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That's not an 11 hidden in the logo, it is the two middle fingers that the Big Ten could be giving to the Big East if it feels like raiding some teams this summer.
That's not an 11 hidden in the logo, it is the two middle fingers that the Big Ten could be giving to the Big East if it feels like raiding some teams this summer.

We haven't talked about this much on the blog, but the drumbeat for the expansion of the Big Ten (and perhaps the disintegration of the Big East) is getting pretty hard to ignore. I'm planning a longer look at what this might mean for UConn later in the week, but this seemed as good a time as any to start some discussion. Today, SB Nation's Big Ten blog "The Rivalry, Esq." broke down who the Big Ten might be looking at. TRE doesn't specifically mention UConn, though they some up in the comments. Even without the Huskies in the discussion, the potential loss of any of Pitt/Cuse/Rutgers would likely splinter the conference and end the Big East as we know it -- and probably in a way that severely hurts UConn.

There is also an interesting post up over at the Auburn blog "Track Em Tigers" that discusses the idea of the B10 raiding a good portion of the Big East to try to force Notre Dame to join the conference. That idea seems pretty far fetched to me, but the post itself is a nice look at what might happen if schools start jumping conferences this summer. They point out that this could become a lot like a high-stakes game of musical chairs where you really do not want to be the team left standing. Unfortunately for UConn (and probably most of the other Big East FB schools) there seems to be at least a pretty good chance that when the music stops they won't have a place to sit down.

Again, I'm hoping to break this down more later on in the week, but I'll be interested to hear everyone's thoughts, so feel free to jump into the comments.