Big Ten expansion on fast track with at least three teams expected to join

“I don’t think 16 is scaring anyone off, as long as you can find (five) that are a good enough fit,” a person who has been consulted during the exploratory phase told the paper. “They’re looking long-term, across the horizon. What gives them the best shot at keeping value at a high level?”

The Irish appear to be the top choice of the conference, but the school has backtracked from talk last month that they would consider giving up their football independence.