Archive for November, 2012
And here it is: the ACC has officially filed a lawsuit against Maryland in — wait for it — Greensboro, North Carolina. Shocking, I know. According to The Duke Chronicle, who broke the story, the ACC’s suit against Maryland is likely regarding the $50 million exit fee the conference demands from schools wanting to jump ship.
Maryland and Florida State were the only two ACC schools who voted against the this figure back in September. School President Wallace Loh believes the $50 million fee won’t hold up in court. We shall see.
This is the first of many legal details to be brought to light in the Maryland-ACC saga. This is also the first time I have ever read The Duke Chronicle.
Ever since the story broke I’ve been trying to conjure up reasons as to why Maryland shouldn’t leave the ACC — legitimate reasons. I came up with exactly zero. One big bagel. The brimming reason most Maryland fans did not want to join the B1G was the tradition it shared with the ACC. It has plenty of history being one of the conference’s charter members, but its history is just that.
History, like Greivis Vasquez’s senior night in 2010 when the Terps upset Duke and claimed a share of the ACC regular season championship. Like his triple-double performance against North Carolina in 2009. Like the football team’s upset of Boston College in 2007 that began the demise of Matt Ryan’s Heisman run. The upsets of Florida State in 2006 and 2004. Maryland’s 2004 ACC Tournament championship where it beat Duke. The 2002 basketball national championship where the Terps beat new B1G conference foe Indiana. Or, the 2001 football game against Clemson where Maryland won the ACC Championship and a barrage of oranges blanketed the field. Yes, there is plenty more Maryland-ACC history, but none so exuberant that it should prevent the Terps from doing what is best for the school.
With the recent admittance of Pittsburgh, Syracuse and, as of September, Notre Dame to the ACC, that history died. Maryland would only get a chance to play Duke or North Carolina at home every two years. Maryland got paired with Pittsburgh and Virginia in basketball as its “natural rivals.” Speaking of rivalries, ask any Duke or North Carolina fan if they consider Maryland a rival. I bet they don’t because they have each other. Fact is, Maryland doesn’t have a true in-conference rival. Duke and North Carolina are fun teams to beat, but the Terps haven’t beaten them much as of late. The rivalries in football are non-existent.
The Maryland-to-the-B1G rumors actually began awhile ago when conference realignment was all the rage. It died off, Maryland remained in the ACC, who then wooed Syracuse and Pittsburgh into becoming conference members. And, in September, Notre Dame joined the ACC as a quasi-member in football and a full member in all other sports except ice hockey.
If you read almost any report regarding Maryland’s potential move to the B1G, you’ll see ESPN.com’s Andy Katz and Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde garnering all the recognition for breaking this story. In reality, neither Katz or Forde did just that.
Jeremy Conn, a radio personality for Baltimore’s 105.7 The Fan, brought up the move on November 12 while on the air. This was the first time since major conference realigning was taking place I heard the rumor surface again. This past Thursday, Jeff Ermann from InsideMDSports.com had the story informing everyone Maryland was indeed in serious talks with the B1G about jumping ship.
The second season starts this week in prep football. Here is a brief look at the games involving area teams. Official dates and times will be announced Monday.
MARYLAND — North Hagerstown at Seneca Valley; Brunswick at Boonsboro
Second matchup of these two teams — Boonsboro won 47-0 on Oct 19 but I don’t see that type of score again
PA — Chambersburg at Central York (in the watered down PA playoffs)
WV — Woodrow Wilson at Martinsburg; Musselman at Capital
The note on this matchup–If Martinsburg and Musselman each win they would play each other in the next game. In the regular season Martinsburg beat Musselman 73-0.