Posted January 14, 2013

Big Ten Conference to consider changing division names

NCAAB, NCAAF

The Big Ten Conference has taken heat for the conference’s names to its two divisions. Now the conference commissioner says the names Leaders and Legends could be on their way out, reports ESPN.com.

Commissioner Jim Delany said when the names were created in 2010, that they weren’t many options to name the divisions. Other changes are coming as well with Maryland and Rutgers scheduled to join the conference in 2014 as the league must decide what division to put the two schools in.

“We weren’t going to go with ‘Bo or Woody,’ ‘Black or Blue,’ or ‘Plains or Lakes,’ ” Delany said. “Obviously we got some acceptance [with Legends and Leaders], but not as much as we would have liked.”

Currently the Leaders Division has Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois. The Legends Division is comprised of Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa, and Minnesota. A decision could be made by June, Delany says.

“I’m not sure it was a national survey [of people who didn't like the names], but people who hit the ‘send’ button,” Delany said. “I don’t take umbrage to negative reaction. I don’t necessarily change when I hear it. I think on the other hand, we said we would test-market it, and we have for a couple of years, We have the opportunity to look at it again. I’m sure we will. Whether or not we change or not is to be determined. I don’t have any presumption that we’ll change on it, but that doesn’t mean we’re not looking at it.”


24 comments
jb4971
jb4971

They ought to put Maryland and Rutgers in with Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, and Indiana; and move Illinois to the division with Northwestern, MSU, Mich, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa then name them East and West conferences.

( Then both Illinois schools  both Michigan schools, and both Indiana schools would be in same conferences. ) 

j7apple
j7apple

How about PROBATION and Non PROBATION  with a yearly review of team division changes...lol

LeslieHoerwinkle
LeslieHoerwinkle

Put Nebraska in their own division called the Cornbreads, OSU in their own called the Inbreds and everyone else in the Pacific Division.

Tigameat
Tigameat

How about "Spanked" and "Whipped"?  Then we can put Notre Dame in there own conference called "Utterly Humiliated"!!

pandah462
pandah462

Hoagies: Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa, and Minnesota

Grinders: Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

How about 'Little sisters of the Poor', and 'Big Sisters of the Poor'? Or Little Sisters and Brothers of the Poor'? Gordon Gee would like that.

MatthewEllingson
MatthewEllingson

You've got the A-M's and the N-Z's. That's seven apiece, it makes sense, and those league names are just as terrible as Legends and Leaders

sby14
sby14

"We got some acceptance".....From whom? Even Delaney's wife didn't like those idiotic names.

ASpartanFan
ASpartanFan

Hope he names them after who really matters:  "Subscribers" and "Advertisers"

Cool
Cool

Ying and Yang??? 

BJamesC
BJamesC

Why reinvent the wheel, Big 10? How about "East or West" or "North or South"?

 

hal_
hal_

 @pandah462 As a huge MN fan I gotta say that this is the best suggestion so far.

pandah462
pandah462

 @crimsonmastodon I bet you were uncontrollably giddy when you submitted this award-worthy comment.  Maybe with an inane chant of "SEC" or "Roll Tide" rattling around that pea brain of yours.

pandah462
pandah462

 @sby14 His wife doesn't really factor into the decision much, does she?

pandah462
pandah462

 @BJamesC I think reinventing the wheel started when they began expansion and picked two idiotic names for the halves.

James95
James95

 East: Rut, Md, Mich, OSU, PSU, Ind, and either MSU or Purdue

West: NW, Neb, Wisc, Minn, Iowa, Ill, and either MSU or Purdue

Chip
Chip

 @BJamesC North (Neb / Minn / Iowa / Wisc / NW / Mich / Mich St) and South (Ill / Indy / Purd / OSU / PSU / UMD / Rut) would be nice.

dardoonk
dardoonk

 @James95 

M&N's - MD, MICH, MSU, NW, NEB, MN, WISC (upside down M)

Peanuts - RUT, OSU, PSU, IND, PUR, IOWA, ILL