This is the topic that has taken over all conversation in Terrapin nation. The handwriting is on the wall–The Reward from the Big Ten is just too big not to accept in my opinion. I keep thinking about the sadness in losing 8 teams just a few months back. The athletic department has been crippled financially. This move must be made!!!
Supposed $90—$100 million in the pot for Maryland— WOW!!
Fiscal responsibilty alone would probably leave the Terps with no other choice then making the move.
Tremendous upgrade in football and quality of football opponents.
Tremendous revenue received from the Big Ten network. The ACC coverage palls in relation to Big 10 coverage
Immediate rivalry with Penn State
New regular opponents–Michigan State, IU, Michigan
Tremendous local following of the schools would easily enhance football attendance at Byrd
A breakaway from the malaise of playing the same opponents year after year. Note the Duke home & home setup will be gone after this year.
Tremendous Women’s Lacrosse rivalry with Northwestern
100 Million Dollars
Would not have to suffer through a Dukie V Broadcast of Maryland Duke
Would no longer have to accept the premise that the Greensboro Coliseum is a neutral venue
Money available to upgrade facilities and properly operate the athletic programs without having to continually ask the same great alumni (Plank, Bishotti, Gossett,etc.) to bail the program out
Men’s lacrosse would lose Super Conference in the ACC–But let’s be real–Who is our real Lacrosse Rival–for over 100 years it has Been Johns Hopkins–And perhaps now we see the growth of Loyola into a new rival
Duke and Carolina games for Men and Women would be gone—But is Duke truly our rival—In the 70′s it was South carolina–then NC State, then North Carolina and maybe for a few years Duke—time to move on
The ACC has always treated Maryland like a stepchild it had to occasionally pacify but no more