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"I think, we will continue to look for expansion for another year," said Wisconsin Athletic...

"I think, we will continue to look for expansion for another year," said Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez. "I think everybody was thing (last May) as schools were moving and looking that may be the direction (a 16-team conference). Our commissioner and our league decided to study it for a year."

And you thought Big Ten expansion was dead! Alvarez reportedly brought up the possibility of further Big Ten expansion to the East yesterday on XM radio (1, 2), but I have not been able to find an archive or transcript of the conversation. Am I desperately clinging to second-hand message board posts? Yes, yes I am.

I just think that the Big Ten, with the kind of programs we have, the universities we have, there's...

I just think that the Big Ten, with the kind of programs we have, the universities we have, there's gotta be a couple of schools out there that would be an asset to us. And, obviously, it'd be an advantage to them if we decide to go. Now, I don't think it's fair for me to say which ones. But, obviously I hope we get somebody from the East. You know, I think it'll help us with the New York and New Jersey television markets.

Joe Paterno on Pittsburgh Radio, again speaking up for his prized pupil and perhaps repaying Rutgers for blinding following him around like a puppy for decades (approx 3:56 in). Update: partial transcript available here.
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