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Rutgers, Illinois Consider Joining New Conference?

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We interrupt Nebraska Week for some breaking news!

Following the reasonably expected (and warranted) catapulting of D3 St. Thomas from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and with the continued dominance of North Dakota State in the Heart O’Lakes North Conference, there have been rumblings of a new conference in the footprint of the B!G that would combine some 13th grade powers like NDSU, the low-level college dominance of St. Thomas, and some castoffs from major college football.

Like Illinois and Rutgers.

The league would inevitably be filled out with other castoffs and misfit toys from across the Midwest (like fellow D3 powerhouse Mount Union from Ohio and UW-Whitewater because you can’t have a real football conference without assholes from wisconsin crashing).

An alleged invitation to Michigan was initially met with great interest, as the opportunity to finish 3rd in a new conference would be a wonderful change of pace for Jim Harbaugh. But now that conferences have discovered that they can just kick teams out, this reporter has to wonder just how long Rutgers has on life support. Like it says in the Bible, man cannot live off wrestling and lacrosse alone.

When reached for comment, all Jim Delany would mutter was something about how the checks from the NYC market keep clearing followed by rather ominous-sounding cackling.

This story will be updated as more details are uncovered.