Oct 5, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights mascot during the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

When do Maryland and Rutgers join the Big Ten?

There are only a few more hours left for the Big Ten Conference to exist with just 12 teams among the group as, at exactly midnight on Tuesday morning, the Maryland Terrapins and Rutgers Scarlet Knights will officially make the move from their current homes to join in on the B1G fun.

Maryland will be coming over from the ACC, while Rutgers will be making the move from the AAC, formerly the Big East Conference.

This will mark the second time in four years that the Big Ten will expand, the last instance being back in 2010 when the Nebraska Cornhuskers joined from the Big 12.

Tuesday morning when the move becomes official will be a big day for commissioner Jim Delaney as he continues to build one of the more profitable and successful conferences in college athletics.

He’s very excited about all this, can’t you tell?

Of course, Maryland seems to have been a good choice thus far, while Rutgers might not have been the best decision. Since the announcement of their commitment to become one of the newest Big Ten members, they’ve been caught up in some more less than stellar headlines, but Delaney is hoping they could get their act together.

Whatever the case, the Big Ten will have two new members when the clock strikes midnight in just a few hours.

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