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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Division names: ACC wins

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

When the ACC expanded and divided into the Atlantic and Coastal divisions, it took a while for most of us to get used to the division names and to remember which teams were in which divisions.

Since then, it's caught on, and I don't know about you, but I really don't think twice about it anymore.

I'm going to be tripping, though, over the Big Ten's "Legends and Leaders" divisions.

What? Legends and Leaders? It sounds like the name of two separate golf courses, or a swanky bar at a country club: "Welcome to Legends and Leaders, what'll it be today, sir? Which course did you play, the Legends or the Leaders?"

In an interviewwith Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg, Big Ten commisioner Jim Delany scoffed at the ACC's Atlantic and Coastal Division names:

What about more generic geographical names: Plains, Great Lakes, Prairies, and so on?

JD:Well, we thought that those were not compelling. Like Coastal and Atlantic [in the ACC], you've got people in the mountains that are coastal. We've got schools and how do you tie them in? We've got people who are near cities and near prairies. When you really started doing it and testing it, you're going to run into anomalies of schools not necessarily being in prairies or on lakes. We really examined the lakes concept and we really examined the prairies concept, what I would call the geological concepts.


(Re: "people in the mountains," ... Psst, Virginia Tech fans, I think he's talking to you.)

The ACC's division names might not be true to the GPS, but they fit the conference. In time, the Big Ten's division names will likely become second nature, too, but until then, I'll be at Legends and Leaders mulling over at least a dozen better names.