The Big Ten Conference will issue a statement this afternoon on whether it will consider expanding from 11 to 12 schools, conference spokesman Scott Chipman confirmed this morning.
“A statement will come out this afternoon,” Chipman said. When pressed for specifics, Chipman said, “It will all come in the statement.”
The Chicago Tribune reported today there is a “growing groundswell” of support for expansion.
The Big Ten expanded from 10 schools to 11 in 1993 when Penn State joined the conference. The league was rebuffed in 1999 by Notre Dame.
Speculation swirls about which school would join the league. Would the Big Ten go after Notre Dame again? Pittsburgh? Syracuse? Missouri? Rutgers?
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