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Report: Big Ten to realign divisions in 2014

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10:27 AM ET 04.20 | Legends and Leaders are no more, as the Big Ten will use geography to determine its new divisions and division names beginning in the 2014 season. The Big Ten will replace Legends and Leaders with East and West when Maryland and Rutgers join the league in 2014, league sources told ESPN. The proposed Big Ten West includes the six teams located in the Central time zone -- Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin -- plus Purdue, sources said. The proposed Big Ten East includes Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers. "Just take a ruler and a map [and split the 14 teams]," a source said.

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April 20, 2013  11:11 AM ET

Good to see stupidity has a short shelf life. Logic eventually prevails.

April 20, 2013  11:36 AM ET

I always thought there was something wrong with the conference when the school who fight song includes "the leaders and best" was put into the legends division. But I haven't checked a map recently. Did they get this one right?

April 20, 2013  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I always thought there was something wrong with the conference when the school who fight song includes "the leaders and best" was put into the legends division. But I haven't checked a map recently. Did they get this one right?

Well...they're still calling themselves the Big Ten even though they have 14 teams. So....

No.

April 20, 2013  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Well...they're still calling themselves the Big Ten even though they have 14 teams. So....No.

Maybe because there are ten "powerful" teams and four also-rans?

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April 20, 2013  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Maybe because there are ten "powerful" teams and four also-rans?

Saying the Big Ten has 10 power teams would probably be stretching it.

April 20, 2013  12:30 PM ET
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Well almost. Mich, Mich St, Ohio St and Penn St are in the same division. Ind. and Purdue are in separate div. and I believe Rutgers is in the West div.. Better check to be sure

The article right above says Rutgers is in the East. It would be nice if they didn't split Purdue and Indiana though. It wouldn't be perfect geography, but I think they should have put Wisconsin in the East and Indiana in the West to keep the rivalry together.

April 20, 2013  01:57 PM ET

Part of the plan is that Purdue and Indiana will continue to play each other every year, despite being in different divisions.

April 20, 2013  02:02 PM ET

The Money division and the Cash division.

April 20, 2013  04:03 PM ET

This split sets up a final week-end of rivalry games:
Indiana vs Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket,
Northwestern vs Illinois for the Land of Lincoln trophy,
Minnesota vs Wisconsin for Paul Bunyon's Ax,
Iowa vs Nebraska for some trophy ( I forget what it's called),
MSU vs Penn State for the Land Grant trophy,
Maryland vs Rutgers for a yet to be determined trophy,
and I guess those other two guys will still want to play on the last week of the season.

April 20, 2013  04:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I always thought there was something wrong with the conference when the school who fight song includes "the leaders and best" was put into the legends division. But I haven't checked a map recently. Did they get this one right?

So... you think that the division alignment should be based upon the content of a school's fight song?!?! Well, "champions of the West", welcome to the East division...

April 20, 2013  04:05 PM ET

While this split makes the most sense, I will miss not playing Wisconsin every year.

April 20, 2013  04:12 PM ET

Considering that Michigan and Ohio State were each others annual cross-division opponent, I wonder what the commissioner has planned as replacements. Looks like The Game will still be meaningful...

April 20, 2013  04:27 PM ET
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Considering that Michigan and Ohio State were each others annual cross-division opponent, I wonder what the commissioner has planned as replacements. Looks like The Game will still be meaningful...

What I've been hearing is that only the Purdue-Indiana game will be an annual cross-over game.

April 20, 2013  06:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Well...they're still calling themselves the Big Ten even though they have 14 teams. So....No.

and the big 12 has 10 teams, right?

April 20, 2013  06:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

and the big 12 has 10 teams, right?

Yes...and the SEC still has Missouri....and ACC has FSU.....and Big Least has.....????

April 20, 2013  07:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

and Big Least has.....????

The Catholic Seven plus Butler I think.

April 20, 2013  08:22 PM ET

This article seems very similar to another.

April 20, 2013  10:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

This article seems very similar to another.

Deja vu all over again.

 
April 21, 2013  03:10 AM ET

I guess 'Pompous' and 'Arrogant' were already taken.

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