It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours or so for
Since word leaked Saturday of
"I don't know," he said Tuesday morning. "We have two years. We're playing this spring and then next spring. So we're two years out. We just have to make sure that we assess what's taking place and respond responsibly and accordingly to put Maryland lacrosse in the best position possible to be successful. In a world around us that continues to move and change, we've got to understand that as we go through this conference realignment, there's going to be a lot of change, and there's probably going to continue to be more change. We've got to be able to change with it."
The biggest question looming on the horizon is where the Terps will land after leaving the ACC. Three other Big Ten schools in
But that's still one short of the required six-team conference to earn an automatic qualifier, and Tillman conceded that the absence of another team could discourage Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State from leaving the Eastern College Athletic Conference, their current home.
"What we may see in the next few years is maybe somebody else will jump [to the Big Ten] as well, and that may give us what we need," Tillman said, adding that becoming an independent school like archrival John Hopkins is an option. "But until then, I'm not sure anybody would really move with only five teams. Now there's the option of finding someone outside of the Big Ten and having them join the conference [just for lacrosse]. But it's pretty early for us to give too much speculating. I think a lot of the paint is still drying on this, and I think we just have to let it settle a little bit before we speculate too, too much."
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Tillman said he thinks Maryland, which has advanced to the national title game in each of the past two years, will still boast a schedule that will be attractive to the top prep players in the country.