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Pitt in the Big 10? Not so fast.


Did you hear the one about Pitt joining the Big 10? That was the rumor burning up the Pitt Panther nation this weekend. The problem is that it looks like it's not true. Which is a good thing for the Big 10.
Pitt joining the Big 10 would do absolutely nothing for the conference, other than give it that twelfth team it needs to got to a divisional championship system. For one thing, it doesn't really expand the Big 10's market. The conference already has Penn State, so another Pennsylvania school doesn't really accomplish anything outside of giving Penn St an in-state rival.
And seriously...Pitt? Look at the Big East schools that would be the most likely to be raided. Rutgers and Syracuse would seem to be the most desirable if only for the chance at the New York/New Jersey market. Cincinnati's been the hot team in the conference (pre-Brian Kelly), so it would bring some attention to the conference. West Virgina could bring both market and attention. Pitt? Zero in both areas.
Pitt as a Big 10 school really doesn't make much sense. It's only benefit for the Big 10 is that it would be a twelfth team. Other than that it accomplishes little in terms of market expansion.

(via Dr. Saturday)


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Did you hear the one about Pitt joining the Big 10? That was the rumor burning up the Pitt Panther nation this weekend. The problem is that it looks like it's not true. Which is a good thing for the Big 10.
Pitt joining the Big 10 would do absolutely nothing for the conference, other than give it that twelfth team it needs to got to a divisional championship system. For one thing, it doesn't really expand the Big 10's market. The conference already has Penn State, so another Pennsylvania school doesn't really accomplish anything outside of giving Penn St an in-state rival.
And seriously...Pitt? Look at the Big East schools that would be the most likely to be raided. Rutgers and Syracuse would seem to be the most desirable if only for the chance at the New York/New Jersey market. Cincinnati's been the hot team in the conference (pre-Brian Kelly), so it would bring some attention to the conference. West Virgina could bring both market and attention. Pitt? Zero in both areas.
Pitt as a Big 10 school really doesn't make much sense. It's only benefit for the Big 10 is that it would be a twelfth team. Other than that it accomplishes little in terms of market expansion.

(via Dr. Saturday)



Posted originally: 2010-02-01 13:08:00
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