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Big Ten plans statement on possible expansion

CHICAGO — The Big Ten says it plans to make an announcement regarding the possibility of expanding the 11-team conference.

Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman said Monday that a 3 p.m. announcement regarding what he called “potential expansion” is planned. He declined to elaborate.

Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez last week told the university's board that he thinks the conference is serious about adding a 12th team.

Conference Commissioner Jim Delany as recently as March called expansion a “back-burner” issue.

The Big Ten last added a team in 1990 when Penn State joined. The school had been an independent.

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