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Commish Having Second Thoughts on Division Names

You can call the Big Ten powers that be a lot of things, but inaccessible isn't one of them. In a surprising turn of events, Commissioner Jim Delaney admitted during an interview with WGN Chicago that the division names released Monday "didn't connect" with "90 percent" of Big Ten fans, and that the conference might need to re-evaluate its decision in light of the negative response. Delaney says the conference will "revisit" the issue the first of the year after the dust has settled, and will assess at that time whether the Legends and Leaders names are "sustainable." They aren't. And although fans have every right to question how the conference ended up so far in the woods, give credit to our leaders for being willing to listen. As John Maxwell said, "A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them." This is the second time in the past six months the Commissioner's Office has been flooded with complaints -- the first was when Gene Smith and Dave Brandon hinted that the Ohio State/Michigan Game might be moved up to October -- and in both cases the administration has shown it can be reasonable. If you want my 10 cents on how to fix the problem, have Big Ten fans and alumni vote on the top 3 or 4 ideas for division names like we did a few days ago on this site. The conference can control which names end up on the ballot, and stage a runoff if there's no majority after the first round of voting. That way, no matter what, the new names will be accepted by most of the fans.

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