missouri are more like other schools in the BigTen. Rutgers would impose high travel costs on the western schools. Penn State is the only school even remotely close to them.
My preferences in order would be
Don't like Iowa State. I think they would be a Big 10 bottom feeder. I don't think you want to add a school like that. Don't know much about Missouri academically except that they have a very good School of Journalism. They would also attract midwest markets of St Louis and Kansas City. Notre Dame would help the athletics as well as help academically. Remember University of Chicago is still a member of the Big 10 academically because of their focus on academics.
I wonder if Ohio State, mainly the state of Ohio would put up a fight about UC joining the Big 10. I wonder if it would skew the state money away from the other state schools and put it in OSU and UC's pockets. Big 10 = more money = more exposure = more students = less students at the other state universities.
Louisville would be a good athletic choice. I don't know about their academics as well as their association with the south.
If ND and Missouri decline I would be ok with Pitt, another midwest city. Don't want Rutgers or Syracuse. Too much travel and too far east. Could you imagine the women's soccer team from Indiana having to travel to Syracuse?