Virginia to Big Ten? Nope, says UVa AD

Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

Virginia is not currently considering joining the Big Ten, as athletic director Craig Littlepage says president Teresa Sullivan confirmed the school was not in talks with the conference about leaving the ACC.

The University of Virginia will not join the Big Ten, athletic director Craig Littlepage said, according to David Teel of the Daily Press.

Littlepage said that school president Teresa Sullivan told the school's board of trustees that the university was not in conversations with the Midwestern conference about leaving the ACC.

Last week, Maryland left the ACC, joining the Big Ten along with Rutgers from the Big East. In the coming years, conferences such as the Big Ten could expand to massive sizes, while others, such as the Big East, appear primed to collapse or become mid-majors.

It's not clear from this whether the Big Ten chose not to pursue Virginia or whether Virginia decided to stick with the Big Ten. Big Ten schools have been shown to make a significantly larger profit off athletics on account of the conference's television contracts than ACC schools currently do, which is why a fiscally shaky Maryland opted to pay a $50 million buyout to the ACC to join the Big Ten.

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