Michael Weinreb for Grantland:
I am writing this on Monday afternoon, with the Big Ten Network muted in the background. There is a press conference taking place at the University of Maryland, and every time I turn up the sound someone is copping to a wholly cynical point of view. For both the Big Ten and a cash-strapped Maryland program, it is so completely about the money that no one can even lie effectively enough to cover it up. “It is not only about money,” says one Maryland official, and then he follows up immediately with: “Somebody has to pay the bills.”
Even though the Big Ten has more or less sucked for the past decade, they’re great at making money off of college football. And as long as that keeps happening, the teams will never be able to compete. Just look at those charts in the post.