The Maryland Terrapins will take a huge step in the process of switching conferences from the ACC to the Big Ten Monday, according to multiple reports, when the university's Board of Regents will vote on the move. Kevin Plank, the founder and CEO of Under Armour — who is a Maryland alumnus and the football team's biggest donor by a mile — is "100 percent" behind the move, according to ESPN, and has influence over several board members.
According to the Baltimore Sun's Maryland beat writer, Jeff Barker, it's unclear if the Terps even need a majority vote on the board to approve the transfer or if the University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan can simply approve the move on his own. This could be a big development, because, according to McMurphy, there are some board members not thrilled with Maryland President Wallace Loh's decision to not include them in the decision until late in the process.
In addition, Maryland's finances may come under scrutiny, especially considering the ACC, just two months ago, imposed a $50 million exit fee. It should be noted that Loh, on behalf of the school, voted against the fee, along with Florida State's president. The Terps recently had to cut several varsity sports teams because of money troubles within the athletic department, assumedly fueled by struggling football and basketball teams and lagging ticket sales as a result.