Big Ten Experience touts athletic, academics

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- In a room on the ground floor of the conference's sparkling new headquarters, the Big Ten is putting the final touches on its version of Cooperstown or Canton.

Fans will be able to relive some of their favorite moments through a series of interactive exhibits at the Big Ten Experience touting the conference's successes on the field and away from it. The museum opens in the spring or summer, and Commissioner Jim Delany says it will allow "us to create a zone for capturing the past and telling our story."

It's a story that dates to January 11, 1895, when leaders from Purdue, the University of Chicago, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin gathered at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago to outline a blueprint for administering athletics.

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