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.
Big Ten Announces Football Division Alignments And 2011 and 2012 Conference Schedules – Intercollegiate Athletics
The Big Ten Conference will have a pair of six team divisions starting in 2011. The alignments are as follows:
No names have been given for the divisions, but I half expect them to be called the Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler divisions.
As for Penn State, I find it agreeable enough. Playing Ohio State and Wisconsin annually is attractive, though I’d happily have traded Indiana, Purdue or Illinois for Northwestern. Why? I’d like going to see the Nittany Lions at Northwestern due to the proximity of Chicago.
The Nebraska game is “protected” so the Cornhuskers will be on the schedule every season. I am thrilled about this because due to past history/antipathy, I think both sides will treat this as the biggest conference rivalry.
Here are the revised schedules for the next two seasons:
2011 Penn State Football Schedule
Sept. 3 INDIANA STATE
Sept. 10 ALABAMA
Sept. 17 at Temple
Sept. 24 EASTERN MICHIGAN
Oct. 1 at Indiana
Oct. 8 IOWA
Oct. 15 PURDUE
Oct. 22 at Northwestern
Oct. 29 ILLINOIS
Nov. 12 NEBRASKA
Nov. 19 at Ohio State
Nov. 26 at Wisconsin
2012 Penn State Football Schedule
Sept. 1 OHIO
Sept. 8 at Virginia
Sept. 15 NAVY
Sept. 22 TEMPLE
Sept. 29 at Illinois
Oct. 6 NORTHWESTERN
Oct. 20 at Iowa
Oct. 27 OHIO STATE
Nov. 3 at Purdue
Nov. 10 at Nebraska
Nov. 17 INDIANA
Nov. 24 WISCONSIN
Wisconsin as the final game of the season? Sounds cold. I’m on board with it though, I’ll be curious to hear what the Badgers I know think about it.
Ohio State gets to host Penn State this year and next. This is probably a “correction” for Penn State hosting Ohio State in 1994 and 1995.
At least initially, the 8-game conference schedule will be the norm, though a 9-game schedule may appear in 2015. Oh and Michigan-Ohio State will still be the last game of the season. All conference games will have a bearing on the standings as well, there was some concern only divisional games would count in the standings.
#19 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Youngstown State Penguins — can you feel it?!
Ya, me neither. I have never been this unenthusiastic about the kickoff of a Penn State football season. Ugh,these FCS games are terrible, but they are not going away even as the Big Ten looks to expand to 9 conference games (Patriot-News). As for Saturday’s game, the way I look at it — beating the Penguins is always a good thing. We don’t know who the quarterback(s) will be (CDT), but it shouldn’t matter. I think there will be a rotation between Kevin Newsome and Matt McGloin with Robert Bolden getting a look in the second half.
Here is what being a sacrificial lamb means to Youngstown State – The Vindicator
Bob Flounders of the Patriot-News is chatting at 2 p.m. He wants Nebraska and Penn State to be rivals (Patriot-News). I’m on board, though Flounders probably should have mentioned he is an alumnus of Nebraska.
Speaking of the Cornhuskers, there is a great story on how Nebraska joined the Big Ten in the Omaha World-Herald today. Graham Spanier, a former Nebraska administrator, played a role.
Look for the transcript and hopefully video of Joe Paterno’s press conference later this evening.
I have been pretty nonchalant about the divisional alignment that the Big Ten will rollout for 2012 now that Nebraska is in the conference. I would like to see geography-based divisions, mostly so Penn State would have fewer chances of playing early games in the Central Time Zone. So, here is what it should look like to me:
Off the top of my head, that breaks them down by time zone which would be too easy I guess. I am not going to get worked up about it though if they do something else. I’d also make Penn State and Nebraska protected interdivisional rivals. Oh and my trophy idea for that game: a two-sided Interstate 80 shield. One side with have Pennsylvania, the other will have Nebraska. I-80 is about 12 miles way from Happy Valley and goes right through Lincoln.
Of late though, there has been a great deal of anxiety in the Michigan and Ohio State fanbases about their rivalry. They have played each other at the end of the season since before the world turned from black and white to color. I have even dealt with it in my professional life. I remember in 2007 spending 8 days working on a special Web section at work for that game. About half an hour before I wrapped up, I got the call that “Bo Schembelcher just collapsed” and my wind-down was postponed. I got to post the news that Schembelcher had died.
I get the rivalry and while I don’t particularly care for either program, I would occasionally turn on that game if The Game, Yale vs. Harvard was at the half or something. The Buckeyes vs. Wolverines had its appeal back in the day — gray skies with maybe some flurries, grass and mud, plus great contrasting uniforms and Keith Jackson doing the play by play. Of course, the grass at both stadiums was replaced with rugs and Jackson retired so that fun is not what it was. I’d still like to see it played at the end of the season, but the more I see the reaction of both of those fanbases, as seen on Slow States, the more sympathetic/enthasiastic I am to moving it around.
Rather than hold its football championship game in a venue that promotes the conference’s appealing aspect of playing outdoors in all weather, the Big Ten will be holding its championship game indoors at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Just a shameful decision by the Big Ten to cave into the “let’s not let wheather determine the outcome of a game” crowd. Also, Indy only discovered football when Peyton Manning arrived.
PREVIOUSLY: The Big Ten title game better be outdoors
One of the more popular searches on this blog has been for future Penn State/Big Ten schedules.
If you clicked through, you saw that the formatting was a mess; WordPress does not like the PRE tag and thus the post is unreadable. Its just as well since, according to the Collegian’s Footblog (H/T (Black Shoe Diaries), the conference schedule is probably going to get blown up with Nebraska joining. I hope you didn’t get too excited about that 2011 home schedule with Alabama, Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin because it may look very different. Alabama will still be on it, but who knows about the rest.
Once it all gets sorted out, I’ll get a properly formatted page put together and update it accordingly.
By the way, I’m hoping that the divisional alignment is geographical based on East-West and that Nebraska is the protected out of division rival.
Yesterday, friend to this blog Kevin McGuire wrote an Examiner.com post extolling the virtues of the Big Ten hosting its football championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. I disagree with him and since he’s a good guy, I’ll try to it it respectfully.
Are you kidding? Playing the Big Ten championship game indoors would be contrary to one of things that makes Big Ten football great — the Big Ten is an all-weather league. Every team plays outdoors (Minnesota moved outside last year) in the late-summer heat of September and the cold rain and snow of November. Let the Southerners play indoors and talk about their speed, I want to see power football played on grass and mud, the way it was meant to be played. Weather and field conditions are a vital part of football.
There are several NFL stadiums in the Big Ten footprint that would be suitable. The obvious location, Chicago’s Solider Field comes to mind as ideal. It is near the conference headquarters and roughly in the middle of the footprint. As a Penn State fan, I’d much rather visit Chicago to see the Nittany Lions play for a championship than Indy where they only discovered football when Peyton Manning showed up. Solider Field has real natural grass instead of green plastic strands too. Other locations worth considering include Green Bay’s Lambeau Field (way out there, but a good football town), Cleveland Browns Stadium, even Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. I wouldn’t object to campus locations either. Just keep the game outside and on grass.