Dave Brandon favors moving to 9-game B1G football schedule
The Big Ten once approved a nine-game league football schedule, but the plan was scrapped when the Pac-12 scheduling alliance matriculated.
Dave Brandon favors revisiting the idea.
"As the conference expands, it would be unfortunate if a student-athlete came to the University of Michigan, played in the Big Ten Conference for four years and never even got to play or compete against one of the schools in the conference," the Wolverines' athletic director told ESPN.com. "That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. As the number of institutions has grown, I believe we should take a look at at least moving to nine."
The Big Ten currently features an eight-game conference football schedule, allowing member schools to schedule four nonconference games.
The Big Ten announced in 2011 that as it added a 12th member in Nebraska, it would move from eight to nine league games. But that plan was tabled when the league hatched its scheduling partnership with the Pac-12.
Then, the Pac-12 backed out of that plan before a game was played.
Now that Rutgers and Maryland are set to join the Big Ten in 2014, bringing the league's roster to 14 teams, the Big Ten is revisiting the schedule and it seems Brandon could get his wish.
"That’s something that we have to really resolve quickly, because the ramifications of that discussion are significant," Brandon told ESPN.com. "It’s a high-agenda item."
Check out the full ESPN.com story, which includes comments from several league athletic directors, by clicking here.
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