Maryland leaves ACC for Big Ten

Kerry Boykins is one of Maryland's wide receivers who has Steve Addazio's attention. (Nick Wass/AP file photo)

The Big Ten officially welcomed Maryland as its 13th member school Monday, and all indications pointed to Rutgers joining the conference on Tuesday to boost its membership to 14.

Maryland, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since the league’s inception in 1953, will begin competition in the Big Ten on July 1, 2014.

The admission of Maryland gives the Big Ten its eastern-most school in a major media market, Washington, D.C. It also gives Penn State a traditional rival; the two schools played 37 times in football before the series ended in 1993 upon the Nittany Lions’ admission into the Big Ten.

University president Wallace D. Loh said the Maryland Board of Regents endorsed the application into the Big Ten and the Big Ten council of president then voted to admit the school.

The ACC recently voted to raise the exit fee for any team wishing to leave the conference to $50 million but reported that Maryland believes it will be able to lower that fee.

The anticipated addition of Rutgers, and the New York media market, will give the Big Ten a strong presence on the East Coast with Penn State and Maryland.