Reports: Maryland in negotiations to enter the Big Ten

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Reports: Maryland in negotiations to enter the Big Ten

After more than five decades playing conference games along Tobacco Road, reports have emerged that the University of Maryland may soon be heading to the Midwest.

Yahoo and ESPN are reporting that the Maryland Terrapins are in negotiations to exit the Atlantic Coast Conference and join the Big Ten conference. 

Some sources expect that an announcement of the new conference arrangement could come as early as next week. A charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, it would be considered a bombshell to many if the Terps exited the storied basketball conference.

In the current college sports landscape, football serves as the economic driver, and nowhere is football more lucrative than the Big Ten. The Big Ten network, a cable television channel jointly operated by the conference and Fox Sports, is estimated to be seen in over 70 million homes.

Maryland has had financial struggles within its atheletic department, which recently forced the school to cut seven sports, including men's tennis and some track and field teams. While it is unknown what exactly the increased revenue from joining the Big Ten would allow the Terps atheletic department to do, it is clear that the move would increase funds.

Currently the ACC consists of Maryland, Boston College, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Miami. Syracuse and Pittsburgh will soon be joining the ACC, and Notre Dame is scheduled to join the conference for all sports except football. 

The Big Ten consists of Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska and Illinois. 

Date officially announced for Maryland-Georgetown rematch in 2016

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Date officially announced for Maryland-Georgetown rematch in 2016

It was known before Maryland renewed its rivalry with Georgetown in 2015 that there would be a sequel the following season in Washington, D.C. Reports recently suggested when. Now, it is officially confirmed and a date has been set. 

The Terrapins will face the Hoyas on Nov. 15 at Verizon Center in D.C. as part of the 2016 Gavitt Tipoff Games, which pits Big Ten teams against Big East teams in matchups across the country.

Both schools released statements from the respective head coaches.

“We are excited to continue this series with Georgetown,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “Last season’s game was a tremendous experience for our University, program and fans. It will be an outstanding early season game against a well-coached Georgetown team that we have a lot of respect for.”                                                                              

“We’re excited to host Maryland at home this year,” Head Coach John Thompson III said. “This is a great game for college basketball and for our area.  Last year’s game was a hard-fought contest and we’re looking forward to playing again.”

Maryland won the inaugural Gavitt matchup between the two teams, 75-71, on Nov. 17, 2015 at XFINITY Center in College Park.

Former Maryland WR signs undrafted deal with Indianapolis Colts

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Former Maryland WR signs undrafted deal with Indianapolis Colts

Former Maryland wide receiver Marcus Leak has signed an undrafted free-agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced on Monday. 

Leak, who had an up-and-down career with the Terrapins, came to Maryland as a three-star recruit. After catching 23 passes for 393 yards as a sophomore in 2012, Leak took a leave of absence and missed the 2013 season before returning in 2014 when he caught 20 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns.

After a promising performance in Maryland's 2015 spring game, he left the program and did not return. 

In advance of the 2016 NFL Draft, he worked out at the Charlotte 49ers pro day in front of scouts. 

 

Maryland basketball players to appear on 'Ellen Show' after viral hit

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Maryland basketball players to appear on 'Ellen Show' after viral hit

Maryland basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley set the Internet ablaze this offseason with their #RunningManChallenge, when they filmed themselves dancing to the '90s hit My Boo in increasingly unique and creative ways. 

It first swept across college basketball, then went mainstream and now people across social media are doing it.

Now, Nickens and Brantley are taking their act to TV. As announced by the program on Monday night, the two will appear on The Ellen Show Tuesday on NBC.