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Big Ten to drop Legends and Leaders division names

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Michigan Stadium, home of the University of Michigan Wolverines football team and nicknamed "The Big House," is photographed in Ann Arbor, M
Michigan Stadium, home of the University of Michigan Wolverines football team and nicknamed "The Big House," is photographed in Ann Arbor, M

The Big Ten is doing away with the Legends and Leaders as the names for its divisions.  According to ESPN, the names will be replaced with the simpler East and West when Maryland and Rutgers join the league in 2014.  The alignment will be done purely on geography.  The Big Ten West will include the six teams located in the Central time zone -- Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin -- plus Purdue.  The Big Ten East will include Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, OhioState, PennState and Rutgers.  Indiana and Purdue will be the only protected game between teams from the East and West.  Big Ten presidents and chancellors are expected to approve the change and okay a move to a nine-game football conference schedule starting in 2016.

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