Posted by Tom Fornelli
When it comes to conference expansion, just about everything has been moving along quicker than anticipated in the Big Ten. Jim Delany originally said that the process would take 12 to 18 months, yet here we are, less than 12 months later, and the conference has already added Nebraska and figured out the new divisions, and where the conference championship game is going to be played.
Yet, somehow, it seems that the part that really should be the easiest, naming the two new divisions, is going to miss a self-imposed deadline. When the divisions were announced, Delany said that they would have names no later than December 1. Well, it's nearly November now, and Delany is saying that he might be off on that by two months.
"I could be off by 60 days. I think it's going really slow," said Delany, speaking at Thursday's Big Ten Basketball Media Day. "Why? Because we're trying to get to the logo, and that's going slow. Then we're getting lots and lots of good selections that we're not coalescing very well. So, I think that there's absolutely -- other than missing my deadline by a day or 60 days -- there's really no compelling reason to rush until we get my comfort level."
Seriously? It's going to take another three months to come up with a couple of divisional names? I can come up with some in the next 30 seconds.
Great Lakes and Plains.
Bo and Woody.
Or, how about this one, and it might be pretty crazy, EAST AND WEST.
Wow, I just blew your mind, didn't I, Delany? Yes, I know that the divisions aren't exactly aligned geographically, but what the hell does that matter? This is a conference with 12 teams that insists on calling itself the Big Ten, after all. They're just division names, they don't actually mean anything.