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Maryland To Big 10?!?!


JohnD

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I talked to a big time basketball donor at the game yesterday. He saw Kevin Anderson on Wednesday and there was no mention of anything like this. This isn't something you just go ahead and do without talking to the people who give you all the money. Most everyone would hate this. I see little chance of it happening. The ACC is safe now and we don't have the money to get out.

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The buyout is 50 million, but the Terps might not have to pay that full amount if it went to court. I believe if they really wanted to go to the Big 10 they would managed to get the money. If something like this is happening, I doubt a big time donor is going to talk about it to anyone. I would think this would be kept as quiet as possible.

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Isn't there like a $50 mil buyout or something? I can't imagine Maryland leaving the ACC.

A Penn State message board I follow has a source saying that the $50million doesn't kick in till 2013 that's why it could be happening fairly quickly. Could be as early as Monday of next week with an announcement.

Speculation about an other team seems to center on Rutgers with Maryland which kindof makes sense from a number of TV's watching perspective. Big10 Network would have a lot of new eyeballs for their network.

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The buyout is 50 million, but the Terps might not have to pay that full amount if it went to court. I believe if they really wanted to go to the Big 10 they would managed to get the money. If something like this is happening, I doubt a big time donor is going to talk about it to anyone. I would think this would be kept as quiet as possible.

He would have told me about it... I know him well. He's a family friend.

That said, I will be INFINITELY angry if this happens. No chance I will spend a damn dime to the Terrapin Club if we leave the ACC. I don't give a crap about a single Big 10 team. If I have to watch a Maryland-Minnesota conference game at Comcast, Kevin Anderson is going to get an ANGRY letter from a kid who was born into the University of Maryland.

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Seems like there might be something to this. Ultimately, it would still surprise me to see it happen but where there is smoke there is usually some kind of fire. Weird that this just pops up out of nowhere at this time.

This has gone national now. Like I said, there is clearly some smoke here. A lot of it apparently.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8644587/maryland-terrapins-rutgers-scarlet-knights-talks-join-big-ten-conference-sources-say

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Look, I'm as torn as anyone by it. I see the pros and cons. But remember all the talk about how great the Big East was for basketball over the past few years? And all that led to was more defections because college hoops doesn't lead the way. Football does. Just needs to be kept in mind.

Apparently the Board of Regents votes on Monday. I'm still not sure I know how I feel.

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This will really tick me off. Great, let's join the Big 10 so we can travel to Nebraska or Michigan or Ohio and get our asses kicked there in football. Instead of bus trips to NC or Virginia, load up the plane and head midwest? It's not worth $20 million let alone $50 million in exit fees to make the move.

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