The major college conference landscape continues to evolve.
To say the least.
The latest change came today, with Maryland announcing it will be leaving the ACC and joining the Big 10.
Rutgers is expected to announce it will be departing the Big East and also joining the Big 10 on Tuesday, giving the Big 10 a total of 14 teams.
What does all this mean for lacrosse?
For starters, even with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big 10 is still one team shy from having the six teams necessary to have an automatic NCAA Tournament qualifier. Rutgers’ departure from the Big East, meanwhile, will give the Big East five men’s lacrosse-playing squads — thereby losing its automatic qualifier unless another team is added.
By adding Maryland and Rutgers, the Big 10, and its recently launched TV network, have widened their reach to the New York City market (No. 1 in the nation) as well as the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore markets.
One thing is certain. There will be more news to come.
After all, when it comes to major collegiate athletics these days, the only constant is change.
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