Rust Belt states see recruiting shift

Originally Published: May 26, 2010
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

When Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany said last week that the economy in the Midwest had forced the league to explore expansion, he spoke aloud what no one in the league has been in a hurry to say.

As important as football has been to the fabric of life in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, the sport is not immune to the economic pandemic that has stripped those states of so many well-paid, middle-class jobs over a generation. The term "Rust Belt," coined to ...

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