Big Ten Expansion Tips: Invite The Arkansas Deaf Leopards

Just a quick reminder for Jim Delany and whoever else is deciding the candidates for Big Ten expansion: if you have any style whatsoever, you’ll invite the Arkansas School for the Deaf.

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The school would be a unique get for the Big Ten, providing both a football toehold in the football-mad Southeast and a chance for the Big Ten to display some “out of the box”* thinking in their choices. Houston Nutt grew up practically living at the school; his father was head hoops coach, and Nutt learned sign at a young age playing with the students there. After Ole Miss, you have a built-in big time coach waiting for a sentimental trip home. 

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Additionally, their team name is “the Leopards.”

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The deaf Leopards.

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If you want your conference to instantly contain three thousand percent more rock, you’ll make this happen, Delany. We’ll get the rock out of here now.

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*Phrase sponsored by the year 2002.

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