Jim Delany tells @espn B1G will consider changing Legends/Leaders division names in 2014— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 14, 2013
It had to happen eventually. The public backlash was so united against these names from the very beginning that one day, given all the other changes that the Big Ten wants to make, someone was going to use further expansion as a possible out from one of the league's biggest boners of all time. Also, changing these names now couldn't hurt. It would be some positive press to go along with the collective "meh" of adding Rutgers and Maryland to the conference.
We don't know what the new names will be. It seems that geographical names like Lakes and Plains are almost totally out of question. With the league looking at possibly realigning the divisions, there is a slight chance that we all get what we wanted in the first place: a straight east/west split that is named as such. I doubt it, though. How do you sell that kind of boring approach to the New York TV market? These are the kinds of things that keep Jim Delany up at night.
Of course, the internet isn't short on suggestions:
I'm sure Delany will go with "Weight Room" and "Community" for the new division names— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) January 14, 2013
The Big Ten's new divisions could take a cue from third-grade classroom seating arrangements and go Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy. That wouldn't work.— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) January 14, 2013
I was just gonna go with "Dahmer/Gacy," but that's just me, Jim Delany.— edsbs (@edsbs) January 14, 2013
"See, the arrow next to LEADER points up and the one next to LEGEND points down. Like towards your dick. We'll sell a million." - Jim Delany— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) January 14, 2013
And Bill Connelly says what we were all thinking
...because it would be too hard for 2013? RT @mcmurphyespn: B1G will consider changing Legends/Leaders division names in 2014— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) January 14, 2013