Report: B1G division names, as well as alignment, could be overhauled
The Big Ten's split into football divisions following the addition of Nebraska was met with public approval.
The subsequent naming of those divisions was not.
Now, it appears those names might not be long for this world.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told ESPN.com the league will consider replacing the "Legends" and "Leaders" division names. A decision could be made by June, according to the report.
The impetus for the possible name change is the league's addition of Rutgers and Maryland, which could also shift the divisional alignment itself.
Michigan currently plays in the Legends Division with Michigan State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. The Leaders Division includes Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Penn State.
"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."
Delany told ESPN.com he was a "little surprised" by the widespread criticism for the division names.
"I don't take umbrage to negative reaction (about the division names)," Delany told ESPN.com. "I don't necessarily change when I hear it. I think on the other hand, we said we would test-market it, and we have for a couple of years. We have the opportunity to look at it again. I'm sure we will.
"We have the opportunity to look at the divisional structure, branding, rivalries and geography all again. Depending on what we do will probably influence exactly how we brand it."
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