University of Maryland Joins the Big Ten

Written November 19th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

Two things are now certain after rumors became fact today with regards to the University of Maryland. First and foremost, they’ll have to throw away those gawd awful Under Armor uniforms. Second, they just got an immediate infusion of cash that will surely help save a declining athletic department.

I am sure Under Armour will stay seeing how their president is a graduate of Maryland, but they’ll now have more money to spice things up even more. The Terps athletic department has been struggling of late and will benefit greatly from the more than $24 million a year they will get from the BTN contract with all schools. The Board of Governers met earlier today and University of Maryland President Wallace Loh had this to say:

“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.”

Patricia Florestano, the Maryland Secretary of Higher Education, shared her thoughts as well:

“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.

Florestano said the vote earlier Monday was not unanimous but that she voted for the move to the Big Ten. “There was a long discussion,” she said. Is Maryland’s future brighter in the Big Ten?  “‘We perceive it that way,” said Florestano. We had a majority in the room,” she said. She went on to explain the status of the meeting  “It was certainly an executive meeting without the public,” she said.

The speculation is running rampant as to whether this will be a premptive move for the B1G to realign their football divisions after only two seasons with the Leaders and Legends. They have already had to remove a name from the B1G Championship trophy for very unfortunate reasons, but have had to deal with backlash of the original alignment to start with. The possibility of Rutgers joining very soon (as early as tomorrow) could allow the conference to realign in a east/west format and put TTUN and the Buckeyes back together.

The B1G has scheduled a press conference for this afternoon to discuss the current events. Stay tuned to the BBC for more realignment coverage.

5 Comments

  1. HomerNo Gravatar
    November 19th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t like it!!!! A team that can’t fill their own stadium every week does nothing for the strength of the conference

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  2. JeffNo Gravatar
    November 19th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    this has nothing to do with the economics on the field and everything to do with it off the field. expansion isn’t always about quality of team. this is more about location, location, location

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  3. RyanNo Gravatar
    November 19th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    This is about location and academics. This give Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisky more fertile recruiting ground (Ohio State already recruits there). There is a lot of talent in Maryland/DC and New Jersey/New York who will now be exposed to big ten football. Plus the money from cable providers in those 4 areas pressured to buy BTN for their basic cable package. I believe this will help improve the power of the top half of the Big Ten. Remember the SEC is not judged by it’s bottom 8 teams, who are absolutely horrible.

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  4. Ed ( Flabuckeye)No Gravatar
    November 20th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I don’t mind this. Theres more to this move than football…….

    Folks have to realize not every national power can come into the BIG10 plus 4…….those isntitutions who are not accredited don’t apply. Which speaks volumes as to the education that individuals recieve that leave our programs within the Conference.

    Oh and lastly I think Randy Edsell could possibly get Dantonio fired…..lol…just saying….

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    KenNo Gravatar
    November 20th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    At this point in my life, I really don’t care one way or another.

    And, Ed, if Edsall, of all people, can get Dantonio fired, I’m OK with that. Good point.

    If this is a b.s. move to bring Maryland into Big Ten to make me feel better about Modell taking Browns to Baltimore.. it’s not working. ;)

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