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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: November 20, 2012

Realignment armageddon, some recruiting information, and Ra Ra Riot!

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Timon’s Brown, Recor sign on to play Division I lacrosse
It’s a high school student’s dream — to sign on to play the sport they love at the collegiate level.

Maryland's probably going to the Big Ten. But why?
For lacrosse, Maryland is a big enough power to survive on its own in lacrosse, if needs be - see Hopkins - until Minnesota or Michigan State joins the civilized folk and starts a varsity lax program and gets the Big Ten to sponsor the sport.

Maryland, Rutgers Moves Would Shake Up Lacrosse
The University of Maryland is in negotiations to join the Big Ten Conference, and Rutgers may follow suit, according to ESPN. The moves, which are driven mainly by football considerations, could be announced soon and would significantly impact the men’s and women’s lacrosse landscape, just like a flurry of other moves already have.

ESPN Report: Maryland Board Approves Move to Big Ten
ESPN and multiple national news outlets have reported that Maryland's Board of Regents approved a move to the Big Ten, paving the way for big changes in lacrosse. Rutgers was expected to follow suit and leave for the Big Ten.

Fall Looks Like Summer in Modern Recruiting World
PPL Park was fully operational Friday night. The lights were on, the big screen was going, and custom music blared from the speakers — just in case you couldn't figure out where the club team Laxachusetts hails from, the Dropkick Murphy's "Shipping up to Boston" provided a clue each time they scored.

Recruit Listings for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Academic Years
The early signing period this fall for the National Letter of Intent (NLI) runs from November 14 through November 21. The NLI applies only to Division I and II schools that offer athletically-related aid, and some of those institutions do not.

Realignment Armageddon: Happening!
While this is an unmitigated disaster for the Big Ten as a football conference, it’s a huge boost to money – which, as we’ve seen, is the one and only consideration when realignment is on the table – and, incidentally, lacrosse

Today's beats: Weeeeeeeeeeeee!