Washington Post has an article detailing the process and negotiations that brought Maryland to the Big Ten.
A couple points I found interesting:
- Jim Delany definitely discussed the new Big Ten division format with Maryland. In my opinion, the Big Ten office already has a plan for new divisions, and this new survey is just a front to make fans think our input is actually being considered.
- Maryland is getting money front-loaded in the deal to address their debt crisis unlike Nebraska who had their share increase incrementally over several years to full share.
- Once the story started breaking, the deal moved fast. Brandon left the last meeting with Delany not knowing a deal was imminent.