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Week in Review: Scarlet Knights, Terps join B1G

Our BTN.com team officially wishes all you Big Ten fans a Happy Fourth of July. It’s been a busy week here in Big Ten country, as we welcomed two new members to the conference in Maryland and Rutgers. Here is a look back at the past week and a recap of our top stories leading up to the holiday weekend. [ MORE: View all of our Maryland and Rutgers welcoming coverage ] MARYLAND – Now that Maryland is officially a member of the Big Ten conference, you’re going to want to keep up with a constant flow of Terrapin athletics.

A look back at last three Big Ten expansions

With Rutgers and Maryland primed officially to join the Big Ten on Tuesday to make it a 14-team conference, I thought it would be interesting to look back on the last three times the Big Ten expanded. There was Michigan State, in 1949, Penn State, in 1990, and Nebraska, in 2010. [ MORE: Mascots on the loose in D.C. | Delany dons first Maryland B1G apparel ] 1949: Michigan State. The school—known then as Michigan State College–was looking for an upgrade when it began a push for membership in the 1940s. Credit school president John Hannah for being a guiding

Penn State tops offensive backfield rankings

The dog days of summer are settling in. That means two things: The Cubs’ season is officially over, and it’s time to look at the Big Ten units. I’ll begin with a look at the offensive backfields. And, as you’ll see, there is a lot of talent at running back—as well as some top-flight quarterbacks. 1. Penn State. The Nittany Lions have an impressive array of talent led by QB Christian Hackenberg, who has few peers as a passer and is a sure-fire future first-round selection. There also is a collection of nice running backs, including the likes of Zach