The Big Ten Conference, and Michigan State University, welcomed two new teams to their ranks this week. Maryland of the ACC and Rutgers of the Big East both announced that they would accept their respective invitations to join the elite conference, boosting the total number of members from 12 to 14.
Maryland was first to announce their intent on Monday. After being one of the founding members of the ACC in 1953, the university's Board of Regents voted to send their teams elsewhere. They are set to join the conference in all athletics when the 2014-15 academic year begins. The only speed bump that remains in their way is the $50 million exit fee that the ACC requires them to pay, which Maryland believes they can negotiate to a lower amount.
Rutgers officially announced today that they would follow suit. University President Robert Barchi said that "the Big Ten is really where Rutgers belongs." They had been a member of the Big East since 1991. They also plan to join the Big Ten in 2014, although they will have to negotiate an early exit, as the Big East requires a 27 month notification before departure.
The addition of both teams further expands the Big Ten's reach into the East Coast. When the universities do join, they will be added into the Leaders Division, home to Ohio State, Purdue, and Penn State. Illinois will be added to the Legends Division, where they will be matched against Michigan, Northwestern, and of course, Michigan State. The addition will quite possibly benefit Penn State the most, as they will now have closer rivals to challenge.
So MSU can see what they may possibly be dealing with, Spartans 101 would like to highlight some records from our new competitors. Maryland's football team is currently 4-7 on their season and are 2-1 in men's basketball. Rutgers football team, which has gone through a dramatic change in the past decade, is 9-1. Their basketball team is also 2-1.Big Ten, Maryland, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, NCAA, Rutgers
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