Reports: Maryland regents to discuss Big Ten moveBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Nov 19, 2012 1:10 AM EST
The University of Maryland could make a move toward the Midwest, athletically speaking, when the school's regents meet Monday to consider a move to the Big Ten. Multiple media reports indicated that the regents will discuss the topic Monday morning, and that there are expected to be people in the room who both oppose and favor leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference. If outside influence plays a part, one noted Maryland booster reportedly would like to see the school move to the Big Ten. Kevin Plank, founder of Under Armour apparel company, is "100 percent" in favor of joining the Big Ten, an anonymous regent told ESPN. However, ESPN.com reported that Plank declined comment, adding that he has no say in the Terrapins' athletic decision-making process. The school must weigh the value of joining the Big Ten vs. the cost: a $50 million exit fee to the ACC. Both the Baltimore Sun and ESPN.com reported that Maryland president Wallace Loh was heading the school's communications with Big Ten officials. Loh formerly was a provost at the University of Iowa, a Big Ten member. ESPN reported that Rutgers would consider leaving the Big East in favor of the Big Ten if Maryland moves to the Big Ten. Gaining the state universities of Maryland and New Jersey would be a coup for the Big Ten in terms of television penetration.
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