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Big Ten changes tradition, not talent

Originally Published: August 22, 2011
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Tradition is a wonderful thing in college football, right up to the point where it becomes a roadblock to progress.

The hidebound Big Ten was at that point. An ancient refusal to play conference games after Thanksgiving left it out of sight and out of mind as other leagues reached a crescendo. The buzz surrounding a conference championship game was absent in the Midwest. Michigan's refusal to host a night game or build luxury suites cost one of the league's marquee programs ...

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