Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany e-mailed conference officials Tuesday to stamp out a rumor that four schools had already been offered a chance to join the league.So there you go.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith confirmed Tuesday that Delany had quashed a report that the Big Ten had offered expansion spots to Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Rutgers.
Asked if there was anything to that speculation, Smith said, "Nothing. There's no truth to it whatsoever. Actually, Jim sent us all an e-mail telling us there's no truth to that -- which we knew. There's no extensions of offers that have been made, so that's not true."
Needless to say we've learned a thing or two over the past 48 hours. Firstly, don't trust a guy on a sports talk radio website who can't name a source. Secondly, the Big Ten doesn't offer invitations to join the conference. Schools actually have to apply. Now they might be offered an chance to apply by the Big Ten...which surely doesn't accept applications just out of the blue.
Big Ten officials, athletic directors, senior women's administrators and coaches from football and men's and women's basketball programs from all member schools will assemble in Chicago May 17-19 for annual meetings. These are routine meetings, but any expansion talk will likely be minimal, as there doesn't seem to be much new to discuss yet.