WTKA broadcast live from Schembechler Hall this morning and Sam and Ira did a solid segment with AD Dave Brandon. Topics ranged of course, but Brandon also addressed some tough questions about divisional realignment, particularly where Ohio and Michigan might fall.
You can hear these and all the WKTA podcasts here, or click below, in two parts. He gets into the division realignment questions in the second part:
A few key quotes on divisional realignment.
- When asked if he were making the decision, would he put Michigan and Ohio State in the same conference division? Brandon paused then answered. "No."
- Sam asked, "Why?" Brandon: "Because we’re in a situation where one of the best things that could happen, in my opinion in a given season, would be the opportunity to play Ohio State twice. Once in the regular season and once for the championship of the Big Ten.
- Sam asked about whether they would hold the tradition to keep that the last game of the season. Brandon: "I think there’s a distinct possibility that that game will be a later game in the season, but not necessarily the last game of the season. And that’s simply because…I don’t think the coaches, or the players, or the fans, or the networks or anyone, would appreciate that match-up to happen twice within the same seven day period. So, however the divisional alignments occur, and I think we’re getting closer and closer, and I don’t get to make the decision but I get 1/12th of the vote…"
- Further. Brandon: "What you’re really going to want is that last game of the regular season to really determine, often times, the championship—who’s going to be the champion of that division and go to the championship game and play for all the marbles. So from a scheduling/timing perspective it’s a new ballgame and although I love playing Ohio State in the last game of the year, I don’t think it’s necessarily a slam dunk that that’s going to continue."
- Translation? Bank on it. Ohio State will be in the other division, we’ll meet every year midway through the Big Ten schedule.
- Update: mgoblog reaction, Mass Hysteria! And Ace isn’t happy either. Thoughts from Brad at Maize and Blue Nation.