Happy Big Ten Expansion Day!
It's July 1, and that means Maryland and Rutgers are now official members of the Big Ten Conference. It means two of the original 13 colonies — Maryland and New Jersey — are now part of Big Ten Country (three if you're counting already-in Pennsylvania). And it means their respective athletic teams are, too.
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CSNChicago.com has the welcome mats rolled out for the new guys, and we've got plenty of info for longtime Big Ten fans who want to get to know these newcomers a little better.
Meet Maryland, the school with the turtle mascot, a couple of national titles and a statue of the world's most famous frog.
Then meet Rutgers, the Birthplace of College Football, with its little-known Final Four appearance and theology course on Bruce Springsteen.
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And if you're trying to prep for what your favorite team will see from these two football programs during the 2014 season, check out the latest entries in the B1G 40 series, examining what can be expected from both the Terrapins and the Scarlet Knights this year on the gridiron.
In a move that angers lovers of math everywhere, the Big Ten now has 14 member institutions. So whip up a quick Jello, walk down to the easternmost end of the street, ring the doorbell and welcome the new neighbors to the neighborhood.