(Editor’s note: Our resident Maryland fan, Chip, shared his perspective on the move over in the comments from Saturday’s initial story. I felt everything was so spot-on and well-put, however, that I felt it should be its own stand-alone post.)
This is a really abbreviated summary of how I see things:
The main reason this may happen from the Big Ten’s side is that they will get access to the D.C./Maryland markets with the Terps (and New Jersey/NYC with Rutgers). This, in my opinion, is the MAJOR OVERRIDING reason they want UMD and Rutgers. It not only gets them greater east coast exposure, but gets them much more money in carriage fees for the Big Ten Network.
Pros for Maryland:
- The Big Ten pays out much more money per year than the ACC does (by quite a bit).
- The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) is an excellent resource for the school, bringing in research money and helping schools collaborate.
- There might be better bowl games available.
- The Big Ten is full of land-grant institutions, which Maryland is one of (not that I see that as a huge deal, but a similarity nonetheless).
- Both the ACC and Big Ten have great academic institutions.
- Both the ACC and Big Ten have decent Olympic sports (although the ACC may be better).
Cons for Maryland:
- It is doubtful that Maryland football will EVER win a conference championship again.
- Maryland has virtually no football history at all with the Big Ten’s schools. They’ve only played 49 games against current Big Ten teams (all-time), and most of those were against then-independent Penn State. Terps overall record: 4-44-1.
- Maryland football recruiting will be destroyed from the state of North Carolina southward. Anyone who wants to play in the Big Ten from down south will go to a better football school than Maryland (and there are several B1G options for that).
- Big Ten basketball has good teams, but the style of play is concerning (slow, over-emphasis on defense over scoring).
- The Big Ten does not sponsor lacrosse (Ed. note: YET).
- 60 years of tradition is thrown out the window. The great basketball games against Duke, North Carolina, NC State will be no more. (It’s really more than that, considering how long they played some of the same opponents in the Southern Conference.)
- Maryland goes from being a conference charter member to a newbie “nobody” in a new conference, with no familiar partners. At least in the ACC, the new teams see some familiar faces, since there are multiple ex-Big East teams.
- Maryland is NOT A MIDWESTERN SCHOOL. The Big Ten is a Midwestern conference.
Overall, I’m disgusted. It sounds like the decision has already been made (although I don’t know that for a fact). Uber-booster Kevin Plank (owner of Under Armour) is really in favor of the move. I hate it.
I do want to say one more thing: I have a lot of respect for the Big Ten – they’re great in football and very, very good in basketball. I just don’t think Maryland belongs in that conference.
To me, the best plan moving forward for Maryland would be to insist that the ACC do some things that it should have already done: create a real ACC TV Network, create its own version of the CIC, and for @#$%’s sake stop putting everything conference-related in Greensboro and/or North Carolina.