Report: Washington is latest school to meet with Big Ten about potential expansion

Washington is the latest school to be linked to the Big Ten in further expansion discussions

Washington is the latest school to be linked to the Big Ten in further expansion discussions.

Brett McMurphy of the Action Network reported on Wednesday that Washington has met with the Big Ten about “joining the conference.” This comes after Oregon also recently met with the league about joining the Big Ten.

Washington and Oregon have long been considered favorites to land in the Big Ten should the league look to expand past 16 teams. Other linked schools according to McMurphy includes Cal, Stanford and Notre Dame.

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College Football Expansion Top 10 Candidates From Group of Five Conferences

Top 10 – plus one – Group of Five conference schools that make sense for expansion.

With the Big Ten expanding with USC and UCLA, and the Pac-12 scrambling as we speak to keep what it has and figure out other options, who’s available?

Of course, all the talk is about whether or not Oregon and Washington might be next to go, and if the Big 12 will try to steal programs from somewhere, and if the ACC finally puts a ring on it with Notre Dame, or if the Big Ten gets there first.

How about the schools that might not be the big, giant, massive gets, but would fill a hole and help build up the base of the Pac-12 or Big 12 or, maybe, the ACC?

None of these ten schools have the stuff to be considered for the Big Ten or SEC, but they’re still very, very attractive.

All ten of these schools have something in common – people. Big enrollments, decent-to-huge alumni bases, good-to-fantastic media markets.

Here are the key categories …

Enrollment: At least 20,000. The school has to be big – no SMU.
Alumni Base: Where are the national eyeballs? In a streaming world, this is a big deal.
Media Market: This matters more than anything else.
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: How good is your school? This matters more than you might think.
AAU Member: Are you part of the Association of American Universities? This is a big deal to the Big Ten. To cut to the chase, no one on this list is.
Tier 1 Research: Are you an elite research school with all the stuff that comes with that? This one can be bent a little bit – Notre Dame isn’t, and Nebraska was, but isn’t now.
Stadium Size: Not a dealbreaker, but having a big house is nice.

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College Football Expansion: Top 10 Group of Five Candidates

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Yeah, it’s supposed to be a top ten list, but there’s one more that has to be on here. Added at the last moment …

11. Temple

Enrollment: 32,343
Alumni Base: 360,000
Media Market: 4
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 103
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Lincoln Financial Field, 69,676

Pros: MASSIVE market with huge alumni base. Solid school. Better recruiting area than you’d think.
Cons: It’s Temple football. There have been moments, but it’s a city school in a pro town.
Best Power Five Fit: ACC
Bottom Line: Don’t blow this off like you just did. Remember, media markets media markets media markets. Penn State might have a hold on Philadelphia – for the most part – but for the ACC or Big 12, getting a top five media market makes up for all of the other concerns.

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10. Nevada

Enrollment: 20,194
Media Market: 104
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 227
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Mackay Stadium, 27,000

Pros: Good football history. It’s THE University of Nevada. Tier 1 Research helps.
Cons: Football facilities – the stadium – aren’t great. Smallish market. It’s not Las Vegas.
Best Power Five Fit: Pac-12
Bottom Line: It might work for the Big 12, too. It’s not a needle-mover for the Pac-12, but it’s an easy geographical tie-in with Oregon State, Washington State, Utah, and anyone else from the Mountain West.

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9. Boise State

Enrollment: 22,113
Alumni Base: 80,000
Media Market: 101
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 299-391
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: No, Tier 2
Stadium Size: Albertsons Stadium, 36,387

Pros: Great football history. Solid hoops. Not awful media market.
Cons: School size. Lack of national base.
Best Power Five Fit: Pac-12
Bottom Line: For football fans this is an easy fit. Business-wise, this is tough without a whole lot of eyeballs, and with the region already partly taken up already by Washington State and Oregon State.

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8. UTSA

Enrollment: 34,734
Alumni Base: 126,000
Media Market: 31
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 299-391
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Alamodome, 64,000

Pros: Rabid fan base. Texas recruiting base. Great media market. Tier 1 research.
Cons: Big stadium, but could use a different look and feel for a college market. Academic ranking.
Best Power Five Fit: Big 12
Bottom Line: It’s a big school that does the almost impossible and expands the footprint somewhere in Texas. Easy tie-in with the Texas Big 12 schools.

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7. Fresno State

Enrollment: 24,403
Alumni Base: 300,000
Media Market: 55
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 213
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: No, Tier 2
Stadium Size: Bulldog Stadium, 40,727

Pros: A decent California media market in range of San Francisco and Sacramento. Big enrollment. Great fans. Geographically fits in between a whole slew of options.
Cons: Academic ranking just okay – not Tier 1 or AAU. Yes, it’s a good market, but it’s not so massive. It’s more of a part-of-a-group school than a must-have.
Best Power Five Fit: Pac-12
Bottom Line: The Pac-12 needs to keep its branding as the conference for the West Coast, and that means loading up on California schools. Fresno State would bring energy to football dates with Stanford and Cal – notoriously hot-and-cold fan bases.

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6. Memphis

Enrollment: 20,585
Alumni Base: 165,000
Media Market: 51
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 249
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Liberty Bowl, 58,325

Pros: Decent media market. Tier 1 school. Hotbed area for football. Good hoops.
Cons: Media market isn’t that great. Academic rankings just okay. Decent enrollment but not giant.
Best Power Five Fit: Big 12
Bottom Line: This should soon be an easy call for the Big 12. It fits right in with the city football schools from the AAC like Cincinnati and Houston, and it’s in easy range of Oklahoma and Texas.

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5. East Carolina

Enrollment: 28,962
Alumni Base: 190,916
Media Market: 102
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 213
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: No, Tier 2
Stadium Size: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, 51,000

Pros: Interesting TV market that increases the non-ACC footprint. Good stadium size and great fan base. Underrated recruiting base.
Cons: Tier 2. Brand name not there nationally. No real non-ACC geographic fit.
Best Power Five Fit: Big 12
Bottom Line: The ACC already has Duke, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest, It doesn’t needs to get a lot more North Carolina, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea just in case the Big Ten figures out how to get UNC out of its awful Grant of Rights media deal. The Big 12, though, has to think like the Big Ten. Media markets, new eyeballs, new footprint, grow the brand. Do this, and the league extends from Provo to the Atlantic Ocean.

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4. Colorado State

Enrollment: 28,962
Alumni Base: 240,000
Media Market: 16 (counts as part of the Denver market)
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 148
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Canvas Stadium, 41,000

Pros: Denver market relatively untapped by the Big Ten and Big 12. Good fan base. Terrific new stadium. Academic ranking fine. Tier 1.
Cons: Overshadowed by University of Colorado just down the road. Hasn’t made a huge football splash in a while.
Best Power Five Fit: Big 12
Bottom Line: How has this not happened yet? If Colorado somehow gets snagged by the Big Ten, this is an easy grab for the Pac-12, but the Big 12 should be all over the Denver market and easy tie-in to Kansas and Kansas State.

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3. UNLV

Enrollment: 28,600
Alumni Base: 135,000
Media Market: 40
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 249
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Allegiant Stadium, 64,676

Pros: It’s Vegas. There’s a reason why the Raiders wanted to set up shop there. Good media market. Lots of students. Great stadium.
Cons: UNLV football has been AWFUL. Academics just okay – even as a Tier 1 school.
Best Power Five Fit: Pac-12
Bottom Line: This needs to be done yesterday. With the LA schools gone, Las Vegas needs to be the Pac-12’s home base, and that means it needs UNLV as an easy host school to step up the snazz for a league that suddenly needs it.

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2. San Diego State

Enrollment: 33,778
Alumni Base: 300,000
Media Market: 27
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 148
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: No, Tier 2
Stadium Size: Snapdragon Stadium, 35,000 (could go up to 55,000 as needed)

Pros: Great media market with no NFL team. Shiny new stadium. Red hot school that just got over 100,000 applications for 2022. Great football program. Great hoops. It’s San Diego.
Cons: Not AAU, and not Tier 1. Yes, there’s a fan base, but it needs to rise up and rock. It’s San Diego – there are other things to do.
Best Power Five Fit: Pac-12
Bottom Line: The Tier 2 designation is a killer, but the Pac-12 can’t screw around right now. It’s the Pac-12 – it MUST have a presence in southern California. At the moment, the closest in-state school to LA is Stanford.

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1. USF

Enrollment: 49,591
Alumni Base: 290,000
Media Market: 13
US News & World Report Latest Ranking: 103
AAU Member: No
Tier 1 Research: Yes
Stadium Size: Raymond James Stadium, 65,618

Pros: Tampa media market. MASSIVE student body. Decent academic status. Outstanding recruiting base.
Cons: Atmosphere isn’t there with off-campus stadium. Football team has fallen off. Commuter school tag – fans need a winner to show up.
Best Power Five Fit: Big 12
Bottom Line: It’s INSANE that the Big 12 hasn’t cleaned this up. If you’re going to add UCF, you have to get USF – you own I-4 AND you have the Tampa and Orlando markets. Combine all that with the gigantic enrollments at the two schools, and … the ACC has to give this some thought, too.

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Most valuable and on-brand Big Ten programs according to FiveThirtyEight

FiveThirtyEight used analytics to determine which current Big Ten programs are the most valuable and on brand for the #B1G

In case you haven’t heard, the Big Ten is in the expansion business. Nobody will confuse the efforts with McDonald’s or Starbucks, but the conference has already announced the additions of USC and UCLA, and commissioner Kevin Warren is on record saying he’s not opposed to adding more teams.

But what about the current teams already in the Big Ten? Which programs are the most “Big Ten” branded when looking at things like fit, market, and academics including future members USC and UCLA? It’s all opinion based of course, but Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight set out to rank the conference teams based on how “Big Ten” they are using those same metrics that only FiveThirtyEight can do.

Said another way, it’s a good exercise that has some interesting intrigue as a baseline for expansion and how valuable each program is to the Big Ten currently.

Here’s how it all breaks down from No. 14 down to what team is the most valuable as far as the most “Big Ten” branded school currently.

Top ten programs that should join the Big Ten in further expansion according to FiveThirtyEight

Here are the top ten schools FiveThirtyEight says are the best fit for the Big Ten when it comes to athletic performance.

By now, you’ve probably gone into the depths — and maybe even the abyss — looking at forecasts and predictions of which athletic programs could join the Big Ten if it decides to expand further. And it’s not unrealistic with comments that were made recently by conference commissioner Kevin Warren to think that there are more teams that will get added in the future.

Since the shocking news of UCLA and USC joining the Big Ten hit the news cycle while I was on a cruise ship trying to take a vacation with Mickey Mouse, seemingly everyone has an opinion on what happens next. Heck, we even got into the action once I got my sea legs back on dry land.

However, it’s one thing to eyeball things and make an opinion, it’s another to use analytical data to try and figure it all out.

And that … is why we love FiveThirtyEight. We follow the popular analytics website during the college football season to see which teams have a greater chance of making the College Football Playoff, but now Nate Silver has gotten into the act by crunching the numbers to determine which schools are the best fit for the Big Ten.

The method used has a long explanation that you can check out for yourself, but basically, it’s based on athletic performance, fit, and market in both football and basketball among 38 Power Five schools that are taken into account. Point ratings are given for most recent success as well as total national titles in both sports, with it weighted more heavily towards football.

The results might be a little surprising in some cases, while others are the same schools we’ve heard bantered about in the news.

Here is a look at the top ten best candidates for programs to expand further into the Big Ten in the future courtesy of FiveThirtyEight.

First Up … Tier 3: How Big should the B1G Be?

Oregon has reportedly ‘initiated preliminary discussions’ with Big Ten to join conference

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The plot just keeps on thickening, doesn’t it? It was just over a month ago when the bombshell hit the news that USC and UCLA were planning on leaving the Pac-12 for greener and snowier pastures in the Big Ten in time for the 2024 football season.

Since then, there’s been rumors, predictions, and further speculation on what other programs might jump ship and look to join the Big Ten or SEC, the other conference that broke the news of future expansion with two blue-blood members just last year.

One of those teams that has been mentioned often is the Oregon Ducks, and now it seems, there is some traction, at least initially in the Ducks’ desire to explore making the move to the Big Ten.

According to a report from Action Network HQ’s Brett McMurphy, sources have indicated that Oregon has “initiated preliminary discussions” with the Big Ten to determine whether it is “compatible.”

The move would make a lot of sense if the Big Ten is still keeping options open to expand further, as league commissioner Kevin Warren has stated. This is also on the heels of a further report that the conference might be targeting Oregon along with Notre Dame and other Pac-12 schools, Washington, Stanford, and Cal.

The Ducks have turned themselves into a solid program with more eyeballs on it over the last couple of decades. All that Nike money from Phil Knight, a new market in the Pacific Northwest, the results in athletics across multiple sports, and the fact that the school is an AAU member checks a lot of boxes the Big Ten would be interested in.

We’ll see if anything further comes from this, but from what we’ve seen over the last couple of years, where there’s smoke, we usually see a fire start to build.

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Report: Oregon, Big Ten holding preliminary discussions to determine if Ducks are ‘compatible’ in league

Is Oregon a good fit for the Big Ten? That’s what is apparently being discussed right now

Is Oregon a good fit for the Big Ten? That’s what is apparently being discussed right now.

Brett McMurphy of the Action Network is reporting Oregon has initiated preliminary with the Big Ten on whether the Ducks are “compatible” in the Big Ten. This comes on the heels of McMurphy reporting last week that the Big Ten was “not done expanding” and that numerous Pac-12 teams — such as Oregon — could be in play for joining the league.

Other programs linked to potential further expansion for the Big Ten include Notre Dame, Washington, Stanford and Cal. There has also been speculation of the conference considering Florida State and Miami (FL) should the Big Ten want to expand into another geographic region.

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Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren reportedly still looking to add more schools to conference

Big Ten is reportedly looking to continue their expansion

The Big Ten has been very active this offseason with the additions of USC and UCLA, and a new huge TV deal that was finalized this week. But it sounds like the league isn’t quite done in their pursuit to alter the college sports landscape.

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren will be on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, where he’ll be discussing further expansion and paying players. In teasing that upcoming episdoe, HBO released the following information seen in the tweet below:

Paying players as if they are employees would be a huge shift to the current landscape but also seems like something we’ve always been heading towards. NIL really was just a stop-gap in the meantime so Warren’s thoughts on paying players shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.

Adding potentially four more teams to the Big Ten is even more noteworthy, in my opinion. There have been reports of the Big Ten looking to continue expansion but this coming directly from Warren shows the league doesn’t appear to be done.

Who the Big Ten will add is the bigger question. There have been mixed reports but it sounds like the Big Ten is locked in on adding more west coast teams such as Stanford, Oregon, Washington or Cal. The other obvious choice is Notre Dame but whether or not they’d accept an invitation is up in the air.

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Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren says Big Ten could expand to 20 teams

Interesting comments from Kevin Warren on future expansion of the Big Ten. #B1G

Just when you thought all the conference realignment and expansion would die down, we get another nugget from Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren that seems to leave the door wide open for further chaos. This after it was already thrown into the breeze with the news of adding USC and UCLA to the conference beginning in 2024.

Now, before we go there, quotes and comments don’t mean anything is impending or in-flight, but what it does mean is that the ideas are there and you can bet that the Big Ten offices are listening and observing when it comes to the changing landscape of college football.

So, what did Warren say that might have other conferences and teams with their head on a swivel? While appearing on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” Warren was asked if he could see the Big Ten expanding further. It was a short answer, but a quick one that should give you some insight into where things stand in the future.

“You are at 16 teams now,” Gumbel stated. “Could you foresee 20 (teams)?”

“I could, yeah,” responded Warren. “I could see perpetual and future growth.”

Now, remember, This is a number thrown out to Warren by Gumbel and not necessarily one that he came up with by himself. However, the way things are going with NIL, expanded playoffs, talks of the bigger schools breaking away from the NCAA, and the transfer rules becoming looser and looser, it only makes sense for the money to coalesce into bigger conferences. And if and when that happens, you can expect the Big Ten to be right at the front of initiating the change.

As you can see from the tweet from Ross Dellenger, there was more covered in the interview that shows you just where the state of the game is right now. The battle for supremacy with the almighty dollar looks like it might continue between the Big Ten and SEC down the road.

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Report: Big Ten cooling on potential expansion

A focus on media rights may have led to the Big Ten cooling on any additional expansion.

Big Ten media days have come and gone and there appears to be no significant traction made on making any additional expansion moves beyond the upcoming additions of USC and UCLA. And according to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the Big Ten has seemingly moved away from the idea of adding more members from the Pac-12.

Instead, the Big Ten’s focus is now squarely on its next media rights deal, with an announcement possibly coming any week now. The Big Ten’s new media deal is expected to be massive with reports suggesting the conference will be raking in $1.25 billion. The expansion to the west coast to secure the Los Angeles market is a big reason why.

As told by Dodd, it appears the thought of additional expansion was a deterring factor as the ongoing media rights negotiations continued.

After the anxiety caused last week regarding further Big Ten expansion, industry sources have indicated the Big Ten is no longer as interested in adding California, Oregon, Stanford and Washington. Rightsholders were balking at paying the same amount for those schools as the 16 Big Ten schools going forward ($80 million-$100 million).

This is not to suggest Big Ten expansion won’t pick up quickly again if the right variable enters the mix. That would be Notre Dame. Notre Dame is still exploring its own options for its football future, but if the school decides membership in the Big Ten is right for them, then the Big Ten will quickly welcome the Irish to the mix. And if that happens, the Big Ten could rush to add at least one other member.

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Iowa’s Jack Campbell, Kaevon Merriweather share their future Big Ten expansion picks

Who should the Big Ten add in the future? Iowa’s Jack Campbell and Kaevon Merriweather were asked at Big Ten Media Days.

Last week at Big Ten Media Days, there was naturally plenty of conversation about the upcoming 2024 additions of USC and UCLA to the Big Ten. 247Sports shared what a series of Big Ten players thought about who the league should add next.

Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell has the perceived No. 1 target at the top of his list.

“That’s a great question. I want Notre Dame, I think that would be cool. And well, so does the Big Ten. I think it would be pretty cool to play those guys. They’re talented and another historic program. They’re not in a conference of their own so it would be nice to see them join the Big Ten and have future Hawkeyes have an opportunity to play them,” Campbell said.

Hawkeyes safety Kaevon Merriweather had a lengthy list of prospective additions.

“Oh man. If you wanted to do it from a financial standpoint, I’m bringing Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Miami, you feel me? You listening? We still have UCLA and USC, right? Then we’re going to bring Oregon, and then I think from there we’re good. But those are like the big money markets. If I was the Big Ten commissioner, I’d make a lot of money with those teams in there, you know what I’m saying?

“What I’d do first, though, probably Oregon, not going to lie. Just the influence of Nike and the number of people who love Oregon across the country, I’d definitely bring Oregon first. I ain’t gonna lie to you though, I’m kinda mad, I wish they would have done the realignment thing a bit earlier, a trip to USC would not be bad. Them coming to the Midwest as well in November? They ain’t gonna play out too well, I ain’t gonna lie,” Merriweather said.

Like Merriweather touched on, the idea of both USC and UCLA coming to the Midwest during cold-weather months has been something current Big Ten players have commonly cited as a potential future advantage. Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras also needled the two L.A. schools recently.

Naturally, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren was asked about future expansion at Big Ten Media Days.

“I get asked every single day, what’s next? It may include future expansion, but it will be done for the right reasons, at the right time, with our student-athletes’ academic and athletic empowerment at the center of any and all decisions that we will make. We will not expand just to expand. It will be strategic; it will add additional value to our conference,” Warren said.

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