Jack Hoffman continues to make people smile. It all started with the Nebraska fan and seven-year-old brain cancer patient’s memorable touchdown run in Nebraska’s Red-White Spring Game. It continued later that day, when Hoffman received the Game Ball from Bo Pelini.
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.”
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.
Pretty neat deal here: A U.S. Senator honored Jack Hoffman with a resolution that was adopted by unanimous consent that notes pediatric brain cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among children. Of course, little Jack gained fame for his brilliant 69-yard touchdown run in the Nebraska spring game earlier this month.
A trio of Nebraska pitchers combined for the team’s first no-hitter since 1993 in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of No. 12 Arkansas. Kyle Kubat, in his first appearance of the season, went five innings, while relievers Tyler Niederklein and senior Dylan Vogt combined to throw the final four innings en route to a 3-0 victory.