Rey Melick, Birmingham News: Since when have denials meant anything in college sports? Don't coaches always deny they are leaving their current school until the day they are introduced at their new jobs? Don't athletic directors deny they are talking to coaches about jobs right up until they trot them out to introduce them as the next savior of their struggling program? So why would we believe Big Ten officials when they say no offers have been made to any schools, or believe schools like Missouri when officials issue standard non-denials that could have come from any coaching search?
Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: The Big Ten Network is the envy of every Division I-A conference outside of the Southeastern. If the Big Ten expands and chooses the right teams, conference officials have seen estimates of television revenues doubling by 2015-16. Plus a look at what the expansion candidates would bring.
810 WHB: Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, sounding fed up with the prospect of losing Nebraska and Missouri to the Big Ten, is saying he might give Big 12 schools an ultimatum during conference meetings June 1-4. "We need to have a frank conversation in Kansas City," he said. Listen to the interview off this link.
Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo, a former Notre Dame player and college head coach, thinks the Fighting Irish should join the Big Ten. The move, he said, makes sense all around. "I don't understand the downside of increasing revenues. You make $22 million to north of $30 million. I think that's a good thing."
Ben Doody, Trentonian: Rutgers' Academic Progress Rate report fits in perfectly with the Big Ten's expansion plans.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Pacific 10 commissioner Larry Scott says the league isn't waiting on the Big Ten before deciding its expansion plans.
Alex Ruppenthal, Columbia Missourian: A software program that is being marketed to college athletics departments notifies officials when racy words show up on one of their athletes' Facebook, Twitter or MySpace pages. Thanks to Ben Maller.