PARK RIDGE, IL (WIAT) – “Legends” & “Leaders” is no more. Sunday the Big Ten Conference announced plans to do away with the unpopular names of its football divisions. Instead they are opting for the more traditional “East” & “West.” The conference also announced plans to adopt a 9-game conference schedule to begin in 2014 when the league adds Maryland and Rutgers.
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Penn State
“Big Ten directors of athletics concluded four months of study and deliberation with unanimous approval of a future football structure that preserved rivalries and created divisions based on their primary principle of East/West geography,” said Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. “The directors of athletics also relied on the results of a fan survey commissioned by BTN last December to arrive at their recommendation, which is consistent with the public sentiment expressed in the poll.”
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