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Wisconsin AD Says Big Ten Conference Seeking 12th Member School
Published December 14, 2009
|Alvarez Says There Is No Timetable
To Add 12th School To Big Ten
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES: YAHOO SPORTS' Matt Hinton wrote, "For 18 years, the staunch old Big Ten has watched the SEC's two-division, championship game model take hold and proliferate." A Big Ten championship game has been "something of a holy grail for supporters for a long time -- in terms of the potential venue, ticket sales and TV audience, it could easily compete with the annual blockbusters in the SEC and Big 12." The "great white whale of Big Ten expansion, of course, is the elusive Notre Dame, which remains tantalizingly at large, always in sight but never within reach." Notre Dame "defines itself in football by its ability to stand alone, and nothing has happened in recruiting, television contracts or bowl opportunities to change that equation." Hinton: "Until the market forces the Irish to listen ... none of the other candidates are going to measure up" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 12/12). In Pennsylvania, Cory Giger wrote, "Just because the Big Ten might want one of them -- like Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Maryland or Boston College -- doesn't mean those schools would be at all interested in walking away from their current situations." If the Big Ten "cannot get Notre Dame, it may not find a better alternative than Cincinnati." Cincinnati is "obviously an excellent fit geographically." But the "lone drawback would be that its football facility, Nippert Stadium, seats only 35,000" (ALTOONA MIRROR, 12/13).