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Ohio State AD Gene Smith Releases Video Statement On Big Ten Divisional Alignment, Future Of Michigan Game

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith recorded a video statement in order to talk to the fans a bit about the process of aligning the Big Ten's divisions and what it might mean for the Michigan-OSU game. The video, which can be seen below, serves as a definite sign of hope that there is a chance Michigan and Ohio State won't be split up, as he stressed that a decision of that kind has not been made yet. Also, he mentioned that over 90% of the fans he's received feedback from don't want the Michigan-Ohio State game to be moved, so again, it's a sign that there's a chance the tradition of "The Game" won't be trampled on by the new Big Ten.

Here are the important things to take from what Smith had to say:

  • No decision has been made about moving the Michigan-Ohio State game and very few discussions have been held about schedules and when and where teams will play.
  • Divisional alignment is close to being finished, and so far 100% of the efforts have been focused on aligning the divisions.
  • A conference call will be held next week and after that, the process of talking about scheduling will likely begin with another conference call or an in-person meeting.
  • The feedback he has received has been very beneficial.
  • "At the end of the day, over 90% of the people want us to keep that game at the end of the schedule."