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SBD/May 15, 2014/Colleges
Jim Delany Hammers Home Big Ten Goal Of Expanding To Other Regions During Meetings
Published May 15, 2014
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EXPANDING ITS REACH: In Indiana, Mike Carmin notes while the Big Ten men's basketball tournament will go to DC in '17, that "doesn't mean the conference is abandoning its Midwest ties." Purdue AD Morgan Burke: "There will be some ripple effect, but I don't see us moving wholesale out of the Midwest." Carmin writes fans should "expect more competitions near the East Coast" and some championships "to be played near Rutgers and Maryland." Fans also can expect the Big Ten to have a "visible presence" in the N.Y. and DC TV markets. Burke said, "I think if we learned anything when Penn State came aboard back in '92 is that we didn't spend enough time trying to cultivate and work with that community and make them feel they were part of the Big Ten" (Lafayette JOURNAL & COURIER, 5/15).
BUYER'S REMORSE? ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg wrote of Rutgers joining the conference, "Does the Big Ten regret inviting the State University of New Jersey into the league?" Delany: "No buyer's remorse at all. When I go to Jersey, I go to New York, I go to support, not to judge" (ESPN.com, 5/14).