Big Ten Divisions: Legends, Leaders
Those are the names for the Big Ten Conference's divisions, announced Monday by commissioner Jim Delany.
Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin will make up the Leaders Division. Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern will make up the Legends Division.
The division names were needed when the Big Ten added Nebraska as its 12th member for the 2011-12 season. The inaugural Big Ten football championship will be held Dec. 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Delany said the names were chosen by looking "to our history and look to our future," Delany said. "There was no way we could put geographic names on these."
The league also announced the winner of the Big Ten football championship will receive the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy, honoring Amos Alonzo Stagg and Joe Paterno. The championship game MVP receives the Grange-Griffin trophy, in honor of Red Grange and Archie Griffin.