Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Big Ten alignment notes

It's official. Your Big Ten football (about more which later) conferences are as rumored:

Schembechler Conference*Hayes Conference*
MichiganOhio State
NebraskaPenn State
Michigan StatePurdue

Michigan will keep its cross-divisional rivalry with Ohio State and, at least for now, The Game will be played on the last week of the Big Ten season.

Other notes:
- There will be a championship game that, after the 2011 game which will be in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, will change locations.
- These alignments are for football only. Delany said, "Basketball will deal with alignment itself", which kind of sounds like, "I don't really care about basketball. It'll get taken care of eventually."
- *The conference names aren't set but there's a good chance we end up with (or at least we should end up with) "Hayes" and "Schembechler" conference names. Delany said something along the lines of, "There are a lot of legendary coaches and players etc. from the conference. We'll announce names for the divisions soon."
- The Big Ten is also going to have a new logo soon but will keep the Big Ten name (obviously).
- There won't be a 9th conference game in 2011 but it sounds like they'll go that way eventually.
- Michigan's 2011 conference schedule is as such:

10/1 - Minnesota
10/8 - @Northwestern
10/15 - @Michigan State
10/22 - bye
10/29 - Purdue
11/5 - @Iowa
11/12 - @Illinois
11/19 - Nebraska
11/26 - Ohio State

That's about all in terms of information given out today.


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