Thursday, April 25, 2013
B1G presidents to vote Sunday on divisions
By Adam Rittenberg
Big Ten presidents and chancellors will have a conference call Sunday to vote on proposed football divisions for the 2014 season, new division names (East and West) and a move to a nine-game conference schedule beginning in 2016, ESPN.com has learned.
Purdue president Mitch Daniels told The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier that all the proposals are expected to be approved.
"We'll be voting aye unless something changes," Daniels told the Journal and Courier's Hayleigh Colombo. "I’ve talked to [athletic director] Morgan [Burke] about it; we're supportive. It sounds as though that the geographic proposal alignment they suggested, pretty much everybody [was supportive].
"There's one school that's thinking about trying to ask for a change but it didn't sound like that was likely. As it stands, we'll vote for it."
Which school is unhappy? My guess is Michigan State, but maybe not.
Whether the Big Ten makes an official announcement Sunday or a little later remains to be seen, but it doesn't sound like there will be any holdups. League commissioner Jim Delany also will be able to brief the presidents on the College Football Playoff discussions held this week in Pasadena, Calif.
The Journal and Courier's Mike Carmin reports that Purdue's home-and-home series against Missouri, scheduled for 2017 and 2018, is on hold as the school shifts to a schedule model featuring only three non-league games per season rather than the current four. Purdue's 2016 nonconference schedule already looks loaded with Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Nevada.