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No, Ohio State and Michigan Aren’t Leaving The Big Ten

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There has been plenty of speculation about what the SEC will do next. After seemingly landing Oklahoma and Texas in a move to expand the conference, there have been plenty of rumors swirling that the SEC isn’t done.

That could still be true, but don’t expect anymore blue bloods to be added.

Earlier this week, an eye-opening rumor got started that major programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson and Florida State were all looking to join Oklahoma and Texas as new members of the SEC. Here’s the tweet that got everything started:

Honestly, I read this and immediately thought Jack was trolling. I didn’t even give it a second thought until I saw a few places, including OutKick, run with it. However, a lot of those articles expressed their own doubts about the move, which made me even more skeptical.

It was just hard for me to believe the SOUTHEASTERN Conference was looking to go so far north for expansion. Sure, they branched out to the Midwest with Texas and Oklahoma, but that’s a little different than reaching into Big Ten country.

Apparently, there’s nothing to that rumor anyways — at least from the Big Ten’s standpoint.

Dan Wetzel with Yahoo Sports tweeted out on Monday that 1) the Big Ten has “little to no interest” in expansion and 2) No, Ohio State and Michigan aren’t leaving the conference.

Honestly, I’m glad that the expansion could stop with just Oklahoma and Texas. It’s difficult to have conference pride when every single remotely competitive team is in the conference.


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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Gotta be careful with these “rumor mill” tweets trying to predict the future. Sometimes this is crap from “sources” who aren’t even in the room during these conversations to know exactly what’s discussed. People talk all the time but it doesn’t mean anything is actually happening.

  2. Why would any team from the Big 10 move? Even though a weaker conference overall, Big 10 teams make just as much cash as the SEC. Its the Pac 12, Big 12 and ACC teams who need to figure out what is next and either make a move to either of those two conferences or strengthen one of those remaining Power 5 conferences to sweeten the pot. The new powers that be in college football need to be wary of not becoming a regional sport.

  3. Either its going to evolve to 4 conferences of 16 teams each with obvious playoff formats or the SEC could be trying to build a super conference of the best and do away with the NCAA and say we are now the division above all other divisions and our national championship model rules. This might someday look like a 32 team conference pulling across the whole country with the largest schools.

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