It's official: Maryland to the Big Ten

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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.

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.

After going undrafted, All-American Maryland kicker catches on in NFL

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After going undrafted, All-American Maryland kicker catches on in NFL

Former Maryland kicker Brad Craddock went undrafted over the weekend, but has now caught on with the Cleveland Browns, he announced via Twitter on Sunday.

Craddock, who won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best kicker during his junior season, is a native of Australia. He came to Maryland as a punter before becoming a placekicker. 

Over the course of his four-year career at Maryland, Craddock made 57 of his 70 field goal attempts. That number includes a school-record 57-yard field goal against Ohio State in 2014. 

Projected Maryland starter announces transfer via social media

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Projected Maryland starter announces transfer via social media

Maryland linebacker Abner Logan intends to transfer out of the program and expend his final year of college eligibility elsewhere, he announced via Instagram on Saturday. 

"I want to thank everyone that has stood by me and supported me throughout my career at Maryland," he wrote. "I especially want to acknowledge the unbelievable bond I've created with my brothers that will last a lifetime."

Logan, a native of Massachusetts, was a four-star recruit out of high school, rated as the 24th-best outside lineback in the country according to Rivals.com. He redshirted his first season at Maryland in 2012 and played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2013. 

In May 2014, Logan was placed on disciplinary probation. He appealed the ruling in October of that year and was cleared to play in the team's final seven games. He did not play in 2015 after tearing his ACL during preseason camp.

He was projected to be a starter for Maryland in the linebacking corps under new head coach DJ Durkin in 2016. 

Players who attain their degree with college eligibility still remaining can transfer to another institution and play immediately under the graduate transfer exemption. The linebacker's message on Instagram appears to reflect that the grad transfer route is part of his plan going forward.