Monday, November 19, 2012

Maryland joins the Big Ten. Rutgers soon to follow.

The rumors are true - Maryland will be the Big Ten's thirteenth member. The University of Maryland Board of Regents has voted to accept an offer to join the B1G, according to ESPN sources. Rutgers will reportedly do the same by Tuesday.

"Sources also said that Rutgers is expected to follow the Terrapins and will announce its own move from the Big East to the Big Ten, possibly as early as Tuesday. A Scarlet Knights move would give the Big Ten 14 members.

Rutgers' Board of Governors is holding a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in New Brunswick, N.J.

When Maryland, a charter member of the ACC, will make the move to the Big Ten is unknown, but sources at the school believe the Terps will be able to negotiate the current $50 million exit fee from the ACC to a lower amount. The additions of Maryland and Rutgers would spur the Big Ten toward negotiations on a new media rights deal when its first-tier rights expire in 2017.
ESPN on Saturday first reported on the negotiations between Maryland and the Big Ten. Maryland was one of eight schools to start the ACC in 1953."

UConn is reportedly the main candidate to replace Maryland in the ACC, according to the WWL.

(via ESPN)