Published Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm / Updated at 8:45 pm
Big Ten athletics
Notes: No specifics on release of football schedules; men's basketball calendar quirks

CHICAGO — Depending on which athletic director you interviewed Tuesday, the Big Ten football schedules for 2014 and 2015 will be revealed:

>> Wednesday.

>> In a few days.

>> In a couple of weeks.

>> By the end of the month.

A Big Ten spokesman on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that the schedules won't come out Wednesday, but gave no further specifics.

The schedules are of higher interest than usual because 2014 is when the Big Ten adds Rutgers and Maryland and starts playing in East and West Divisions instead of Legends and Leaders.

Each team will play eight conference games in 2014 and 2015. The switch to nine games starts in 2016.

Nebraska, Iowa set to play once in hoops

The Big Ten isn't doing Nebraska and Iowa any favors in trying to spark a basketball rivalry. The teams will play once in 2013-14 in Iowa City.

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For one more season, the 18-game conference schedule will involve schools playing seven “double plays” (home and home) and four “single plays.” Nebraska's other single plays next season are Minnesota (home), Wisconsin (home) and Michigan State (road).

Husker coach Tim Miles said he was puzzled why the three schools closest to NU geographically are single plays.

Starting with the 2014-15 season, when Rutgers and Maryland join, the number of league games will stay at 18. But the breakdown will be five double plays and eight single plays.

UM A.D. 'disappointed' to end series with Irish

Michigan football coach Brady Hoke said recently that Notre Dame “chickened out” when it decided to end the regular series between the schools following the 2014 season when a contract had been in place to keep it active through 2031.

Wolverines Athletic Director Dave Brandon said with a smile Tuesday that he wouldn't have used Hoke's phraseology, but understands where his coach was coming from.

“We were disappointed,” Brandon said. “When I say we, I mean our student-athletes, our coaches, all of us in athletic administration ... we were really disappointed to be put in a position to where that rivalry will end.

“Everybody is scheduling out to 2020 and beyond. It's going to be a long time before those two teams play again. To see that come to an end is a bummer.”

Bits and pieces

>> Maryland A.D. Kevin Anderson and basketball coach Mark Turgeon attended the meetings even though the Terrapins don't join for another year.

>> Rutgers is searching for an athletic director, with former Nebraska volleyball standout Julie Hermann from Nebraska City — now the No. 2 administrator at Louisville — among the two finalists.

>> Every administrator interviewed said there is no movement to have divisional play in basketball.

— Lee Barfknecht



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