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As usual, Notre Dame's name is coming up in the Big Ten discussion. The league has courted the Fighting Irish before.
Potentially, though, expansion by the Big Ten could set off sweeping changes across the sport that could effect every conference.
"If there is going to be a significant shift in the conference paradigm, the SEC will be strategic and thoughtful to make sure it maintains its position as one of the nation's pre-eminent conference," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said.
And if that isn't enough to stir up college football, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said when he took over last year that he wants to take a serious look at expansion as his league heads toward negotiating new TV deals early next year.
"Nothing has changed, except we're going out and doing the work," Scott said.
With all the major college football's conference commissioners gathered in Scottsdale this week for three days of meetings, there was speculation that some news could be coming from Delany and the Big Ten this week.
Nope, but his colleagues were interested to hear what he had to say.
"We may all come back and listen," Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson said before Delany met with reporters.
Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson actually did hang out in the mostly empty meeting room where Delany held his unstructured news conference.
Delany said the Big Ten is in no rush to make a decision, but it is sensitive to the fact that the rest of college football is bracing for what could be dramatic news.
"We're doing the best we can," he said. "We're sensitive that we're in a community."
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