Paterno, meeting with reporters Wednesday at an alumni event near Allentown, has long pushed for Big Ten expansion.
Paterno said he'd like the Big Ten to add an Eastern school, especially one that plays in the New York media market.
"If I had my choice, someone that can give us the biggest TV exposure in the East," Paterno said, offering as possibilities "Syracuse, Pitt, Rutgers. Not in that order."
It makes perfect sense, from a Penn State perspective, you get much more exposure in markets that PSU has had success recruiting and it adds a more east-coast flavor to the Big Ten. Of course Michigan and Ohio State would never go for any of those three schools because they are old rivals of Penn State and would give PSU a tactical recruiting benefit given its geographical advantage. Just like before, those schools would want someone with the name recognition of Notre Dame a team the Big Ten wooed a decade ago trying to entice them into Big Ten membership. But Paterno has a message for those that still want Notre Dame:
"There's some pressure, I would suppose, to maybe go back to Notre Dame and ask again, which I would not be happy with," Paterno said. "I think they've had their chance."
Even though Notre Dame plays a lot of Big Ten schools (they played 3 teams last year and are scheduled to play the same 3 this year) I'm totally in agreement with Paterno on this one, Notre Dame had their chance the Big Ten shouldn't even consider them anymore. If there ever is a playoff in college football Notre Dame will have a lot of pressure to join a conference assuming there are automatic bids. If that scenario ever comes to fruition the Irish will surely choose the Big Ten over the Big East and hopefully the Big Ten lets them hang out to dry. As JoePa said, you had your chance.