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Report: Big Ten’s Legends and Leaders division names are on their way out

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Like many fads, the Big Ten Legends and Leaders division names didn’t last long. What was initially an innovative way to delineate two sides of the conference turned out to be the Pepsi Clear of college football.

So the Big Ten is going the conventional route and changing its division names to the standard geographical classification of East and West in 2014 when Maryland and Rutgers join the conference.

According to ESPN.com, the Big Ten West includes the six teams located in the Central time zone — Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin — plus Purdue.

The Big Ten East would include Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

The Big Ten presidents and chancellors are expected to vote on the name changes and new divisions next week as well as a nine-game conference schedule beginning in 2016.

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