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Next Big Ten expansion? Would you believe ... North Carolina?

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: November 21, 2012 - 12:00 PM

As Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald writes: "Let's just get on with it."

His topic: The next round of expansion for the Big Ten, about which Barfknecht contends: "Commissioner Jim Delany is a smart, powerful man who knows the era of four 16-team superconferences is coming sooner than any of us wanted to believe."

And who would those schools be? How about one that the Gophers just paid $800,000 to avoid on their football schedule?

Barfknecht: "Four BCS conference coaches and administrators I talked to Tuesday said they think the Big Ten is actively hunting for members 15 and 16, and mentioned the Tar Heels and Jayhawks."

That's Jayhawks as in Kansas and Tar Heels as in ...North Carolina, the team that Minnesota has replaced on its schedule with New Mexico State in 2013 and 2014.

This week, Maryland and Rutgers joined on as Big Ten members beginning in 2014.

As Delany said: “You have to decide on a strategy on how to position yourself for the next decade or half-century. It's a long-term play.”

You can read the full story out of Omaha here.

Upload won't ask if New Mexico State is available because that's a short-term play, right?

 

 

 

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