Reports have surfaced the the Big Ten has contacted Notre Dame, Rutgers, Missouri, and Nebraska about joining their league. The ripple effect of such an expansion would certainly subsume the Big East and perhaps the Big 12 as a football conference. As Pat Forde said last week on the Tony Kornheisher show, the best case scenario for college football (and it's fans) is if Notre Dame accepts the fact they are no longer exceptional, joins the Big Ten (giving them 12 teams), and allows the other conferences to remain intact. The "best interest" argument, while ordinarily fantasy, might be feasible in light of the NCAA's decision to not destroy the NCAA Tournament by expanding the field to 96. However, unlike tournament expansion, the money (i.e. the way to make more of it) would cut against...

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