CHICAGO (AP) - Don't expect a decision on expansion anytime soon
from the Big Ten.
Commissioner Jim Delany is basically sticking with the timeframe
he laid out in December, when he said the league would explore its
options over the next 12 to 18 months.
He says a decision is "months away."
The conference grabbed the attention of everyone in college
sports when it announced that it was considering whether to add to
its current 11 members, a move that could lead to a domino effect
in other leagues. But Delany insists this is "not as much about
conferences as it is about institutions finding the right fit for
He says gaining a foothold in growing Southern markets and
expanding the reach of the lucrative Big Ten television network
would be the main goals. He also says the Big Ten is "not looking
for a championship game" in football.