MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema said Maryland's entry into the Big Ten conference opens opportunities for more recruiting on the East Coast.
Maryland officials announced the move from the Atlantic Coast Conference Monday afternoon. It is the 13th member of the Big Ten.
Bielema said Wisconsin was already scheduled to play Maryland in coming years because it was an attractive opportunity for recruiting.
"It allows kids to go back home and play," he said. "Right now our only true home game is Penn State, so it will give us two more opportunities to sell."
Rutgers is expected to follow suit by Tuesday, departing the Big East and making it an even 14 in the Big Ten. The move for both schools is not expected to take effect until 2014.
The Terrapins were a charter member of the ACC, which was founded in 1953. University president Wallace D. Loh says membership in the Big Ten will "guarantee the financial sustainability of Maryland athletics for a long, long, long time."
Rutgers is expected follow suit by Tuesday, splitting from the Big East and making it an even 14 schools in the Big Ten. The addition of Maryland extends the Big Ten farther east and south than it ever has been. And it gives the conference a presence in the major media market of Washington. D.C.
The Scarlet Knights give the Big Ten a member in the country's largest media market. Rutgers is in New Brunswick, N.J., about 40 miles south of New York City.
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