Big Ten, ESPN breakup is another sign of a growing division in college sports

It’s hard to believe today, given the impending collapse of ESPN and the Big Ten Conference, but once upon a time it was suspected that this connection was strong enough to determine who won the Heisman Award.

Twenty-five years ago, during what may be the most contentious and controversial of Heisman’s races of them all, a wide range of Tennessee’s fan base was convinced that the reform was in: ESPN seemed to be pushing Michigan defensive successor Charles Woodson to win the award. Volunteers quarterback Peyton Manning.

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