Big Ten Sets Championship Sites

On Sunday the Big Ten Conference announced following their annual meeting of the Council of Presidents/Chancellors with official news on the future of Big Ten Championships in football, and men's and women's basketball.

As expected, the Big Ten Conference will use two cities for the next several years to host the conferences championships.

In 2011 the Big Ten Conference will hold its first annual conference championship game in football as Nebraska enters the conference with teams being placed in the Legends and Leaders divisions.

Sunday's announcement issued by Commissioner Jim Delany puts the two Big Ten football division winners at Lucas Oil Stadium for the next four years.

While some felt Chicago could have a chance to get one or two games, the chance of inclement weather made it an easy decision to place the game indoors instead of playing it at Chicago's Soldier Field. Also playing a role in the location decision was Fox Broadcasting Co., which is airing the championship games.

Longtime fans of Big Ten Football may look to express their displeasure in playing indoors as all conference teams now play their games outdoors no matter the weather conditions.

Commissioner Delany spoke highly about Chicago and the possibilities of future games following the 2015 season being played there as he pointed out between 300,000 and 400,000 Big Ten alumni reside in the area.

While Chicago missed out on football, they did earn dates in men's and women's basketball as they will host tournament games in 2013 and 2015 as Indianapolis will host events in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Men's games will be played at the United Center in Chicago and at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis while the women will play their games at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates in 2013 and 2015 while also using Conseco the other three seasons.

While the conference call was to only be about the naming of host cities for conference championships games. Several questions worked their way to the situation at Ohio State and former head coach Jim Tressel.

While it would have been easy for Delany to push the questions aside, he answered each one to the surprise of many.

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