Welcome to the Big Ten spring meetings

CHICAGO -- Greetings from the site of the Big Ten spring meetings of coaches and athletic directors.

The first set of meetings begins early this afternoon, as basketball coaches and athletic directors convene. The ADs and coaches are rolling through the lobby, and several have stopped to talk with a growing group of reporters, including yours truly and ESPN colleague Joe Schad.

Expansion is obviously the hot topic around the Big Ten and will be on the agenda this week. Athletic directors Dave Brandon (Michigan) and Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin) both expressed curiosity about the expansion study and expect to receive updates on the process from league commissioner Jim Delany.

"There's a general feeling that change is in the wind," Brandon said. "Obviously, the prospects for change are out there, or there wouldn't be as much time spent. There's clearly energy around change, but that doesn't mean it's going to manifest itself in an outcome that's either immediate or as significant as what's been rumored.

"We'll see."

Keep it right here for coverage of the spring meetings all week.