Can you believe this? The University of Maryland is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference and joining the Big Ten Conference. All for the love of money. Geez!!! The basketball tradition of trying to kick Duke’s ass will be gone, lol. Guess we’ll have to find a new rival. Watch out Ohio State!!
By Barry Svrluga and Alex Prewitt, Published November 19
For nearly 60 years, the University of Maryland’s most highly anticipated athletic events have come against schools such as North Carolina, Duke and Virginia. The Terrapins’ athletic identity was linked to the South and a tradition-rich affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, with its core of schools from Florida through the Carolinas and into the Mid-Atlantic.
On Monday, the university system’s Board of Regents voted to abandon that past for what university officials vigorously touted as a more secure financial future. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Maryland’s athletic department — which has faced debilitating financial woes in recent years — will compete in the powerful Big Ten, a conference with deep roots in the Midwest. It is the latest upheaval in the landscape of college athletics, which no longer conforms to traditional geographic boundaries.
Not sure if Maryland can compete against the Big Ten football teams, but they could give the basketball teams some competition. It’s gonna take me awhile to get use to this.
Anyway go Terps and fear the turtle you Big Ten folks!!