Today, the Big Ten Conference officially welcomes the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. I thought I would welcome them too:
Big 10 recommends hockey league – The Collegian
Since the announcement that Penn State would sponsor varsity hockey after Terry Pegula donated $88 million to start the program, it was anticipated that the Big Ten would eventually form a hockey conference. That eventuality appears as though it will be sooner than later. Yesterday, the Big Ten athletic directors announced that they are recommending to university presidents that men’s ice hockey become an official varsity sport starting for 2013-2014 season. The Nittany Lions would play the 2012-13 season as an independent before joining Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota, Michigan State and Michigan in Big Ten play for the 2013-14 season. The expected late 2013 completion of the Pegula Ice Arena encouraged the ADs to get this moving quickly. Additionally, the desire to get games on the Big Ten Network has hastened the process. Formal approval is likely to come from university presidents in June.
No word one whether the Leaders and Legends division names will be used.
The Slow States write-up is worth a read as well.
This afternoon, the Big Ten Conference revealed their new logo and the names of the divisions. The Leaders division includes Penn State, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin and Ohio State. The Legends division includes Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern.
There are a whole lot of new trophies too and they all have hyphenated names. The winner of the championship game is awarded the Stagg-Paterno Trophy, named after Chicago coach Amos Alonzo Stagg and Penn State coach Joe Paterno. I find it amusing that the trophy is named after a coach whose school that left the conference over 60 years ago and somebody who entered only 17 years ago.
My initial reaction is that the division names are a little pretentious, but I am okay with them because they are not named after Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler like I thought they would be. Naming divisions after a coach who got fired for hitting an opposing player and folded like Superman on laundry day in bowl games, respectively, would have been embarrassing to anyone not from the so-called “big 2″ of the conference. I am the Ohio State and Michigan fans are upset which is great for the rest of us. I’m disappointed there is a Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year trophy though.
Penn Staters are included in the names of several trophies:
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year – Courtney Brown
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year – Ted Kwalick
The linebacker trophy doesn’t include a Penn Stater though which is disappointing. I have no problem with Butkus being on the name, but I’d put several Nittany Lions above Pat Fitzgerald. We’ll just assume the conference needed to meet its Northwestern quota on that one.
The logo proves once again that I need to set up a graphic design firm. The existing Big11Ten logo is clever, this new one is just there.
The Big Ten Conference new divisions don’t have names yet and it is not a reach to think they will be named the Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler divisions. That is only acceptable to me Ohio State is in the Bo division and Michigan is in the Woody division.
Of course there is something to be said for calling the division that Penn State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Purdue is in the Charlie Bauman (ESPN Classic) division.
As for Schembechler, has their ever been a more overrated college football coach? He never won a national title or went undefeated. Joe Paterno went undefeated in his second Big Ten season and won the Rose Bowl. Some say he won a national championship too. Schembechler lost twice as many bowl games as he won too. I’d rather see a Barry Alvarez division than a Bo Schembechler division. We know there won’t be a Joe Paterno division though.