Just before the country takes off for the 4th of July weekend, the Big Ten released important news that impacts every Power 5 program. The USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins will join the Big Ten in the near future. This news has other programs scrambling to find a home in the Big Ten or SEC. It’s possible that College Football will have two super conferences in the near future. If so, what impact will this have on the Michigan State Spartans?
First, the fun part, Michigan State will have a lot more money to play with. Insiders say the Big Ten is working on a billion-dollar TV deal that could earn its colleges about $100 million a year. That’s to say by school. This comes at a perfect time for MSU, which recently signed head coach Mel Tucker to a 10-year, $95 million contract. Michigan state administrators also recently approved an additional $67 million for the Tom Izzo Football Building project. The extra cash from adding the two West Coast teams comes as MSU tries to become a national powerhouse.
Playing in potentially big matches and starting new rivalries will only attract more attention for the Spartans. The extra money will help MSU’s recruiting efforts as they build new facilities and pay for elite staff. Tucker has already earned the trust of MSU fans on the field; now let’s see what he can do with more money to play.
The not so fun part
Unfortunately, the addition of USC and UCLA also brings its baggage. The bad news is that the Big Ten is adding one of the best coaches, Lincoln Riley (USC), to the league. MSU must play Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan each year, and Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota in other years. Now, with USC in the mix, Michigan State’s chances at a Big Ten championship are tougher than in previous years. Michigan State will have to play a near-perfect season to get back into the college football playoffs. There are endless ramifications to USC and UCLA’s decision to join the Big Ten; hope the positive outweighs the negative.
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