When I first heard the news that the Big Ten was going to look into expansion, I wasn't sure what to think. Now, that I'm on winter break, and things have settled down, I decided I'd really sit down and ponder this. Thus, I did..and here are my thoughts.
I'm not opposed to expansion, I'm just opposed to the fact that it, from my point of view, looks like a complete money grab. Basically the conference isn't relevant in college football from Thanksgiving, until the start of the bowl season.
That last sentence actually leads me into my next thought. Please, please don't expand just to get a Conference Championship game. If that happens I'm afraid the conference will just be grasping at straws and trying to find the school that's willing to jump at the chance, rather than just finding the school that best fits within the conference.
On that last thought, I also fear that the conference won't be making the best choice, rather the choice that gets the conference into a large television market. While getting into New York City sounds like a great idea, it might not be the best idea for the conference as a whole.
While this seems like a football first decision, the conference needs to look and make sure that the potential school can at least be competitive in other sports as well. My final advice to the Big Ten: make the right choice, much like in the world of dating don't jump at the first pretty girl..take your time and look around, eventually you'll find the right one.