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Big Ten Conference to Realign, Rename Divisions

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KALAMAZOO, Michigan –

Say good-bye to the Legends and Leaders (at least as the divisional names the Big Ten Conference used this past year). An ESPN Chicago source revealed on Friday that the Big Ten will ditch the current divisional names in favor of using geographical names. Starting in 2014, the conference will feature an East Division and a West Division. The move comes as Maryland and Rutgers are set to become the 13th and 14th teams in the Big Ten.

Here is a look at the proposed divisions:

East Division: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State

West Division: Northwestern, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska

The realignment will require a vote from the Presidents of the Big Ten schools, but that is reportedly just a formality and not expected to be an issue.

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28 Comments

  1. Ron Kinnie

    April 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    The west is a sorry ass division

  2. Detroit Sports Nation

    April 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Hardly…

  3. Ron Kinnie

    April 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    You think it’s tough?

  4. Ryan McCumber

    April 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    MSU got screwed in this. UM, OSU, and PSU in their division? All three are much better programs than MSU. Woohoo, back to complete mediocrity for us.

  5. Scott Aaron

    April 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    “Champions of the west…..uh, I mean east.”

  6. Joe Snell

    April 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Why realign again we just got started

  7. Ryan McCumber

    April 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Because Rutgers and maryland are joining.

  8. Joe Snell

    April 19, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    i know that but they could have just neatly tucked into leaders or legends, why is it necessary to change everything

  9. Detroit Sports Nation

    April 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    That awkward moment when Michigan claims to be the Champions of the West, but really they’re in the East.

  10. Ryan McCumber

    April 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I agree with you. I absolutely despise thes divisions because I’m a Michigan State fan.

  11. Joe Snell

    April 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    thats what makes it so awesome, we are the champions of the west without even having to be there

  12. Detroit Sports Nation

    April 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Wisconsin? Iowa? Nebraska? All respectable programs. Even NW had a great season last year.

  13. Joe Snell

    April 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    im GO BLUE all the way and I think U of M and osu should always be seperated

  14. Ryan McCumber

    April 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    PSU, OSU, and UM in one division is much better than those three.

  15. Ryan McCumber

    April 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I agree, they shouldn’t be in the same division.

  16. Ron Kinnie

    April 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Respectable maybe but the two powerhouses along with Penn State and Sparty is way more respectable than the West.

  17. Brian Koboldt

    April 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Thank God.

  18. Detroit Sports Nation

    April 19, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    It makes sense for scheduling too. Every West team (except Purdue) is in the Central Time Zone, and every East team is in the East. Makes sense. Competitiveness will vary year to year.

  19. Mike Mazurek

    April 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Ron I agree with u 100% I don’t see how anyone could say otherwise

  20. Detroit Sports Nation

    April 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    There’ s really no easy way to realign teams without taking away rivalries. Geography is the standard divider in all other conferences. Big Ten finally joining the rest of the conferences. Good move

  21. Joe Snell

    April 19, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Umm San Diego State plays in the Big East now geography means NOTHING

  22. Scott Proffitt

    April 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    How about the north & south

  23. Kevin Paige

    April 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Legends and leaders was stupid. It needed to go.

  24. Weston Tomczak

    April 20, 2013 at 12:07 am

    The east shits on the west!

  25. Matt Towers

    April 20, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Legends and leaders is gonna bite us in the ass this fall, when Michigan and OSU are both 11-0 then split and finish 12-1….. Then OSU gets into the NC game cause their loss came a week earlier

  26. James Noland

    April 20, 2013 at 12:11 am

    ^this is a bold ass prediction.

  27. Ryan McCumber

    April 20, 2013 at 7:13 am

    LOL Towers you do football, too?

  28. JB Ricks

    April 20, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Yay, Towers is back!