Big Ten expansion candidate: Georgia Tech

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The 13th installment in a series looking at 12 different universities that could potentially join the Big Ten (hey, the Big Ten ... err, 11, 12 ... can't count, either)

  • School: Georgia Tech
  • Location: Atlanta, Ga.
  • Enrollment: 19,413
  • Current League: Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Number of sports offered: 15
  • Academic profile: Member of the Association of American Universities; 35th in the U.S. News and World Report National Universities rankings
  • Why it would fit: Georgia Tech goes against unconventional thought, unless the Big Ten figures adding Georgia Tech could strike a knife in the heart of its biggest rival -- the SEC. Georgia Tech is based in Atlanta, the South's king city, and it would open the league's network to a new city and region. Georgia Tech joined the AAU in 2010. It shared the national football title in 1990 and played for the national basketball title in 2004. It's located in a growing area and region, something the Big Ten has discussed in its expansion meetings.
  • Why it wouldn't: Georgia Tech isn't even Atlanta's most popular team. It's tradition and history lie with Southern schools, first with the SEC, now with the ACC. Adding Georgia Tech would be awkward at best for the Big Ten. There's no guarantee the Atlanta market would immediately gain interest in the Big Ten.
  • Final verdict: It's an interesting consideration, certainly outside the proverbial box thinking. But with a partner or partners, Georgia Tech by itself  just doesn't add enough cache to justify the challenges of adding it.
  • YouTube moment:A compilation of highlights from Georgia Tech's 2009 football season, which culminated in a 24-14 loss to Iowa in the Orange Bowl.

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