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Big Ten to revisit division names

So you didn’t like Legends and Leaders as the Big Ten’s football division names? Neither did anyone else, which apparently has caused Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany to reconsider.

Delany said in an interview with Chicago radio station WGN the league could change the names as soon as just after the first of the year.

Although the names were selected to highlight the Big Ten’s history, they have “to a great extent it’s fallen on deaf ears,” Delany said.

“I think we have enough experience with names, and expansion and development of divisions, to know that you never, rarely, get 90 percent approval rating,” Delany said during the interview. “But to get a 90 percent non-approval rating was, you know, really surprising.”

Read the complete story here.

Crean wants conference season to start earlier in December

We’ll get the basics out of the way first. Indiana junior guard Verdell Jones is still day-to-day with the ankle injury that kept him out most of the second half of Saturday’s game with Kentucky. Second, Indiana coach Tom Crean said finals week practices have been productive, and that rebounding and boxing out have been the focus. Third, his biggest concern about Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in today’s 7 p.m. game is its ability to put a full squad of shooters on the floor.

With that out of the way, let’s get to Tom Crean’s suggestions about altering the Big Ten schedule so there aren’t league games during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Crean was asked during Thursday’s media availability session if he believed all conference games should be played after Jan. 1. He said first he thought the conference should shorten its schedule from 18 games to 16, but if that isn’t an option, he’d rather see a game or two played at the beginning of December sometime before the beginning of finals when the students are still on campus.

His rationale follows: (more…)

Saffold: SI’s Re-Do No. 4 pick

There are no mulligans in the NFL Draft, but a story on Sports Illustrated’s website argues that if there was, Rodger Saffold should be the No. 4 pick in the 2010 draft. Worth a read.

Dickerson named to Preseason NCBWA All-American Team

Indiana left fielder Alex Dickerson has been named to the preseason National College Baseball Writers Association All-American team after winning the Big Ten triple crown a year ago.

The release from IU sports info follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior outfield Alex Dickerson has been named a Preseason First Team All-American by the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Dickerson was placed on the NCBWA’s First Team All-America squad following the 2010 season and his Big Ten triple crown performance.

Dickerson wrapped up his second season in an IU uniform with a .419 average, 99 hits (tied for third all-time), 24 home runs (second), 75 RBI (fifth), 19 doubles (seventh) and an .805 slugging percentage (third). He finished seventh nationally in home runs and total bases, and eighth in slugging percentage. He enters his junior season with 38 longballs, just nine home runs shy of the school record. He also carries a 17-game hitting streak into the 2011 season.

So you want to know what’s going on in Vegas?

BeatPurdue asked on the chat earlier today about happenings in Las Vegas. A few hours later, I got an e-mail from someone on the IU Alumni Association who saw the question and so answered it.

A list of the IU sponsored events in Vegas can be found here. I’m sure there will be other informal gatherings, but this is the official stuff.

Live Chat at 11 a.m.

The chat will be here at 11 a.m. Might just be me this time. Not sure. One way or the other, check it out.


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