It's official: Maryland to the Big Ten

Maryland just wrapped up its news conference announcing its move to the Big Ten, effective July 1, 2014.

Here are some quotes from the news release the school sent out. Heather is in College Park, Md., so stay tuned for much more.

University president Wallace D. Loh: “Today is a watershed moment for the University of Maryland. Membership in the Big Ten Conference is in the strategic interest of the University of Maryland. It will not only ensure the financial vitality of Maryland athletics for decades to come, but the extensive opportunities in the CIC for collaborations with our peer AAU and flagship universities in education, research, and innovation will boost the University of Maryland’s ascendancy in academic excellence.”

Athletic director Kevin Anderson: “Today is a historic day for both the University of Maryland and for Maryland athletics. The Big Ten is an outstanding conference comprised of flagship research universities. Our new peers share our pursuit of both athletic and academic excellence. We are thrilled to join the Big Ten and look forward to beginning this next chapter in Maryland athletics starting in 2014.”

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany: “The Big Ten conference is excited to welcome the University of Maryland beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Maryland is a tradition-rich institution with a history of academic and athletic excellence. They’re a great fit and we look forward to a great future.”