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Big Ten forming new divisions in 2014?

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05:39 PM ET 03.19 | According to an ESPN report, The Big Ten might be in the process of putting together their new divisional alignment. It will be put into place after the 2013 college football season when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference. The Legends and Leaders divisions would reportedly be scrapped and replaced by a geographically friendly alignment. The 'West' division would include Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue or Indiana, Northwestern and Wisconsin. The 'East' division would include Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue or Indiana, and Rutgers.

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/73332/divisions-debate-down-to-indiana-purdue

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March 19, 2013  07:33 PM ET

The Big 10 will now have two divisions: The north 6 and the south 6. Apparently Big 10 officials got their math training at SEC schools.

March 19, 2013  07:59 PM ET

'Laurel' and 'Hardy'

March 19, 2013  08:10 PM ET
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The Big 10 will now have two divisions: The north 6 and the south 6. Apparently Big 10 officials got their math training at SEC schools.

Ahh, but that is why the conference is now denoted as the "B1G." It is a new mathematical symbol analogous with "n," which is a substitute for a whole or natural number.

Thus, with B1G you can increase (or decrease) the total # of participating schools in the conference, and the symbol still covers the difference without all the attendant messiness in marketing a new logo. A heckuva lot more clever than anything the SSSSEEEECCCC could devise.

BTW, the B1G does not acknowledge "South" as a compass direction.

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March 19, 2013  10:16 PM ET
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Scrapping the leaders n' legends labels...well that is somewhat less gaye. Just get rid of Jim Delaney for cryin out loud!

Truth! If you have time, check out my "Delany vs. O'Bannon" thread over on the NCAA FB message board. I'd like your take on Delany's recent pronouncement about possibly downsizing the B1G.

March 19, 2013  11:18 PM ET
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Truth! If you have time, check out my "Delany vs. O'Bannon" thread over on the NCAA FB message board. I'd like your take on Delany's recent pronouncement about possibly downsizing the B1G.

I could see what he was getting at, but saying he would 'downsize' the B1G made him sound like a complete moron.

March 19, 2013  11:20 PM ET

Andy Staples had a pretty good article about this today.

March 20, 2013  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Big 10 will now have two divisions: The north 6 and the south 6. Apparently Big 10 officials got their math training at SEC schools.

You do realize there are 14 teams in the B1G, don't you?

March 20, 2013  11:20 AM ET

Persoanlly, I'd like to see MSU in the west division with a protected game against UM. Recently, Hollis set forth reasons that MSU should be in the east division, but previously, he wanted to maintain annual games with UM and N'western. He said it was important to play in Chicago every other year. Guess he'd rather play near NYC and D.C.

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March 20, 2013  01:51 PM ET
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You do realize there are 14 teams in the B1G, don't you?

I guess the subtlety of that point wasn't made. Not only do 6+6 not equal 12, they powers that be also can't even count past 6.

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