When the college basketball tournament is over, which schools should stay in the big ten?
The Big Ten has long been considered a regional powerhouse and has never lost a conference title since 1984, but there are a lot of reasons to question whether that dominance can last forever.
A new national poll from the USA Today/Gallup Pollster finds that, at this point, the conference has fallen from its former dominance.
The poll found that just 35 percent of respondents think the Big 10 has a chance to remain in the league for the long haul.
That is the lowest number for any conference in the past decade, and it is the second lowest number since the survey began asking the question in 2010.
A majority of respondents (55 percent) also said that the conference should not stay in its current format.
When asked if they think the conference will continue to be the dominant power it once was, the most popular response (51 percent) was for the Big 12 to stay in a separate conference, but it was followed by the SEC and Big Ten.
The Pac-12 was the least popular (8 percent), followed by ACC, Big Ten, and SEC.
The survey also found that 54 percent of people think the current conference model is unfair to its conference peers.
The league was the only one of the four major conferences with at least a majority (51) saying they thought it was unfair to the rest of the league.
The national poll also found strong public support for the NCAA, with 72 percent of those surveyed supporting its existence.
The only conference not to have a majority in favor of the NCAA was the Big East, where just 38 percent of the public supported it.
While there are no major changes expected in the near future, the Big Six and the Big 8 have also been looking at whether to stay or move into the conference format.
The Big 12, for example, is looking at what it wants to do with its expansion.
The USA Today poll surveyed 2,000 adults from Jan. 10-16.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.