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Big Ten Bowl Predictions

 

For now, I have Ohio State and Wisconsin in a “New Year’s Day” bowl. Also, the bowl hopes for Northwestern are on life support. Ditto Indiana. Purdue has been eliminated.
But I have slotted Michigan into this week’s projections. The Wolverines need to win one of their final two games (vs. Maryland; at Ohio State) to become bowl eligible.
Here’s a look at my latest projections, which feature 10 Big Ten squads.
Cotton: Ohio State vs. TCU
Fiesta: Wisconsin vs. Arizona State
Citrus: Michigan State vs. Ole Miss
Outback: Nebraska vs. Texas A&M
Holiday: Minnesota vs. USC
TaxSlayer: Maryland vs. Florida
San Francisco: Iowa vs. UCLA
New Era Pinstripe: Penn State vs. Georgia Tech
Quick Lane: Michigan vs. Boston College
Heart of Dallas: Rutgers vs. Rice

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Here my thoughts on the significance of the Penn State victory  and the Controversial hand shaking incident

What lies ahead for Terrapin football after epic win

Recorded interviews with Melo Trimble, Richaud Pack, and Dion Wiley after Saturday’s scrimmage

Field Hockey Clinches Outright Regular season title in Big 10

Soccer needs win at Rutgers tonight to win Regular season title

Matt Rambo indefinitely suspended from Lacrosse squad

Interview with Terrapin legend Michele Uhlfelder regarding her recent induction to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

 

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BIG 10 Issues Public Reprimand of Coach Edsall and Stefon Diggs—...

The Big Ten office today issued a public reprimand of Maryland football head coach Randy Edsall and student-athlete Stefon Diggs and imposed a one-game suspension of Diggs for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy prior to the Penn State game on Nov. 1.

The Big Ten determined that Edsall failed to control his team prior to the game when Maryland players initiated a confrontation with Penn State players. The officials did a good job of containing the situation once it started, and fortunately the incident did not escalate any further. In addition to Edsall’s public reprimand, the conference announced that the institution has been fined $10,000 as a result of the violation.

The Big Ten also determined that Diggs’ actions toward officials and opposing players before the game violated conference policy. Diggs will serve his one-game suspension on Nov. 15 against Michigan State.

In addition, the decision by Maryland team captains to not shake hands with Penn State team captains during the pre-game coin toss ceremony was exceptionally regrettable. For many, many decades the intercollegiate pre-game handshake has been in place to reflect a spirit of good will and utmost appreciation for your opponent, the game and the institutions that sponsor your sport. Selection as a team captain is an honor that carries with it a greater responsibility to act in a manner consistent with those principles.

Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01 states in part that “The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of the competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.”

The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.

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Big Ten to Play Conference Tournament at the Verizon Center in 2017
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BIG 10 Announces Conference Divisions for Football

The Big Ten Conference office announced football division alignments set to begin in 2014 and nine-game conference schedules set to start in 2016. The changes were unanimously recommended by conference directors of athletics and supported by the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors.

“Big Ten directors of athletics concluded four months of study and deliberation with unanimous approval of a future football structure that preserved rivalries and created divisions based on their primary principle of East/West geography,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “The directors of athletics also relied on the results of a fan survey commissioned by BTN last December to arrive at their recommendation, which is consistent with the public sentiment expressed in the poll.”

The new division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. All schools in the East Division are in the eastern time zone and all schools in the West Division are in the central time zone with the exception of Purdue. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015, which will serve as transitional years in which the schools will still be playing eight-game schedules. Beginning in 2016, each school will play three teams from the other division as part of its nine-game schedule. The cross-division games will include one protected matchup on an annual basis between Indiana and Purdue.

With the start of the nine-game conference schedule in 2016, teams from the East Division will host five conference home games during even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five conference home games during odd-numbered years. As a result of the nine-game conference schedule and the Big Ten’s schedule rotation, every student-athlete will have the opportunity to play against every other team in the conference at least once during a four-year period. The Big Ten is returning to a nine-game conference schedule for all teams for the first time since the 1983 and 1984 seasons. from umterps.com

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Proposed Big 10 Divisions

Proposed New Big Ten Divisions

Big Ten presidents and chancellors are expected to approve the new divisions and division names for 2014, along with a move to a nine-game conference schedule for 2016, sources told ESPN.

East West
Indiana Illinois
Maryland Iowa
Michigan Minnesota
Michigan State Nebraska
Ohio State Northwestern
Penn State Purdue
Rutgers Wisconsin
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Holy Cow–Check Out The Potential East West Big Ten Divisions Whe...

East

Maryland
Rutgers
Ohio State
Penn State
Michigan
Michigan State
Indiana or Rutgers

West

Iowa
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Nebraska
Northwestern
Indiana or Purdue

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Crazies Serenade Terps Into The Big With 84-64 Victory

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So the game is over and I have to endure the chants for 2 1/2 hours such as USA, USA at Alex, We won’t miss you, Don’t come back, ACC ACC, Not our rivals, and all the while Coach K is urging the crowd to continue. I hang around for the Coach K presser where the Carolina press guys lobbed softballs and then I asked very simply “Coach it seems like the fans are ecstatic to be rid of Maryland–how do you feel about it?” (The following audio should be started around the 3:40 mark to hear the question and answer). Memo-42 Obviously I must have touched a nerve. But I wonder how Coach K really feels. Maybe he is happy that the Terps will soon be gone.

At halftime I overheard two Carolina writers talking about what a bad decision it was to move to the BIG, and how Terrapin nation was solidly against the move. Needless to say, I told these guys they were clueless and how great the BIG was going to be for the Terps. They called me part of a lunatic fringe. I then brought up that Maryland was always the stepchild of the ACC and prime example was the ACC Tournament being in Greensboro 90% of the time. They called it a neutral court to which the laughter it brought to me almost made me sick.

As I left Cameron Indoor my only thought was Sayonara.
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Turge was pretty content with the Terps effort and offensive performance today. No doubt Duke played excellently. Quinn Cook played as well as I have seen him play and the freshman Sulaimon was outstanding with 9-13 shooting for 25 points. Seth Curry definitely seemed to be hobbling at some points during the game.However the Terps hung with the Devils for most of the game until Mason Plumlee got hot and the rest was history.

Dez started off with 7 points and 5 bounds by the 4 minute break but quieted down afterwards. Charles Mitchell is back scoring 13 on 5-8 shooting. Alex had a quiet 8 point 10 rebound game. He was only able to get 6 shots in 34 minutes. But he did have 1 magnificent only early in the game only to be matched by a reverse dunk by Plumlee late in the game.

Seth Allen was suspended for the first half for what Turgeon referred to as a minor infraction. He was no factor in the game.

2 things were consistent with the Terps effort today: they won the rounding battle 43-34 and again were plaqued by 14 turnovers. Duke shot a high 52.% from the field including 11-22 from the 3 line.

Nick struggled a bit at the point having trouble with Quinn Cook’s pressure. PeShon just cannot get a break as a couple of his layup attempts teased the bucket but fell off the rim. It breaks my heart to see him struggling with his game because he is such a good kid.

Believe it or not there were lots of purple jerseys throughout the arena. Must have been Duke fans from Baltimore.

I am about to watch the game again so I will add to the blog tomorrow if I notice anything. The Terps (15-5 overall and 3-4 in the ACC) are now desperate for a win Tuesday night at FSU.

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The Pro Active Stance of Dr Loh and Kevin Anderson

It all started with Maryland exiting for the Big Ten. Then the dominoes started to fall. For those of you who second guessed the decision, the events of the past few days have left no doubt upon the correctness of the move.

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ACC To Sue Terps for $52 Million Exit Fee

from espn.com

The Atlantic Coast Conference has filed a lawsuit against Maryland seeking full payment of the approximately $53 million exit fee for the school’s move to the Big Ten.

According to the 10-page lawsuit, the ACC said the school must pay $52,266,342, which is three times the league’s annual operating budget for the 2012-13 season.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed Monday in Guilford County Superior Court, home to the league headquarters in Greensboro.

 The lawsuit also states that Maryland President Wallace D. Loh has “refused to provide assurance” that the school will pay the exit fee and “has made it clear that defendant Maryland does not intend to pay the amount.”

In a statement, Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC’s council of presidents unanimously decided “to file legal action to ensure enforcement of this obligation.”

“We continue to extend our best wishes to the University of Maryland; however, there is the expectation that Maryland will fulfill its exit fee obligation,” Swofford said.

Brian Ullmann, Maryland’s assistant vice president for marketing and communications, declined to comment in an email Tuesday afternoon.

The league argued that all ACC schools have “agreed to be bound” by votes taken by the league’s council of presidents, which approved the increase.

The league raised its exit fee to roughly $50 million in September after adding Notre Dame in all sports except football, though it’s still unclear exactly when the Fighting Irish will begin play in the ACC. The exit fee is three times the league’s annual operating budget so it could fluctuate from year to year.

Maryland was one of two schools that voted against the increased exit fee. Florida State also voted against the increase.

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Speculation on Leaders and Legends Divisions in the Big 10

From everything I have read this is how the 2 divisions will break out:

Leaders Division—–Indiana —Penn State— Ohio State —-Purdue—Wisconsin—Maryland—-Rutgers

Legends Division—-Nebraska—Michigan—Northwestern—Minnesota—Michigan State—Iowa—Illinois

Figuring we would play every team in our division once a year and 3 cross division games–Delaney wants a 9 game conference schedule—-here is how a schedule could look in football

 

Home games—–Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan State

Road Games—–Penn State, Purdue , Rutgers, Michigan, Minnesota

Add in West Virginia, a Division 1A game and one other at large game

WHAT A SCHEDULE!!!!!!!!!

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Not a Done Deal But It’s Getting Closer–The Biggest Terrap...

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!!!

Pros

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

 

Cons

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

Summary

The ACC has always treated Maryland like a stepchild it had to occasionally pacify but no more

 

 

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