Just when you thought conference expansion had settled down comes news of another land grab.
This one involves Maryland.
Both Maryland and Rutgers are good geographical fits for the Big Ten. Maryland believes it can negotiate down the $50-million exit fee from the ACC and the ACC may soon counter the move by raiding the Big East of Connecticut.
The clear loser here is the Big East, which has already lost Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC and has scrambled to reform by expanding its footprint to outposts such as Boise State and San Diego State.
The Big East, an original automatic qualifier conference in the BCS, has already been marginalized in the new football format starting in 2014. The league will be separated from the five power conferences -- Pac 12, Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, SEC -- and left to fend in what is being called "The Group of Five."