Joe Pa Says Yes to Growing Big Ten

Legendary coach weighs in on Big Ten expansion.

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When legendary Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno weighs in on anything, people listen. That's why proponents of Big Ten expansion have to be happy that Paterno likes their idea. 

Paterno says he's in favor of adding three teams to the Big Ten, the Daily Collegian reports. The Big Ten, which already has 11 members, has been openly looking to add at least one new school to its conference. A more recent rumor circulating is that the league may want to add three schools. 

"I've been pushing that for several years and we haven't really gotten much response," Paterno said before Saturday's Blue-White game at Penn State. "I would like us to get two teams from the East and one team from the West so we would be at 14." 

Still, Paterno's athletics director, Tim Curley, wasn't ready to wholeheartedly agree with Paterno's assessment that expansion was imminent. 

"I can't predict when or if anything will happen," Curley said at Saturday's game. "There is really no timeframe we are aware of." 

Several schools have been mentioned as potential members, almost all of which are members of other Bowl Championship Series conferences. Rutgers University, Syracuse University, University of Missouri, and University of Pittsburgh, along with the University of Notre Dame, have all been mentioned regularly. 

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