|Maryland, Rutgers reportedly set to join Big Ten; UConn could get another look from ACC||11.19.12 at 11:52 am ET|
The University of Maryland has called a press conference for Monday afternoon, reportedly to announce its decision to leave the ACC for the Big Ten. And Rutgers is expected to announce Tuesday that it will leave the Big East for the Big Ten.
According to ESPN, Maryland’s Board of Regents voted unanimously on Monday morning to accept the Big Ten’s invitation. Rutgers has a regularly scheduled meeting of its Board of Governors on Monday.
Maryland, one of the eight charter members of the ACC, becomes just the second school to leave the conference since its founding in 1953. South Carolina, now in the SEC, left to become an independent in 1971. The Terrapins face a $50 million exit fee (raised from $20 million in September) but could try to negotiate a lower price.
With Maryland headed out, it could open the door for UConn to receive another look from the ACC. The Huskies previously were passed over when the league invited Syracuse and Pittsburgh to join in its last round of invitations.
The addition of Maryland and Rutgers would give the Midwest-based Big Ten 14 teams when the moves take effect, expected to be 2014.
|Minnesota fires coach Tim Brewster||10.17.10 at 1:46 pm ET|
The Minnesota Gophers fired football coach Tim Brewster on Sunday. The firing occurred one day after Brewster and the Gophers lost to Purdue 28-17 in Minnesota’s sixth straight loss. The loss gave Minnesota a 1-6 record which prompted athletic director Joel Maturi and university president Robert Bruininks to make a change at head coach.
“We have high aspirations for our football program and we are not satisfied with its current direction,” said Maturi. “The results so far this season have been unacceptable and the program has simply not shown enough improvement over the past three and a half years to continue with the status quo.”
Brewster was hired in 2007 and went 15-30 at Minnesota with a 6-21 record in the Big Ten. Brewster had never been a head coach or coordinator in college or the NFL before he was hired. His only previous head coaching position was at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Ind. Brewster had a 0-2 bowl record with the team.
Offensive coordinator Jeff Horton was appointed as the team’s interim head coach for the remainder of the season which includes games against Penn State (3-3), Ohio State (6-1), Michigan State (7-0), and Iowa (5-1).
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