Rutgers says they are in contact with ACC, Big Ten
The Big Ten may be in need of Rutgers more than anyone ever anticipated. With Pittsburgh and Syracuse leaving the Big East for the ACC just as soon as the exit process can be finalized, the Big East is officially crumbling on the football front. The Pac-12 may soon become the Pac-16, depending on which source you believe, with the additions of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State looking to be a bit of a formality at this point and television issues being one more hurdle before adding Texas and Texas Tech.
The SEC is also in search of a 14th member, which could be West Virginia out of the Big East. The Big Ten is staying quiet, at least publicly. They should not be. The time to react is now.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has said previously that the conference would not react to what other conferences do, but they would be proactive in changing if the current membership agreed that it was the best course to take.
“Our position is our position,” Delany said to the New York Times. “I don’t think that moves in the SEC or the A.C.C. or Pac-10 or Big 12, haven’t, to date, created an environment that changes our position. We’re as comfortable as we could be. We’re cautious and conservative.”
He may want to check again.
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