The Big Ten Conference has scheduled an announcement on Thursday to reveal the league’s new scheduling format for the 2024 season and beyond.
On a special edition of B1G Live, Mike Hall and Howard Griffith will interview Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti, Big Ten Chief Operating Officer Kerry Kenny and Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith for insight and analysis on the scheduling process.
The announcement will air at 4:30 p.m. ET and can be streamed on your tablet or mobile device via the Fox Sports App and will also be covered via the Big Ten Network’s Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram platforms. The schedules will also be available in a press release from the Big Ten Conference.
The league previously had a schedule for 2024 in place, but it had to be scrapped due to the addition of UCLA and USC in 2024.
Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday, new Big Ten Commissioner Petitti suggested the new scheduling model will include protected rivalries and all teams playing each other more frequently in a predictable and balanced home/away rotation.
“Those are some of the really important tenets you’ll see when we announce what the format is,” Petitti said. “Those things were incredibly important and were handled the right way to make sure members aren’t missing each other for too many years. It will feel more cohesive as a conference this way.
“If you can get to a format where you are protecting those core rivalries and at the same time you are creating a rotation that has members playing each other frequently so you can provide that same type of connection I think is really important. But obviously there are just certain things you absolutely have to protect.”
Petitti also said the conference intends to stay with nine Big Ten games.
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