Big Ten announces it is finished with expansion process
The Big Ten announced Sunday it would seek no further expansion.
“Although the conference will continue to monitor the intercollegiate landscape, it will not be actively engaged in conference expansion for the foreseeable future and does not expect to be proactively seeking new members,” the conference said in a statement.
The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors made the decision today during its winter meetings in Park Ridge, Ill.
One year ago at the same meeting, the conference started a seismic shift across the college sports landscape when it announced its plans to study expansion.
After much speculation about the Big Ten morphing into a 14- or 16-team mega-conference, the conference added only one school in the end.
Nebraska was accepted for membership over the summer, and begins conference play in 2011.
“We believe the process has reached its natural conclusion,” Indiana president Michael McRobbie said in the release.
Here’s a link to the Big Ten’s full statement on the end of its expansion process.