New Logo, Divisions & Trophies For Big Ten Conference


The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be joining the Big Ten Conference in time for the next academic year, bringing to 12 the number of schools in this predominately midwestern athletic conference. To mark the occasion, the Big Ten has announced that it is keeping its name and has developed a new logo, established two divisions and created 18 trophies to honor league student athletes.

Big Ten Plus Two

Likely, the Big Ten will come under fire by some for not updating its name to reflect 12 teams. However, the “Big 12” name is already in use and the conference seems more concerned with upholding tradition. Besides, its been 20 years since Penn State made the league an 11 member conference, with the Nebraska Cornhuskers evening out the member count.

“When we announced football division alignments in September, other associated decisions had not yet been made.  We wanted to take some time to listen, carefully consider, and make choices that would best honor our history and traditions, reflect our core values and characteristics, and tell our story,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “We involved many thoughtful, dedicated professionals and we listened to many ideas from our member schools, alumni and fans.”

Divisional Breakdown

The new divisions will be called “Legends” and “Leaders,” the former acknowledging the teams who have the greatest historical connection; the latter for those schools who are building tomorrow’s leaders.

Legends: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern

Leaders: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

In addition to the new logo and divisional breakdown, the Big Ten Conference announced the creation of 18 trophies to honor standout student-athletes and coaches who have contributed to the conference. These trophies will be awarded to football players.

“These trophies will honor our legends and leaders for generations to come,” said Delany.  “The names on these trophies are fitting tributes to the hundreds of thousands of student-athletes and coaches whose hard work and dedication have contributed to the legacy of the Big Ten Conference over the past 115 years.”

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

With the recent addition of Nebraska announced this year, the Big Ten’s expansion plans are believed to be finished, at least for now. Speculation on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s plans are just that — the South Bend, Indiana Roman Catholic institution seems prepared to stay with the Big East Conference in all sports except for football where it is an independent.

Source: Big Ten Conference


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