Thanks. This came as a complete surprise to those in the BiG, as well. No idea how long this has been in the works. I suspect for some time, and was kept hush hush to keep it from being derailed. But I have to believe that the real power brokers at Md, the people with clout, and with financial means, were kept in the loop, and were on board.
Financially, md will be much better off in the Big, than in the Big East Light. I am 100% sure of that. As to the other factors, I can't say? I do believe that football might be revived at md, with the likes of PSU, Mich, Nebraska and OSU coming to CP on a regular basis. Big names usually create big buzz on campus.
With respect to academics, I don't understand why research-oriented ACC members didn't form their very own academic consortium years ago. You've got schools like UMD, UVA, UNC, Duke, GTech and incoming member Pitt that conduct substantial research. An east coast research consortium could very well include Carnegie-Mellon, Johns Hopkins, Emory and even Florida.
Btw, did UMD consisder refinancing the debt, taking advantage of lower interest rates while spreading out the principal and interest payments over a longer period?
Here is a clip (from Feinstein) -
"Those who will decry the loss of tradition and longstanding rivalries should look around. One of Maryland’s biggest problems competitively is that it doesn’t have a true arch rival. Have you ever heard a recruit in any sport say, “I chose Maryland for the chance to play in the Maryland-Virginia game every year?”
No. As for Duke and North Carolina being rivals in basketball, there are a couple of issues. To begin with, the two schools look at each other, not at Maryland, as their primary rival. Second, when Gary Williams made Maryland-Duke and Maryland-North Carolina basketball games important, the Terrapins were playing four games annually against the two schools, and frequently five and occasionally six games. Now, in the expanded ACC, one or the other will come to Comcast Center each season. Period. Frequency of competition makes rivalries great in basketball. It can’t happen for Maryland anymore in the John Swofford-redesigned ACC, where Maryland basketball is guaranteed two annual games only with Pittsburgh, which the Terrapins have faced all of seven times."
Last edited by slapshot; 11-19-2012 at 10:11 PM.
Some of the top super computers at universities, are found on big ten campuses:
Selling out is nothing new to Maryland...except when it comes to home football games or when the basketball team isn't good.
The House Minority Whip, Steny Hoyer, went to Maryland too! Jim Walton, Connie Chung, and Carl Bernstien
Who knew Dave Cottle was so sentimental? Hahahahaha.
The ACC had 4 lacrosse teams, no AQ for a billion years....this moveis no big deal at all from a lacrosse POV.
If anything is strenthens the Big 10 conf...acc is fine with it's tradition lawless thug programs like Duke and Uva.
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