basketball beat writer for The Sun for more than a decade, I always enjoyed making multiple trips to the state of
every winter. I saw
single-handedly give North Carolina its first defeat in a then brand-new Dean Dome. I witnessed the obnoxious
students at Cameron Indoor Stadium chanting “CBA ... CBA ... CBA ...” in the direction of future NBA player
. I had a front-row seat for more than a few great
If college sports were still as much about basketball as football, those memories would continue, not only for me but for Terps fans, athletes and coaches.
But they’re not and haven’t been for awhile. Which is why Maryland’s association with the Atlantic Coast Conference – which will turn 60 next May, 19 days before I do – seems on the verge of ending with the anticipated move to the
Obviously there are many details to be worked out, and some serious explaining to do about how Maryland is going to be able to pony up the $50 million exit fee that was passed by the ACC last year despite Loh and his counterpart at
Given the huge disparity between the annual payout per team between the ACC and Big Ten for their respective current television packages – as much as $10-15 million a year depending on which report you believe – it won’t take long for Maryland to make up the difference. It also won’t take long for Maryland fans to get fired up for their first game against
When I first heard this new round of rumors fire up Friday night and Saturday morning regarding the possibility of Maryland leaving the ACC, my initial reaction was the same as many. It didn't make sense. But in truth, I couldn't figure out why the Big Ten wanted a Maryland athletic program with a football team that has won six games the past two years and drew around only around 35,000 to Byrd Stadium Saturday for Florida State.
After talking with former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams Sunday, I began to understand why this was going to be a good move for the Terps and, possibly, for the Big Ten. Renewing the rivalry with Penn State in 2014 – with the Nittany Lions in the third year of the four-year
Instead of going to Greensboro, N.C., nearly every year for the ACC tournament, Maryland fans will get either Chicago or Indianapolis. Instead of occasional trips to Cameron Indoor Stadium for those lucky enough to score tickets, you will get equally historic Assembly Hall at
I understand that the cost of taking the non-revenue teams to places like
But as Williams pointed out in our conversation, the
Considering how some of his closest colleagues haven’t been able to reach him lately, Maryland athletic director
The ACC used to be a basketball league, with football taken seriously by the folks at
Heck, do you really think
This move – nearly 60 years after Maryland joined the ACC – is no different.