The Big Ten was simply the Big Ten from 1950 to 1990 when Paterno State (Penn State) crashed and made it eleven.  Eleven became twelve when Nebraska joined in 2011.  Twelve will become fourteen when Maryland and Rutgers (yes, that Rutgers) will invade next year.  And it isn’t stopping there.

According to Jeff Ermann, publisher of InsideMDSports.com, North Carolina has an offer on the table to be 15 and a 16th would be in lockstep or right behind them.

Why North Carolina?  One, it would bring a huge brand to the conference.  Two, Jim Delany, the Big Ten commissioner, is a UNC alum.  Three, who wouldn’t want North Carolina in their conference?

Speculation is that a 16th team would have to come too and the early reported favorites are Georgia Tech, Virginia and Virginia Tech.  Georgia Tech would be the most likely because Atlanta would immediately become the B1G’s second-largest television market.

 

 
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