July 26, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany speaks during the Big Ten media day at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten division realignments to come in 2014


The Legends and Leaders divisions will be no more, instead replaced by East and West as Maryland and Rutgers are set to join the Big Ten conference in 2014.

The Big Ten West division would include Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin according to ESPN. The East would consist of Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, and will restore the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan.

“Just take a ruler and a map [and split the 14 teams],” — ESPN Source

The current division names, enacted in 2010 following the entrance of Nebraska, have not been embraced by fans. The proposed realignment would be more logical and won’t cause an uproar from the schools or fans.

Follow Gold and Gopher on Twitter | Follow Frank Bi on Twitter

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Administration Basketball Gophers Minnesota Minnesota Golden Gophers