Other Chicago Sports/General Sports Thread • Part XIV: WOO IRISH
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11-19-2012, 12:39 PM
No Fun Shogun
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Originally Posted by
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From a monetary standpoint, it's very smart. Adding Maryland gets BTN into homes in DC and Baltimore, which makes the conference a lot of money.
From a competitive standpoint, it's the dumbest thing ever. This is a conference that has added 2 schools in its 'modern era' (since MSU replaced U of C in the 30s or whatever). Those 2 schools were 2 of the most historic in college football history and are highly competitive. Now, we're gonna add 2 schools that add very little to the conference, outside of those TV dollars. Sure, Maryland has a good basketball program, but football is what really matters. And Rutgers adds nothing whatsoever, IMO. All while destroying the tradition of being a midwest conference that the Big Ten has always had. I'd rather add Iowa State, Louisville, Cincy, etc than either of these schools because at least they are local and have either rivalries intact with our schools or ones that would translate easily.
Couple problems here....
You're right in that Maryland is more of a basketball school than a football school, but the Terps have actually be a decent team the past couple years. Not a national title contender, but they'll probably be a middle-of-the-road football program in the Big Ten in all likelihood, so it's a good add from a competitive standpoint.
Second, the schools you mentioned add nothing to the Big Ten. Louisville would be the only school that adds a market. Add to that their low academic standards compared to the Big Ten, something that the conference actually does care about, and you have no reason for them to be brought in from the Big Ten's perspective. Same especially goes for Iowa State and whatever little appeal Cincinatti had left with Brian Kelly.
And, let's face it..... the Big Ten stopped being a Midwestern only conference with the addition of Penn State. Technically Midwestern, but they're generally considered more of an Atlantic state than anything else, just the same as Maryland is nowadays.
Maryland is a good fit for the Big Ten. Just because it isn't a huge splash doesn't mean that they don't make sense for our conference.
Rutgers, on the other hand, I do agree with you. That's nothing more than a cash grab. They fit the academic model, but they're going to be amongst the runts of the Big Ten litter.
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