The 21st Show

Big Ten expands westward: What do Illinois athletes think?


Illinois Public Media

The Big Ten Conference, known for its steady growth beyond its titular count, is undergoing a noteworthy transformation by introducing the University of Oregon and the University of Washington into its ranks, expanding its membership to 18 schools. The expansion, characterized by mixed reactions, raises questions about its impact on existing dynamics and athletics. We dove into the motivations behind this move, examining factors such as media market potential and diverse athletic matchups. The conversation also touches on concerns surrounding the balance between student athletes' needs and the conference's expansion endeavors.


Matt Brown
Publisher, Extra Points Newsletter

David Williams
Director of Sales, Jacquet West - record-setting wide receiver for the University of Illinois 1983-1985