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Big Ten presidents approve realignment with Maryland in Eastern Division

Posted on 28 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Big Ten Announces Football Division Alignments and Move to Nine-Game Conference Schedules

New division alignments begin in 2014 and nine-game schedules start in 2016

April 28, 2013

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.

“Big Ten directors of athletics met in person or by conference call six times from December to March to discuss a new Big Ten football model,” Delany said.  “The level of cooperation and collaboration was reflective of what we’ve come to expect from this group of administrators who have worked extremely well together on a number of complex matters over the past several years.  We are all looking forward to ushering in this new era of Big Ten football.”

The Big Ten will hold the 2013 Football Media Days and 42nd annual Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday and Thursday, July 24 and 25, at the Hilton Chicago, featuring all 12 head coaches and some of the nation’s top returning players. The 118th season of Big Ten football kicks off Thursday, August 29, and culminates with the third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7, to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and televised by FOX. The winner of the title game will earn the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in either the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.

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Report: Four-star area QB commits to Maryland

Posted on 25 April 2013 by WNST Staff

InsideMDSports.com reported Thursday that four-star St. John’s (DC) quarterback Will Ulmer had committed to coach Randy Edsall and the University of Maryland.

According to the report, Ulmer had received scholarship offers from “nearly every school in the ACC along with Ohio State, Wisconsin, Nebraska” and more. Ulmer will join the Terrapins after their move to the Big Ten.

Last season, injuries forced the Terps to turn to LB Shawn Petty as their starting quarterback for the final four games of the season. In 2014, they should be stacked at the position. C.J. Brown was granted a waiver (medical hardship) to receive a sixth year of eligibility in 2014. New Mexico transfer Ricardo Young will be a senior; Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe and Dustin Dailey will all be juniors.

DL Andre Monroe is a St. John’s player currently on the roster. OL Pete White came from St. John’s as well but left the football team earlier in the year for personal reasons. Ulmer joins McDonough OL Jared Cohen as players committed to come to College Park in 2014.

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Maryland to play home and home series against South Florida

Posted on 23 April 2013 by WNST Staff

TAMPA – The University of South Florida will play home-and-home football series with the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, USF Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard has announced. USF will visit Wisconsin, who has appeared in three consecutive Rose Bowls, on Sept. 27, 2014 with the Badgers making a return trip to Tampa on Sept. 16, 2017. The Bulls will host Maryland on Sept. 6, 2014 and travel to play the Terps on Sept. 19, 2015.

“We are pleased to be able to add quality Big Ten opponents in Wisconsin and Maryland to our football schedule,” Woolard said. “They should be outstanding opportunities for our football program as well as attractive games for our fans.”

The 2014 non-conference schedule consists of home games against Western Carolina (Aug. 30), Maryland (Sept. 6) and N.C. State (Sept. 13) along with the trip to Wisconsin (Sept. 27).

“This is the type of schedule we want to have here at USF,” said head coach Willie Taggart. “We want to challenge and prove ourselves against top competition. We think it is important to play these types of non-conference games not only for recruiting, but also to excite our fan base and for the continued growth of our program.”

A member of the Big Ten, Wisconsin has had a tremendous run over the last three seasons, posting a 30-11 record and earning trips to the Rose Bowl in each of those seasons. This will be USF’s first meeting with the Badgers. Maryland  is currently a member of the ACC but will move to the Big Ten for the 2014 season. The Bulls will face a familiar foe as Randy Edsall just finished his second year with the program after spending 12 years as head coach at UConn. The 2014 game will also be USF’s first-ever match-up with the Terps.

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Report: Maryland to join brutal B1G East

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Report: Maryland to join brutal B1G East

Posted on 20 April 2013 by WNST Staff

The University of Maryland will be moving to the Big Ten starting with the 2014-2015 season. We learned more about who they will be playing with more regularity.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and Adam Ritterberg reported the league is set to split their 14 schools into two conferences, abandoning the “Legends” and “Leaders” monickers in favor of much more simple “East” and “West”. All of the schools in the Central Time Zone (Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois, Northwestern) will comprise the Western Division along with Purdue, the westernmost school in the Eastern Time Zone.

That will leave the Eastern Division to be made up of Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State and the two incoming schools-Rutgers and Maryland. The Eastern Division will be home to eight of the last 12 conference football champions, ten of the last 12 conference basketball regular season champions and five of the last seven Big Ten Tournament champions.

The report also noted that the league will expand to nine conference football games starting in 2016, with teams playing all six other opponents from their own division and three from the opposing division. The only protected annual inter-divisional game will be Purdue-Indiana. The league had hoped to expand to a ten game regular season schedule but decided otherwise because it would prevent schools from being able to guarantee seven total home games each year.

The divisional changes should alleviate some of the concerns about the Terrapins’ move a group of fans and alumni had based on the travel expenses that could be incurred based on the distance between College Park and many of the conference’s western programs. The Baltimore Sun previously reported that on top of the “lucrative” annual payouts the school will receive as part of the Big Ten (or B1G), they will also receive a travel subsidy worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $20-$30 million.

The Terps have some history with some of their upcoming divisional rivals. They split a home and home football series with Rutgers in 2007 and 2009. They played the Nittany Lions 37 times in football between 1917 and 1993, winning just once in the series. Maryland has never played Ohio State in football.

Maryland famously defeated the Hoosiers 64-52 in the 2002 NCAA basketball Championship Game. They have split four basketball games with the Spartans since 2003, the two losses both coming in the NCAA Tournament (one coming in 2010 when Korie Lucious drained a three pointer at the buzzer).

The changes will be voted on next week by conference presidents and chancellors and are expected to pass, according to the report.  

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Turgeon scratching head 2012

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Terps Disappointing Season

Posted on 12 March 2013 by Tom Federline

Mens Maryland Terrapin basketball – what happened? I do not recall a Maryland basketball team EVER getting worse……….. as the year progressed. Teams were either just “challenged” from the get go or there was developement of the players and the team. Not this year. They got worse……….. without losing a major player due to injury or suspension. Maybe the early season high expectations contributed to the disappointment. What it was, was painful. Another year of simply turning the games off, because it was not helping my blood pressure. Plus there were better things to do, like sleep.

Four (4) months ago, I had these boys in the Sweet 16. And unless they win the ACC Tourney, they are (NIT) bound, Not In Tournament. They are just not performing at a level, that they are paid to play at. Paid? I’ll leave that alone for later. Sunday versus UVA, they were up by 17 points – twice – and still lost. The Terps have lost five (5) staright games to UVA, our supposed “rival”. Nice rivalry.The Terps collapse at the end of the game and OT was a fitting microcosm of the year – turnovers, sloppy play and a bad attitude. Can the Terps head to the Big Ten now? I hear the Fightin’ Illini need a rivalry.

To many wanna be stars and not enough “team”. Lenny is gone. Is he talent ready? Heck no. Is he money ready? Heck yeah. There goes the Terps chances next year. P’shon Howard – goodbye, just leave, evidently you hung around Stoglin to much and caught some of his attitude. Benefit of the doubt P’shon – your leg is not fully healed? Maybe, but I’m not buying it – you gave up on your team and your coach. Dez Wells – might as well try and go with Lenny. Next year is going to be tough – only the strong will survive. Terps will not be an ACC favorite during their last year in the ATLANTIC Coast Conference.

The team never found a grove for more than one game. The coach never found team chemistry. Hey Turgeon, all that talent, six (6) months plus and you still can’t hook-up 5 boys out of 9, to play well together? For most of the year – Lenny and Dez Wells started, Layman and Faust seemed to be his next two probables. It didn’t really matter who started. What mattered was, finding out who came to play that game? Turgeon rarely found it. Kentucky, Va Tech (first game) and of course Duke (minus that Kelley guy). Come on Turgeon, are you a recruiter or a coach?

I don’t even think he knew halfway in. Yeah, Turge, you left the Terp fan base scratching our heads also. At times, it appeared Turge was “Dazed and Confused” – (Led Zep). Maybe he should have consulted with the “Turgeonites”? Besides the 3 games mentioned above – the Turgeonites were part of the few positives from this year. Positives – Seth Allen, Shaq Cleare, Charles Mitchell and Faust on occasion. Really though, they never got any better than when they first stepped on the court. Rough year, again, to follow. What the heck was with the turnovers? I’ve watched high school games with better ball control. To many wanna be’s, not enough team.

No point gaurd, no center (when Lenny leaves), no “go to” guy, no calls from the ACC refs – Maryland basketball next year in the ACC – is gonna be tough. But hey, you know what? Who cares? They beat Duke! GO TERPS!

Side note – I believe I just heard the Ravens made another “bonehead player loss - after winning Super Bowl - move”, by trading their best “go to” receiver, to next years Super Bowl winner, the San Fransisco 49ers. The year following their first Super Bowl win - they let the QB, leader of the offense go, (Trent Dilfer). Now they let one of the most talented wide receivers in the game and another team leader go, (Anquan Boldin). Both main cogs in the wheel that got them to the Promised Land. Ravens – I’m done with you. Let’s Go O’s!

D.I.Y.

Fedman

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Mixed Martial Arts-Bellator Fighting Championships 82 (Friday 8pm from Mount Pleasant, MI live on MTV2); Boxing: Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout (Saturday 9pm from New York live on Showtime); Auto Racing: NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony (Friday 8pm from Las Vegas live on SPEED)

10. Neil Young and Crazy Horse (Friday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Scott Weiland (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Loving The Lie (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live), Patti Smith and Her Band (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Friday 10pm Ottobar); Graham Parker and The Rumour (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Blood, Sweat & Tears (Friday 7pm & 9:45pm Rams Head on Stage); Sum 41 (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Public Enemy (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Chiddy Bang (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Gaslight Anthem (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); R. Kelly (Tuesday 7:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric), The Moody Blues (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Rage Against The Machine “XX” and Alicia Keys “Girl on Fire” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I can only assume Scott Weiland will dip into his Christmas collection at RHL…

I’m such a nerdy J. Roddy Walston guy…

In honor of Chiddy Bang, I think I’ll introduce myself on the show this week by saying “I’m Glenn Clark…and I’m pretty much amazing”…

Gaslight Anthem is one of the five best things to happen to music in 2012 (Lumineers, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)…

9. Lisa Lampanelli (Friday 8pm Strathmore); Nick Kroll (Sunday 7pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Donnell Rawlings (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Dave Attell (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Killing Them Softly” out in theaters (Friday); “Lawless” and “Men in Black III” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Not familiar with who Nick Kroll is? He’s Rodney Ruxin, and he’s forever unclean…

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Maryland visits Northwestern Tuesday for ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Posted on 26 November 2012 by WNST Staff

EVANSTON, Ill. - Maryland hits the road for the first time in the 2012-13 season when it takes on Northwestern as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Tuesday night in Evanston, Ill. Following a season-opening, 72-69 loss to then-No. 3 Kentucky in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Terps have reeled off four straight wins in which they have won by an average margin of 16.3 points per game.

Storyline

• The Terps are 9-4 all-time in the Challenge, though a 71-62 loss to Illinois last season snapped a six-game winning streak in the Challenge. Tuesday will mark the first meeting between Maryland and Northwestern in the Challenge and just the second all-time; the only other meeting was a 66-62 Northwestern win in 1958.

• Depth has been a luxury for Maryland in its first five games, as nine players are averaging double-figure minutes. Five players scored in double figures in each of the last two games, and Alex Len, Nick Faust, Dez Wells and James Padgett are averaging at least 9.0 points per game. Len is Maryland’s most consistent scorer with a 15.6 average that is tied for 10th in the ACC.

• Against Georgia Southern, Charles Mitchell, who has been a force on the boards, recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Mitchell (7.8 rpg) and Len (8.2 rpg) have led Maryland to a plus-15.2 rebound margin that is the best in the conference. No other team is outrebounding the opponent by a double-figure margin.

• Pe’Shon Howard, Maryland’s active career leader in assists (193), has been a solid distributor with his 7.0 assists per game leading the league. As a team, Maryland is averaging 19.4 assists per game, which also leads the league. In the four-game winning streak, the Terps have assisted on 80 of 114 field goals (70.2 percent).


Quick Hitters

• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent attempted this season (79 to 64). The biggest margins are against Morehead State, when the Terps made 17 and the Eagles attempted 8, and against Lafayette, when Maryland made 22 and Lafayette attempted 7.

• At least nine players have scored in each of the last four games, and at least five players have scored in double figures in each of the last two games.

• Nine players have received at least 10 minutes of playing time for four straight games, and nine players are averaging double-figure minutes.

• Maryland’s 22-point margin of victory over Morehead State matched its largest in all of last season (vs. Samford).


Super Subs

• Since being outscored by Kentucky’s bench in the season opener, the Maryland bench has outscored its opponents 124-35 over the past four contests. In those four games, the biggest contributors have been Seth Allen (8.3 ppg), Charles Mitchell (7.3 ppg) and Shaquille Cleare (7.3 ppg).

• Most recently, Mitchell added 13 off the bench, Logan Aronhalt had 12 on 4-of-4 3-point shooting, and Cleare had 10 vs. Georgia Southern.


Low Post Threat

• After averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman, Alex Len has developed into Maryland’s most consistent scoring threat as a sophomore. Len is averaging 15.6 points per game, which ranks first in the ACC among centers and tied for 10th overall. His 8.2 rebounds per game rank ninth. Len also leads the league with 2.6 blocks per game.


 

 

Force on the Boards

• Maryland leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding margin at plus-15.2 per game, the only school averaging a double-figure margin. North Carolina is second at plus-9.2.

• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in all five games this season. Maryland outrebounded Kentucky 54-38, a plus-16 margin that marks the schools best performance against a ranked team since outrebounding No. 10 Wake Forest by a plus-20 margin on Feb. 17, 2003.

• Their largest margin on the boards was plus-24 vs. Georgia Southern (49-25). Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that; Len averages 8.2 rpg and Mitchell averages 7.8.

• Len ranks fourth in the conference with 3.4 offensive rebounds per game, and Mitchell is tied for sixth with 3.2 per game. As a team, the Terps are averaging 18.0 offensive rebounds per game, second in the league behind North Carolina (18.3).

• Mitchell made an impressive debut by grabbing 10 rebounds in his first career game, against No. 3 Kentucky. That’s the most rebounds by a Maryland freshman in his debut since Buck Williams had 13 against Bucknell in 1978. Williams went on to lead the ACC in rebounding that year (10.8 pg) en route to capturing ACC Rookie of the Year honors.

• Two of the better rebounders in recent memory, Joe Smith and Jordan Williams, didn’t reach double-digit boards until their third and fourth games, respectively.

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President Loh says Big Ten move in “strategic interest” for Maryland

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND TO JOIN THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) announced unanimous approval today for the University of Maryland to join the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2014, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2014-15 academic year. The University of Maryland also looks forward to joining the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of world-class research institutions dedicated to advancing their academic missions.

“Today is a watershed moment for the University of Maryland,” said university president Wallace D. Loh.  “Membership in the Big TenConference is in the strategic interest of the University of Maryland.  It will not only ensure the financial vitality of Maryland Athletics for decades to come, but the extensive opportunities in the CIC for collaborations with our peer AAU and flagship universities in education, research, and innovation will boost the University of Maryland’s ascendancy in academic excellence.”

“The Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome the University of Maryland to the Big Ten Conference,” said COP/C Chair and University of Iowa President Sally Mason.  “The University of Maryland is one of the premier public research universities in the country and represents a natural alignment with our other member institutions.  Their top-ranked academic and athletic programs will be a tremendous addition to our conference.”

“Today is a historic day for both the University of Maryland and for Maryland Athletics,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “The Big Ten is an outstanding conference comprised of flagship research universities. Our new peers share our pursuit of both athletic and academic excellence.  We are thrilled to join the Big Ten and look forward to beginning this next chapter in Maryland Athletics starting in 2014.”

In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten Conference, it must submit a written application, which must then be approved by at least 70 percent of the Big Ten COP/C.  The University of Maryland formally submitted an application to join the Big Ten Conference Monday morning. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference call and unanimously approved UMD’s application.

“The Big Ten Conference is excited to welcome the University of Maryland beginning with the 2014-15 academic year,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “Maryland is a tradition-rich institution with a history of academic and athletic excellence. They’re a great fit and we look forward to a great future.”

About the University of Maryland:  The University of Maryland is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 19 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 30 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10. UMD is one of only six universities in the world with top 25 programs in Computer Science, Engineering, Economics and Business, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Social Sciences, according to the Academic Ranking of Worldwide Universities.

About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based athletic programs of the 12 Big Ten institutions sponsor 298 teams competing for championships in 25 official conference sports, 12 for men and 13 for women. Big Ten universities provide in excess of $136 million in athletic scholarship aid to nearly 10,000 men and women student-athletes, the most of any conference. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.

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I’m not as hellbent against potential Big Ten move as some of you

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I’m not as hellbent against potential Big Ten move as some of you

Posted on 17 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Drew Forrester is right.

(You better make sure you pocket that one away for the future there, Forrester.)

He wrote Saturday morning here at WNST.net that if the University of Maryland were to jump ship from the ACC to the Big Ten (or B1G if you will), the move would be made entirely based on money.

He’s right about that. Of course, as it always is with Drew-he’s not right about everything.

Drew also said such a move would “stink…plain and simple.”

I’m not buying that whatsoever. I know he isn’t either.

Maryland to the Big Ten rumors have been reheated in recent days, and it appears as though this time there’s the actual bite that has been missing during previous rounds of rumors. In fact, a detailed ESPN.com report said Saturday school President Wallace Loh and Athletic Director Kevin Anderson were directly involved in negotiations.

The single biggest reason why a move like this WOULDN’T happen would be the $50 million exit fee the ACC is charging for a member institution to leave, but there’s monetary incentive for the B1G to be willing to help there.

Should the B1G be able to lure Maryland (and Rutgers as reports have indicated the league would also like to add), they would immediately open up three top 30 markets for likely pickup of the Big Ten Network (New York, Washington and Baltimore). Adding these three markets would prove quite lucrative for a league who created the first ever 24-7 sports television network.

That fact has been deemed understandable by most fans, but what some have struggled to understand is why Maryland would want to give up money-making basketball games against the likes of Duke and North Carolina.

Perhaps Saturday’s football game should teach you a lesson.

To understand why the move would make sense for Maryland, you must first be willing to accept a simple fact. No matter how important basketball is to your program, football is the money maker at (damn near) every major Division 1 university.

Let that sink in.

Maryland needs football revenue. It’s why they’re rotating through many different Under Armour uniforms right now. They’re hoping that with actual healthy players in the near future, they might be able to win games under Randy Edsall. If they do, that will go a long way to helping the program make money. In the meantime, their most lucrative opponents at Byrd Stadium include the likes of Virginia Tech and Florida State.

And thanks to this picture posted by InsideMDSports.com Saturday, here’s what we’ve learned about the lucrative nature of a game against Florida State…

There is no guarantee that a late season game against an Ohio State or Penn State or Michigan or Wisconsin would be significantly better attended than Saturday’s game given the dreadful state of the Maryland program after losing FOUR quarterbacks. But if THIS is as good as the ACC has to offer in football, what really is there to lose by making the jump?

There absolutely WOULD be something lost in basketball with a move to the B1G. Games against Duke and North Carolina have been perhaps the most significant athletic events the school has hosted in the last decade. That said, the conference has been a watered down mess outside the two power programs, and replacing Duke and Carolina with games against Michigan State and Indiana annually (or biannually) doesn’t sound like a terrible consolation prize. Games against Ohio State Wisconsin could serve as replacements for what would have been gained from the pending additions of Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC.

But Maryland’s reason for interest in jumping ship to the Big Ten is still much more tied to football, and namely the Big Ten Network.

The thought process is quite simple. Every Big Ten football game played every year is on television.

I want you to think about that.

Every single game is on television…not ESPN3.com.

That value cannot be dismissed in making a determination for the University of Maryland. Even the early season games against the likes of James Madison or Florida International would actually air on TV in (presumably) almost every home in the area and in other Big Ten markets, which would now include the crucial recruiting areas of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Every single game would also be available for viewing parties of alumni groups in bars and restaurants in those same markets.

Does that make sense?

On top of that, every program aired 24 hours a day, seven days a week on BTN serves as very affordable advertising for the athletic department and university as a whole.

If Maryland makes the move to the B1G, it will ABSOLUTELY be all about money.

It will NOT however “stink”.

Everyone knows (including Drew) that the only thing that actually matters in college athletics is money.

That’s “plain and simple.”

-G

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A Terps move to Big Ten would stink, plain and simple

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A Terps move to Big Ten would stink, plain and simple

Posted on 17 November 2012 by Drew Forrester

Is Maryland really going to jump from the ACC to the Big Ten?

Apparently, yes.

While it’s still not a done deal, a college athletics source told me early this morning “They’re just going over the fine print now…”, which would lead you to believe it’s on the verge of being announced.

At stake, of course, is money.  That’s the only reason Maryland would be doing this sort of thing.  It can’t be about any other reason.  It’s most certainly not being done to help increase the interest in the Terps basketball program, which would take a major hit if they leave the ACC for the Big Ten.  Maryland vs. Northwestern every year sure gets me excited, how about you?   It’s fair to note that Big Ten football is far superior to ACC football, but what good does that do Randy Edsall and Company when they’re already a bottom-feeder in the ACC?  Does the Big Ten really need another sacrificial lamb for Ohio State and Michigan and Penn State?

Some folks will point to Saturday’s woeful attendance of 32,000 in College Park to see Florida State hammer Maryland and use that as a measuring stick for how much of a draw even a good program like the Seminoles are…but the reality is the attendance in College Park is dwindling because the team isn’t any good.  They can move to the Big Ten tomorrow, but if the Terps are 2-7 in football this time next year, they’ll draw 32,000 for the home game against Michigan State, too.

This is about money.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Maryland would get a chip or two from the Big Ten TV pie, for starters, and you would think a handful of football home games a year against the powers of the Big Ten would draw more paying customers than, say, annual visits from Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Maryland athletics, needless to say, is much more than just football and basketball from a competitive standpoint.  But from the money viewpoint, those two sports are propping up all the others.  While the soccer and lacrosse programs have both become national powers over the last few years, they’re still not paying for themselves.  Golf, tennis, field hockey and all of the other non-revenue sports in College Park don’t generate enough cash to pay for the gas they use in the luxury coach to get them to Charlottesville, Virginia for an event.  At Maryland, it’s basketball and football, with soccer and women’s basketball generating some money and men’s lacrosse chipping in as well.  And that’s it.

So, on the basis of needing to make some financial sense out of sports at College Park, this move to the Big Ten is probably going to lend a helping hand to a department that has been scuffling for several years now.

And even though the Big Ten move might cure Maryland’s athletic economic woes, the switch won’t do anything cosmetically for Kevin Anderson and Company.  They’re simply taking the money.  Nothing more.  The move doesn’t add any immediate interest to Maryland sports.  The only reason Maryland hops to the Big Ten is because of the money they’ll make for doing so.

In general, the move stinks.  No more Duke basketball games.  No more Roy Williams.  Rivalry games with Virginia are gone.

Maryland is an Atlantic/Eastern seaboard school with a long history of trips to Tobacco Road and memorable encounters with the Blue Devils and Tar Heels and Wolfpack and Deamon Deacons.

Maryland is not supposed to play Iowa or Michigan State or Minnesota.

But it looks like they’re going to be doing just that if this story comes to fruition, which many are now saying it will sometime in the next few weeks.

I don’t like it all, but I’m not surprised by it, either.

College sports is all about money.

If you have a lot of it, you’re the one doing most of the winning.

If you don’t have a lot of it, you’re trying to figure out how to get more of it so you can start winning again.

Maryland’s chasing the money.

That’s better than losing, I guess.

 

 

 

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