Today it was announced that the Maryland Board of Regents unanimously accepted the offer to join the Big Ten according to ESPN, and Rutgers is expected to do the same tomorrow. And in other news, the Indiana Hoosiers football team are no longer going to be the worst team in the Big Ten.
This expansion doesn’t make any sense on a football level, and that has been what all of this conference expansion has been about. The Big Ten has been historically bad this season and on the gridiron will now be getting even worse with these additions.
One thing that this does change is the Big Ten’s influence now entering new TV markets in Washington D.C. and the New York/New Jersey. It may not make football sense, but it does make monetary sense, but should that be why the conference is expanding right now?
All Big Ten fans were excited to see Nebraska join the Big Ten and to see them on the schedule, but who is going to be excited about a meeting with the Scarlet Knights? What about the Terrapins and the crazy Maryland uniforms?
This expansion is all about money and greed and just continues to show what is wrong with college athletics these days. Now if this is just step one in adding teams further on the east or lower in the midwest such as Louisville and Pitt or maybe the Big Ten goes farther west to add a team from the Big 12 perhaps as well.
So what do you think fans, is this nothing but a money grab by the Big Ten or will the additions of Rutgers and Maryland actually improve the Big Ten? Let us know at @DSBloggers on Twitter or on Facebook or in the comments below to tell us what you, the fans, think.