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A BigTen Move With Big Rewards

They are now the 13th team to join the BigTen Conference.

Monday, the University of Maryland accepted an invitation to join the conference.

 It's a move that Michigan State University says will have a positive impact on more than just athletics.

The decision only took two weeks to finalize, but MSU's athletic director says the addition of the Maryland Terrapins will have a footprint that will last for years.

"There is opportunities in recruiting, there are opportunities in fund raising, having programs in markets where they traditionally haven't traveled," said MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis.

All part of an effort to enhance a conference for all 25 sports and the student athletes who play, students like Brianne Feldpausch.

"Just to have more competition in the Big Ten makes the Big Ten look better to be able to have more people, more teams to promote our conference," said Track and Field Sophomore Brianne Feldpausch.

The addition of Maryland to the Big Ten Conference won't have an impact on programs such as the football, who are used to flying for games, but for the baseball program, it could make a big difference on there season.

"If you get Nebraska, Minnesota and Maryland in the same year it could be pretty costly for us," said Head Coach Jake Boss.

Roundtrip airfare for the team costs about $8,000 more than taking the bus, which could mean more fund raising to make it happen, but he says it's worth it.

"It's a place where we'll get to go that maybe we haven't been in a long time and it adds some newness and some freshness to our league."

That will give a new look and exposure to the Big Ten Conference and Michigan State University.

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