College notes: Big Ten changes division names, gets rid of ‘Legends’ and ‘Leaders’

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No more “Legends.” And no more “Leaders.”

The Big Ten is giving them the boot and following a more conventional route for its division names.

The conference is going with “East” and “West” instead and switching to a nine-game scheduling format after presidents and chancellors approved the moves on Sunday.

The new division alignments will begin in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference, meaning “Legends” and “Leaders” will be a thing of the past. That will probably come as good news for fans who have criticized those names ever since the league unveiled them in 2010. To many, they were confusing and didn’t help identify where teams play, but that won’t be an issue any more.

Briefly

• Miami basketball: Guard Shane Larkin said he will forgo his final two years of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Larkin averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists this season for the Hurricanes.

• Michigan State basketball: Adreian Payne, a 6-foot-10 forward, will return to the Spartans next season. A possible top-10 pick in the NBA draft after next season, Payne averaged 10.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks as a junior last season.

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