Big Ten quashes latest expansion rumors, Missouri in the mix

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany e-mailed conference officials Tuesday to stamp out a rumor that four schools had already been offered a chance to join the league.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Tuesday that Delany had quashed a report the Big Ten had offered expansion spots to Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Rutgers.

The Big Ten holds annual meetings next week in Chicago involving athletic officials, faculty representatives and football and men's and women's basketball coaches. But Smith said the meetings were routine and nothing would be decided about expansion.

The conference is looking at expanding from its current 11 members so it can increase the reach of its cable network and hold a league championship title game.

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