Here’s the “no shit, Sherlock” comment of the year so far:
… The three big factors Big Ten presidents and athletic directors say any new member would have to bring to the discussion are academic credentials, a strong geographic fit and money.
Stanley Ikenberry was the president at Illinois the last time the Big Ten expanded, adding Penn State in 1990. He says the decision to admit Penn State was driven less by money than by academics — the Nittany Lions were a good scholarly fit as long as they didn’t cost the conference money.
Ikenberry, now back as interim president while Illinois searches for a new leader, acknowledges that this time, money will be a much bigger factor.
Dopey obviousness aside, there are actually several relevant points raised in the article about what has to be weighed in making the call to expand, both from the aspect of the conference and the invitee(s). It’s a good read.