Big Ten officials to media: Stop asking about expansion
A bit of clarity arrived by email from the Big Ten Conference today.
The message: The Big Ten Conference is solid at 12 teams and there are no plans to expand. So, please, if you would, stop asking about it.
The message arrived as rumors of expansion and change in the SEC and the ACC swirl.
From the release:
"In response to a number of recent media inquiries received by several Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors regarding the likelihood of further expansion by the Big Ten, the COP/C would like to reiterate that it will not be actively engaged in conference expansion at this time, or at any time in the foreseeable future."
The release also included a quote from Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. "We said that we will continue to monitor the landscape, but we have closed down active expansion and have no plans to seek new members."
Nebraska officially joined the Big Ten in July. The Cornhuskers will play their first game against Michgan at Michigan Stadium as members of the Big Ten on Nov. 19.
The addition of Nebraska allowed the Big Ten to create the six-team Legends and Leaders divisions and announce that by 2017 each football team will play a nine-game conference schedule. The inaugural Big Ten Football Championship game is scheduled for Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.