updated: 11/19/2012 7:42:13 AM

Big Ten Could Get Bigger

InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

The Big Ten Conference is poised for another round of expansion. Several media outlets are reporting the University of Maryland Board of Regents will meet in private this morning to decide whether to join the conference.

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If Maryland decides to end its nearly six decade affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, ESPN reports Rutgers University would be the next school to join the Big Ten.

That announcement could be made as early as Tuesday.

Rutgers currently plays in the Big East.

ESPN is also reporting the Big Ten started to consider further expansion after the University of Notre Dame announced plans to join the ACC for all sports, but football and hockey.

The Washington Post reports Maryland's move could provide a much-needed financial boost for athletics. The university recently pulled the plug on seven varsity sports programs.

The Big Ten revenue distributions to its current 12 members over the past fiscal year was nearly $285 million, with much of that coming from The Big Ten Network.

Source: ESPN, The Washington Post

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