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Expansionocalypse continues: Maryland to the Big Ten is real

Nov 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

It’s official.

Maryland is headed to the Big Ten. It will be announced at 3 p.m.

If this report from Inside Maryland Sports’ Jeff Ermann, who had the story days before anyone else, isn’t enough to convince you, than this tweet from Brett McMurphy should be:

Now we sit back and wait to see what dominoes this move sets in motion.

Is Rutgers joining the Terps in the Big Ten? Will the ACC add UConn to replace Maryland? What happens to the Big East without UConn and Rutgers? How long does Louisville hang around in the conference before they decide it’s time to get the heck out? Does the Big 12 look to add Louisville and Florida State? Does the Big Ten go after North Carolina and Georgia Tech to get their channel in every home along the eastern seaboard?

Perhaps most importantly, is this the latest step towards four superconferences?

You know, I really, really hate writing about this stuff. It sickens me. So much tradition simply evaporates as these schools chase every penny possible. I’ll leave you with this block quote, because it sums it up about as well as I ever could:

Is there anything more sickening than watching almost EVERYONE associated with college sports, from the media to the athletic directors to the school presidents, try and convince the world this industry — and that’s what it is — is about college kids and a good education when, at every turn, they literally chase every single penny they can?

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Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. buckeye044 - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Show me the money!!!…………and BEAT MICHIGAN!

  2. tomtravis76 - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Maryland will be at the top of the Big Ten each season with their basketball program. Turg and his staff are great recruiters and conference alignment doesn’t matter. Turg can still beef up his schedule by scheduling old ACC rivalries.

    As far as the football side, it will only make them better and Edsall can kick sand. He is a not a big enough name to coach in the Big Ten. Yes, Big Ten football domiantes ACC football, no debate. Maryland can’t put butts in seats even with FSU and Miami playing at Byrd. Big Ten fans might teach Terps fans something about college football Saturday and can only make it better.

    No need to get bitter or upset about Terps leaving, all the bitching and moaning wiill do nothing. But if you can kick PSU out of the Big Ten, it would make it that much of an easier transition.

    • voiceofreason6 - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      Actually, this is a huge blow to Maryland basketball recruiting. The regions that were once fertile will go barren to them as these kids don’t want to travel to the midwest where no one will see them play. They want to play on the east coast in the best conference that college basketball has ever seen.

      • frug - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        kids don’t want to travel to the midwest where no one will see them play.

        You do realize the Big Ten has a TV network that will broadcast all their games (or at least all that aren’t on ESPN and CBS)? And for all your Midwest bashing, the Big Ten makes more money of its MBB programs than any other conference and (more importantly) has led the nation in basketball attendance for 36 years running, meaning there will be more people in the stands when they play.

        And after all this, the Big Ten will be the second strongest MBB conference in the country (and the strongest if the ACC collapses).

  3. imforbigblue - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Cut it out saying Maryland will be on the top of the big 10 in basketball. There not better than OSU or MSU or IU and I’m a UK fan who loves OSU football

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