Maryland and the Big Ten Conference - What They Are Saying

Nov. 19, 2012

Mike Thomas - Athletic Director, University of Illinois
"Today's announcement of Maryland joining the Big Ten Conference is very exciting on many fronts, including the addition of another highly regarded institution that stretches our conference footprint farther east. Maryland fits the Big Ten profile as an outstanding academic institution and has a long and successful history in athletics. We look forward to competing against the Terrapins beginning in the 2014-15 season. This move is another example of the Big Ten being a leader in the current climate of collegiate athletics."

Dr. Tom Davis - Former Men's Basketball Head Coach, University of Iowa
(assistant coach at Maryland from 1967-71)
"Having a degree from the University of Maryland, and coming there from Wisconsin before I got my Ph.D., I didn't know a whole lot about the East or the ACC, but working at Maryland, I was able to see first-hand the traditions. When you look at the East Coast and if you think about Washington D.C. down to Virginia and up through New England and the influence that the Big Ten has gained by adding Maryland is tremendous. When you take television and marketing and all those things and put them together, it's big, and so looking at it from the Big Ten's point of view, I think it's a tremendous positive for the league."

Lou Anna K. Simon, Michigan State President
"We are delighted to welcome the University of Maryland to the Big Ten Conference," MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. "As an AAU colleague, Maryland is a great addition to our conference, and we look forward to closely working with them."

Tubby Smith - Men's Basketball Coach, University of Minnesota
"I think it is an equally smart decision by the Big Ten Conference and the University of Maryland. It is a region and media market that is one of the largest in the country, with it being near our nation's capital, so that is certainly important.
"Being a Marylander myself and knowing that I will be able to take our team to play there certainly has me excited for the addition. Commissioner Jim Delany continues to show that he is committed to taking the Big Ten Conference to new heights. The University of Maryland is a good fit both academically and athletically for our conference."

Norwood Teague - Athletic Director, University of Minnesota
"As someone who is very familiar with the University of Maryland from my time both in the ACC and right next door in the state of Virginia at VCU, I believe Maryland is an outstanding addition to the Big Ten Conference. From an athletic and academic standpoint, Maryland is a great fit. They have a tremendous fan base and bring another exceptional national brand to the Big Ten. I am thrilled that they have made the decision to join us and I look forward to working with them as the newest additions to our great conference."

Harvey Perlman - Chancellor, University of Nebraska
"As the newest member Nebraska welcomes Maryland to the Big Ten. I know you and your fans will find the conference as welcoming and as exciting as we have. "

Tom Osborne - Athletic Director, University of Nebraska
"Those of us in the University of Nebraska Athletic Department want to welcome Maryland into the Big Ten Conference. We look forward to competing against them in future years."

Jim Phillips - Athletic Director, Northwestern University
"We're excited to add an institution that is a member of the Association of American Universities and upholds a high academic and athletic standard. Across their varsity sports programs Maryland brings a commitment to excellence that fits well with the rest of the Big Ten Conference."

Pat Fitzgerald - Head Football Coach, Northwestern University
The University of Maryland is the school that gave me my start in coaching, and a university that I have great respect for. It's an area that I still visit regularly, and where Northwestern has a thriving alumni community. I look forward to welcoming the Terrapins to Ryan Field and making the trip to Byrd Stadium."

Kelly Amonte Hiller - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, Northwestern University
"I am excited to join the rest of the Big Ten Conference in welcoming the University of Maryland, my alma mater, and a school that holds a special place in my heart. During my college experience and throughout my coaching career, I have always appreciated the school's tradition of excellence and its passionate fan base, and know that it will be a great fit in the Big Ten landscape."

Gene Smith - Athletic Director, Ohio State University
"Maryland is an outstanding addition to the Big Ten Conference. I know many of the employees in the athletic department personally and professionally. I look forward to working with them in our family."

Dave Dickerson - Associate Men's Basketball Head Coach, Ohio State University
(Maryland graduate; assistant coach [1996-2004]; associate head coach [2004-05])
"Maryland is an excellent athletic and academic institution with a long, storied history of success. As a former player and as an assistant coach on the Terps' back-to-back Final Four teams and the 2002 national championship squad, I know the rich tradition Maryland will bring to the Big Ten."

Alexis Venechanos, Ohio State women's lacrosse head coach
(Maryland '03)

"As an alum and three-time NCAA Champion, I have so much respect and admiration for Maryland and think the Terps will be a great addition to the Big Ten. With the addition of Maryland, the conference gained another top notch academic school with an accomplished athletics program that includes one the most one of the most storied women's lacrosse program in NCAA history.

Dave Joyner, Penn State acting director of athletics
"Penn State welcomes the University of Maryland to the Big Ten Conference with tremendous enthusiasm. Maryland is a fantastic addition and to an already outstanding family of Big Ten institutions. Our two institutions have a long history of collegiality and athletic competition and we're excited about future meetings as conference partners. We look forward to this new era for the Big Ten."

Tim Sands - Acting President, Purdue University
"We welcome the University of Maryland to the Big Ten Conference. As a fellow member of the Association of American Universities, Maryland's academic prestige and research tradition will advance the rigorous education standards sustained by Purdue and our existing Big Ten partners. Historically, Big Ten schools have worked together to be leaders in both higher education and in athletics. We look forward to collaborating with the University of Maryland to advance learning and discovery. "

Morgan Burke - Athletic Director, Purdue University
"Maryland is a great academic fit and brings a storied athletic program that values the student-athlete experience to the Big Ten. We look forward to their joining us. "

Barry Alvarez - Athletic Director, University of Wisconsin
"The addition of the University of Maryland to the Big Ten brings another quality institution to our conference. Maryland is one of the nation's top universities and its athletic programs are rich with tradition and a history of success. It is a school with a profile that fits very well with the rest of the Big Ten. The Maryland campus, with its proximity to the nation's capital, extends the Big Ten Conference brand into a new region and I know our teams and fans will enjoy competing in, and visiting, that part of the country. On behalf of our entire Department of Athletics, I want to welcome the University of Maryland to the Big Ten. We're excited to have the Terrapins join us!"

Mark Silverman - President, BTN
"BTN congratulates the University of Maryland and the Big Ten Conference on Maryland joining the Big Ten. The network looks forward to offering Terrapin fans around the world unprecedented coverage of Maryland athletics."

Steve Schanwald - Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Chicago Bulls
"As a University of Maryland graduate living in the Midwest, and as a Big Ten Conference fan, I couldn't be more excited about my alma mater joining the Big Ten. The Big Ten is the most prestigious athletic conference in the country, and adding the University of Maryland and the Washington D.C. and Baltimore markets which come with it, only adds to that prestige. As for my beloved Maryland Terrapins, I am excited about having increased opportunities to watch them now via the Big Ten Network and in person at arenas and stadiums which are closer to where I live. I know there are some of my fellow alumni who are concerned about the loss of traditional rivalries, but those rivalries have been greatly diminished in recent years anyway given the recent expansion of the ACC to non-traditional markets. Finally I am sure this move by Maryland will have a positive impact on its economics and better enable the University to deal with the economic challenges which all collegiate athletic programs are facing these days, and to compete at a higher level in all sports. "