More changes are coming to the Big Ten Conference.
ESPN reported Friday that the league would realign its football divisions, and come up with new names, starting in 2014.
Messages left with Iowa officials Friday night were not immediately returned.
According to the report, which cited unnamed sources, the Hawkeyes would be in the proposed West Division, along with Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Purdue.
The East Division would include Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, plus new members Maryland and Rutgers.
This new alignment is pending approval by the Big Ten presidents and chancellors.
These discussions have been going on for months, and in February, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta gave his approval of a geographic split.
“If we’re going to separate by East and West, and it’s looking more and more like that’s going to be possible, then I’m thrilled,” Barta said.
Earlier Friday, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez told CBSSports.com the Big Ten would adopt a nine-game schedule for football, starting in 2016.
That would leave the Hawkeyes with just three nonconference games.