University of Maryland to Join Big Ten

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From ESPN:

“The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents voted Monday to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten and begin competition in the conference in the 2014-15 academic year, sources told ESPN. An afternoon announcement will be made in College Park.”

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  • lol. I have been inundated with alerts at work (UMD employee) but wasn’t expecting this to make PoP news 😉

  • This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. WHY?!?!?!

    MD fans won’t travel to Iowa to go see their team. MD also has no shared history or rivalries with these teams. It just seems so forced and stupid. Why would they leave the ACC? This makes no sense at all.

  • Totally sucks, but it’s all about the Benjamins… Go Michigan!

  • there goes my last chance to see Syracuse locally, rumored Under Amour and the University wanted the money and exposure of the Big Ten

  • as an alum i am disappointing

  • Well, now I will be paying even less attention to Maryland sports (if such a thing is possible… I’m not into sports).

  • From a sports perspective, this makes little sense. UMD brings a good (not great) basketball program & an awful football program to the Big 10. The Big Ten has a short lacrosse history, & UMD should dominate. This clearly is about $$$. With UMD, the Big 10 enters the DC/Baltimore market and with Rutgers, they enter the NJ/NY market.

  • Not an UMD alum…but I am a little confused how UMD can cut other programs (atheltic and others) due to budget constraints…but they can also pay (I’ve heard it will cost them 50 million to withdraw from the ACC) to join the Big 10. How do they justify this with a straight face to their students and alumni?

    • do some research. our projected revenues in the big 10 just from television money are projected to be $100M more over the next 8 years than what we would have earned in the ACC. There is NO legitimate financial argument against making the move. tradition, rivalries, okay, but this is absolutely a slam dunk on the financial side of things.

      • So with all this new found money…what is UMD’s position on reinstating the programs that were cut?

        I understand the whole you have to spend money to make money…but if I were a student athlete that was involved in a previously cut program chances are I would be pretty pissed at this arrangement.

        • During the press conference, the president discussed how that was the hardest thing he’s ever had to do is tell those students they could never wear the maryland colors again. the main impetus for this move is so we never, ever, have to do that again. The president went on to say that we WILL restore some of those lost sports. The biggest winner in all of this is the nonrevenue sports because there will be money for them now, and also the big 10 network televises a lot of the olympic sports nationally.

  • Anyone that takes the time to educate themselves of the financial and academic benefits of this will be 100% for the move to the big 10. On paper, there is just no arguing against it.

    • What “academic benefits” would those be?

      • The biggest benefit is the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, which is huge. You can also expect a boon in federal research dollars. I’m particularly excited about this as an engineering grad of the school.

        • How does the sports conference to which the university belongs affect either of these?

          • i ljust told you. The big 10 is more than just a sports conference. The CIC is a part of the big 10. The partner universities collaborate on research. They collaborate between programs so that it is easy if your university does not offer a program or class, it is easy to take those classes at a partner university.

          • The alleged academic component is simply meant to appease faculty and administrators who believe that there is too much focus and money spent on athletics. Changing athletic conferences really doesn’t have much to do with research dollars. This is really all about the $$$$$$$$$$ that comes from athletic programs.

          • “[I]f your university does not offer a program or class, it is easy to take those classes at a partner university.”

            Riiiight… with all of those Big Ten schools being located so close by.

          • There is this thing called the internet now

          • That’s rediculous. There is such a thing as transfer credits, with or without a consortium agreement between schools.

            This is an athletic financing decision.

            The only academic benefit I might see is us crawling from under the east coast shadows of the ACC academic giants: Duke, UNC, Wake, UVA. Now we might have a larger academic recruitment base in the Midwest pulling in kids from the Chicago and Twin City burbs which might pull UMD up in rankings. UMD has stubbornly stood as a #50 ranked academic institution for decades and it has been the biggest complaint of alums, faculty and state government.

  • Looking forward to the huge IU / UMD football rivalry!

  • As a UVA alum, I’m sad to see our rivalries go out the window, we’ve played MD the last regular season basketball game each year for as long as I can remember. I don’t really see any academic argument when you’re leaving behind schools like UVA, UNC, and Duke… this is 100% about money, no other way to look at it. I understand the need for money, but their athletics will suffer for a long time in the wins column… It’s going to be embarrassing to say “come play at Maryland, where you might get the chance to play at Michigan or Ohio Sate” instead of “come play at Maryland where we win games” … I guess they’ll make some money at home games from all the opposing fans that will buy tickets

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