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Jim Delany just finished his teleconference on divisional alignment. Some key points
Indiana put out its official release on division alignment and the schedule. It follows.
IU Athletics Releases 2011-2012 Conference Football Schedules, Comments on New Divisional Alignment
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IU Athletics tonight released its 2011 and 2012 Big Ten football schedules following the league’s announcement of new divisions for football effective next season. The new alignment will place Indiana in a division with Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Penn State and Wisconsin.
The alignment ensures that Indiana will annually face longstanding rival Purdue and each other member of its respective division. Indiana’s annual Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue will continue to be played on the final week of the regular season. In addition, the conference has designated that Indiana will annually play a cross division game against Michigan State, which allows the teams to continue to play for The Old Brass Spittoon.
Fred Glass said he got just about everything he wanted from the Big Ten’s divisional alignment.
For the conference itself, he said, he was hoping for balance, something that made geographical sense, and something that maintained traditional rivalries, which were the three tenants that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he was trying to use as criteria. Glass said he thought the division split provided that.
“We wanted competitive balance, for the conference and for IU,” Glass said. “If we made it strictly geographic, we probably would’ve been in the same division as Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan, and I think that would’ve been competitively unfair.”
For his school itself, Glass said it was important to him to keep Purdue in IU’s division and to keep the Old Oaken Bucket game on the final weekend of the regular season. That was also achieved.
“I wanted to play them every year and I wanted it to be the last game,” Glass said. “And I think it’s good that we’re in the same pennant race, if you will.”
The rest of the division also worked out in Glass’s favor with Ohio State, Penn State, Illinois and Wisconsin. Ohio State and Illinois typically draw well because the schools are of short driving distance from Bloomington. Ohio State especially tends to bring a large fan base, which comes close to packing Memorial Stadium.
“I’m really really pleased about that,” he said. “That was sort of gravy. There’s no hiding from the big teams, the traditional powers in the conference. But if I’ve got to play one of the four on a regular basis, I’d sure like it to be Ohio State just because of the attendance.”
Glass’s one quibble with the schedule, though was that to make everything work, the conference had to mostly toss out the home-road rotations that had been in place through 2010. For that reason, the Hoosiers play at Ohio State in both 2010 and 2011.
“It’s kind of a drag to go to Columbus two years in a row both competitively and attendance wise,” Glass said. “But everyone has a story like that. In the big scheme of things, they wanted a balanced division and they did a nice job balancing that.”
This is how Indiana’s conference slates will shake out for the first two years of the new alignment.
Oct. 1 Penn State
Oct. 8 Illinois
Oct. 15 at Wisconsin
Oct. 22 at Iowa
Oct. 29 Northwestern
Nov. 5 at Ohio State
Nov. 19 at Michigan State
Nov. 26 Purdue (more…)
Andy Katz’s report was right. Indiana will play in a division with Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue. The Hoosiers’ permanent crossover opponent will be Michigan State. From the Big Ten:
BIG TEN ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL DIVISION ALIGNMENTS AND 2011 AND 2012 CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
Big Ten division winners to meet in inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game
Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference office announced football division alignments beginning with the 2011 season as recommended by conference directors of athletics and reviewed and supported by the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors. Nebraska will officially begin conference competition in 2011, giving the Big Ten 12 football programs for the first time in conference history.
The winner of each Big Ten division will meet in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, to be played December 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The championship game will determine the Big Ten Champion and the conference’s participant in the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.
The Big Ten football division alignments will include a division featuring Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin, and a division featuring Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern. Each school will play the other five schools within its division and will also face three teams from the other division, including one cross-division matchup guaranteed on an annual basis. The guaranteed cross-division matchups are Illinois-Northwestern, Indiana-Michigan State, Ohio State-Michigan, Penn State-Nebraska, Purdue-Iowa and Wisconsin-Minnesota. Names for each Big Ten football division will be announced at a later date.
From IU sports information:
IU Athletics Enters Agreement with Comcast to Air Athletics Related Programming in Indiana Markets
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced today that the department has entered into an agreement with communications provider Comcast to broadcast IU sporting events and athletics related programming in its Indiana markets on XFINITY channel 81 and On Demand. Events carried by XFINITY are select Olympic sporting events that were not slated for broadcast on the Big Ten Network or BigTenNetwork.com.
Games carried by XFINITY will be broadcast tape delayed on channel 81, HomeTown Sports Indiana, and will be made available for viewing On Demand on Hoosier TV. In addition to sporting events, the Hoosier Country 105.1 IU Football Tailgate Show will also be available On Demand. XFINITY digital cable customers, throughout the state, can access the IU programming by selecting “Hoosier TV” from the On Demand menu and then “Sports.”
“This partnership with Comcast is an ideal opportunity for us to bring our excellent Olympic sports programs to our Indiana fans,” said Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. “We are thrilled to launch this initiative and give our programs the attention they so richly deserve”.
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