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The Ever-Changing Football Landscape

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We knew it couldn't last long, right? The talks about conference realignment died down for about a month there, but they've revved right back up again. Two or three days ago, a release was posted on "Eers Authority." Not your typical reliable source, but I've got a buddy that works in the Big Ten office up in Chicago, and he said he'd heard this rumor circulating around work too. The article stated that, "multiple sources within the Big 10 contend the University of Virginia is set to receive an invitation to join the conference early next week. UVA is expected to ratify the move from the ACC to the Big 10 shortly after receiving the invitation." That would make the Cavaliers the 15th member of the Big Ten, so who would fill in that #16 spot? "None of the Big 10 sources would divulge the identity of the Big 10's target for #16 but they did confirm that Georgia Tech and UNC are the leading candidates. Media contacts working close to Georgia Tech believe the Yellow Jackets are the Big 10's choice for #16 while several sources within the Big 10 believe the conference would prefer UNC over GT."

Just a few days earlier, San Diego State released a statement saying, "The university will remain a member of the Mountain West Conference and will not join the Big East this fall." That means the two west-coast schools set to join the east-coast conference (Boise State and San Diego State) have both backed out of these deals.

A week prior to that, Jim Delany was interviewed by ESPN and provided us B1G fans with some updated information on realigning the divisions. Below are some major points he touched on during the teleconference:

1) The Big Ten will definitely consider changing the names of the Leaders/Legends divisions once Maryland and Rutgers join in 2014.

2) The Big Ten is interested in putting Northwestern in the East division, but the Cats want to stay in the west.

3) The Big Ten is interested in adding two more teams to the conference, preferably ACC schools such as UVA, UNC, or GT.

Below is a map of what the divisions would look like with the Cats in the East. Definitely better for us if they move over and we stay in the West.

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Quotes via http://www.eersauthority.com/big-10-and-sec-race-to-add-acc-schools/

References via http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8842536/big-ten-consider-renaming-legends-leaders-divisions-jim-delany-says

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