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And Another Thing


The Big 14?

Well, sure. I know Maryland's the first school I think of when I think "Big Ten."

And Rutgers, well, that's gotta be the second.

So much for the ballyhooed commitment to academic rigor in the House That Bo 'N' Woody 'N' Them Built, because the Big Ten is now flunking both math and geography. If you can add Maryland and Rutgers, after all, all bets are off. Ten can be 14, 16, whatever, and geography goes so far out the window that, years from now, the Big Ten will be making the case to include, say, Luxembourg.

The case they're making for Maryland and Rutgers is that both schools are in states contiguous to another Big Ten state, and thus fall within the the Big Ten footprint. And I guess that's true, if the foot in question belongs to King Kong.

Otherwise, this is just another money grab by one of the power conferences, surprise, surprise. Getting Maryland opens up the D.C. market for the Big Ten Network, after all. And getting Rutgers opens up the New York market.

That's some serious coin we're talking about there. Which is, of course, what high-end college athletics is mostly about now.

Ben Smith's blog.