06-06-2010 05:29 PM

Montana schools contemplate transition to Football Bowl Subdivision

This morning, 11 men and women will walk into a meeting room at Big Ten Conference Headquarters in Park Ridge, Ill. When they emerge this afternoon, the landscape of college athletics and higher education nationwide may be forever altered.

For reasons ranging from television revenue to basic survival, a complete upheaval of the nation’s athletic conferences is brewing. If it commences, the Big Ten is expected to start it, perhaps adding as many as five schools.

And if that happens, the scramble among universities and conferences will likely be both fevered and reaching.

Will the powerful Southeastern Conference add four schools, as it has promised? Will it all affect the Big-12, the Big East, the Pac-10? Will the changes reach all the way to Bozeman and Missoula?

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