Joe Paterno Big Ten Expansion?

There was a statement announcing that for the first time since the admission of Penn State in 1992, the Big Ten is looking to at least begin thinking about an expansion, this means adding a team and expanding the eleven team conference to twelve teams. This would allow for a conference championship game and division play in football, which looms large, not just for the future of the conference's football fortunes, but for the greater possibility of college football's white whale, a plus-one playoff series.

Several football coaches, notably Penn State's Joe Paterno, have lobbied for an expansion because doing so would allow the league to have a championship game.

Could Joe Paterno get what he wants? It looks like the Big Ten expansion is happening.

asked by Ciryus in Other - Sports | 1680 views | 12-15-2009 at 10:25 PM

It has been 19 years since the Big Ten expanded to 11 teams, and now the conference is ready to seriously explore moving to an even dozen.
This does not mean expansion is imminent, but clearly there is more than a passing interest in adding another university to the Big Ten.
The Big Ten added Penn State in 1990, and the COP/C has reviewed conference expansion in 1993, 1998 and 2003.

Joe Paterno has been among the most vocal proponents of expansion and has said on more than one occasion the conference must expand to 12 universities.
We'll see how things turn out.

answered by Tobby | 12-15-2009 at 10:27 PM

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