(NEW YORK) — The Big Ten conference underwent more changes this weekend, with the schools approving new East and West divisions for the 2014 season.
The schools’ presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to approve the recommendations during a conference call on Sunday morning.
Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, along with new members Maryland and Rutgers will make up the Big Ten East division.
The Big Ten West will include: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.
“We thought the geography was a good way to bind the conference together,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. “We also wanted to preserve as much tradition as we could, and we do that through the protection of the rivalries. Everybody will play everybody at least once in a four-year cycle, even though it’s a bigger conference.”
Each team will also have a nine-game conference schedule beginning in 2016.
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