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Big Ten reportedly waiting on Notre Dame before adding Huskies, Ducks

Big Ten reportedly waiting on Notre Dame before adding Huskies, Ducks

The Big Ten made major news on Thursday with the addition of USC and UCLA, and  the conference is apparently interested in adding more. However, that effort is reportedly being held up because of Notre Dame, for now.

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported on Friday that Washington and Oregon have been told the Big Ten is standing pat for now and waiting on a decision by Notre Dame. The full tweet from Dodd is below:

There was significant buzz on Thursday evening that numerous schools — such as Oregon and Washington — had contacted the Big Ten about joining the league after the USC and UCLA news broke. So it doesn’t come as a surprise to hear from Dodd that both the Ducks and Huskies are looking to join the league. It is, however, a bit surprising to hear their acceptance into the Big Ten is being in some way blocked by Notre Dame.

Developments are moving very fast at this point, but it sounds as if the Big Ten wants Notre Dame, which I assume means they’ll want to add three more schools to form a 20-team super conference. Oregon and Washington would likely be two of the three additional teams. This is, of course, speculation. We really don’t know what the Big Ten is looking to do, but this report from Dodd at least shows the conference is still very much active in its expansion pursuit.

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