Maryland Football: Big Ten Bound, To Leave the ACC

By Will Wilson

It’s official.

An idea that was toyed with and brought up on Saturday has indeed been agreed upon between the Big Ten and the University of Maryland. ESPN first reported on the discussions between Maryland and the Big Ten.

The University’s Board of Regents voted Monday unanimously accepting the invite to leave the ACC and join the Big Ten. It is also being reported that Rutgers is expected to follow the Terrapins, leaving the Big East. Both schools would give the Big Ten a total of 14 members.

Details on the move are still unknown, but if the deal is indeed done, Maryland would have to negotiate the exit fee of $50 million to leave the ACC. That’s something that will be important for Maryland since their financial situation has been an issue. They’ve recently had to drop sports programs because of budget concerns.

Maryland was one of eight schools to help start the ACC in 1953.

The addition of Maryland and possibly Rutgers expands the Big Ten’s significantly from the Midwest to the East Coast. The conference has been in search to expand the league to 14 members since Notre Dame decided they were leaving the Big East for the ACC in every sport but football.

On some levels it’s a head scratcher in more ways than one. But with the new norm of conference realignment and programs leaving their respective leagues, it isn’t much of a surprise.

After a weekend where No. 1 and No. 2 lost sending Notre Dame to the top spot, only Jim Delany could make headlines like this to flop attention on a conference that was a laughing stock this college football season.

Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

Follow Will on Twitter: @GoPackGo1

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