commissioner Gene Corrigan said Sunday night that he is "absolutely flabbergasted" to hear that
is close to leaving the league for the
after a nearly 60-year association.
"It's historic, all right. It's shocking to me," the 84-year-old Corrigan said from his home in Keswick, Va. "I don't get it. I don't get it at all. It just blows me away. They're a charter member of the ACC -- they're not just a member.
Corrigan, whose association with the ACC dates back nearly as long as Maryland's, said that the ACC has treated Maryland well from a financial standpoint "because they haven't done a good job raising funds themselves."
While he understands why Maryland would pursue a more lucrative television contract -- "it's a money thing," he said -- Corrigan said that it makes less sense than Notre Dame joining the ACC for a five-game football schedule and Olympic sports.
"They play the games that the ACC plays -- they play soccer, they play lacrosse -- it makes sense for them to find a league that played the same games. Does anybody in the Big Ten play lacrosse?" said Corrigan, a Baltimore native who played and coached the sport at Virginia. "Of course it saddens me. I'm actually shocked by this. I'm absolutely blown away."