ESPN: Maryland Accepts Big Ten Invite, Plans to Leave ACC

The University's Board of Regents voted Monday to approve the move.

(Update, 11 a.m.)

The University of Maryland's Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday morning to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten Conference and leave the Atlantic Coast Conference, ESPN reported.

It's unclear when Maryland would make the move, but a buy out from the ACC could cost as much as $50 million, according to ESPN. 

(Original Post, 5:30 a.m.)

As soon as Monday the University of Maryland could end its 60-year affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference and join the Big Ten, according to a Baltimore Sun article.

The Board of Regents at the university will meet Monday to discuss the move, thought Baltimore Sun reported it wasn't clear whether the board vote was necessary or if Chanvellor William E. Kirwan could decide on his own.

After the decission is made, Maryland would have to formally apply for Big Ten admission and the conference would have to vote on it.

Bill Redmond November 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I'm a bit confused. Is UMd being recruited by the B1G or are they thinking on their own that it would be a good move? So much confusion with conference arrangements; everybody is switching chairs, the Big 12 is down to 10, the Big 10 has 12, the ACC isn't strictly along the coast anymore...
Greg Cohen November 19, 2012 at 02:47 PM
A combination of both, Bill. Maryland's decision is likely being driven by the dire financial state of its athletic department. A move to the Big Ten would likely see a large bump in revenue (Big Ten schools received about $24.5 million apiece from guaranteed shares last year) that would help UMD stabilize its situation.
Charles Roland Stevens III November 19, 2012 at 05:42 PM
it's a step up: My concern is that they might have bitten off a little more then they can chew.


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