Big Ten Expansion Motivated By Fear Of Losing Penn State (BC Interruption)

Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez claims part of the reason the Big Ten added Maryland and Rutgers was because they feared losing its easternmost member to an unspecified “league somewhere on the East Coast?”

The Big Ten Conference re-started the latest round of conference musical chairs back on November 19 when the conference poached Maryland from the ACC. Rutgers followed a day later on November 20. The moves — which a majority of Big Ten fans seemed to hate — were quickly spun as a pure financial play. The conference’s ability to get the BTN carriage in two of the country’s largest TV markets seemed to be the primary driver; much moreso than anything either Maryland or Rutgers have done athletically in recent years.

But wouldn’t you know that part of the reason the Big Ten added Maryland and Rutgers was because they feared losing its easternmost member to an unspecified “league somewhere on the East Coast?” According to Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez, anyway:

“Jim felt that someday, if we didn’t have anyone else in that corridor, someday it wouldn’t make sense maybe for Penn State to be in our league,” Alvarez told the board, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That they would go into a league somewhere on the East Coast. By doing that, it keeps us in the Northeast corridor.”

Read the entire story at http://www.bcinterruption.com/2012/12/10/3749386/big-ten-expansion-maryland-rutgers-penn-state-acc-expansion

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