Earlier today a Kansas City radio station reported that the Big Ten has sent out invitations for Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Rutgers. To this point, no one else has confirmed the reports, and another K.C. media outlet claims to have spoken to a Missouri source that disputed the rumors. The same is coming from South Bend, with further word that the Irish will likely remain independent. As expected, Rutgers and the other mentioned programs have publicly denied the rumor.
By large, the more informative report yesterday was one that exclusively focused on Missouri. Remember all the talk about the Big Ten actually looking at Rutgers way back in 1989 and 1994? That's seemingly confirmed by this new article.
There's a bonus dose of Rutgers-specific skepticism included, so we all can do what we do best in response and carry around a giant chip on our shoulders. It's like the Greg Schiano to Penn State meme is finally dead in the water for good now, so in turn every member of the national media is contractually obligated to include a replacement shot at RU. Surely each and every one has their finger directly on the pulse of New York City.
While Rutgers has the best foothold of any college football program in the area, expansion has never been about dominating every inch of the city, and no one seriously expects that. It's about getting Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner to fork over 70 cents per subscriber, or even more now that the Big Ten Network would have additional leverage. The ACC added Boston College and the Big East added South Florida with an eye on geography and television markets, and there's no reason to expect that the same factors won't be in play here.