Gary Williams knows a thing or two about conference changes in college sports. The legendary former basketball coach from Maryland was part of the Big East’s formative years at Boston College, got a taste of the Big Ten at Ohio State and had to adapt to the mighty ACC while rebuilding a program from the Maryland tottering. Then he saw Maryland go drastically from the ACC to the Big Ten.
So Williams had plenty of observations to share about the Big Ten expansion and during an appearance on 105.7 The Fan’s Vinnie and Hayne Show.
“Well, I think they are, those two schools, UCLA and Southern Cal, are great schools. When you talked about the universities in the country, they’re definitely in the top 10-15, that’s for sure. And they’re, they look to the future, they see the Big Ten and the SEC, you’re going to have the two biggest TV deals. The Big 10 is going to be renewed first, each school will get over $100 million. And you it’s a massive amount of money no matter how well endowed your school is that money goes to run a lot of different athletic programs that don’t make money and it really helps what you can do for your , for your student-athletes,” Williams said.
“It surprised me. It surprised a lot of people. When you think about it, you know, you get the Big 10, and you get the Southeastern Conference. And the Southeastern Conference isn’t just going to stay. there and allow the Big Ten just to get away from them and get so much better. So they’re gonna go after people. And that’s, I think, every school, you can blame the administrators or whatever , but you have to watch out for yourself. It’s a big world, you know, it’s a big boy world.”
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Williams spoke about what could be next and where the Big Ten stand.
“When you talk about the, you know, the five power conferences, what’s going to happen to the PAC 12, what’s going to happen to the ACC, because somebody’s coming after Clemson, Florida State, maybe Miami , you know, this kind of thing for football. And all these moves, by the way, and it’s all about football because that’s where the most money is. But now you’re also bringing a very good basketball package. And the Big 10 has an advantage because they have the first TV package for their conference, the Big Ten Network was the first TV package in the conference,” he said.
“And they’ve done a great job with that, they’ve incorporated Fox and ESPN and you know, they’re selling their different games and schools are watching that. And they’re saying we’d love to be a part of that. And I think that’s what’s happening. And I don’t think the Big 10 is over. I think there’s going to be more schools coming in. And I think you’re going to see the Southeastern Conference. [adding more schools]and I see the Big 12 inviting the remaining PAC 12 teams to a meeting.”
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