attended the dedication of a new turf field and recreation center in
Tuesday morning, briefly waving to a crowd of about 100 that included children and pro players from the Baltimore Orioles and
(The field and new facility are terrific by the way, especially in a park that really draws so many people together from diverse neighborhoods.)
As he left, he declined a chance to discuss
's move to the
. He yelled, "Go Terps, baby" as he ducked into one of the dark black SUV's that generally cart him and any entourage he may have around the Baltimore area. This isn't unusual. Plank is not one to stand around and shoot the breeze. Impromptu discussions aren't his thing.
Which is why it should come as no surprise that he released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
"As a former student-athlete at the
and a supporter of the Athletic Department, I would like to congratulate Wallace Loh, Brit Kirwan and
on reaching this agreement with Jim Delany and the Big Ten Member institutions. The
has been a great partner to Maryland throughout the years, however joining the Big Ten now provides new and exciting opportunities for our beloved University. The positive financial impact of this move has been well-documented, however, enhancing the experiences for all of our student-athletes and our campus as a whole is the most important consideration. I look forward to this new chapter for Maryland and I am excited for our future. Go Terps!"
So that's that. There's been much speculation about Plank's role in the decision, and he has denied pushing it one way or the other.
spokeswoman Diane Pelkey also says that Plank will not be contributing to help Maryland pay a $50 million buyout fee to the ACC and called reports of such, "completely false."