If your weekend isn’t as sports centric as many of us, you might have missed it. Otherwise, you’ve seen the news: It appears Maryland and Rutgers are on the verge of being part of Big Ten country.
In honor of this shift in geography, as I write, I’m drinking out of my University of Maryland coffee mug, a gift from my sister during her grad school days there.
Believing at some point two more schools will be added, which should they be?
A couple criteria are probably important here:
- TV market
- Academic profile, meaning a large research institution
- Athletic tradition
Maryland and Rutgers certainly meet the first two and, if you consider New Jersey and Maryland border other Big Ten states, the geography’s not too bad a stretch.
I’ve always thought Pittsburgh and Syracuse made a ton of sense, though both recently pledged to leave the Big East for the ACC.
Institutions such as Louisville and Oklahoma, which might carry some logic, don’t necessarily fit academically.
The University of Texas would be ideal, but you’d have to abandon geographic principle and strike a deal to merge the Longhorn Network with the Big Ten Network.
So, if you were running the Big Ten, which schools would you go after? And why?
Should the Big Ten even expand?