Choosing to look toward the future rather than honor the past, Maryland joined the Big Ten on Monday, bolting from the Atlantic Coast Conference in a move driven by the school's budget woes.

Maryland was a charter member of the ACC, which was founded in 1953. Tradition and history, however, were not as important to school President Wallace D. Loh as the opportunity to be linked with the prosperous Big Ten.

"By being a member of the Big Ten Conference, we are able to ensure financially stability for Maryland athletics for decades to come," Loh said, speaking at a news conference with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and athletic director Kevin Anderson.

Loh and other school officials involved in the decision decided that the potential money to be made in the Big Ten was more significant than the $50 million exit fee and the tradition associated with belonging to the same conference for 59 years.

  • Calling the move prudent and unprecedented, Miami is self-imposing a second straight postseason ban on its football program because of an NCAA investigation that is expected to eventually lead to stiff sanctions against the Hurricanes.

  • Coach Will Muschamp said quarterback Jeff Driskel will return from a sprained right ankle Saturday when the No. 6 Gators play at 10th-ranked Florida State. But Muschamp stopped short of declaring Driskel the starter.


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  • UTEP coach Mike Price is retiring after a 31-year career notable for two Rose Bowl bids at Washington State and a drinking binge that cost him the Alabama job before he ever coached a game for the Crimson Tide.

  • John Gagliardi, 86, the winningest coach in college football history, announced his retirement from Division III St. John's University in Minnesota. He retires with a record of 489-138-11.

    College basketball

    Markel Starks scored 23 points and Georgetown beat No. 11 UCLA 78-70 in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in New York, spoiling the college debut of Shabazz Muhammad. The 6-foot-6 Muhammad, one of the most highly sought-after high school players last season, was declared eligible by the NCAA on Friday and this was his first game. He finished with 15 points.

  • Indiana (3-0) is still a runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll and Louisville (5-0) is again second.

    NHL

    If the first bargaining session in eight days between the NHL and the players' association made any headway, neither side tipped its hand. A large contingent of players got together with league leadership in New York and met for under two hours.

    Not a whole lot was accomplished on the road to a new agreement, but at least there was optimism that the sides would get together again -- likely as soon as Tuesday.

    Baseball

    The Miami Marlins finalized their big salary dumping trade that sends All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes to the Toronto Blue Jays with pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio for seven relatively low-priced players. The trade was finalized after commissioner Bud Selig decided not to block it.

    Soccer

    David Beckham says the MLS Cup next month will be his final game with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

  • Chicago Fire defender Austin Berry has been voted Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year.

    Miscellany

    Drug cheats will be kept out at least one Olympics under the World Anti-Doping Agency's proposal to increase the suspension for serious violations from two years to four years.