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Big Ten Done Expanding For Now

The Big Ten (or new Big 12, whichever you prefer) appears to be done with expansion, at least for now.

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The conference released a statement saying that they believe the expansion process has been completed with the addition of Nebraska-Lincoln to its slate of teams.

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"We have been thoroughly engaged in the process since last December," said COP/C Chair and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie. "Following detailed discussions at today's meeting, my colleagues and I can report that we believe that this process has reached its natural conclusion. We are pleased with the addition of Nebraska and look forward to working with our colleagues there in the years ahead."

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The addition of Nebraska gives the Big Ten 12 teams that will allow the conference to split into two divisions. This will also bring a lucrative championship game in football, which requires 12 teams for a title game. A Big Ten hockey conference could also be on the horizon, as the league minimum number of teams required is six (Penn State will be the sixth program when theirs goes online in 2012). With all that going on in the next few years, the Big Ten certainly has enough on its plate.

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