East and West divisions coming to Big Ten

After going a combined 6-11 in bowl games the past two years, it appears the Big Ten may have finally gotten the word that it has neither Leaders or Legends in the modern day world of college football.
Plus, with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers in 2014 — swelling the Big Ten ranks to 14 teams — something had to give. And thankfully, it was the division names.
Or at least it appears that once Maryland and Rutgers come on board, the league is going to go with East and West divisions. Sort of, anyway.
The only downside in our state is that Purdue and Indiana appear to be headed for different divisions. But without any football leverage, that probably was quickly rubber-stamped by the league’s presidents and athletic directors.
If you are keeping score at home, the East Division would be comprised of Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.
The West would have Purdue joined by Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin.
The Big Ten also will begin playing a nine-game conference schedule in 2014 likely with the idea of permanently preserving at least one rivalry game against a team in the other division (i.e., Old Oaken Bucket Game).
Also, a push is expected to be made for schools to upgrade their non-conference schedules by playing fewer FCS schools.
As for basketball, an unbalanced schedule of 18 games likely will remain with each school playing just five schools home and away each season rather than seven.
What do you think, folks?
Did you ever really get a grasp of which schools were in the Leaders and Legends divisions.

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About Randy Beard

Randy Beard has been at the Courier & Press since 2007 and became the sports editor in 2012. He has previously been a sports editor at the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. He began his professional sports journalist career in 1976 and has spent his career primarily covering college sports in the ACC, SEC and Big Ten. He's also covered the NFL, the original North American Soccer League and professional tennis and golf. He's covered two Super Bowls, three college football national championship games, dozens of NCAA basketball tournament games, an Olympics, a World Cup and once hung out with soccer legend George Best for two days and sat in a golf cart with Jan Stephenson.

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