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November 20, 2012

Conference realignment continues

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. —

The ACC could now be in the market for another member and it would not be surprising if it looks to the Big East, yet again. Connecticut would seem a perfect fit after Pitt and Syracuse join next season.

The Big Ten added Nebraska in 2010 to go to 12 members, and Delany had given every indication that the conference was happy to stay at that number. The conference had given no indication it was in the expansion market, and not until the last few days did it come to light, surprising many in intercollegiate athletics.

The question now is whether this sparks more realignment from conferences that weren’t even affected.

For now, though, Maryland is the latest school to forsake tradition for a financial windfall. The Terps have mostly been a middling football program for several decades, but Anderson is certain that the additional money will help.

“We believe that with recruiting, and the continued improvement of the team, we will take on the Big Ten and be very competitive,” Anderson said.

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AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in New York contributed to this report.

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