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Bigger isn't better for Big Ten

Conference expansion for short-term profits has long-term costs

Updated: December 19, 2009, 2:22 AM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Wolverines. Badgers. Gophers.

Weasels.

The postwar American habit of ceaseless, witless, pointless gigantism was back in the news this week as the overfed ferrets and polecats in charge of the Now Insufficiently Big Ten proposed to make themselves even bigger.

Long thought of as the conference of earnest ham-necked farm boys, lead-footed and dim-witted and grave, smiling shyly, courageous and square-jawed in sepia team photos in their shawl-collar ...

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