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B1G expansion?

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As a Maryland alum, I am super excited. Now we will be able to attract some big football talent instead of watching the top Maryland propsects get snatched up year after year by VT and Penn State, leaving us to sift through the three-star leftovers. The last star QB we had couldn't jump ship for the B1G fast enough! Plus now I get to watch my team play my Mom's Alma Mater in Michigan State! Hopefully that will be a fun family tradition for years to come.

In basketball, I'm a little bummed that this will bring an end to the Duke/Maryland rivalry, but it was really one-sided. Duke is much more concerned with the UNC rivalry, and Maryland Basketball has been garbage for the last decade anyway.

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Now we will be able to attract some big football talent

Does this actually happen? Not calling you out or anything I just hear this argument every time a team leaves a conference, but I dont actually know of a team that made a big jump in recruiting and winning after moving to a new conference.

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Thought this was interesting.

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from this article http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8654190/on-urban-meyer-ohio-state-wisconsin-big-ten-expanding-include-maryland-rutgers

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Does this actually happen? Not calling you out or anything I just hear this argument every time a team leaves a conference, but I dont actually know of a team that made a big jump in recruiting and winning after moving to a new conference.

Texas a&m recruiting have improved

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Does this actually happen? Not calling you out or anything I just hear this argument every time a team leaves a conference, but I dont actually know of a team that made a big jump in recruiting and winning after moving to a new conference.

I think so. Big 10 is big time football. If we aren't attracting superior out of state talent, at least we can secure our in-state talent. In the graphic you attached, you can see Maryland produces a decent amount of talent, yet UMD gets maybe one 4-star Maryland prospect per year. The rest leave the state.

If you're a 5-star propsect in Maryland now, you will either go to Penn State to play in the B1G, or if you're going to stay in the crap-fest that is ACC football, you'll at least go to a competitive program in VT. If MD is in the B1G, and you can stay local while still playing Big 10 football, of course you're going to stay.

I forsee a huge jump in talent because we will finally be able to keep our stars in house.

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Right, the problem was the ACC and not the fact that Maryland hasn't figured out how to run a successful football program...ever...

...enjoy getting spanked in the Big 10 as well. At least in that conference you have an opportunity to make a few waves in basketball. If you're not getting your recruits and sucking in the ACC, then you'll continue to not get recruits and suck in the Big 10.

I respect the optimism that many Maryland fans should have, but that's all it is.

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The problem is that big 10 football has been going downhill for years. They might be worse than the ACC this year. If Rutgers was in the Big 10 right now, they would be the highest ranked team irt the BCS poll. Maybe they will get better once Ohio State and Penn State get off probation, or maybe not. As the graph above shows, the highest percentage of football talent is coming from SEC country (probably the biggest reason that the SEC is dominant right now).

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The problem is that big 10 football has been going downhill for years. They might be worse than the ACC this year. If Rutgers was in the Big 10 right now, they would be the highest ranked team irt the BCS poll. Maybe they will get better once Ohio State and Penn State get off probation, or maybe not. As the graph above shows, the highest percentage of football talent is coming from SEC country (probably the biggest reason that the SEC is dominant right now).

Right now, the MAC is rated higher than the Big 10...and the ACC for that matter.

(That may have changed within the last week, but as of week 11 the MAC was the 4th highest rated conference this year).

Schools in the south with continue getting stronger. The south's population is growing and the weather is much nicer here.

Southern and western conferences are where most of the power will be concentrated in the future.

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Right now, the MAC is rated higher than the Big 10...and the ACC for that matter.

(That may have changed within the last week, but as of week 11 the MAC was the 4th highest rated conference this year).

Schools in the south with continue getting stronger. The south's population is growing and the weather is much nicer here.

Southern and western conferences are where most of the power will be concentrated in the future.

Maryland will come to regret this long term decision to a short term problem in a decade when they are still playing teams they have nothing in common with and the BIG is a shadow of what it once was.

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