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Big Ten reveals division names, hilarity ensues

Jim Delany

In one of the most insufferable, pretentious television program you would ever want to see, the Big Ten announced Monday afternoon on their own network, among other things, the names of their six-team divisions that will be in play beginning next football season.

And, quite frankly, they blew it in absolutely spectacular, hilarious fashion.

In what’s been a highly anticipated decision, commissioner Jim Delany announced that the names of the divisions will be… wait for it… here it comes… “Legends” and “Leaders”.

In a statement, Delany explains the insanity rationale behind the names.

“‘Legends’ is a nod to our history and to the people associated with our schools who are widely recognized as legends – student-athletes, coaches, alumni and faculty. ‘Leaders’ looks to the future as we remain committed to fostering leaders, the student-athletes who are encouraged to lead in their own way for the rest of their lives, in their families, in their communities and in their chosen professions,” said Delany. “We’re proud of our many legends and even prouder of our member institutions that develop future leaders every day.”

Here’s how the divisional alignment will now look:

The Legends Division
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern

The Leaders Division
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Wisconsin

As if the divisional names weren’t bad enough, the new logos were also introduced.  If there was one word to describe the revamped look, it would have to be “nouveau dull”.

Here’s a sampling of the new logos; all of the logos can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Finally, thank goodness, the conference also announced the names of a whopping 18 trophies to be handed out for various honors.

The hardware for the Big Ten title game winner will be called the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy, named for legendary coaches Amos Alonzo Stagg and Joe Paterno.  The most valuable player in the title game will receive the Grange-Griffin Championship Game MVP, which honors the legendary Red Grange and two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin.

Below is the complete list of football trophy names:

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57 Responses to “Big Ten reveals division names, hilarity ensues”
  1. suckitflorio says: Dec 13, 2010 1:32 PM

    i love the big ten but this is terrible on all fronts…

  2. soflatrojan says: Dec 13, 2010 1:36 PM

    It’s nice to see the let the local elementary school design the new logo. The old B10 logo was very creative but this logo and the division names are horrible.

  3. cowboys4life says: Dec 13, 2010 1:37 PM

    Just another example of a horrible conference….SEC SEC SEC SEC

  4. huskerguy says: Dec 13, 2010 1:48 PM

    They actually paid someone for that logo!? Wow… just wow… we waited for this. I feel like Charlie Brown running to kick the football and it was yanked away.

  5. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 13, 2010 1:52 PM

    ROFL

  6. pajoe says: Dec 13, 2010 1:54 PM

    What’s with the two person names awards? That’s really tacky, just call it what it is. I’ve never even heard of some of those guys!

    Legends and Leaders? I hope they didn’t actually pay a PR firm to come up with those, sounds more like pee wee football divisions to me. Does everyone on the teams get a trophy at the end of the year? I’m suprised they didn’t announce that as well.

    I’m a big ten fan, but they blew it on this one!!

  7. ragtag61 says: Dec 13, 2010 1:57 PM

    That is not the way to remain respectable!

  8. superfbfan says: Dec 13, 2010 2:05 PM

    Leaders and Legends?? lol! Should have named the divisions “overrated” and “underachievers”…but really they should be “Michigan’s Division” and “Ohio State’s Division”

  9. osufanstill says: Dec 13, 2010 2:07 PM

    I am an OSU alumnus… I am embarrassed!!!

  10. mrcowpatty says: Dec 13, 2010 2:08 PM

    Were they required to take a drug test before they made this decision? Better yet, where they required to take a drug test after they made this decision?

  11. WingT says: Dec 13, 2010 2:28 PM

    How proud all you Big 10 fans must be.

    ROTFLMAO……oh, I can’t catch my breath, ROTFLMAO…

    Legends and Leaders????? ROTFLMAO

  12. jpryan06 says: Dec 13, 2010 2:31 PM

    Yeah this falls into the realm of epic failure… like Gap Logo style failure. New Coke style failure.

    I predict they’ll have great fanfare when they release the NEW names of the conferences this time next year.

  13. raiderredleg says: Dec 13, 2010 2:38 PM

    My goodness…Does is there ANY quality control in the BIG 10?

    First the Wrigley Field fiasco and now this?

  14. gamecockinfl says: Dec 13, 2010 2:48 PM

    And they still need to learn to count, oh yea, Big 12 is taken. Surprised they don’t insist it is there right to own the name. SEC, the best!!

  15. Deb says: Dec 13, 2010 2:50 PM

    Rod Woodson is sharing an award title with Jack Tatum.

    Yeah, it’s an ugly logo. Leaders and Legends is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.

    Rod Woodson is sharing an award title with Jack Tatum.

    I can’t believe Dick Butkus is sharing an award title with anyone.

    But Rod Woodson is sharing an award title with Jack Tatum.

    Rod Woodson. Sharing. Title. Jack. Tatum. Jack Tatum. And Rod Woodson.

    Someone needs to be fired.

    Someone needs to be institutionalized.

    Rod Woodson is sharing an award title with Jack Tatum.

    That’s not funny. That’s just … disturbing.

    Legends and Leaders is funny.

  16. lucky5927 says: Dec 13, 2010 2:52 PM

    It takes a lot to make the Big East and ACC look good…. Keep up the great work Big Ten! :-)

  17. Deb says: Dec 13, 2010 2:55 PM

    Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler are sharing an award title?????

    Have mercy.

    That would be like Bear Bryant and the General sharing an award title.

    Yankees are odd people.

    Rod Woodson should have played in the SEC. We wouldn’t make him share an award title with Jack Tatum. Jack freakin’ Tatum. Good grief! :roll:

  18. huskerguy says: Dec 13, 2010 2:55 PM

    The only time the Big East and ACC can look good is when they break up and the teams join a real conference. Heard the Big 12 is looking…

  19. WingT says: Dec 13, 2010 2:58 PM

    I know who Dick Butkus is but who the hell is Pat Fitzgerald?

    I swear, I’m not being sarcastic this time but I have been following college football for a very long time and I have never heard of Pat Fitzgerald.

  20. dkhhuey says: Dec 13, 2010 2:59 PM

    Seriously????

    Okay, the 1st rule about the next Big Ten meeting is:

    1 – NO FREAKIN POT OR ALCOHOL can be consumed prior to meetings.

    2 – NO FREAKIN POT OR ALCOHOL can be consumed prior to meetings.

    3 – NO FREAKIN POT OR ALCOHOL can be consumed prior to meetings.

  21. superfbfan says: Dec 13, 2010 3:07 PM

    @Deb
    Jack Tatum was really good. You might want to look him up. Probably the most feared “hit-man” to play…

  22. jpryan06 says: Dec 13, 2010 3:09 PM

    The Big Ten has won the New Coke-Gap Logo Award for Excellence in Marketing…

  23. raiderredleg says: Dec 13, 2010 3:10 PM

    @ Deb

    The man is dead…ease up on the Jack Tatum hate.

    He was one of the best defensive backs that ever played in the Big Ten. Ohio State when 27-2 during his career and played in two national championships (winning one).

    R-E-L-A-X.

    At any rate the award should have been simply named just the “Woodson Award” (that way both Rod AND Charles could take credit for its name).

  24. superfbfan says: Dec 13, 2010 3:15 PM

    @deb

    Found a link! Look at 2:15 min. The Assassin!

  25. schmittsgay says: Dec 13, 2010 3:38 PM

    Who is the Century’s Best safety/cornerback?

    Deion Sanders 28% 952 votes
    Dick “Night Train” Lane 10% 346 votes
    Jack Tatum 8% 255 votes
    Paul Krause 3% 87 votes
    Rod Woodson 8% 285 votes
    Ronnie Lott 43% 1429 votes
    Total: 3354 votes

  26. 1990tiger says: Dec 13, 2010 3:39 PM

    WingT says: Dec 13, 2010 2:58 PM
    I know who Dick Butkus is but who the hell is Pat Fitzgerald?
    I swear, I’m not being sarcastic this time but I have been following college football for a very long time and I have never heard of Pat Fitzgerald.
    _____________________
    Fitzgerald is the current head coach of Northwestern.

    Legends and Leaders? That is really, really stupid. Why not go with say…..North and South or East and West? Maybe not original but certainly not laughable.

    My money says that they will realize how stupid their name choices are and will change the names of the divisions before the start of the next season.

  27. bernieboy79 says: Dec 13, 2010 3:44 PM

    @WingT

    are you serious? you really have no clue?

    if so, you’re making yourself look really bad.

  28. Joel says: Dec 13, 2010 4:16 PM

    Crystal Pepsi, Cop Rock, and Zubaz Pants thinks this is funny. But since Delaney is the most powerful man in college football, the other Big 10 schools will give him a pass.

    Gordon Gee is on line #4 right now to extoll the virtues of playing in the “Leaders Division.”

  29. ottobaby says: Dec 13, 2010 4:17 PM

    Griese-Brees—– BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA

  30. WingT says: Dec 13, 2010 4:18 PM

    @bernieboy
    I am serious – I truly had never heard of Pat Fitzgerald. I guess I do look bad but I was just being honest.

    I guess I would have known who he was if I was a Big 10 fan, but I’m not. I have followed the SEC for over 45 years.

  31. ottobaby says: Dec 13, 2010 4:20 PM

    How about Sacca-Nuts

  32. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Dec 13, 2010 4:32 PM

    Moms wearing the B10 logo will also be delivering oranges at halftime.

  33. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Dec 13, 2010 4:34 PM

    Also, the I looks like a freaking 1, could they not find SOME way to get a 2 in the logo somehow. They were creative in getting the actual number in the logo when it was the Big Eleven.

  34. iamalwayscorrect says: Dec 13, 2010 4:38 PM

    Quite entertaining this BIG 10 conference is.

    But really folks, the only TRUE, LOGICAL, names for the divisions that reflect ACCURACY are:

    Overrated
    and
    Never Rated

  35. CJ says: Dec 13, 2010 4:44 PM

    tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle,

    The G looks like a zero or a six, IMO. Either we in the Big 10 still can’t count, or it’s time to start the next round of conference realignment rumors. After all, we’re not just “legends”, we’re “leaders” too.

    Whatever that means.

  36. frank booth says: Dec 13, 2010 4:57 PM

    They forgot about the Schlichter-Clarett Citizenship Award and the Mandarich-Boston Enhanced Performace Awards.

  37. 1990tiger says: Dec 13, 2010 5:21 PM

    What is really funny about this is their insistence on keeping the conference name “Big 10″ when there are 12 teams in the conference. Does that mean that 2 of the teams don’t count or that the conference itself can’t count?

  38. WingT says: Dec 13, 2010 5:32 PM

    @1990tiger
    Thanks for the info on Fitzgerald. But I have another question, who is Northwestern? ….j/k

    I’m pulling for your tigers in the NC game…damn that almost hurt to say it, lol

    Roll Tide

  39. tlndma says: Dec 13, 2010 5:38 PM

    Ted Kwalick didn’t play in the Big Ten. He may not even have played a game vs. a Big Ten team(not going to bother to research it). There wasn’t a Big Ten alumnus they could have chosen?

  40. Deb says: Dec 13, 2010 5:50 PM

    GOOD GRIEF, superfbfan, I know who Jack Tatum was!!!!

    That’s the PROBLEM!!!

    The ASSASSIN is sharing an award with ROD WOODSON!!!!

    At least the Raiders fan understands ;)

    It’s a Raiders/Steelers thing.

    Yes, I know Rod played for the Raiders. We overlook that. Because it’s Rod. We even overlook that he played for the Ravens. Because it’s Rod.

    Charles who? ;)

    Only Rod, the Snake, and Rolando McClain get a pass. Roll Tide!!

    But Jack Tatum???

    No no no no no 8)

  41. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Dec 13, 2010 5:55 PM

    And in related news, the Pac-10 and reformatted Big 12 announced the names of its two divisions later on in their own press conference. The division names are:

    Pac-10
    California Division
    Everybloodybody Else Division

    Big 12
    Everything’s Bigger (including our cut of the money) Division
    Leftovers Division

    What a joke. Go Legends Division?

  42. blitz4848 says: Dec 13, 2010 5:59 PM

    Would be more fitting if they were…..
    Ancient Legends and Wannabe Leaders

  43. Deb says: Dec 13, 2010 6:03 PM

    schmittsgay …

    Forget polls of biased fans who probably don’t know a football from a brown hard-boiled egg.

    Among other things, former All Pro Rod Woodson, who made the Pro Bowl at three different positions, is a first ballot Hall of Famer and was one of only five then-active NFL players to make the league’s 75th anniversary team of the best players ever at their position (corner) in league history. Now if you want to talk Ronnie Lott, fine. He was another of the five active players to make the 75th anniversary team. But although they are all great, no one else on that list but “Night Train” Lane should even be mentioned in the same sentence. Deion Sanders was a great cover corner, but he couldn’t hit anyone if you put a gun to his head. Woodson was a phenomenal all-around corner.

    The best testimony to Woodson’s greatness is that you can go to a post about him on PFT and find Steelers, Bengals (where he coached this off-season), and Ravens fans all agreeing on what a great player he was and what a terrific human being he is. You generally can’t get fans of those three teams to agree the sky is blue.

  44. edgy says: Dec 13, 2010 6:52 PM

    tlndma says:

    Ted Kwalick didn’t play in the Big Ten.

    *****************************

    Chicago isn’t in the Big 10 any more so what’s the fuss? That being said, Charlie Sanders of Minnesota would have been a better choice. More catches, All-Pro and Pro Bowls AND a member of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, something that Ted never achieved.

  45. superfbfan says: Dec 13, 2010 7:06 PM

    @deb

    sorry bout that..thought you didn’t know who Tatum was..all is forgiven…Steelers look good this year..Big Ben seems poised to “force” his way into the super bowl;)

  46. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Dec 13, 2010 7:18 PM

    @ edgy and

    tlndma says:
    Dec 13, 2010 5:38 PM
    Ted Kwalick didn’t play in the Big Ten. He may not even have played a game vs. a Big Ten team(not going to bother to research it). There wasn’t a Big Ten alumnus they could have chosen?

    The awards are named for these guys for what they did in the Big 10, and should not be based on pro careers. Having said that I agree that there should have been a more logical choice. If the TE was to come from PSU I would say Kyle Brady. He played a major role on that PSU team that was robbed of a chance at a NC, and was a top 10 draft choice as a result of his play.

  47. Deb says: Dec 13, 2010 9:24 PM

    @superfbfan …

    That’s okay LOL I’d like to think we were poised for a Super Bowl run. But we’ll have to, a-hem, force our way past the Patriots, and they seem to have our number. Drat that Captain America! ;)

  48. lostdupree says: Dec 13, 2010 10:01 PM

    I like “SlOW Children Playing” and “Slower Children Playing”…

  49. bigthunderbolt says: Dec 13, 2010 10:17 PM

    What the heck was wrong with “Alonzo Stagg Division” and “Fielding Yost Division”? Honor ancient coaches, avoid controvesy. You buy time for when the whole league has to go to divisions in all sports down the road.

    Call the Championship Trophy the Paterno Trophy – he sure has earned it on and off the field.

    Take the old logo and get rid of the “11″ It was just fine.

    Delany is out of control.

  50. bigthunderbolt says: Dec 13, 2010 10:19 PM

    Make the changes! It’s not too late!

  51. rick1922 says: Dec 13, 2010 11:35 PM

    Man there is a Trophy for just about everyone That plays in the BIG TEN .Names for the Divs.are BAD, BAD, BAD.

  52. akjoefuss says: Dec 13, 2010 11:39 PM

    OMG and how are we supposed to take this conference serious?

    Glad I am a fan of the SEC.

  53. pandebailey says: Dec 14, 2010 12:18 AM

    What, there’s no dual-name trophy for the best Special Teams player of Slavic decent?

    Lord, Nebraska isn’t even in the Big Ten yet, and we’re feeling nervous about how we explain all this!

    Legends and Leaders divisions?…..OMG. It sounds like something a Junior Achievement group would come up with. The Huskers joined the Big Ten in part because of the superior wisdom and advanced thinking of the elite schools involved. So we get Legends and Leaders Divisions? What does that even mean? Bo was a Legend and Woody was a Leader? How about Okie and Dokie instead?

  54. dkhhuey says: Dec 14, 2010 10:26 AM

    #
    frank booth says: Dec 13, 2010 4:57 PM

    They forgot about the Schlichter-Clarett Citizenship Award and the Mandarich-Boston Enhanced Performace Awards.

    ___________________________________

    Now that is just plain hysterical!!!!

  55. pigskinfan says: Dec 14, 2010 10:26 AM

    Now I understand why supporters of the Big X allways comment on the intellectual superiority of their schools/fans compared to the SEC. I only hope that we can get that same bunch of brilliant people to band together and rename the SEC and its divisions. We’ll end up with the “SUPER 9″ and the divisions will be the “@$$ Kickers” and the “Name Takers”. Can’t wait!!!

  56. pigskinfan says: Dec 14, 2010 10:32 AM

    Hey 1990tiger, you said: What is really funny about this is their insistence on keeping the conference name “Big 10″ when there are 12 teams in the conference. Does that mean that 2 of the teams don’t count or that the conference itself can’t count? —
    NO the other two teams just aren’t BIG.

  57. wallacejay says: Dec 15, 2010 4:32 PM

    I’m not even sure where to start, so I’ll just leave it at “Wow!”

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