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Delany: Big Ten to Re-Evaluate Division Names for 2014

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Jim Delany Opens the possibility of changing the Leaders and Legends division names with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland in 2014.


The Big Ten hit a grand slam by adding Nebraska as the 12th team in 2012, which would completely overhaul the conference and bring it to new heights in terms of popularity and revenues. However, when the Leaders and Legends division monikers were unveiled prior to the 2011 season, it was met with harsh criticism from across the nation.

There is now some good news for the legions of college football fans that thought the division names confusing, haughty or just downright idiotic: On Monday, Jim Delany announced that the Big Ten will reconsider the division names for the 2014 season.

The announcement does not come as too much of a surprise. Recently, the Big Ten posted a poll to get more feedback on new division alignments and names. More importantly, the the addition of Rutgers and Maryland for the 2014 season opens the door to make these widespread changes once again.

It sounds as though Delany is happy to recognize the backlash that has been present since the announcement of the division names in 2010, but not entirely convinced that there is a better replacement for Legends and Leaders.

When deciding on division names in December 2010, Delany said the Big Ten "didn't have great options."

"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."

Delany remarked that changes in the division names could be announced as early as June, if a change happens at all.