So the Big Ten Conference will move to two new football East and West divisions in 2014 and a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. In an interview with BTN on Sunday, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said, “Being broader, being larger, geography had to play a larger part.”
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It’s official: The Big Ten Conference will have new division alignments set to begin in 2014 and nine-game Big Ten Conference schedules for 2016 after the recommendations were unanimously approved by school athletic directors and supported by the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors. In a statement released by the conference, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said, “Big Ten directors of athletics concluded four months of study and deliberation with unanimous approval of a future football structure that preserved rivalries and created divisions based on their primary principle of East/West geography.”
In a move that had been speculated for months with Rutgers and Maryland poised to join the Big Ten and make it a 14-team league in 2014, the conference is apparently set to announce divisional realignment based on geography. Conference presidents and chancellors will reportedly vote on the divisions, new division names, and an expanded league schedule format on Sunday.
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There are some tweets that are hard to believe at first glance. For example, Michigan athletic media relations intern Laura Raines’ tweet Wednesday. See the tweet in this post.
One week after throwing out the first pitch at Comerica Park, Michigan product Denard Robinson was at it again at Tuesday’s Notre Dame-Michigan game. This time, Robinson did the honors in a No. 42 Michigan jersey, an obvious tribute to Jackie Robinson Day. Oh, and unlike the Tigers’ game, Robinson reached the plate and came close to throwing a strike. Much better, Denard!