In between trying to ensure that our respective institutions actually give us the degrees we've been seeking and starting new jobs and sump-pumping our basement and setting off for a weekend in Vegas (my flight leaves in a few hours -- "Vegas, baby. Vegas."), your faithful bloggers have been trying to figure out if there's a good case for Vanderbilt in the Big Ten. As far as I can tell, the answer is an emphatic NO. Even with the conference having its own network, I still don’t see the benefits outweighing the costs. For starters, SEC football is head-and-shoulders above any other conference in both quality and revenue (with 6 of the top 10 revenue-generating programs in what is undoubtedly THE revenue sport, dwarfing basketball by a factor of about four or five). The idea that being...

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