May 10, 2010

Big Ten extends 'initial offers' to four teams; Delany denies it's true (updated)

Will Penn State renew an old rivalry with Nebraska? If the latest news is true, the Huskers are just one of four teams invited to join the Big Ten. (Photo:
No sooner do we break out our Big Ten Expansion Doomsday Clock, that a weeks-long dry spell in the conference expansion storyline comes crashing to an end. Get ready, folks, this one sounds serious.

Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City is reporting today that the Big Ten has extended initial invitations to Nebraska, Missouri, Rutgers, and Notre Dame to join the conference.
"While nothing can be approved until the Big Ten presidents and chancellors meet the first week of June in Chicago, the league has informed the two Big 12 schools, Notre Dame and Rutgers that it would like to have them join. It is not yet clear whether the Big Ten will expand to 14 or 16 teams but sources indicated Missouri and Nebraska are invited in either scenario."
Update: Teddy Greenstein at the Chicago Tribune reported a few minutes ago that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is denying the validity of 810 WHB's story.
As this story develops and gets vetted by a few more news outlets, we'll keep a close eye on the situation. And stay tuned later tonight for the first movement on our Doomsday Clock!

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