The first change made unveiled was the new logo. The original logo had an embedded 11, to symbolize the 11 teams in the conference. The new logo doesn't feature a 12 embedded in the logo, but rather, it gives a cool, new look for the conference.
"The new Big Ten logo was developed to symbolize the conference's future, as well as its rich heritage, strong tradition of competition, academic leadership, and passionate alumni," said Michael Gericke, who designed the logo. "Its contemporary collegiate lettering includes an embedded numeral `10' in the word `BIG,' which allows fans to see `BIG' and `10' in a single word. Memorable and distinctive, the new logo evolved from the previous logo's use of negative space and is built on the conference's iconic name, without reference to the number of member institutions."
The conference also announced its two new divisions, the ‘Leaders' and ‘Legends' Divisions. Northwestern will be in the "Legends' division, along with Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, and conference newcomer Nebraska. In the ‘Leaders division, rival Illinois, will join Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin.
"'Legends' is a nod to our history and to the people associated with our schools who are widely recognized as legends - student-athletes, coaches, alumni and faculty. `Leaders' looks to the future as we remain committed to fostering leaders, the student-athletes who are encouraged to lead in their own way for the rest of their lives, in their families, in their communities and in their chosen professions," said Delany. "We're proud of our many legends and even prouder of our member institutions that develop future leaders every day."
In his teleconference with the media, Delany told the media that the conference would not have divisions would not apply for basketball. "We're not going to have divisions in basketball unless we have surprise recommendations from coaches," said Delany.
Finally, the Big Ten announced its 18 awards. The conference championship will be named after Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. Also, the award for Big Ten linebacker of the year will be co-named after NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald, a former All-American linebacker, and legendary linebacker Dick Butkus.
"These trophies will honor our legends and leaders for generations to come," said Delany. "The names on these trophies are fitting tributes to the hundreds of thousands of student-athletes and coaches whose hard work and dedication have contributed to the legacy of the Big Ten Conference over the past 115 years."