The Big Ten is the home of the Legends, and the Leaders.
But not for long, apparently.
A couple of years after somewhat infamously announcing that his league would feature mostly nonsensical division names that said nothing about anything at all, the very wise (and yeah, I really mean that) Jim Delany has finally admitted that he may have kinda-sorta screwed up when he decided in 2010 to green-light the "Leaders" and "Legends" divisional names. More importantly, Delany has signaled that he may be ready revisit the issue of his league's division names ... and, ultimately, go with something a bit more, you know, sensible.
According to a report on Monday from ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy, Delany says he is open to the idea of changing the Big Ten's division names when Rutgers and Maryland join the league starting with the 2014-2015 season. In McMurphy's report, Delany admitted--for the first time, I think--that the "Legends" and "Leaders" nonsense didn't go over well, and so he's welcoming ideas for new names going forward.
And though he didn't outright admit that he's scrapping the ill-advised names, it seems clear that, well, he is. Because otherwise, why would be bring it up?
"I don't take umbrage to negative reaction," Delany said. "I don't necessarily change when I hear it. I think, on the other hand, we said we would test-market it, and we have for a couple of years. We have the opportunity to look at it again. I'm sure we will. Whether or not we change or not is to be determined. I don't have any presumption that we'll change on it, but that doesn't mean we're not looking at it."
He added: "I honestly think building leaders and honoring legends is relevant whether it's a branding campaign or divisional names."
In other words, he's changing the names. As soon as he finds better ones.
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