Monday’s announcement the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors announced unanimous approval for the University of Maryland to join the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2014 made waves across the Big Ten and Maryland’s former conference the ACC.
President Wallace D. Loh explained why the move was a must for the longtime staple of the ACC.
"Today is a watershed moment for the University of Maryland," said university president Wallace D. Loh. "Membership in the Big Ten Conference is in the strategic interest of the University of Maryland. It will not only ensure the financial vitality of Maryland Athletics for decades to come, but the extensive opportunities in the CIC for collaborations with our peer AAU and flagship universities in education, research, and innovation will boost the University of Maryland's ascendancy in academic excellence."
Michigan State president Lou Anna K. Simon shared in the delight of the big news.
“We are delighted to welcome the University of Maryland to the Big Ten Conference,” said Simon. “As an AAU colleague, Maryland is a great addition to our conference, and we look forward to closely working with them.”
As for how this looks on the field of play the last time Michigan State played Maryland in football was when Clarence “Biggie” Munn was the Spartans head coach and the year before Munn would lead the Spartans to back-to-back National Championships.
The year was 1950 and the Spartans played in front of 39,376 fans losing 34-7. Jump ahead 60-plus years and Michigan State at some point in the very near future will host the Terrapins at Spartan Stadium with a much bigger crowd and as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Here is a snapshot of the three main sports Spartan fans should be interested in.
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President: Wallace D. Loh - (Second Year)
Athletic Director: Kevin Anderson (Third Year)
The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 19 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 30 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10. UMD is one of only six universities in the world with top 25 programs in Computer Science, Engineering, Economics and Business, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Social Sciences, according to the Academic Ranking of Worldwide Universities.
Head Coach: Randy Edsall – (2-nd Season)
Stadium: Byrd Stadium (Capital One Field)
Seating Capacity: 54,000
Men’s Head Coach: Mark Turgeon – (2-nd Season)
Women’s Head Coach: Brenda Frese – (11-th Season)
Arena: Comcast Center
Seating Capacity: 17,950