The Upside to Bedding the Big 10

Posted: Mike Couzens

The subject of a possible (or imminent, depending on who you ask) expansion of the Big Ten has been of choice ‘round these parts lately. For good reason.

There’s a lot of money on the line.

Brent Axe joined me and Conroy on the latest Fizzcast and felt things looked bleak for the Big East.

“I don’t see another path here. They’ve gotta come out with a huge trump card out of their back pocket that hasn’t been revrealed yet for me to say it wouldn’t be a good move to go to the Big Ten.”

He said the revenue for having schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, etc. into the Dome for football would be almost too much to pass up.

I don’t disagree, however the situation personally revolves around a different point.

How many real rivalries in the current conference do we really treasure as fans?

Lets’s think:

-Basketball: Georgetown, UConn, and Villanova

-Football: Rutgers (?)

It’s a short list. The Per’fesser thinks a move to the Big Ten would hurt the Syracuse recruiting efforts. He told The New York Times, “Say a couple schools go to the Big Ten, who’s to say a New York City kid would want to go there? There’s no logical reason for that kid to want to do that.”

But Syracuse, located more than four hours away from NYC in Central New York, is a logical choice for a city kid? Nope. There’s nothing all too appealing about Lexington, KY but high profile kids still seem to like going there. It’s about being part of winning programs and national exposure for recruits.

So think about the new rivalries that could come from joining the Big 10 and the exposure to the rest of the country Syracuse could get.

Hey Doc Gross, how about instead of New York’s College Team, Syracuse becomes America’s college team! I know the hunters in Iowa already love those orange jackets you can buy at a truck stop so why don’t we outfit them in a different shade of orange?

It’s gold Daryl, gold!

Boeheim also said in the same interview, “I don’t think we’ll do well in the Big Ten. It’s possible, but I don’t think we’d do well at all. I just don’t see how Syracuse or Rutgers fits in with Iowa and Illinois.”

But Benjamin Franklin and Grover Cleveland do.

And that’s all that matters.


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  1. Tom M says:

    Sorry but I think joining the big ten would be a disaster for SU football and a setback for the basketball program. It is just not realistic for SU to compete year after year with the large public schools in football. We would a permanent doormat of the big ten just like Northwestern. The Big East is the best basketball conference in the nation. Leaving that is a step down, and going to the big ten is going to a conference where basketball is way down the list of importance. If the Big East conference does implode, I would prefer going to the ACC, which is much better for basketball and lacrosse while not hurting us in football.

  2. Couzens says:

    I see your point Tom, however it’s still all about money and the Big Ten Network will pull in those dollars for any school that joins the conference. As for basketball, why couldn’t SU schedule Georgetown, UConn and ‘Nova as out of conference games? They could still play the teams and improve their strength of schedule.

    And I know that the ACC is a good lacrosse conference, but I don’t think lacrosse plays any part in the conversation when it comes to changing conferences.

  3. Ira says:

    The problem isn’t whether joining the Big 10 is a good idea or bad idea, the problem is what happens if we don’t and 2 big east teams or more do. We all want to save our basketball conference but it’s a disaster for SU if a few of the BE football teams leave and we are left behind.

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