Maryland fans may not be happy either: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/university-of-maryland-in-... . Story makes it clear that Maryland was not happy about the ND deal and is attracted to the Big Ten by dollars.
Maryland to the big ten rumors
My thoughts, echoeing some sentiments already posted.
Clearly this is being done to gain Baltimore and NY markets - unless the B1G Network on the megalopolis.
14 teams in a conference seems completely stupid.
Maryland is terrible in football right now, but isn't far removed from bowl games 4 out of 5 years. Frankly, they bring as much to the table for football as Illinois, Indiana, Purdue (who they beat in a bowl game just a few years back), Minnesota...slightly less than Northwestern and Iowa.
In basketball, Maryland isn't what it used to be either. The glory days of Gary Williams are a thing of the past. You used to be able to chalk them up for 19-25 wins per year. Now they're about .500.
Between the above comments and the cuts Maryland is making, there really is no case for them outside of securing the Baltimore market.
Rutgers is slightly different. In basketball they have been a Big East whipping boy for at least a decade. Probably their best season in recent memory was the one that UM ended in the NIT championship. They're basically the Brian Ellerbe and Tommy Amaker era Wolverines, minus any semblance of misfit talent.
Football, however, has been strong-ish. Yes, they are winning right now with Greg Schiano's talent and doing so in a dreadful conference, but they're a name in regional recruiting with some strong schools and could be competitive.
Even on their best days, these schools (while fitting the Big Ten academic model) seem like a reach. This feels like a desperation market move to grab the megalopolis before someone else does. It only makes sense to me of it's part of a 16 team end game, but I don't see two other teams worth grabbing that haven't already moved in the past 3 years.
I'm also curious to see how the conference divisions would realign. There's a logical East-West split there, but it puts both Ohio and Michigan in the same division.
Too many questions and not enough answers on this one. If the conference was going to raid that part of the country to increase the competition, it missed the chance on Syracuse, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.