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Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 1:46 pm  |  6 responses

Maryland Joins Big Ten, Rutgers Expected to Follow


Conference realignment has been the norm lately in the big business of college sports. Over the weekend, rumors dominated headlines about Maryland possibly leaving the ACC for the Big Ten. They have now become facts after multiple reports confirm that Maryland’s Board of Regents voted on Monday morning to apply for Big Ten membership and leave the ACC. Rutgers is now reportedly also likely to follow.   From USA Today: “The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents voted to join the Big Ten Conference on Monday, leaving behind a league it helped create in 1953. Patricia Florestano, a member of the Board of Regents, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports the regents had voted to apply for admission for the University of Maryland into the Big Ten. “There was certainly discussion about the tradition of the ACC. And the question is what’s the future. And we’ve got to look to the future,” Florestano said in Baltimore before a previously scheduled public meeting on education policy. The Big Ten issued a news release that said Maryland would hold a news conference at 3 p.m. Eastern in College Park, Md., with university president Wallace Loh, chanceller Brit Kirwan, athletics director Kevin Anderson and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany. The Big Ten has scheduled a national teleconference for 4 p.m. with Delany, Loh, Kirwan, Anderson and University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman. “I did it to guarantee the long-term future of Maryland athletics,” university President Wallace Loh told Maryland’s student newspaper, The Diamondback. “No future president will have to worry about cutting teams or that Maryland athletics will be at risk.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    all this conference shifting is killing some decade long rivalries. no more cuse vs gtown or kansas vs mizzou, sucks

  • Skyrocket

    If ya can’t be em, leave em! Sorry Lefty, but Carolina rules this place!

  • LeroyShonuff

    Being a big ACC fan in Football and Basketball, I’m sad to see them go in hoops but not football. Teams like maryland are the reason why the ACC gets a bad name. Underachieves horribly in football recruiting while being in the DMV, have sucked lately in basketball recruiting as well. I am excited at the possibility of UConn becoming a member. We should of added them when we took Cuse and Pitt. The ACC dropped the ball on this. Should of took RU too. The east coast media markets would of been on lock

  • http://twitter.com/NYCKING BIG ED

    Conference Realignment is ruining college athletics

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    why??? ripping apart acc rivalries while turning the Big Ten into the Big East

  • Madterps

    Maryland has a rivalry with every team except for Miami, Va Tech and BC. Now you want to break the tradition? This sucks big time, as a Maryland fan, there is nothing more satisfying than to see Maryland beat Duke. It ain’t gonna be the same when Maryland beats Penn State. Come on now, this is another one of those moment where the administration is doing incredibly stupid thing just based on the color of the money.

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