Missouri is a fine team to add to the Bi 10, but it doesn't exactly scream "Big Time" does it? At best, Mizzou is a middle of the pack football and basketball team, with occasional years of slightly more than that.
If the Big 10 wants to be among the uber-conferences in the next 50 years, they'll need a far bigger splash than the Tigers.
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The only problem with Mizzou is they aren't east enough for teams like tOSU and PSU. Right now, only 4 out of 11 Big 10 teams are in the Eastern Time zone. I think they might want a little more balance there.
Arkansas would be a logical choice, but as has been mentioned numerous times, they are locked in with the SEC until the ESPN deal expires.
I'm not sure Missouri would be regarded an academic equal by many of the Big 10 schools. Not in the way ND, for instance, would be.
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
An uber-splash would be great. Notre Dame would make the most sense all around but they have the NBC contract and look at everything through green colored glasses. Texas is a fun idea but logistically difficult. Think of women's soccer or mens lacrosse or women's gymnastics from an OSU or PSU or UM. They no longer would be able to take a bus to most conference games, they would have to fly to Texas. No big deal but it all adds up, especially with AD's as large as some in the Big 10.
Sorry if this has already been answered. Is the plan to split the conference into divisions of 6 and 6 and play, in football, a championship game? That could make scheduling more constricted for everybody in the conference, including Purdue, MSU, and UM, all of whom play ND every year. If I were ND, I'd be a bit afraid of getting locked out of this thing from the scheduling standpoint.
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