The university is announcing its move from the Atlantic Coast Conference at a news conference Monday afternoon with school president Wallace D. Loh, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and athletic director Kevin Anderson.
Maryland will become member of the Big Ten starting in 2014. Rutgers is expected follow suit by Tuesday, splitting from the Big East and making it an even 14 schools in the Big Ten.
In the world of conference realignment, Maryland’s departure from the ACC qualifies as a shocker. The Terrapins were a charter member of the ACC, which was founded in 1953.
There was speculation last week that the Big Ten and Maryland were talking. On Saturday, it became clear the discussions were serious.
The addition of Maryland extends the Big Ten farther east and south than it ever has been, and gives the conference a presence in the major media market of Washington. D.C.
Rutgers, in New Brunswick, N.J., and about 40 miles south of New York City, gives the Big Ten a member in the country’s largest media market.
What do you think of the moves to expand the Big Ten? How will it shape conference rivalries, travel schedules and more? Do you welcome the additions?