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In New Footprint, Big Ten May Step on Self

Nick Wass/AP

Maryland accepted an invitation to join the Big Ten Conference on Monday. Rutgers did the same on Tuesday, expanding the conference’s roster to 14 teams and its footprint to the East Coast.

The new additions would bolster the Big Ten’s reputation for strong academics. Both universities are members of the Association of American Universities, as are all current Big Ten institutions, with the exception of Nebraska.

Their athletic heritages are mixed, however. The Rutgers football team has ...

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