Goodbye Leaders, It's Been Nice...

April 19, 2013 at 10:10p    by Johnny Ginter    
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Well, that didn't last long.

The Big Ten might officially say that their new realignment is due to the fact that they just added Rutgers and Maryland to the conference, but no one can convince me that this isn't just a teensy bit of an acknowledgement that "Legends" and "Leaders" was a dumb idea in both concept and execution.

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.

East looks a great deal stronger than West on paper, but I do like the idea of Northwestern having a legit shot at the B1G title game on a regular basis. Also of note is that this doesn't allow for an Ohio State/Michigan rematch in the title game (which might be of some significance if you're all about keeping it as the last game of the season). The new alignment takes effect in 2014.

"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."

Well duh.


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Baroclinicity's picture

Way too heavy in the east, but whatever.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

I guess we just have to get Notre Dame and Texas in the west . . . .

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Notre Dame will demand a separate division for just themselves.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Hovenaut's picture

And the continuation of their own t.v. channel.

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bigbadbuck's picture

to play with, uh I mean against themselves?

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CowCat's picture

Yes, in a sacred tradition they will play each year in the Memorial Lennay Kekua Bowl.
After 2 quarters Notre Dame is given a NC trophy.  The other Notre Dame gets a Heisman.
The ceremony concludes when Brian Kelly runs to midfield, looks fiercely towards the cameras, then dumps Gatorade on himself.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The ceremony concludes when Brian Kelly runs to midfield, looks fiercely towards the cameras, then dumps Gatorade on himself.

I'm sure the ND announcers from NBC would be happy to pour it on him.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

bigbadbuck's picture

maybe they could do it while he's miked up?

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millertime2011's picture

Waaay too east heavy. If we got a team like texas and even something like kansas in the future, throw both in the west and put purdue back east. Would be a great lineup. The only thing I like about this (besides the nixing of Leaders and Legends) is it saves a trip to purdue harbor every other year. 

lljjgg's picture

I've seen a few people mention Texas recently. I just don't see how we'd be able to add Texas w/out Oklahoma coming along. If any two universities were a package deal, you'd have to think it'd be those two. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

If Oklahoma goes, OkSU isn't going to be far behind. Before Maryland and Rutgers came along, that wouldn't be so bad. Now it's just too many teams.

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thePhilipJFry's picture

oklahoma was in the big 8 while texas was in the swc for 368 billion years before the big 12, they'll be fine.

97Buckeye's picture

Agreed. I absolutely hate the Leaders/Legends names, and I approve of a geographic breakdown. But man, oh man... the east is absolutely more powerful than the west. Think SEC east/west if there were no Florida.

Poison nuts's picture

Nebraska = Florida maybe...

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buckeyedude's picture

I thought Bloomington, Indiana was in the Central Time Zone? I know the dividing line between the East and Central times zones goes all squigally through the Hoosier.

 

 

Illibuck's picture

Most of Indiana including West Lafayette and Bloomington are in the Eastern time zone. Only Evansville and Gary, IN as well as the surrounding areas are in the Central time zone.  Indiana used to be all screwy with the time zones and some areas didn't observe daylight savings but they have since changed to mostly Eastern time.

FitzBuck's picture

It's an improvement.

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ATXbucknut's picture

Bout time.  Thank goodness they're changing them!

SPreston2001's picture

I say give them Michigan State and let us have Purdue. The west is going to be a toss up between Wisky & Nebraska every year!! Super stoked to see that lame Leaders & Legends crap go out the window! What nimrod decided on those names anyway??

Idaho Helga's picture

I would agree. Give them Sparty and we'lll take Purdue.

alust2013's picture

I'll be glad for the goofy names to go, and I'll be rooting for Northwestern in the west. For some reason I've always kinda liked them.

...and Michigan still sucks.

OSUAndy07's picture

Word

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ODEEZ330's picture

This hurts team in the west recruiting in ohio. Talented ohio kids who go to other schools in the B1G want to play against ohio st. Teams in the east can say we play them every year where west will only play them every few yrs

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GV9's picture

Finally, just EAST and WEST for division names.  Only downside is that we have to take in Rutgers and Maryland who have nothing much to offer except a couple of TV markets for the BIGTEN Network to exploit.  Not sure how many people are going to tune in there to watch the turtles and knights get killed each week, at least in football.  

NoVA Buckeye's picture

It's all about subscription money. Ratings are just a bonus.

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Poison nuts's picture

I like it. I love it actually. East is tougher but so what? Give OSU a chance to have a strong strength of schedule argument for the playoffs. I hope they keep an annual game going with Wisconsin as the cross division rivals as opposed to Illinois...

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MediBuck's picture

To be honest, I think these divisions are simply a stopgap until our next round of expansion. No way they throw OSU, scUM, and PSU in the same division and leave Nebraska as the slum lords of a pathetic Great Plains section. Sith Lord Delaney knows there needs to be some semblance of parity for better conference championship viewership. 

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popeurban's picture

Medibuck, this makes a lot of sense.  I hope you are correct.

Seabass1974's picture

I just really wanted to beat Michigan twice in the same year, just once before they changed the conference around like I thought they would. Talk about bragging rights!

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

popeurban's picture

It can happen this year if Michigan holds up their end of the bargain.

4thandinches's picture

So when is the new B1G logo coming out?

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

MN Buckeye's picture

Now maybe Jerry Kill has an outside chance of getting the Gophers into a bowl game on a regular basis, especially since he pays to get out of a potentially competitive non-conference game with North Carolina.

Bucks43201's picture

If UNC, UVA, or FSU joined the B1G...one would assume they are more East teams. Interesting.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Jimmy's picture

"Obviously we got some acceptance [with Legends and Leaders], but not as much as we would have liked."
 
Where was this acceptance...and to whom was it obvious?

Crimson's picture

He bribed some kids with candy bars, and some of his employees were afraid to tell him otherwise.

tdible2132's picture

These divisions are the opposite of parody.  Come on Delaney, first you mess up the names of the divisions.  Now when you correct your mistake on division names you mess up the equality of the divisions.  Can you get ANYTHING right?  Must still be recovering from that opium induced stupor (credit to Ramzy on that gem).

lamplighter's picture

When the southern/western teams come in, look for a north south divide with scUM north and the good guys south

Idaho Helga's picture

I might be in the minority here but I think I'd add Sparty to that list of heavyweights in the East.  Look at the west and tell me who there not named Wisconsin or Nebraska are going to beat Sparty regularly?
 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Iowa seems to always have Dantonio's number, but I have no idea why.

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