According to reporting by the Big Ten Network and others, the University of Maryland will announce that they are leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Rumors of the move began circulating last week.
Rutgers University is expected to follow suit, according to the Big Ten Network, and leave the Big East to join the Big Ten as well, growing the Big Ten to 14 schools.
Live online coverage of the Maryland press conference can be found here.
Maryland's Board of Regents voted unanimously to accept the Big Ten's invitation Monday and leave the ACC, according to ESPN. The Terps are a founding member of the ACC, launched in 1953, and will have to negotiate their way through a $50 million penalty fee to leave the conference.
The move is expected to increase the revenue generated by the Maryland football program, but hoops fans will certainly miss the traditional ACC basketball battles with Duke, North Carolina and others.
ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz reported that the current men's basketball team coaches were against the move. However, former basketball coach Gary Williams told the Washington Post Sunday night that he supports the move.
“A lot of it has to do with football," Williams said. "I think sometimes people don’t understand, or they forget a little bit, that your ability to run an athletic department is based on selling tickets and raising money and then, with your conference, the amount of money you can earn from the various contracts you have. When you look at the Big Ten, they have done a great job of putting every school in a great situation.”
Does this mean that we have to stop hating Duke?