COLLEGE PARK, Md. Choosing to look toward the future rather than honor the past, Maryland joined the Big Ten Conference on Monday, bolting from the Atlantic Coast Conference in a move driven by the school's budget woes.
"By being a member of the Big Ten Conference, we are able to ensure financially stability for Maryland athletics for decades to come," university President Wallace D. Loh said.
Maryland was a charter member of the ACC, which was founded in 1953. The Terrapins eliminated seven sports programs earlier this year, and Loh said the shift to the Big Ten could provide enough of a windfall to restore some of them.
Maryland will join the Big Ten in July 2014. Rutgers is expected to follow suit today, splitting from the Big East Conference.
Miami Calling the move prudent and unprecedented, Miami is self-imposing a second straight postseason ban on its football program because of an NCAA investigation over alleged extra benefits that is expected to lead to stiff sanctions.
The decision ended the Hurricanes' hope of winning the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division and securing a berth in the conference championship game. The ACC announced Georgia Tech will represent the Coastal Division against Florida State for the conference championship.
Florida Quarterback Jeff Driskel, who sat out Saturday's 23-0 win over Jacksonville State because of a sprained right ankle, will play this Saturday against Florida State. But coach Will Muschamp stopped short of declaring him the starter, saying it depends on how well his recovery is going.
Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill defended a forceful rebuke of leading receiver A.J. Barker that led to his abrupt departure from the program, saying he had to discipline Barker for confronting team trainers.
UTEP Coach Mike Price announced he is retiring after a 31-year career notable for two Rose Bowl bids at Washington State and a drinking binge that cost him the Alabama job. Price, 66, has one game left in his ninth season with UTEP (3-8).