Maryland leaving ACC to join Big Ten in 2014
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The University of Maryland joined the Big Ten on Monday, bolting from the Atlantic Coast Conference in a move driven by the school’s budget woes.
Rutgers is expected follow Tuesday, splitting from the Big East and making it an even 14 schools in the Big Ten, but Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany would not confirm that.
Delany said Maryland’s entry was approved unanimously by the conference’s 12 presidents. Maryland will join the Big Ten in July 2014.
‘‘By being a member of the Big Ten Conference, we are able to ensure financial stability for Maryland athletics for decades to come,’’ university president Wallach D. Loh said, speaking at a news conference with Delany and athletic director Kevin Anderson.
Loh said the discussions between Maryland and the Big Ten gathered steam two weeks ago. On Saturday, it became clear the talks were serious.
For both schools, the move should come with long-term financial gain. The Big Ten reportedly paid its members $24.6 million in shared television and media rights revenues this year.
Maryland was a charter member of the ACC, which was founded in 1953.
Rutgers will not be able to join the Big Ten until 2015 without working out a deal with the Big East due to a 27-month notification period for departing members.
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