Re: Big 10 looks for 12th team
I think that academically any school under consideration is going to have to have strong credentials and that includes graduate programs. I think any school under consideration is going to have to have a highly regarded graduate school, law school and medical school. Looking beyond the obvious choice of Notre Dame, I think Mizzou, Pitt, WVU, UC, Louisville, Syracuse, and of course Texas all fit that bill. I think that puts Iowa State and any MAC Schools (sorry Miami pipedreamers) on the outside looking in. Schools like Rutgers and UConn get mentioned as well, but I don't think they have football programs that could compete in the Big 10 and I don't think the Big 10 is looking to add more football patsies.
I think Texas is intriguing if only because there has been discussion between Texas and the Big 10 before, so it's not as if it's just someone's idle fantasy. Mizzou would probably work. I think another option is to go to 14 by adding Pitt, WVU and a school like ND, Mizzou or Texas.
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