When the Big Ten plays its first conference championship game next season, it'll be the Leaders division against the Legends division. Hold up, did I just say Leaders versus the Legends? Maybe I did… Would someone please wake me up? There is no way I meant what I just said.
The conference, expanding to 12 teams in all sports and adding divisions and a championship game in football starting next season. They also unveiled a new logo and 18 football awards, each named after two standout Big Ten performers.
“The Legends, not too hard in that we have 215 College Football Hall of Fame members, we have 15 Heisman Trophy winners,” Commissioner Jim Delany said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We thought it made perfect sense to recognize the iconic and the legendary through the naming of the division in that regard. ... We've had plenty of leaders in the conference, that's for sure, but the emphasis here is to recognize the mission of using intercollegiate athletics and higher education to build future leaders.”*