JEFF ERMANN WAS RIGHT ABOUT MARYLAND JOINING THE BIG TEN. Last year, when the Big Ten added Rutgers and Maryland as their 13th and 14th members, Jeff Ermann had the scoop. Ermann, of 24/7 Sports' Maryland recruiting and news site, tweeted yesterday this:
According to Ermann North Carolina already has an offer to join the Big Ten. Virginia, according to tweets, is apparently the other school the Big Ten is considering. Georgia Tech may be on deck or expansion won't stop at 16. Also, Florida State could also be in the discussion too.
Ermann had several other interesting tweets:
UNC? Real life, I believe. RT@nyterp1413 is it a real offer or just a school on the accepted list...— Jeff Ermann (@insidemdsports) February 19, 2013
Perhaps, but I've yet to hear any serious links between the two. RT@goodmanharrison you know the B10 would take Duke in a second— Jeff Ermann (@insidemdsports) February 19, 2013
For those asking why Ga. Tech ... Big 10's current membership includes *one* TV market ranked ahead of Atlanta. (Chicago) So there's that.— Jeff Ermann (@insidemdsports) February 19, 2013
Seems to be some confusion. So it's clear, I've reported nothing to the effect that UNC is Big 10-bound; just that Big 10 wants the Heels.— Jeff Ermann (@insidemdsports) February 19, 2013
This news emerges a day after a "North Carolina judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Maryland by the Atlantic Coast Conference." Maryland is suing the ACC over the $52 million dollar exit fee the conference voted in last year. Maryland is set to join the Big Ten in 2014 whether they win the lawsuit to avoid the exit fee or not.