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It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: Big Ten Athletic Directors Meet In Chicago

Big Ten Athletic Directors are talking Big Ten business in Chicago. See what news comes from it.

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IT'S TIME FOR THE ANNUAL GET TOGETHER IN CHICAGO. On the menu, big-picture items. One of those items is the integration of Maryland and Rutgers, both of which join the league officially July 1st. There will also be college playoffs, nine-game conference schedules and alcohol sales in stadiums discussed. We can expect much discussion too on the pending "Big 5" or "Power 5" as major conferences grouped will be known.

There's also something that will potentially impact Iowa to keep on eye on. The Big Ten will re-up television deals in 2016. It's clear with the release of the 2014 schedule that Jim Delany wants his big ticket teams on television in prime time. A handful of Iowa's football games had their kickoff times announced; Maryland, Purdue and Indiana will all be slated for 11:00 am (CT) starts.

It's all about New York and the Eastern markets now. With the upcoming football kickoff times and with learning last week that the league will include Washington D.C. as part of the league's basketball championship location rotation, let's hope Delany doesn't forget the Big Ten's roots.

IF YOU WANT TO HATE IOWA YOU MUST DO IT UNOFFICIALLY. Last year, Minnesota released an official fan guide for the football season. It included a how-to for fans that attended games. Part of it included a section on hating Iowa. Norwood Teague, Minnesota Athletic Director, called it a mistake and had the page removed.