When will the expansion stop?
By sarah dailey
When Texas A&M said they were leaving for the SEC, the dominoes were all set up. Now, with a report over the weekend that Pittsburgh and Syracuse have been accepted to join the now-14 member ACC, expect all the dominoes to start falling. Pittsburgh was the Big 12 Conference's last hope to save the already dissolving league and now that they have committed elsewhere, I think its safe to say that there will be four 16-team power conferences in the near future. The remaining 9 teams left in the Big 12 are sensing weakness and are looking to bolt before they are left behind.
Lets take a look at how this is all shaping up. The ACC has 14 teams and is looking at Connecticut and Rutgers to round out their 16. The Pac-12 has Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on the horizon to finish off their expansion. The question is where will the SEC go to find their remaining 3 schools and will the Big 10 (with 12 teams currently) steal four schools away from another conference to make the expansion complete?
Where does this leave Boise State? How about TCU? Check back next week for what I think will happen to them.
Confused yet? The madness is only just beginning.