Ohio State president favors division split

Updated: August 27, 2010, 7:54 AM ET
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Ohio State president Gordon Gee told the Dayton Daily News he is in favor of a plan that would put the Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines in separate divisions when the Big Ten reorganizes.

We want to beat [Michigan] twice.

-- Ohio State president Gordon Gee

The conference added Nebraska as a 12th member, which will force scheduling changes. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez has said expansion to nine games in conference will happen in 2015.

Gee is also in favor of a schedule in which Michigan and Ohio State would not play the final game of the regular season, as is tradition.

The Buckeyes' fan base may not be in line with the president.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer he has received about 350 fan e-mails -- 90 percent want the Buckeyes and Wolverines to continue to play the final Saturday of the regular season.

"I think in the division or out of the division, you could play the last game," Smith told The Plain Dealer. "There are obviously warts with both of those. But there's no doubt you could do it both ways."

The fear is if the two teams are in different divisions, they would play in the final week of the regular season and turn around and play in the Big Ten title game.

Gee is in favor of playing the Wolverines twice, just not back-to-back.

"We want to beat them twice," Gee told the Daily News.