Here’s an interesting interview with Illinois’ Athletic Director about the possibility of Big Ten expansion. I’m not sure exactly what it means, but I think it means, at minimum, that the conference will be selective in considering expansion options — and, from all appearances, it can afford to be choosy in that regard.
The single most evocative comment in the interview, in my book, is about expansion likely being in contiguous states. Any requirement along those lines would eliminate Texas as a candidate — not matter how persuasive the arguments of Frank The Tank may be.
I continue to prefer the Big Ten as it is. It has the tradition, the spectacle, the bands, the stadiums, the rivalries, and the money — everything that other conferences envy. And, its football season ends with the greatest rivalry game in all of sports: Ohio State versus Michigan.