Timeline of Maryland’s Big Ten Move

By Ryan Connors

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Nov. 14, 2011— Commission assigned by Wallace Loh to help the athletic department decrease its multimillion-dollar deficit recommends cutting eight varsity sports.

Nov. 21, 2011— Maryland accepts commission’s recommendation to cut eight varsity sports, gives each sport’s supporters until June 30 to raise eight years’ worth of funds.

July 2, 2012— Maryland announces plans to cut seven varsity sports after men’s outdoor track was the only one able to raise enough funds to keep competing.

Sept. 2012— ACC Presidents voted 10-2 to raise the conference’s exit fee from about $20 million to about $50 million.  Maryland President Wallace Loh was one of the two who voted against the increase.

Nov. 2012— Reports surface that Maryland is in talks with the Big Ten about joining the conference.

Nov. 17-18, 2012— Talks intensified between the conference and the university.

Nov.19, 2012— Maryland’s Board of Regents votes to accept bid to join the Big Ten starting the 2014-15 academic year.

Nov. 20, 2012— Rutgers University announces it will also join the Big Ten.

Nov. 27, 2012— ACC files a lawsuit asking that Maryland be forced to pay exit fee of $52 million.

Aug.22, 2013— 2013-14 ACC Basketball Schedule is released, contains no Maryland home games against Duke or North Carolina.

Nov. 30, 2013— 41-21 Victory over North Carolina State in the last ACC football game.

Jan. 14, 2014— Maryland files countersuit against the ACC seeking $157 million plus punitive damages.

March 9, 2014— 75-69 overtime victory over No. 5 Virginia in final ACC regular season basketball game at the Comcast Center.

July 1, 2014— Maryland will officially become a member of the Big Ten.

Sept. 27, 2014— First Big Ten Football game scheduled at Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.


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