The Big Ten has named their new divisions the Legends and Leaders, it was announced today. The conference also released a new logo (pictured at right).
With the addition of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Big Ten has twelve teams. The conference is now split into two divisions of six and a championship game will pit the two division champs against each other.
The inaugural Big Ten Championship Game will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Legends – Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska & Northwestern
Leaders – Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue & Wisconsin
“‘Legends’ is a nod to our history and to the people associated with our schools who are widely recognized as legends – student-athletes, coaches, alumni and faculty. ‘Leaders’ looks to the future as we remain committed to fostering leaders, the student-athletes who are encouraged to lead in their own way for the rest of their lives, in their families, in their communities and in their chosen professions,” said Delany. “We’re proud of our many legends and even prouder of our member institutions that develop future leaders every day.”