As a graduate of
I could complain, like many of my Big Ten brethren, that by adding Maryland, we are not gaining anything substantial in football. I could gripe that OSU will be losing out on games against traditional foes like
The Big Ten gains access to new markets and increased revenue, while Maryland gains financial stability, elevated football competition, and improved recruiting grounds. Hopefully with increased revenue, Maryland can restore the recently cut athletic programs and can fill Byrd Stadium to capacity. Also, the Big Ten has always prided itself on academics, with 11 out of 12 universities belonging to the Association of American Universities, and the addition of Maryland will help improve the collective cooperation in research and development. I look forward to Maryland's flashy uniforms, up-tempo basketball, and passionate fan base becoming a part of the conference I have come to love.
In response to Kevin Cowherd's article that all this change flies in the face of tradition, I would ask: What tradition is it that matters so much? The tradition of getting waxed by
The basketball rivalry has been diminished to the point where the Terps play Duke and UNC once a year, twice if they are lucky. If it means so much to Terrapin fans, here is a simple solution: Schedule these teams in non-conference play. If UNC and Duke decline, then you will know exactly where the Terps stand with those basketball powers.
I can understand the concerns about the lacrosse program going into decline as the Big Ten is not a lacrosse stronghold, but again, I would argue that Maryland can schedule the top quality teams it needs to remain competitive.
I strongly urge Terrapin alumni and fans everywhere to positively embrace the Big Ten for what it has to offer. If you are worried about rivalries, you need look no farther than
I know Byrd Stadium will be rocking once Ohio State,
In regard to basketball, I guarantee fans will pack the