Early this week at an alumni event, octogenarian Joe Paterno said he would not welcome Notre Dame to the Big Ten. He said he would like to see Rutgers, Pittsburgh or Syracuse join the Big Ten so that the conference can expand from 11 teams to 12 and have an important conference championship game. Notre Dame has repeatedly refused offers to join the Big Ten, preferring to remain a football independent with its own oversize CBS contract. Ever since working for the Spanish Inquisition as a young man, Joe Paterno has opposed the Pope’s influence and he isn’t about to stop now.
First, why hasn’t the Big Ten changed its name to reflect the actual number of teams in the conference? Is it too expensive to order new letter head or are they just trying to remind Northwestern of its place? Second, Joe just sounds like the crazy old guy down the street; seriously, is there anybody who doesn’t believe that the Big Ten wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to add Notre Dame? Joe, go back to shopping for white shoes, playing shuffle board and telling stories about how that young punk Abner Doubleday’s new fangled “baseball” destroyed America.