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The Big Ten office announced the conference schedule for the 2014 football season today, as approved by the Big Ten Directors of Athletics. The 2014 schedule will consist of eight games for each of the Big Ten’s 14 teams, feature a new division alignment, include the conference debut of Maryland and Rutgers and culminate with the fourth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game.

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Dienhart: Just say 'No' to divisions for hoops

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At its spring meetings in Chicago, the Big Ten may discuss if it should have divisional play in basketball, as Rutgers and Maryland are set to join the league in 2014 to make the conference a 14-team entity. My advice: The Big Ten should take a lead from the other major conferences—ACC (12 teams), SEC (14), Pac-12 (12), old Big East (15), Atlantic 10 (16)–and not have divisional play.

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Video: Big Ten's Delany on new plans

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Jim Delany on B1G Conference News

In a 20-minute interview Sunday, BTN’s Dave Revsine talks to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany about the conference’s new football division for 2014, an expanded nine-game conference football schedule, and the state of the BCS. Delany explains why and how geography came to be the driver for the seven-team East and West division.

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New divisions, schedules ahead for football

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B1G Replaces Division Names

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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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.

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Dienhart: ACC agreement could halt realignment

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Rutgers Joins the Big Ten: Commissioner Jim Delany Statement

News that the ACC announced a grant of rights agreement may put the kibosh on conference realignment, including any future plans the Big Ten may have had. The grant of rights agreement pledges a school’s media rights to a conference for a set number of years. If a school leaves a conference under those terms, it would forfeit those rights to the former conference.

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Leaders & Legends: Name change ahead?

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Big Ten Expansion: How to Shape Divisions

It seems the moment the Big Ten announced in 2010 that it would name its divisions “Leaders” and “Legends,” there was an outcry from people who found names are pretentious, arrogant and just downright confusing. Others preferred simple geographic names like, say, East and West.

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Division changes: What do our experts think?

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Conversation on Big Ten Divisions

BTN asked for your feedback on three ideas for Big Ten divisional realignment, and thousands of viewers and readers sounded off. On Monday night’s “BTN Football Report,” our experts kicked these ideas around and discussed the topic of divisional alignment.

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Which division ideas do you prefer?

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One of the hottest debates around the Big Ten Conference’s announced plan to expand to 14 schools revolves around the future look of the two divisions. Currently, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern reside in the Legends Division while Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin are in the Leaders Division.

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Tuesday's links: Here comes Lewan vs. Clowney

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Big Ten Expansion: How to Shape Divisions

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It’s getting cold outside across the Big Ten, but you’ll find plenty to warm you up in my daily links, beginning with one of the hottest individual matchups in the bowl season pitting Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. This is Coke vs. Pepsi, Balboa vs. Lang, Coyote vs. Roadrunner big. I can’t wait.

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What should happen to Big Ten divisions?

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Big Ten Expansion: How to Shape Divisions

On tonight’s episode of “The Football Report,” our TV analysts tackled the expansion-related topic of the Big Ten Conference football divisions. Before you watch and see what our guys think, come tell us what you think in this post.

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Surveying fans: Your thoughts on Big Ten changes?

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Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany appeared on a panel with Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive and Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco this week and described the Big Ten as “inactive but alert” when it comes to the current expansion landscape. Last month, Rutgers and Maryland announced they would both be joining the Big Ten Conference.

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Q&A: Let's talk bowls, hoops & Big Ten expansion

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Dunks of the Week - Dec. 4th, 2012

Throughout the year BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart answers the best of your questions in his weekly and informative mailbag posts. With football’s regular season over, we turn our attention to men’s basketball, bowl games, and the ongoing fan discussion around Big Ten expansion. We know there are strong opinions out there, so send Dienhart a note and tell him what’s on your mind.

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Sound off: What do you think about expansion?

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Big Ten Fans on B1G Realignment

In case you missed it this weekend, we’re opening up the lines for you to tell the Big Ten Conference your answers to the key questions surrounding the latest conference expansion. The future additions of Maryland and Rutgers as the 13th and 14th conference members sparked debate, and BTN will be discussing these issues for the entire month of December.

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Big Ten expansion: Tell the Big Ten what you think

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Big Ten Fans on B1G Realignment

The Big Ten Conference made a little more news recently when it announced Maryland and Rutgers would become the conference 13th and 14th members, respectively. Now, for the entire month of December, BTN will discuss the very questions stirred up by conference expansion and we want you tell us where you stand, too.

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What to do with Big Ten divisions?

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Dave Revsine Talks with Commissioner Jim Delany

As BTN’s Gerry DiNardo mentioned during Tuesday’s coverage of Rutgers joining the Big Ten, there are three variables to consider when creating the conference’s new divisions: 1. Competitive balance; 2. geography; and 3. rivalries.

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Dienhart: Latest moves will shake things up

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Changing Tradition

And then there were 14. We all knew this day was coming, right? We all knew the Big Ten would grow to 14 schools. The SEC made the move prior to this season, which certainly had to catch the eye of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.

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