The Big Ten, of course, actually has 12 schools after Nebraska joined in 2011. Penn State became the 11th school in 1993. Before that the conference featured the same 10 teams - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin - since 1953.
If this happens, it will have a major effect on the conference. But none on the new Big Ten hockey conference set to begin next season. Neither Maryland nor Rutgers fields varsity hockey.
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After the outcry over a University of North Dakota committee voting to eliminate continuing to play without a nickname, the school's president said he'll reconsider adding that option when a vote is taken.