Iowa’s Barta doubts Big Ten expands further ‘in near future’

Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta stands on the field before an NCAA college football game...
Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta stands on the field before an NCAA college football game against Middle Tennessee, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa.(Charlie Neibergall | AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Published: Jul. 8, 2022 at 6:04 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the Big Ten has received inquiries from schools interested in becoming members in the week since the additions of Southern California and UCLA were announced.

He said he doubts the conference will expand further in the near future.

The Big Ten voted to bring in USC and UCLA in 2024, making it a 16-team conference. Barta says conference leaders discussed Notre Dame last year after Texas and Oklahoma announced they would join the SEC by 2025.

Barta said if Notre Dame applied to the Big Ten, he probably would be supportive.

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