Bobby Ross is still digesting the news that
. Like many associated with the program when the football team was one of the best in the
, he is saddened by the move. Like many who follow college football, he is not surprised.
"I just see it as part of the collegiate culture. The Big Ten wants that market for TV and Maryland wants more money or else they wouldn't be making that move," Ross said from his home outside Richmond, Va., where he is retired.
“I think it’s money-driven, but I kind of hate to see it because there were some really great rivalries there. I still recall some of the great games we had, and basketball in the ACC was even bigger with Carolina and
Ross said that the revival of the football series with
Though it wasn’t much of a rivalry – the Terps were 1-29-1 when the series was played nearly uninterrupted between 1960 and 1993, when Maryland was crushed 70-7 at Memorial Stadium – Ross said current coach
"One of the things we used to advertise in our recruiting was that we were not too far away from around 50 million people with the location being where it was – with Ohio, Pennsylvania," said Ross, who was 39-19-1 in five seasons as coach and won three straight ACC titles from 1983-1985.
Ross recalled taking his 1985 team to
Ross said that he took his team to practice in "The Big House" the day before the game.