Big Ten expansion candidate: Syracuse

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March 31, 2014 | 2:35 am

The 10th installment in a series looking at 12 different universities that could potentially join the Big Ten

  • School: Syracuse
  • Location: Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Enrollment: 19,366
  • Current League: Big East Conference
  • Number of sports offered: 20
  • Academic profile: Member of the Association of American Universities; 58th overall in the U.S. News and World Report National Universities rankings
  • Why it would fit: Syracuse adds upstate New York to the Big Ten's profile, and the school is popular in the New York City metro market. The school's men's basketball program is elite, and the football program has tradition. The school fits academically.
  • Why it wouldn't: Syracuse doesn't automatically carry New York City, which is vital for an Eastern school. Syracuse doesn't bring much in football, which is the driving force behind Big Ten expansion
  • Final verdict: If the Big Ten expands beyond 12 schools, Syracuse is in the mix. It's geographically contiguous and could help gain access to the New York market. It likely will compete with fellow Big East schools Rutgers and Connecticut should the league expand to 16 schools.
  • YouTube moment: A highlight reel of Syracuse basketball past that appears inside the Carrier Dome before tip-off.

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