Some in the Big Ten might not have much of an appetite for further expansion.
Well, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta made it clear his position is to hold tight for the time being.
“I feel like when we added the two that we added, it made sense. It had a lot of momentum behind it. I’ve not yet heard anything that would get me at Iowa — I’m just speaking for Iowa — excited to say, ‘Let’s continue to expand more.’ So, I don’t feel like it’s a hot button. But that’s one person’s opinion. I won’t speak for the conference,” Barta said Thursday when talking about the subject, according to The Athletic.
The Iowa AD also made it clear it’s a money game at the end of the day, and anything that cuts into Iowa’s cashflow is a hard no.
“Whatever upside Iowa will receive from the new TV contract, I’m certainly not going to be interested in supporting additional expansion, if that means Iowa would get less. That’s just one criteria, but that’s an important one,” Barta further explained.
While Barta made it clear he’s only speaking for himself, it’s hard to imagine he’s the only one who feels this way if he’s being vocal about it.
Previously, it was reported Ohio State wasn’t eager or in a rush to expand the conference. So, at a minimum, there’s two B1G schools that could represent significant roadblocks to those hoping to expand.
What we know for sure is that the situation is incredibly fluid. It seems like every day there’s no information that changes the dynamics of what’s going on.
However, it’s also clear money will ultimately rule the day. If the B1G can add teams without individual schools losing revenue, it’s likely Oregon or Washington could end up getting poached.
For now, it’s reasonable to expect things to hold steady. Make sure to check back to OutKick for the latest updates on realignment as we have them.