Rutgers University follows University of Maryland to Big Ten Conference

November 21, 2012

Athletics

Rutgers University follows University of Maryland to Big Ten

Maryland will join the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2014, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2014-15 academic year

University of Maryland

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) announced unanimous approval today for the University of Maryland to join the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2014, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2014-15 academic year. The University of Maryland also looks forward to joining the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of world-class research institutions dedicated to advancing their academic missions.

“Today is a watershed moment for the University of Maryland,” said university president Wallace D. Loh. “Membership in the Big Ten Conference is in the strategic interest of the University of Maryland. It will not only ensure the financial vitality of Maryland Athletics for decades to come, but the extensive opportunities in the CIC for collaborations with our peer AAU and flagship universities in education, research, and innovation will boost the University of Maryland’s ascendancy in academic excellence.”

“The Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome the University of Maryland to the Big Ten Conference,” said COP/C Chair and University of Iowa President Sally Mason. “The University of Maryland is one of the premier public research universities in the country and represents a natural alignment with our other member institutions. Their top-ranked academic and athletic programs will be a tremendous addition to our conference.”

“Today is a historic day for both the University of Maryland and for Maryland Athletics,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “The Big Ten is an outstanding conference comprised of flagship research universities. Our new peers share our pursuit of both athletic and academic excellence. We are thrilled to join the Big Ten and look forward to beginning this next chapter in Maryland Athletics starting in 2014.”

In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten Conference, it must submit a written application, which must then be approved by at least 70 percent of the Big Ten COP/C. The University of Maryland formally submitted an application to join the Big Ten Conference Monday morning. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference call and unanimously approved UMD’s application.

“The Big Ten Conference is excited to welcome the University of Maryland beginning with the 2014-15 academic year,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “Maryland is a tradition-rich institution with a history of academic and athletic excellence. They’re a great fit and we look forward to a great future.”

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Rutgers University to join Big Ten Conference


Piscataway, NJ – Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti and Rutgers University president Robert Barchi officially announce the university’s move from the Big East Conference to the Big Ten during a press conference, Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at the Hale Center in Piscataway.

Rutgers University

Park Ridge, Ill.— The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) announced unanimous approval today for Rutgers University to join the Big Ten Conference, with competition to begin in all sports at a date to be determined. Rutgers University also looks forward to joining the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of world-class research institutions dedicated to advancing their academic missions.

“The Big Ten includes America’s most highly regarded academic institutions, known for both their athletic success and academic achievement,” said Rutgers President Robert Barchi. “This is exactly the right conference for Rutgers. Our university is one of the nation’s leading research universities and our student-athletes excel in the classroom and on the playing field.”

“On behalf of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, I am pleased to welcome Rutgers University to the Big Ten Conference,” said COP/C Chair and University of Iowa President Sally Mason. “When considering the full spectrum of academic, athletic and research prowess, Rutgers clearly makes for a perfect fit as one of the premier public land-grant institutions on the East Coast. We are excited to welcome them within our ranks, and look forward to collaboration and competition with yet another great Big Ten university.”

“This is a historic day for Rutgers University,” said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. “It is an honor to join such a prestigious conference and begin our partnership with the outstanding institutions in the Big Ten. There is no finer conference in the nation that combines top-notch academics and athletics.”

In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten Conference, it must submit a written application, which must then be approved by at least 70 percent of the Big Ten COP/C.  Rutgers University formally submitted an application to join the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference call and unanimously approved Rutgers’ application.

“The Big Ten Conference is pleased to announce that Rutgers University will soon join the conference family,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “The additions of Rutgers and the University of Maryland further expand the Big Ten’s footprint while helping solidify our presence on the East Coast. Both institutions feature a combination of academic and athletic excellence and will prove a great fit for our future.”

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Video: Rutgers leaves Big East for the Big Ten

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Video: University of Maryland leaves the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten

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Video: College Park reacts to Maryland’s sudden move to the Big Ten
Some students are not happy leaving the ACC

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The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based athletic programs of the 12 Big Ten institutions sponsor 298 teams competing for championships in 25 official conference sports, 12 for men and 13 for women. Big Ten universities provide in excess of $136 million in athletic scholarship aid to nearly 10,000 men and women student-athletes, the most of any conference.

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University of Maryland -College Park

The University of Maryland is the state’s flagship university of the 12 state institutions, 2 regional centers.  The College Park campus is one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 19 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 30 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10. UMD is one of only 6 universities in the world with top 25 programs in Computer Science, Engineering, Economics and Business, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Social Sciences, according to the Academic Ranking of Worldwide Universities. There are over 37,630 students enrolled.

Rutgers
The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick

It was originally chartered as Queen’s College in 1766. Rutgers College became the land-grant college of New Jersey in 1864 under the Morrill Act of 1862. Rutgers was designated the State University of New Jersey by acts of the New Jersey Legislature in 1945 and 1956. Rutgers–New Brunswick is the largest campus of Rutgers University (Brunswick-Piscataway) is the largest campus of Rutgers 3 campuses across the state of New Jersey.

The College Avenue campus includes the historic seat of the university. The Busch Campus is located in Piscataway Township, New Jersey.

There are over 39,000 students enrolled in the 14 schools and colleges on the New Brunswick Campus with 1 community of 5 campuses on  2,681 acres.

Rutgers University (Brunswick-Piscataway) includes:
Busch Campus
College Avenue Campus
Douglass Campus
George H. Cook Campus
Livingston Campus

There are 58,788 students enrolled on campuses in Camden, Newark and New Brunswick combined.

High Point Solutions Stadium
The first event in High Point Solutions Stadium was on September 1, 2011, when Rutgers defeated North Carolina Central University (MEAC)  48-0.

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Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
The Atlantic Coast Conference was founded on May 8, 1953 in Greensboro, N.C., with 7 charter members – Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Wake Forest – drawing up the conference by-laws. On December 4, 1953, conference officials met again at Sedgefield and officially admitted the University of Virginia as the league’s 8th member.

The first withdrawal of a school from the ACC came on June 30, 1971, when the University of South Carolina tendered its resignation. The ACC operated with 7 members until April 3, 1978, when the Georgia Institute of Technology was admitted. The Atlanta school had withdrawn from the Southeastern Conference in January of 1964. The ACC expanded to 9 members on July 1, 1991, with the addition of Florida State University. The conference expanded to 11 members on July 1, 2004, with the addition of the University of Miami and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. On October 17, 2003, Boston College accepted an invitation to become the league’s 12th member starting July 1, 2005.

In 2012, the ACC announced it would add Notre Dame University in all sports but football and hockey. Also in 2012, the University of Maryland’s Board of Regents voted to withdraw from the ACC to join the Big Ten Conference.

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