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Maryland announces 2015 Big Ten lacrosse schedule

Posted on 01 July 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Big Ten Conference announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as the league’s 27th and 28th sports nearly 13 months ago and on Tuesday, July 1 it is official. Also on Tuesday, the Big Ten announced the sites and weekends of the 2015 men’s and women’s lacrosse conference schedules.

The announcement on Tuesday corresponds with the formal inclusion of Maryland and Rutgers as full-time members as the 13th and 14th Big Ten institutions. Both are lacrosse playing schools in men’s and women’s lacrosse along with Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan. Johns Hopkins joins the men’s contingent as a sport-affiliate member, while Northwestern rounds out the women’s lineup.

The 2015 conference schedule for each team was announced with action kicking off the weekend of March 27-29. The Maryland men host Michigan for the first time that weekend before welcoming Penn State to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium (April 3-5) for the first time since the first round of the 2005 NCAA tournament.

The Terps play at fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers (April 10-12) for first time since 1998 and at Ohio State for the first time on the weekend of April 17-19.

Maryland’s first Big Ten regular-season concludes the weekend of April 24-26 when it welcomes Johns Hopkins to College Park for the 112th meeting of Lacrosse’ Greatest Rivalry.

The first Big Ten men’s lacrosse tournament will be held at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium from April 30 to May 20 with the top four teams competing for the title.

On the women’s side, the Terrapins will play five conference games, including three at home and two on the road. Maryland’s inaugural Big Ten season will commence with a trip to Northwestern the weekend of March 26. The Terps and the Wildcats have combined to win 19 of 34 NCAA titles since the sport was official recognized by the NCAA in 1982.

Maryland hosts its first conference matchup against Rutgers the following weekend. The Terps will then play at Ohio State before finishing up with home games vs. Michigan and Penn State.

The 2015 Big Ten women’s tournament will be held at Rutgers April 30-May 3 with all six teams competing.

The Big Ten men’s lacrosse conference boasts an impressive number of NCAA Tournament appearances (94), NCAA Tournament victories (123), NCAA semifinal appearances (51) and championships (11) among the six members. This past season, Maryland reached the semifinals and Hopkins the quarterfinals, while in 2013 Ohio State, Maryland and Penn State all received national seeds.

MARYLAND MEN’S LACROSSE 2015 BIG TEN SCHEDULE
March 27-29 vs. MICHIGAN
April 3-5 vs. PENN STATE
April 10-12 at Rutgers
April 17-19 at Ohio State
April 24-26 vs. JOHNS HOPKINS
April 30-May 2 Big Ten Tournament (hosted by Maryland)

MARYLAND WOMEN’S LACROSSE 2015 BIG TEN SCHEDULE
March 26-29 at Northwestern
April 2-5 vs. RUTGERS
April 9-12 at Ohio State
April 16-19 vs. MICHIGAN
April 23-26 vs. PENN STATE
April 30-May 3 at Big Ten Tournament (hosted by Rutgers)

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Maryland officially becomes member of Big Ten conference

Posted on 01 July 2014 by WNST Staff

ROSEMONT, Ill. -

The University of Maryland and Rutgers University became official members of the Big Ten Conference today, increasing the Big Ten’s membership to 14 institutions. In addition, Johns Hopkins University officially became a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse.

The Big Ten now has more than 520,000 total students and 5.7 million living alumni. The conference’s broad-based athletic programs will feature almost 9,500 student-athletes for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports, including 28 official Big Ten sports. Maryland and Rutgers are already members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), an academic consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago that is a highly regarded model for effective and voluntary collaboration among top research universities. In 2012, CIC institutions produced over $10 billion in research expenditures.

Maryland and Rutgers will take part in their first Big Ten event as official members of the conference at the 2014 Football Media Days and 43rd annual Kickoff Luncheon. This year’s event will be held on Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29, at the Hilton Chicago. The Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon feature all 14 head coaches and some of the nation’s top returning players.

The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights will each take part in their first athletic competition as members of the Big Ten Conference with a pair of women’s soccer games on August 22, when Maryland visits UCLA and Rutgers hosts Stony Brook. The two institutions open Big Ten competition on September 12 when Maryland hosts Rutgers in women’s soccer. That same day in men’s soccer, Maryland visits Michigan and Rutgers travels to Wisconsin. The 2014 cross country, field hockey, golf, tennis and volleyball seasons will begin in late August and early September.

The Rutgers football team begins its first season as a Big Ten program on August 28 at Washington State. Two days later, Maryland’s football squad will do the same with a home game against James Madison. The Scarlet Knights will make their debut in Big Ten action at home against Penn State on September 13. The Terrapins will open conference play at Indiana on Sept. 27, before hosting Ohio State in their first Big Ten home game on Oct. 4. The conference’s two newest members will meet on November 29 at Maryland in the final week of the regular season.

The 2014 football season will feature new division alignments, with Maryland and Rutgers joined by Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State in the East Division. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin will play in the West Division. A representative from each division will play in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Dec. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship.

The cross country teams from Maryland and Rutgers will have the first opportunity to compete in a Big Ten Championship, with both schools taking part in the 2014 Big Ten Cross Country Championships to be hosted by Iowa on Nov. 2.

The inaugural season of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin in 2015, with Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers playing both sports, Johns Hopkins participating in men’s lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women’s lacrosse. The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights will host their first Big Ten Tournaments beginning in April, with the inaugural men’s tournament held from April 30 to May 2 at Maryland and the first women’s event hosted by Rutgers from April 30 to May 3.

Since the announcement to add Maryland and Rutgers in November 2012, the Big Ten has made a series of announcements highlighting the conference’s increased presence on the East Coast. Last June, the Big Ten announced an agreement to take part in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, sending conference football teams to play at Yankee Stadium on an annual basis. In April, the Big Ten announced that it would open a second office in New York City while securing access to satellite office space in Washington, D.C. In May, the conference unveiled plans to take part in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season men’s basketball series with the Big East named in honor of Dave Gavitt, and announced that the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Also in May, BTN confirmed that the network had reached deals with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision for broad distribution to their subscribers in the New York/New Jersey television markets. In June, BTN confirmed that a similar agreement was reached with Comcast for broad distribution in Maryland and New Jersey.

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Maryland marks official move to Big Ten with Baltimore event

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Fans lined South President Street in front of the Under Armour Brand House to celebrate the beginning of a new era for the University of Maryland Monday afternoon.

Maryland kicked off its transition into the Big Ten Conference flanked by the Mighty Sound of Maryland, Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Maryland coaches and Under Armour executives.

Following an address from Nick Carparelli of Under Armour to begin the festivities, Anderson greeted the crowd and commended the conference for its commitment to the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Over the last 18 months we’ve been asked to be a partner and a member of the Big Ten and tomorrow it will be official,” said Anderson. “One thing I like to say about this whole process is that my colleagues in the Big Ten and Commissioner Delany have accepted us and welcomed us from the very beginning. We’ve never felt like we were an outsider. We’ve always been a part of the participation of becoming a true member of the Big Ten.”

Delany followed Anderson and expressed excitement about Maryland officially joining the conference Tuesday.

“The last 18 months has just been a terrific experience, getting to know Maryland leaders, faculty, athletic directors and coaches,” said Delany. “We’ve worked awfully hard over those 18 months to make tomorrow a day that everyone can feel great about.

“The Big Ten has been a great conference, established in 1896, and it’s a greater conference after tomorrow with Maryland as our newest member.”

At the conclusion of the event, attendees were given a first look at newly released Maryland/Big Ten merchandise inside the Brand House, while media in attendance gathered to speak with Anderson, Delany and Maryland coaches.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 30 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Golf: PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from White Sulphur Springs, WV); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Ohio Machine (Friday 4pm from Columbus live on CBS Sports Network)

10. Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration (Friday 7pm Inner Harbor); 4th of July Parades (Friday various times Arbutus, Kingsville, Towson, Bel Air, Dundalk, Catonsville, Glyndon, etc.) Joan Rivers (Wednesday 7:30pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Tammy” out in theaters (Wednesday)

When you watch “The Sandlot” Friday, please tag me in your photos. You WILL watch “The Sandlot” Friday.

9. Beyonce & Jay-Z (Monday 8pm M&T Bank Stadium); Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry (Saturday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live); Crosby, Stills & Nash (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Counting Crows/Toad The Wet Sprocket (Saturday 7pm Wolf Trap); Neko Case (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Ed Sheeran (Tuesday 5pm Power Plant Live); Juicy J (Thursday 10pm Echostage); A Capitol Fourth feat. Frankie Valli, Phillip Phillips, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Jordin Sparks (Friday 8pm from US Capitol live on PBS); Old Crow Medicine Show “Remedy” available (Tuesday)

I mean, Beyonce could perform…OR…they could just show the “Partition” video on the screens at the stadium…

Speaking of Mrs. Carter, Ed Sheeran does a pretty solid Mrs. Carter.

Remember how good the Goo Goo Dolls used to be?

Almost as good as the Counting Crows.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Terps announce events in Baltimore, College Park, DC to celebrate official B1G move

Posted on 11 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Announces Special Big Ten Events

Terps set to celebrate move to the Big Ten June 30 and July 1

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland Department of Athletics has announced a string of exciting events to celebrate the Terps’ historic transition to the Big Ten Conference on July 1.

“We are eager to celebrate this big moment in our history,” University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh said. “We have chosen our future, spent a year of intense preparation, and have been welcomed by the Big Ten with exceptional camaraderie. We are academic partners. Now, we cannot wait to meet in competition.”

On Monday, June 30, Maryland will kick off the two-day festivities with a trip to the Under Armour Brand House in Baltimore for the official launch of exclusive Maryland/Big Ten inaugural apparel. The event, which is open to the public, is slated to begin at noon and will include a brief program featuring Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Under Armour leadership and Maryland coaches and staff. Music will be provided by the Mighty Sound of Maryland.

“The University of Maryland and Maryland athletics are excited to celebrate its new era in the Big Ten Conference,” Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson said. “This is an outstanding conference comprised of flagship research universities and our new partners share our pursuit of both athletic and academic excellence. We are thrilled to join the Big Ten and look forward to officially beginning this next chapter for the University of Maryland.”

The fun continues with an event Monday night at Nationals Park where Maryland and the Big Ten Network (BTN) will play host to a block party at the Fairgrounds, adjacent to the ballpark, beginning at 4 p.m. There will be an appearance by the Big Ten mascots and all Big Ten alumni are encouraged to attend. The Big Ten will be honored with the Nationals Spirit Award during a pre-game ceremony prior to first pitch of the Nationals/Rockies game at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available for the public on a limited basis at a special Maryland group rate of $14 by clicking here.

“The Big Ten couldn’t be more proud to officially welcome the University of Maryland to the conference on July 1,” Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany said. “President Wallace Loh, Kevin Anderson and the rest of the Maryland community have been great partners during the transition period, and we look forward to building a successful future together.”

On Maryland’s first official day as a member of the Big Ten Conference, there will be an on-campus celebration on Mitchell Field (near the M Circle) from noon-1:30 p.m. The event will feature the special unveiling of the Big Ten ice cream, interactive games, t-shirt giveaways and appearances by the Mighty Sound of Maryland, Testudo and the Spirit Squad.

In addition, BTN will dedicate its entire programming to the University of Maryland on Tuesday, July 1 to commemorate the Terps’ inaugural day in the Big Ten.

 

BIG TEN/MARYLAND CELEBRATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, June 30

 

Under Armour Brand House

700 South President St.

Baltimore, MD 21202

 

11:45 a.m.

  • Maryland staff/coaches scheduled to arrive at Under Armour Brand House

 

Noon

  • Launch of exclusive Maryland/Big Ten inaugural apparel at Under Armour Brand House
  • Brief program featuring Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, University of Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson, Maryland coaches and staff and Under Armour leadership

 

The Fairgrounds at Nationals Park

1299 Half Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

 

4:00 p.m.

  • University of Maryland/BTN Block Party

 

Nationals Park

1500 S. Capital Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

 

6:45 p.m.

  • Big Ten Conference honored with Nationals Spirit Award in pre-game ceremony at ballpark

 

7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies

 

Tuesday, July 1

 

Mitchell Field (near the M Circle)

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20740

 

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

  • Campus Big Ten Celebration

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Terrapins On the Move To B1G…But Not All the Hoops Guys Are Going Along

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Terrapins On the Move To B1G…But Not All the Hoops Guys Are Going Along

Posted on 02 May 2014 by Dwayne Showalter

What in the world?  It’s the Randy Edsall Exodus II.  This time, Mark Turgeon is taking the hit.  I was on board with Turgeon when he was hired.  Gary Williams supported it, so why shouldn’t I?

So much has changed since Turgeon was brought on after Gary’s last season.  For one, the team hasn’t been in the tournament in either of the three seasons.  After reaching the tournament for the first time under Williams in 1994, Maryland missed the tournament only 3 times.  Williams never won less than 19 games.  The Terps have two 17-15 seasons in the last three.  Things aren’t rosy.  Now players are bailing.  Rising senior guard Nick Faust (City), rising junior center Shaquille Cleare and rising sophomore guard Roddy Peters all announced they were leaving.  Now Seth Allen has joined the fleeing.  It’s a head-scratcher.

I look back and Gary’s turnaround started with a freshman class of Exree Hipp, Duane Simpkins and Johnny Rhodes in the fall of 1992.  It was launched back into the national spotlight when Joe Smith, who became National Player of the Year, started in ’93.  His arrival began a run of 11 straight tournament appearances, two final fours and a national title.

I’m hoping that this incoming freshman class, ranked 10th nationally by rivals.com, will have that sort of impact.  ’Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley and Trayvon Reed sound like they could do it but we’ve seen our share of flops here.  One thing about Gary Williams’ teams though, they always seemed to over-achieve.  No one can say that about Turgeon’s squads in three years on the job.

I’m sure he knows many will say ‘enough is enough’ if things don’t start heading upward in the Big 10 this year.  My question is “what defines heading upward?”  For one, full houses would help.  But the school pushed many long time supporters away with the Comcast Center.  Wins help fill buildings though.  I think they need to win 8 in conference this year (8-10).   Two versus Rutgers, Penn State and Nebraska with home games against Minnesota and Northwestern should produce some wins.  And they’ll have to pull out some games that people won’t give them much of a chance.  8-10 i think should buy Turgeon a chance to find his Joe Smith.  Anything less than that…well there could be a lot more turnover in College Park than just the basketball coach.  The football coach didn’t buy much security last season.  And the AD is responsible for them both.

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Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana all to visit Maryland in first Big Ten hoops season

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Home and Away Opponents

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Big Ten Conference announced on Friday the Maryland men’s basketball conference home and away opponents for the 2014-15 season.

The Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten season features an exciting docket of home games, including five teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The Terps will also play Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers at home.

Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

The Big Ten currently has five teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 – the most of any conference in the nation.

For ticketing information or questions, contact the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-462-8377.

Below is Maryland’s home and away opponents for the 2014-15.  Dates and times for the games will be announced at a later date.

 

Home

Indiana

Michigan

Michigan State

Minnesota

Nebraska

Northwestern

Penn State

Rutgers

Wisconsin

 

Away

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Michigan State

Nebraska

Ohio State

Penn State

Purdue

Rutgers

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Maryland visits Ohio State Wednesday for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Terps Head to #5 Ohio State for Big Ten/ACC Clash

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland travels to Columbus, Ohio for its first road game of the season Wednesday at 6:00 pm as it takes on future Big Ten foe No. 5 Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It is the first meeting between the teams since 1985.The game will be aired live on ESPN.

Watch: ESPN – Dave O’Brien (Play-by-play), Bob Knight (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terps are tied for the second-most wins in Big Ten/ACC Challenge history since the tournament’s inception in 1999 (Duke-12, Maryland-10, Wake Forest-10, Clemson-9). Maryland also has a tournament-best road mark of 4-1 amongst teams that have played at least four games, defeating Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. last season.

• Winners of four games in a row, Maryland was highly efficient offensively in an 89-62 victory against Morgan State last Friday, shooting 33-of-53 (.623) from the field en route to victory. The team also dished a season-high 26 assists, including six from freshman Roddy Peters.

• Maryland was lights-out from beyond the arc against Morgan State, connecting on 13-of-20 (.650) shots from beyond the arc. It was the first time the Terrapins made 13 3-pointers since they shot 13-of-30 in an overtime victory against North Carolina on Feb. 21, 2009. Jake Layman led the way Friday, knocking down seven 3-pointers for a career-high 27 points.

• Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz has played Ohio State more times (six) than Maryland in its entire history (five). Smotrycz’s Wolverines played the Buckeyes three times in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Last Time Out
Maryland put on an incredible shooting display last Friday when it handily defeated Morgan State by its largest margin of the season, 89-62. After scoring a season-high 45 points in the first half, the Terps shot 67-percent in the second half to cap a strong offensive outing.
The Terps posted 14 points in the first 3:51 of the game and never looked back as they shot 33-of-53 (.623) from the field, including 13-of-20 (.650) from beyond the arc.
Jake Layman led the way in the outing, tallying a career-high 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. In the second half, Layman scored 16 points in just 13 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Evan Smotrycz posted his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Scouting Ohio State
Ohio State enters Friday’s contest as one of the nation’s hottest teams, beginning the season 6-0 and climbing into the top-5 in the national rankings. The Buckeyes have dominated opponents, winning by an average margin of 19.6 points.
The Buckeyes are led by standout senior guard Aaron Craft, who earned 2013 First Team All-Big Ten and 2013 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Craft ranks second in the Big Ten in steals (2.5/g) and fourth in assists (5.3). Lenzelle Smith, Jr. leads the Buckeyes with 11.6 ppg, in addition to 4.6 rpg.
Ohio State has played suffocating defense thus far, holding opponents to just 53.3 ppg (2nd in the nation). OSU’s strong defense is coupled with its ability to avoid fouling opponents, ranking first in the Big Ten in fewest fouls (97).

Smotrycz Returns to Columbus
In two years as a player at Michigan, Evan Smotrycz amassed more experience (six games) against Ohio State than Maryland has in its entire history (five games). In six games, including two contests in the Big Ten Tournament, Smotrycz averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes of action. His best performance came on January 12, 2011, when he scored 14 points and added six rebounds in a 68-64 loss.
Smotrycz has found early success in the Maryland system, notching back-to-back double-doubles in his last two performances. He is the first Terrapin to do so since Jordan Williams in 2011. After being named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team last Monday, Smotrycz poured in 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Morgan State.

Lights Out Layman
Sophomore Jake Layman had his best game in a Maryland uniform against Morgan State last Friday, turning in career-high marks in points (27), field goals made (9) and 3-point field goals made (7). Layman shot 7-of-10 from beyond the arc and 9-of-12 overall in the victory.
The Wrentham, Mass. native has been lethal from 3-point range this season, connecting on an ACC best 3.3/game (23rd nationally). His .511 percentage (23-45) from beyond the arc ranks third in the conference behind Joe Harris (UVA) and Ben Emelogu (VT).

Terps Support Toys for Tots
The Terps have partnered with the UMCP Campus Police and Prince George’s County Police for the Toys for Tots drive. Donation bins will be located outside Gates A, B and Terrapin Trail Garage entrances for the Men’s Basketball game onDecember 14 vs. Florida Atlantic. Fans are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys for boy or girls to the game.

– Maryland –

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Big Ten presidents approve realignment with Maryland in Eastern Division

Posted on 28 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Big Ten Announces Football Division Alignments and Move to Nine-Game Conference Schedules

New division alignments begin in 2014 and nine-game schedules start in 2016

April 28, 2013

The Big Ten Conference office announced football division alignments set to begin in 2014 and nine-game conference schedules set to start in 2016.  The changes were unanimously recommended by conference directors of athletics and supported by the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors.

“Big Ten directors of athletics concluded four months of study and deliberation with unanimous approval of a future football structure that preserved rivalries and created divisions based on their primary principle of East/West geography,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany.  “The directors of athletics also relied on the results of a fan survey commissioned by BTN last December to arrive at their recommendation, which is consistent with the public sentiment expressed in the poll.”

The new division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. All schools in the East Division are in the eastern time zone and all schools in the West Division are in the central time zone with the exception of Purdue. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015, which will serve as transitional years in which the schools will still be playing eight-game schedules. Beginning in 2016, each school will play three teams from the other division as part of its nine-game schedule. The cross-division games will include one protected matchup on an annual basis between Indiana and Purdue.

With the start of the nine-game conference schedule in 2016, teams from the East Division will host five conference home games during even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five conference home games during odd-numbered years. As a result of the nine-game conference schedule and the Big Ten’s schedule rotation, every student-athlete will have the opportunity to play against every other team in the conference at least once during a four-year period. The Big Ten is returning to a nine-game conference schedule for all teams for the first time since the 1983 and 1984 seasons.

“Big Ten directors of athletics met in person or by conference call six times from December to March to discuss a new Big Ten football model,” Delany said.  “The level of cooperation and collaboration was reflective of what we’ve come to expect from this group of administrators who have worked extremely well together on a number of complex matters over the past several years.  We are all looking forward to ushering in this new era of Big Ten football.”

The Big Ten will hold the 2013 Football Media Days and 42nd annual Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday and Thursday, July 24 and 25, at the Hilton Chicago, featuring all 12 head coaches and some of the nation’s top returning players. The 118th season of Big Ten football kicks off Thursday, August 29, and culminates with the third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7, to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and televised by FOX. The winner of the title game will earn the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in either the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.

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Report: Maryland to join brutal B1G East

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Report: Maryland to join brutal B1G East

Posted on 20 April 2013 by WNST Staff

The University of Maryland will be moving to the Big Ten starting with the 2014-2015 season. We learned more about who they will be playing with more regularity.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and Adam Ritterberg reported the league is set to split their 14 schools into two conferences, abandoning the “Legends” and “Leaders” monickers in favor of much more simple “East” and “West”. All of the schools in the Central Time Zone (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois, Northwestern) will comprise the Western Division along with Purdue, the westernmost school in the Eastern Time Zone.

That will leave the Eastern Division to be made up of Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State and the two incoming schools-Rutgers and Maryland. The Eastern Division will be home to eight of the last 12 conference football champions, ten of the last 12 conference basketball regular season champions and five of the last seven Big Ten Tournament champions.

The report also noted that the league will expand to nine conference football games starting in 2016, with teams playing all six other opponents from their own division and three from the opposing division. The only protected annual inter-divisional game will be Purdue-Indiana. The league had hoped to expand to a ten game regular season schedule but decided otherwise because it would prevent schools from being able to guarantee seven total home games each year.

The divisional changes should alleviate some of the concerns about the Terrapins’ move a group of fans and alumni had based on the travel expenses that could be incurred based on the distance between College Park and many of the conference’s western programs. The Baltimore Sun previously reported that on top of the “lucrative” annual payouts the school will receive as part of the Big Ten (or B1G), they will also receive a travel subsidy worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $20-$30 million.

The Terps have some history with some of their upcoming divisional rivals. They split a home and home football series with Rutgers in 2007 and 2009. They played the Nittany Lions 37 times in football between 1917 and 1993, winning just once in the series. Maryland has never played Ohio State in football.

Maryland famously defeated the Hoosiers 64-52 in the 2002 NCAA basketball Championship Game. They have split four basketball games with the Spartans since 2003, the two losses both coming in the NCAA Tournament (one coming in 2010 when Korie Lucious drained a three pointer at the buzzer).

The changes will be voted on next week by conference presidents and chancellors and are expected to pass, according to the report.  

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