Big Ten presidents and chancellors are expected to vote on football realignment and the addition of a ninth league game within the next week. And Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday he’s fine with both moves.
“With 14 teams in the mix, it makes perfect sense,” said Ferentz, who appeared at the Polk County I-Club in Clive on Tuesday, of the potential divisional shakeup.
The changes are the result of the additions of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten, beginning in 2014. A ninth Big Ten game could be added as soon as 2016.
ESPN reported Friday that Iowa would be in the West Division, along with Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Purdue. The East Division would put newcomers Rutgers and Maryland in with Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.
“As far as the nine games, that’s been on the board for a couple of years now,” Ferentz said. “I think we saw that as something that would be inevitable. The only downside would be the years when you would have five away games.”
Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said he’s pleased with the way direction realignment talks have gone in recent months.
“We talked about a lot of exciting things about how we were going to divide it up, and the possibility of playing nine games in a few years,” Barta said. “None of it is finalized. We’re in a holding pattern until it goes to a vote. But I’m really excited with the way it looks like it might shake out.”
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