The idea of bringing Maryland and Rutgers into the Big Ten starting in the 2014-15 school year was more about potential than performance, more about the size of the television markets where the schools were located than the current respective fan bases of their high-profile athletic teams.
At the time, both programs were struggling in the two major sports.
While some progress has been made, mostly by the Terps in men’s basketball, the Big Ten continues to try to put its stamp outside its longtime home base in the Midwest. The most publicized move is taking this year’s Big Ten men’s basketball tournament to Madison Square Garden.
After reconfiguring its regular-season...