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U. of Maryland Reportedly Is in Talks to Join the Big Ten

Such a move could be an economic boon for Maryland’s athletics department, which eliminated seven varsity sports this year because of declining financial fortunes. But the prospect of Maryland’s leaving the ACC, its conference home since the league was formed, in 1953, is stirring opposition among fans. Len Elmore, who starred on the Maryland men’s basketball team from 1971 to 1974 and is now a basketball commentator for ESPN, called the news sad. “From a standpoint of tradition, I didn’t think my alma mater would be looking for a money grab,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s nuts. They’re blinded by the dollars.”

The University of Maryland is in talks to join the Big Ten Conference, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation. One said the announcement of Maryland’s move to the Big Ten could be made within days. Another said the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents was to be presented with a written proposal on Sunday, but has yet to vote on the issue. The board will meet Monday to discuss the issue after receiving a written summary from Wallace D. Loh, the university’s president, and William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University of Maryland system.

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