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By an overwhelming 16-2 vote, the NCAA voted today to give its Big 5 conferences – the SEC (a.k.a. the “Football Conference”), the ACC (the “Basketball Conference”), the Pac-12 (the “Nike Conference”), the Big Ten (the “First Conference”) and the Big 12 (“Ringo”) – autonomy, allowing them to create their own rules for 11 explicitly listed areas, such as athlete outside interests, scholarship amounts and insurance. May God have mercy on our souls.
Say what you will about college basketball before March, but it doesn’t all suck. Especially not this season, where for the fifth straight week now, the highest-ranked team in the country has lost. The victim: Indiana. The culprit: Illinois. The weapon: a buzzer-beater layup by Illini forward Tyler Griffey.
Thought colleges had finished frantically switching conferences and everyone was finally content where they were, confident that when the BCS shot its grand money cannon in their general direction, they’d scoop up their share of the scattered proceeds, rather than be killed instantly by the blow? Nonsense! The latest dominoes to fall: Maryland and Rutgers are heading to the Big Ten. What should you know about it? We break the big move down, after the jump.
As we close in on the announcement of the bracket here on Selection Sunday, March Madness is already in full swing. From expected number one seeds going down to perennial powers battling for conference supremacy, it’s already been a crazy, emotional weekend in the world of college basketball. A round-up of the power conference winners, and what to expect come 6 p.m. ET, after the jump.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany revealed earlier this week that the new divisions would be named “Leaders” and “Legends,” but after a 90 percent—yes, 90 percent—disapproval rating, Delany admits it might be time to go back to the drawing board.
With bowl season upon us, the SEC continues to top our NCAA football conference power rankings. But expect today’s announcements by the Big Ten (a new logo and new division names) to steal some of that thunder in the coming days.
Now the the Big Ten has 12 teams (sounds logical, right?), it can split into two divisions and hold a football title game. Where will it be? According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Green Bay’s Lambeau Field could be the destination. This would be awesome.