The Big 10 continues to stress that nothing is serious, at least as far as contacting other schools is concerned.
Delany also denied a claim that the league is contacting television networks to see what a 14-team conference with Kansas, Missouri and Rutgers would be worth as a package.
The Big 10, though, is talking about expansion. Delany acknowledges the league is looking at all the possibilities in the ever- changing map of college sports.
In fact, that probably is the source of the speculation. The Big 10 remains the 2,000-pound gorilla in this game-a gorilla everyone wants to dance with-and the other conferences know the league can pick off attractive schools just for the asking.