Big Ten expansion candidate: Texas

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March 31, 2014 | 2:21 am

The seventh installment in a series looking at 12 different universities that could potentially join the Big Ten

  • School: Texas
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Enrollment: 49,984
  • Current League: Big 12 Conference
  • Number of sports offered: 20
  • Academic profile: Member of the Association of American Universities; 47th in the U.S. News and World Report National Universities rankings
  • Why it would fit: Texas boasts the largest revenue of any athletics department and No. 2 (Ohio State) is in the Big Ten. The Big Ten generates the most TV revenue, and Texas has the second-largest population. Texas would add more revenue to the Big Ten and secure more revenue from the league. Texas is top-notch academically and has an athletic reputation virtually unmatched. It has, by far, the most undergraduates of any school considered for the Big Ten. Texas is the heavyweight among heavyweights.
  • Why it wouldn't: Texas is big enough to carry entire leagues. It dragged the Southwest Conference for years before bolting for the Big 12. Now it is the supreme power in that league and could head in several different directions, including the Pac-10.
  • Final verdict: If Texas wants to join the Big Ten and is willing to work under the league's revenue-sharing structure, it's in. It has become the highest-priced free agent in college athletics history. But a political fight forcing Texas to drag Texas schools Baylor and Texas Tech into a different likely prove too much for the Big Ten to accept them all.
  • YouTube moment: A look at Texas football history through its champions and Heisman Trophy winners.

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