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Posted at 4:12 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Big Ten may reconsider Legends, Leaders division names

By Cindy Boren

Legends? Leaders? So maybe those aren't the greatest names for the 12-team Big Ten Conference's two divisions.

The Big Ten is ready to rethink its decision.

"We've had enough experience with names and expansion and development of divisions that we know that you rarely get a 90 percent approval rating," Commissioner Jim Delany said in a WGN radio interview. "But to get a 90 percent non-approval rating was really surprising. It showed that we didn't connect with our fans in a way that we wanted to. It's humbling, to say the least, because we're trying to build fan bases, not push them away.

"I've been around this business a long time, and I would say it's one of the more surprising things. There's a sensibility there that we did not connect with, did not read well."

How about: Bo and Woody? Corn and Soybeans? East Midwest and West Midwest? Six-team division and Other six-team division?

(A nod to Matt Bonesteel)

By Cindy Boren  | December 17, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
Categories:  College football  
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Comments

I thought it couldn't get any more lame than the Atlantic Coast Conference's "Atlantic" and "Coastal" divisions. But the Big Whatever managed to top that with "Leaders" and "Legends". Awful stuff.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 17, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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