Big 10 Announces Texas Will Join in 2012
The birth of the next super-conference.
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Texas Joins Big 10
After courting the idea of a twelfth team for several years, the Big 10 has agreed to welcome the Texas Longhorns into its ranks beginning in the 2013 season.
The move was a necessary one for the Big 10 conference; the huge money for a conference championship game finally became too much to ignore for the conference that had resisted this exact change for years.
The Big 10 is expected to split into to two divisions geographically ala the SEC set up; one division will likely be made up of Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana, and Purdue, while the other will join Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Northwestern.
The move vaults the Big 10 back to elite status in both football and basketball, and should wind up being a windfall to all of the schools involved.
Again, the title of the conference will remain “Big 10″, with tradition being cited as the reason.
A formal announcement is expected Thursday or Friday.
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