what it means for purdue, big ten football


Dec 4, 2021;  Indianapolis, IN, USA;  The Big Ten Trophy at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

WEST LAFAYETTE – The NCAA on Wednesday approved two significant changes, including removing divisional requirements for conferences to decide who will compete in championship games.

The Division I council also voted to eliminate the number of players a football program can sign in a new recruit class over the next two academic years.

The Big Ten will likely eliminate the divisions at some point, but not in the immediate future.

Following Wednesday’s announcement, the Pac-12 issued a statement saying the league was scrapping the division format beginning next season. Top two teams play for the Pac-12 title based on conference records.

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The Big Ten isn’t ready to move that fast. The conference is expected to retain its East-West divisional format in the short term and is expected to await structure for the College Football Playoffs, which will remain at four teams through the 2025 season.

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