MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin's football program traditionally has spent far more time recruiting players east of the state than to the west. For that reason alone, Badgers coach Bret Bielema greeted news of the Big Ten's expansion to the East Coast with open arms on Monday.
Maryland was officially announced as the 13th program to join the Big Ten, and Rutgers is expected to follow suit as early as Tuesday. When those moves come to fruition, Bielema expects Wisconsin to increase its footing in recruiting out east.
"I think there's a tremendous value in the east coast markets," he said during his weekly press conference. "I understand television and all that stuff; it's way beyond what a head coach thinks about.
"I think that on the east coast when we are recruiting out there, probably more so Rutgers than Maryland right now, at least football-wise, we do go against Rutgers quite a bit in recruiting."
Maryland, which must pay a 50 million exit fee to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference, w...