What's next on the docket for Big Ten expansion? It seems the buzz has died down somewhat following the announcement of Texas remaining in the Big 12, as this makes it less likely that the Big Ten will add more teams this summer. There's no need to "keep up with the Joneses" in terms of conference size. ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg's thinks that any further expansion will be driven by the need to expand the Big Ten Network's footprint, something which the Nebraska addition did not. Personally, I think the Big Ten's penultimate goal is to figure out a way to force Notre Dame into joining the league. Delany and company could possibly spend the next 12 months figuring out the best way to accomplish this. Whether they decide to blow up the Big East or deliver the final punch to the Big 12 (in order to create a superconference setup), I'm sure the people in the Big Ten offices have something up their sleeve. Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press thinks the Big Ten came out a loser in this round of expansion, since they couldn't add Texas or Notre Dame. And the Big Ten will supposedly look even worse if Notre Dame returns to BCS relevance. His argument would be decent if it wasn't for the fact that expansion is far from over. ND could still very well join the B10 at some point in the future.Tom Izzo announced that he is remaining at Michigan State, spurning the advances of the possibly-LeBronless Cleveland Cavaliers. The good news is that Bo will still get to own Izzo on a regular basis. On a related note, Bo Ryan was offered the Cavaliers job today, as Cavs owner Dan Gilbert realized Bo's a better coach anyway. No word on whether or not LeBron will agree to run the swing offense. Just kidding.
Tweet of the day: "Im watching "SportsNation" on ESPN & they have Wisconsin Football Team at No. 4 in the Pre-Season BigTen Rankings?!?!? #GetTheF*ckOuttaHere" - Former Wisconsin linebacker Jaevery McFadden, Class of 2009, obviously incredulous about a Big Ten preseason ranking that has both Penn State and Iowa ranked higher than the Badgers.
Jeff Potrykus reports that UW basketball picks up their first recruit commitment for the 2012-13 class. 6 foot-7 wing Sam Dekker orally committed to the Badgers on Tuesday. Rob Schultz describes him as a "versatile, still-growing, athletic coach’s kid who grew a full five inches over the past year and can stroke the 3-pointer, dribble by defenders and mix it up in the paint." This comes on the heels of the additions of Frank Kaminsky and Traevon Jackson (Jim Jackson's son, and an excellent first name I might add) over the past few days, both for the 2011 class. Wisconsin still has 3 scholarship offers to use for the 2011 and 2012 classes combined. Dekker plays on the same AAU team as heralded prospect J.P. Tokoto, so hopefully Dekker can "badger" Tokoto into choosing Wisconsin over the UNCs and Dukes of the college basketball world.
Jason Bohannon works out with the Bucks on Tuesday. Unfortunately, I don't think he has the skills necessary to obtain a NBA contract, but it's good to see him getting a look from a team. He should be playing basketball next year in some capacity, whether it be in the D-League or overseas. Same goes for Trevon Hughes. The recent success of Brian Butch, Greg Stiemsma, and Joe Krabbenhoft in the D-League could potentially make it easier for J-Bo and Trevon to find a spot there.
Final random thoughts: - Some thought that Big Ten expansion could lead to the formation of a Big Ten hockey conference. But Nebraska does not have a hockey team, so more expansion would be needed for the formation of such a league. - Student season tickets for football go on sale Monday, June 21 at 7:30 a.m. Central time. Students should consider starting to adjust their sleeping schedule accordingly. - Wouldn't it be wild if Nebraska and a Big Ten team matched up in the National Championship game or a BCS bowl game this year? Not such a far-fetched possibility if you think about it.