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It's official: Maryland to the Big Ten


It's official: Maryland to the Big Ten

After nearly 60 years as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the University of Maryland will join the Big Ten.

The decision was finalized today after the Maryland Board of Regents voted to exit the ACC and ask for acceptance in the Big Ten. The Big Ten presidents quickly accepted Maryland, and the deal was done.  The Terps will begin Big Ten play in 2014.

Speaking to the media, Maryland President Wallace Loh said that the vote to move to the Big Ten was overwhelmingly positive, and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said that the Big Ten vote was similarly overhwleming. 

Responses to Maryland's conference shift have not been nearly as overhwleming. Many fans are upset at Maryland leaving the ACC in what appears to be little more than a cash grab. The Big Ten will bring in significantly more revenue to Maryland athletics, at a time when the Terps athletic depatment desperately needs the money. Earlier this year, Maryland cut seven varisty sports and the athletic budget is running a mounting deficit.

"I came to the conclusion this was the rigth thing to do," Loh said.

He explained that the decision to leave the ACC was an incredibly difficult one, but a neccessary choice for Maryland to remain competitive in a changing college sports landscape.

"The world of the ACC as we have known it has changed," Loh said, adding that Maryland no longer plays traditional rivals like North Carolina every year in football or twice a year in basketball, which for decades had been the case. Loh said that as president his role is to do what's best for Maryland in the future, and that is moving to the Big Ten. Delany echoed Loh's comments about college sports. 

"The only thing that has been constant is the change around the country," Delany said. He added that the Big Ten is excited to welcome Maryland to its ranks.

"We don't fear the turtle, we embrace the turtle," the Big Ten commissioner said. He called the press conference "Maryland's Day" and would not comment on further Big Ten expansion. Reports show that New Jersey's state university Rutgers is expected to join the Big Ten as well.

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Maryland handles Michigan State 28-17

Maryland handles Michigan State 28-17

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Perry Hills threw a pair of touchdown passes in his return to the lineup and Maryland kept Michigan State winless in the Big Ten with 28-17 victory Saturday night.

Maryland (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) also extended the Spartans' losing streak to five games, the longest skid under 10-year coach Mark Dantonio.

Ty Johnson led Maryland's dominant running attack with 115 yards on nine carries, while Lorenzo Harrison finished with 105 yards on 17 carries. The Terrapins amassed 447 total yards .

Michigan State redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke got his second consecutive start and went 11 for 24 with 156 yards with an interception. He also ran for 79 yards on 10 carries. LJ Scott had a big day on the ground for the Spartans finishing with 128 yards and a touchdown.

The Spartans (2-5, 0-4) took their first lead, 17-14 on a 34-yard field goal by Michael Geiger with 1:35 left in the third quarter. Johnson continued to find a holes and a 44-yard run put Maryland into Michigan State territory. Two plays later, the Terrapins retook the lead on a 2-yard run by Kenneth Goins Jr.

Hills put the game away with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Levern Jacobs with 3:23 left in the game. Hills was 21 of 27 for 200 yards.

Michigan State linebacker Riley Bullough was ejected with 4:39 left in the first quarter for targeting. That penalty helped Maryland extend a season-long 96-yard scoring drive, capped by Harrison's 8-yard run.


Michigan State: The Spartans face an uphill battle for a 10th straight bowl appearance with the toughest part of the their schedule still ahead. Michigan State must still play No. 3 Michigan next week and No. 2 Ohio State (Nov. 19).

Maryland: After a 4-0 start, the Terrapins gained some much-needed momentum to avoid missing a bowl game for the second consecutive season. However, Maryland plays three ranked opponents (Michigan, Ohio State and No. 8 Nebraska) over its final five games.


Michigan State hosts No. 3 Michigan (7-0, 4-0) next Saturday. The Spartans stunned Michigan 27-23 last season when safety Jalen Watts-Jackson picked up a flubbed punt and ran 38 yards for the go-ahead touchdown on the final play of the game.

Maryland travels to Indiana on Saturday. The Hoosiers (3-4, 1-3) beat the Terrapins 47-28 last season and lead the all-time series 3-1.

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Maryland cornerback Will Likely out for the season

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Maryland cornerback Will Likely out for the season

Will Likely, Maryland's star cornerback and punt returner, suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the second quarter of last week's game against Minnesota. The team announced Friday that Likely will miss the rest of the season.

The injury does not mean the end of Likely's role in Maryland football. Head Coach DJ Durkin said in a press release, "In the short time I've been here at Maryland, I understand and have a great appreciation for the significant impact Will Likely has had on our football program. He will continue to play a vital role in our program as we lean on him for his leadership and experience. I am confident Will has the work ethic, drive and focus to overcome this injury and continue his football career at the next level."

Likely is third in the country in combined kick return yards with 1197, and owns six different Maryland records. He leads the team in with three passes defended, and three pass break ups. Likely was named an FWAA First Team All-American in 2015, and First Team All-Big Ten two seasons in a row. A torn ACL means the end of the senior's career as a Terrapin.

Sophomore RaVon Davis or Freshman Elijah Daniels can be expected to fill in for Likely at corner, while sophomore D.J. Moore or senior Teldrick are projected to take over as returners.

The Terps play Michigan State on Saturday in College Park. Durkin has not yet decided the status of quarterback Perry Hills, who sat out the last game with an injured shoulder.