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Maryland leaders will meet to discuss Big Ten

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Maryland leaders will meet to discuss Big Ten

The fate of the University of Maryland's conference affiliation appears to have reached a breaking point: On Monday the school's Board of Regents met and an announcement is expected to be made in a 3 p.m. press conference regarding their application for membership in the Big Ten conference. CSN will broadcast the announcement live. 

To join the Big Ten, Maryland would exit the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terrapins were a founding member of the ACC in 1953, and the move to the Big Ten is considered a shock to many.

Reports show that Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey and currently a member of the Big East conference, would join Maryland in the move to the Big Ten. 

Maryland's decision to leave the ACC and join the Big Ten centers mostly on money, and could be a precursor to another round of conference realignment throughout the country. For the Terps' athletic department, moving to the Big Ten would increase revenues thanks to the highly-profitable Big Ten Network, a cable channel run jointly by Fox Sports and the conference that is seen in more than 70 million homes.

Estimates show that under the ACC television deal, Maryland could expect around $17 million annually beginning next year. If Maryland joins the Big Ten, that number would jump to almost $25 million annually. 

Money is in short supply for the Terps athletic department, which had to cut seven varsity sports earlier this year and is currently running a mounting deficit that continues to grow. An increased shot of cash from the Big Ten could be just what Maryland needs.

The Big Ten will also provide an academic boost to Maryland with access to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The CIC, as it is commonly known, allows all of the Big Ten schools to collaborate on research, leverage funding, and has been linked to increased academic prowess and research dollars. CIC schools, which include all Big Ten schools and the University of Chicago, engaged in over $70 billion of research in 2010, according to the CIC annual report. Accessing such a broad and diverse academic network would advance Maryland in ways that would impact far beyond the basketball court or football field. 

Despite increased athletic revenues and academic opportunities, Maryland's move to the Big Ten has plenty of detractors.

For starters, to prevent team's from leaving the conference the ACC instituted a $50 million exit fee. The punitive exit fee was designed to stop the very move that Maryland is considering, and for a broke athletic department coming up with the $50 million may prove to be challenging. Refilling the coffers with the increased Big Ten television money may allow Maryland athletics to return to financial solvency, but the exit fee presents a tall hurdle on that path.

There are questions surrounding the increased exit fee. Some in the Maryland community believe the school could either negotiate a lower exit fee, or fight the figure in court. During discussions on instituting the $50 million exit fee, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh expressed that he did not think the fee would stand up in court. Loh subsequently voted against the fee, which passed anyway.

Beyond the exit fee, many Maryland fans and alumni are against the move. The Terps have played ACC competition for almost 60 years and generations of fans have enjoyed rivalries with Virginia, Duke and North Carolina State. Those matchups would likely be lost if Maryland moves to the Midwest-centric Big Ten conference.

It's clear why the Big Ten would want to add Maryland and Rutgers: increased television revenues and a presence along the densely populated East Coast. 

The Big Ten wants Maryland to access the Washington, D.C, and Baltimore television markets, collectively the eight-biggest market in the country. Rutgers brings even more television sets to the Big Ten by accessing the New York City market. By adding the Terps and Scarlet Knights, it's possible that the proceeds of the Big Ten Network would increase and bring even more money to College Park.

Beyond money, it's less clear why Maryland would want to make the Big Ten move, but there are reasons to consider. Despite animated fan bases, most Maryland fans and players never had a true rival in the fashion of Michigan-Ohio State or USC-UCLA. In fact, the team most Maryland fans love to hate, Duke, clearly has a bigger rival in North Carolina. 

If Maryland does join the Big Ten, the geographic proximity of Penn State could allow the Terps an instant rival. Maryland and Penn State played each other in football for decades, but the game fell apart almost 20 years ago. Penn State operates in a similar fashion as Maryland within the Big Ten without one obvious rival. The Terps in the Big Ten could alleviate the true rival issue for both schools, as they share a border and often recruit players from the same areas.

Another factor for Terp fans might be the newest round of ACC expansion. In 2014, Pittsburgh and Syracuse will join the conference, and the league's famed basketball schedule will expand. Every team in the conference has been assigned one designated rival to play twice each year in basketball and every year in football. Despite being a founding member of the conference and having nearly six decades of history with the schools in North Carolina and Virginia, Maryland was assigned expansion-team Pittsburgh as its rival. For many Maryland fans, this was an injustice.

There is no doubt that the football competition in the Big Ten will be much stiffer than in the ACC, and it would be hard to envision any immediate success for the Terps playing against teams like Nebraska, Michigan or Ohio State. But those teams have fans that travel, and it is easy to envision larger and more lively crowds in Bryd Stadium when a school like Penn State or Iowa comes to visit instead of current ACC foes like Wake Forest or Boston College. 

Much remains to be decided for the University of Maryland. First the Maryland brass would have to ask for membership in the Big Ten. Then current Big Ten universities would vote on extending Maryland an invitation to join the conference. But the pace and gravity of the negotiations suggest that this move is very much in motion.

Regardless what happens, fans will be upset. Decades of tradition will be thrown out the window, but the conference realignment freight train looks like it will impact schools that previously looked impenetrable. The fate of any conference is uncertain, but the Big Ten looks to be the most stable, the most profitable, and the conference with the foresight and fortitude to make bold moves.

Will Maryland make a bold move? That's the big question.

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D.J Moore scores 3 TDs to help Maryland roll past Towson

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D.J Moore scores 3 TDs to help Maryland roll past Towson

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  -- True freshman Kasim Hill threw two touchdown passes in his starting debut, Ty Johnson ran for two long scores and Maryland cruised past in-state foe Towson 63-17 on Saturday.

D.J. Moore scored three touchdowns -- on catches of 9 and 34 yards, along with a 21-yard run -- to help the Terrapins (2-0) maintain the momentum created by their season-opening 51-41 win at Texas.

It's the first time in school history that Maryland has started with two straight 50-point games. The 63 points were the most scored by the Terps since they crushed Missouri 74-13 in 1954.

Hill took over for injured starter Tyrrell Pigrome in the third quarter against Texas and completed his only three passes. He started 8 for 8 in this one and was 13 for 16 for 163 yards before watching the fourth quarter from the sideline.

Two touchdowns by Moore and a 74-yard run by Johnson put Maryland in front 21-0 after nine minutes.

Johnson's 46-yard touchdown run in the third quarter made it 35-7 and enabled him to become the fourth player in Maryland history to reach the 100-yard mark in four straight games. He finished with 124 yards on only five carries, a whopping 24.8-yard average.

The Terrapins outscored Towson (1-1) 21-0 in the third quarter, the last TD coming on an end-around by Moore in which he broke four tackles on his way to the end zone.

Towson got both its touchdowns on passes by Ryan Stover, a redshirt freshman also making his first college start.

Stover went 21 for 36 for 210 yards and two interceptions, the first of which was taken back 75 yards for a score by Darnell Savage Jr.

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5-star PG Immanuel Quickley officially removes Maryland from list; announces top 3

5-star PG Immanuel Quickley officially removes Maryland from list; announces top 3

WATCH IMMANUEL QUICKLEY'S INTERVIEW IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE

Immanuel Quickley will not be the next Maryland Terrapins star guard.

On Wednesday night, Qthe highly touted 6-3 point guard joined Rob Carlin and Brian Mitchell on CSN's SportsTalk Live and the five-star point guard from John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md. removed the Terrapins from his remaining list of schools. 

With Maryland out, Quickley's Top 3 list consists of Kentucky, Kansas and Miami, with the Wildcats being the heavy favorites.

"I am taking Maryland off my list," Quickley told CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rob Carlin on Wednesday night. "They [Maryland] haven't contacted me as much. So it only makes sense to go forward with those three."

Communication was key for the No. 1 class of 2018 recruit in Maryland. Quickley, who is ranked in the top 15 recruits in every major recruiting service, connected with Miami because of great communication.  "Miami has a great coaching staff and I really connected with them," he told CSN's Carlin. "They brought all four coaches to meet me. I think that was a big part of it in recruiting me."

"It's big, especially with the head coach. That's who is making th sub. That who is calling the plays, stuff like that." 

Communication in the recruiting process is important to Quickley, but so is the communication during development once the player hits campus. That's what stood out about Kansas. "I think they've taken players, not even like myself, players that haven't been as talented as me and gotten them to the highest level, so I think that's been a big part of what's stood out."

As for Kentucky, it's simple. John Calipari is the best recruiter in college basketball. "You just have to sit back and smile," he said of getting his first contact from Calipari and the Wildcats coaching staff. "It definitely was cool to have coach Calipari reach out to me."

But for Maryland, it's not nearly as cool. Quickley is the latest in near-gets for Maryland. Head coach Mark Turgeon recently missed out on Prentiss Hubb and Brandon Slater.

The Terps were the lone local school on Quickley's list, and Quickley has often stated that Maryland had a hometown advantage. But Turgeon and his staff had not communicated with Quickley in recent months as much as the remaining schools on his list, so the Terps once again miss out on luring a top-flight prospect to College Park.