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Sources have told ESPN.com that the Big Ten is in serious discussions with Maryland about adding the Terrapins as the league's 13th member.
If that occurs, the Big Ten would likely then turn to Rutgers as its 14th school. From our story:
"A source told ESPN.com that the Big Ten has been itchy about further expansion since Notre Dame made its official move to the ACC two months ago in all sports other than football. The source said the Big Ten can justify Maryland and then possibly Rutgers since they are all contiguous states to the Big Ten footprint.
"One source told ESPN.com that [Maryland president Wallace] Loh and [Maryland athletic director Kevin ] Anderson don't have ACC ties so there wouldn't be a strong emotional pull to stay with the conference. Loh is a former provost at Big Ten member Iowa. ...
"Both Maryland and Rutgers are members of the AAU (Association of American Universities), something vital to Big Ten presidents. The addition of the two East Coast schools would dramatically stretch the Big Ten's footprint. With Maryland holding down the Beltway, Rutgers offering up the New York market and Penn State the league has a solid anchor in the mid-Atlantic states.
"Maryland and Rutgers would also make the nation's richest conference even wealthier. Last season, each Big Ten school received a record $24.6 million in shared revenue, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. One source said the success of the Big Ten Network is an intriguing factor for Maryland."
This would obviously be huge news, but this story is still developing. Check back for updates as we have more information.
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