Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez Hints Big Ten May Still be Looking East For Expansion

I thought this issue was dead and gone and Baryy Alvarez stoked the flames yesterday on freep.com and reported on testudotimes.com

“On a night usually filled with great stories – and there were a few – the talk of Big Ten expansion was the most intriguing at Thursday’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl golf outing at Lochmoor Country Club in Grosse Pointe Woods.  The post-golf dinner recognized Wisconsin athletic director and former football coach Barry Alvarez, along with bowl officials George Perles (the former MSU coach) and Lloyd Carr (the former U-M coach.) Neither Perles nor Carr offered much on expansion, but Alvarez indicated where he thinks the Big Ten’s next move may be – he and the other athletic directors may be updated at next week’s Big Ten meetings — as it continues its study of the issue through at least the end of this year.  “I’m not sure about continued expansion, but it would not surprise me. Our commissioner (Jim Delany) thinks outside the box and is always thinking how to be progressive and proactive,” Alvarez said. “We will continue to study expansion throughout this year. It would not surprise me if we continue to expand. We’ve always talked about and had research done that we haven’t taken full advantage of Penn State being in the east and we need someone else in the league from the east to maximize Penn State. It wouldn’t surprise me if we went that way.”

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