@Texas-Hawk-10 I heard when the B12 was about to implode a couple of years back that ISU, KU and KSU were headed to the B10.
There seem to be as many “I have heard” stories as there are people as to what “was” or “is” going to happen. So far, I am unaware of any evidence that virtually any of them have even a nugget of truth in them. They seem mostly just “made up” to advance someone’s hopes/dreams/fantasy/.
As to ISU being invited to the B10, it would seem duplicative to add ISU when Iowa is already in the B1G. Iowa being a small population state (though more people than Kansas), that hardly adds markets or anything else that doesn’t already exist with Iowa being the only member in the state. (Iowa & ISU play annually and have since 1977). ISU is an AAU school and does generally fit the B10 profile but would seem to otherwise lack a justification for membership.
KSU would seem to be a longer LONG shot. Every B1G school is AAU (Nebraska was when it joined but later "lost’ its membership). KSU is “not even close” to being AAU material (https://www.aau.edu/who-we-are/membership-policy). In fact, even KU is in the lower third of the organization for research money and there was a concern several years ago that KU’s continued membership was in doubt. KSU would not add any “new” markets to the B1G that KU wouldn’t add and in a state with a population as small as Kansas, there is no reason to have 2 schools (just as in Iowa).
As to KU, I realistically think that if KU was EVER offered membership in the B1G it would have taken it. Not only would the stability and prestige of the athletic conference have been a “step up” but the tremendous advantages offered by the CIC (now, Big 10 Academic Alliance) would have trumped any hesitancy to leave, especially during the B12 upheaval several years ago.
I have yet to have anyone provide any evidence that KU has EVER received an invitation (or ever will) from the B1G. Yes, I’m sure we’ve been “looked at” by the B1G as we somewhat fit their profile (AAU, new market, flagship university, etc.) but as to extending an invitation, I just don’t believe that it has happened. I REALLY HOPE that an invitation IS forthcoming upon the presumed imploding of the Big12 at the expiration of the GOR, but until some authoritative source can provide at least some evidence that it has or is happening, at least for me I’ll have to “see it to believe it”.
P.S. Sorry, I didn’t mean to “write a book”!