You can throw out geography when it comes to the landscape of intercollegiate athletics. And you can also throw out the numbers – that is, unless you are talking television dollars. Then numbers mean everything.
The Big Ten, which already had a dozen members, expanded to 13 on Monday, and might even keep growing if reports hold true.
The University of Maryland's Board of Regents reportedly voted unanimously today to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten Conference and leave the Atlantic Coast Conference.
An afternoon announcement in College Park, Md., is expected.
“A couple of years ago, it was sort of new,” Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter said.
“But the total changing of the landscape of college basketball, obviously it affects other sports, but when you are talking with other basketball coaches you just look at it how it affects you.”
There have also been reports that Rutgers could follow the Terrapins and will announce its own move from the Big East to the Big Ten, possibly as early as Tuesday. A Scarlet Knights move would give the Big Ten 14 members.
Rutgers' Board of Governors is holding a regularly scheduled meeting today in New Brunswick, N.J.
“When you think of the Big Ten, you really think of the Midwest,” Painter explained. “Now you have leagues that are going south, east, so they are doing a lot of different things.”
Maryland brings a national prominence to an already existing strong basketball league according to Painter.
“Maryland's tradition in athletics, especially men's basketball, speaks for itself,” Painter said. “They have great tradition. I think they will be a great addition.”