Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/20/12
Rutgers and Maryland? To paraphrase Brady Hoke, this is definitely not your father's Big Ten. The old Western Conference is now moving into New York and Baltimore, with plans for a league office on the East Coast. And they probably aren't done. Remember, during the height of conference realignment craziness, pundits predicting we're headed for four 16-team super-conferences? It looks like Big Ten president Jim Delany plans to be the first one to get there. Let's get one thing out of the way. This move is strictly about money. This isn't about adding legendary programs like Penn State and Nebraska. It's about adding huge media markets. The Big Ten can now go to cable companies in New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and say, "we've got a home team in your area now, so let's talk about how much we're going to charge your customers to watch our TV network." Will it work? It's a risky move. A study done by America's greatest statistician, Nate Silver, showed that Rutgers b...
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