Maryland leaving ACC to join Big Ten in 2014 - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Maryland leaving ACC to join Big Ten in 2014

Posted:

By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP College Football Writer


Maryland is joining the Big Ten.

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.

For both schools, the move should come with a long-term financial gain. The Big Ten reportedly paid its members $24.6 million in shared television and media rights revenues this year.

There will be some financial matters to resolve in the short term though. After the ACC added Notre Dame as a member in all sports but football and hockey in September, the league voted to raise the exit fee to $50 million. Maryland was one of two schools that voted against the increased exit fee.

The Big East's exit fee is $10 million, but the league also requires a 27-month notification period for departing members. That means Rutgers will not be able to join the Big ten until 2015 without working out some kind of deal with the Big East.

Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia have all negotiated early withdrawals from the Big East in the past year.

___

AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg in College Park, Md., contributed to this report.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • SPORTSMore>>

  • Hawks beat top seeded Nebraska at the Big 10 Baseball tournament

    Hawks beat top seeded Nebraska at the Big 10 Baseball tournament

    Friday, May 26 2017 8:34 PM EDT2017-05-27 00:34:22 GMT

     Senior Ryan Erickson tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings to lead the fifth-seeded University of Iowa baseball team to a 2-0 victory over top-seeded and 21st-ranked Nebraska on Friday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field. 

    More >>

     Senior Ryan Erickson tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings to lead the fifth-seeded University of Iowa baseball team to a 2-0 victory over top-seeded and 21st-ranked Nebraska on Friday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field. 

    More >>
  • Day one of Boys 1A State Tennis

    Day one of Boys 1A State Tennis

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:37 PM EDT2017-05-26 23:37:08 GMT

    One-A boys state tennis..... Singles and doubles at the Byrne's Park tennis center in Waterloo.

    More >>

    One-A boys state tennis..... Singles and doubles at the Byrne's Park tennis center in Waterloo.

    More >>
  • Jermaine Palacios named Minnesota Twins Minor League Player of the Month

    Jermaine Palacios named Minnesota Twins Minor League Player of the Month

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:14 AM EDT2017-05-26 15:14:52 GMT

    The Minnesota Twins named Cedar Rapids Kernels infielder Jermaine Palacios as their Minor League Player of the Month for April. 

    More >>

    The Minnesota Twins named Cedar Rapids Kernels infielder Jermaine Palacios as their Minor League Player of the Month for April. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly