I may be getting a little ahead of myself here, but it was mentioned in another thread that two of our 2013 football commmits: Kingsley Opara from Jackonville, FL; and Powder Springs, Georgia's Jujuan Dulaney, would consider decommiting if Maryland makes the move to the Big 10. They, understandably, want their families to be able to watch them play, and if our conference schedule takes us west instead of south, those opportunities would be very limited at best.
Opara and Dulaney have valid points, and brought to light for me another - perhaps more subliminal - change a conference move will have. Will we need to make significant changes to our recruiting efforts? It shouldn't have much, if any, impact on recruiting in the DMV (it's possible it would enhance our local efforts - especially in football - knowing we'll play such powerhouses as OSU, MSU, and Michigan every year), but the kids from New England, southern and eastern Virginia, the Carolinas, and further south, will likely be somewhat less interested in UMD.
In basketball, for instance, the best of Scott Spinelli's contacts are in the New England area. Will those contacts be less fruitful if we don't play any further north than PSU and Rutgers? Will recruiters in all sports be forced to develop contacts in the midwest? How long will that take? Will a conference change make it more difficult to recruit, or do we already have sufficient midwest contacts; and will players from the midwest begin to consider the Terps if/when we have an alliance with a conference located predominantly in the midwest?