I love the move on all levels.
1. MD is broke. The ACC TV deal sucks. This move makes sense and needed to be made strictly for financial reasons but I like it for other reasons too.
2. This notion that tradition is being destroyed is about a decade too late. When VT/BC/Miam came in it was supposed to be a football boom and it's completely backfired while also watering down hoops. The idea that ACC hoops is so great compared to the Big 10 is laughable and myopic. I've been bored with ACC hoops for years now.
3. Pitt and Syracuse are coming in and suddenly Pitt is a rival? Blah.
4. The Big 10 is MUCH more stable than the ACC. FSU has been trying to bolt the ACC for a few years now and will eventually go. It's a good pre emptive move for MD.
5. The number of interesting hoops opponents goes from 2 or 3 to 6. The number of interesting football opponents goes from 4 to like 9 or 10. . The idea of going to Ann Arbor, Madison, and a bunch of other destinations in the Big 10 sounds great to me. .
The "true" ACC has been gone for awhile now.
Finally one of our teams is not in a conference or division with a ref favorite. I think Duke, the Steelers and the Yankees are the 3 favorite teams of the referees and umpires.
Scott Van Pelt, one of the biggest MD and ACC fans had this to say on his radio show:
With the arrival of Pitt (Maryland's "rival"), I think MD would have played Duke and UNC only once every 2 years, I believe.Quote:
So what it feels like is today, people are having a funeral for something that in many ways died a long time ago.
Everyone keeps talking about being rivals with Duke or UNC. This has not happened since the early 2000's. Duke and UNC are rivals. The only consistent rivalry we have with Duke, is men's lacrosse. The bottom line is their is no money in the ACC and FSU and Clemson may be the next to bolt to the SEC
Who really cared about acc basketball recently anyways? Acc is dead I like this move.
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My first reaction: fuck Maryland, fuck these traitors.
After reading about it later: shrewd move by MD to adapt quickly to changing college sports environment and a giant "Fuck You" to the All Carolina Conference.
In short, I now like the fact Maryland took a stand and got a better deal for themselves. They won't be left out in the dark when the old dinosaur conference structure comes crumbling down very soon. Will still miss the basketball rivalries, namely Duke.
Wall Street Journal had an article on this today http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...googlenews_wsj