There’s still lots of speculation about Big Ten expansion on the internet, but that is all that it is — speculation.
Most recently, I posted a link to a Chicago Tribune article citing an unnamed ( and somewhat dubiously described) source who supposedly indicated that the timetable for deciding on expansion was being accelerated. That source evidently did not have good information, because nothing has been announced since then. The most recent hard news I’ve seen, in this article from the Detroit Daily News, offers some on-the-record quotes from Big Ten Athletic Directors. They state that they believe expansion is likely, but that no comments will be forthcoming for now. Curiously, the article then proceeds to speculate about how the Big Ten might look if expansion were occur, and which schools might be placed in two or even four divisions.
I don’t see much point in such speculation. I agree with those who think it is likely that the Big Ten will take its time, consider candidates carefully, and look for schools that satisfy the Big Ten’s academic and research university standards, provide entry to new TV markets, and thereby allow schools to increase their shared revenue. I don’t think the Big Ten decisionmakers are paying much attention to dreaming up divisions or methods of scheduling, or even considering athletics beyond evaluating whether the candidate schools could field competitive football and basketball teams.
As I’ve said before, I wouldn’t mind if the Big Ten decided not to expand; I like things the way they are. For now, however, I’m going to let this topic sit until we get some actual news to consider, and leave the speculation to others.