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Dienhart: 13 thoughts on new divisions

The announcement of the new divisions created a buzz across the Big Ten landscape. Leaders and Legends are gone. East and West are in. And a nine-game Big Ten schedule is coming in 2016. Here are 13 observations about the new arrangements. [ RELATED: No more “Legends & Leaders” | Dienhart: It’s the right move | Sound off on BTN Connect ] 1. It is good to have Michigan and Ohio State in the same division. Really. The specter of having them play twice in the same season (in the regular season and then possibly in the Big Ten title

New divisions, schedules ahead for football

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.” Meanwhile, BTN.com senior writer tells our BTN football team not to be so quick to say the East will always be stronger than the West. BTN football analyst Gerry DiNardo prefers the previous set-up was based on competitive balance while Howard Griffith says the East has the edge right now. Find out

East meets West: Big Ten unveils new divisions

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.” We break it all down tonight on “The BTN Football

Big Ten buzzing over reports of new divisions

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. Indiana and Purdue would be the lone protected cross-division rivalry, guaranteeing the in-state foes to meet each season for the hallowed Old Oaken Bucket. Earlier this week Purdue president Mitch Daniels told The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier that everything should

Dienhart: Purdue continues to forge change

Purdue has turned the page for the second time since Joe Tiller stepped aside after the 2008 season, as the wraps are taken off the Darrell Hazell era. One of the top goals this spring was to change attitudes, revise expectations and get tough. Schemes were installed, as well, as Hazell and his staff got familiar with their personnel and what those players can do. Here are my observations from the Boilermakers’ spring game. Watch Purdue video highlights here, and find my ongoing series of Spring Football reviews right here. 1. Nothing too fancy in Darrell Hazell’s first spring practice,

Video: Watch Purdue spring game highlights

The Purdue Black-Gold Spring Game was played Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium on BTN2Go. Watch all the game’s best plays and other notable moments in this post. Remember: All of our Spring Football video clips can be found in our BTN.com video vault. Watch the clips below. [ AP: New Purdue coach takes backseat at first spring game ] BTN highlight package: Akeem Hunt runs it in for TD on last play of first quarter: Shane Mikesky gets second-quarter TD: Kawann Short sideline interview:

Spring Football rolls on Saturday across Big Ten

Five more teams play their spring football games on Saturday with an eye toward next fall. Will we see another magical moment like the one in this video from last Saturday? There are plenty of shoes to fill across the conference, and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart lists them here. And while Ohio State appears to be the favorite to win the Leaders Division, there’s plenty of football to be played between now and the Big Ten Championship on Dec.  7, 2013. Read our latest batch of spring previews here: Indiana, Michigan Northwestern, Ohio State, and Purdue. As usual, we’ll post videos

Hazell Q&A: It's time to climb to the top

Danny Hope guided Purdue to back-to-back bowl games the past two seasons, but there was little momentum behind the program. That’s why Hope was shown the door after going 22-27 overall and 13-19 in the Big Ten in four seasons in West Lafayette and Darrell Hazell was brought in. Hazell is coming off a successful two-year run as head coach at Kent State, taking the Golden Flashes to the GoDaddy.com Bowl last season—the school’s first bowl since Glen Mason was the coach back in 1987. Hazell compiled a 16-10 mark and won the MAC East title and what traditionally has

Listen to this: Spring Q&A with coaches, players

How far does Urban Meyer think his front seven has come on defense? What challenges are on the horizon for Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and his offense? Want to hear Purdue’s Darrell Hazell describe how his staff has come together? Listen to the latest Big Ten Conference teleconferences as each of the 12 Big Ten football coach and a selected player answer questions from the reporters covering their teams as the spring football season rolls on. If you’re not familiar, we post these weekly teleconferences during the season. Find previous posts here for some examples. We’ll do it again this

Spring Preview: Purdue QB battle will heat up

There is a sense of renewed optimism in West Lafayette with the dawn of the Darrell Hazell era. The former Kent State coach and long-time Ohio State assistant has built a strong staff and brought a winning attitude to Purdue. How quickly can he develop an offensive identity? That will be key in trying to get the Boilermakers to a third bowl in a row. Keep an eye on the quarterback battle and offensive line, the two biggest keys for 2013. BTN provides live coverage of Purdue’s spring game at 1 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN2Go only. It will then