What Big Ten expansion means for OSU non-revenue sports

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Ohio State women’s volleyball coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg still views herself as a purist. 

She looks back fondly at her days as the Buckeyes’ setter, playing in a Big Ten when 11 teams played a true round-robin schedule, battling Friday and Saturday nights against a consistent rotation of opponents. 

But Oldenburg also describes herself as a realist, ready to adapt to whatever is necessary to compete in the larger world of college athletics. And to her, that path is clear. 

“It is expansion,” she said. 

To Oldenburg, Ohio State is fortunate. It’s not the school that is moving. The majority of its teams’ traveling still remains mostly on one side of the country even with the Big Ten adding Oregon, Southern California, UCLA and Washington in 2024. 

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