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No expansion, but Big Ten logo would be catchy

[ 0 ] May 14, 2014 |

CHICAGO – There are no plans for Big Ten expansion, even though Michigan athletic director Mark Hollis has a nifty idea for a logo.

Hollis was asked Wednesday during conference meetings whether the league was set at 14, or might make a move to 16.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis

“We’re going to 22,” Hollis joked. “In my opinion, no. I think we’re settled in the number that we have.”

It was the Big Ten, remember, that helped kick off conference realignment by inviting former Big 12 member Nebraska to join in 2010.

Rutgers and Maryland join this summer.

“I think expansion is always done for strategic reasons,” Hollis said. “Sometimes, it’s reactionary to what’s being done around you on the national landscape.

“I don’t see anything happening in the future,” he added. “So the new Big Ten logo is not a B 1 6.”


Hollis says likes the Big Ten’s new bowl selection process, which will put postseason games in a top, middle and bottom tier, instead of a straight pecking order.

That gives the Big Ten greater flexibility when it comes to placing teams.

“The great thing about it is the ability to move teams around, so they don’t land in the same locations year after year,” Hollis said. “I love going to Florida with bowl games, we have a lot of people down there.

“But if you go three or four years in a row, it can get a little bit stale.”

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