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Notre Dame AD: possible Terps move ‘doesn’t have any impact’ on ACC partnership

Jack Swarbrick, John Swofford AP

It was reported yesterday smack in the middle of a college football Saturday that Maryland was in “serious negotiations” with the Big Ten about joining the conference with the possibility of Rutgers following suit. An announcement for the acquisitions is reportedly set for Monday, though there’s apparently strong opposition to the move among alumni.

If this latest round of realignment indeed comes to fruition, it would be one of the more shocking moves simply considering the timing of the whole thing. There were rumblings of a Maryland-to-Big Ten move earlier this week, but nothing that indicated it was anymore than that. Within the past several months, the ACC inked an exclusive deal with ESPN, added Notre Dame as a full member in all sports except football and hockey, locked down its Orange Bowl tie-in for college football’s new playoff (which also has tie-ins to the Big Ten, SEC and Notre Dame), and raised its exit fee to a whopping $50 million.

If that’s not proactively protecting your turf, then what is?

Nevertheless, it may not be enough to keep the Terps — deep in financial troubles, mind you — from bolting. In that case, the next question will undoubtedly be what happens to the likes of, say, Florida State and Notre Dame?

For the latter school, it means nothing — at least for now. Or so says university athletic director Jack Swarbrick.

This doesn’t have any impact,” Swarbrick said Saturday. “It has absolutely zero impact. It wouldn’t change anything about our decision-making process. If we were going to engage in (an ACC move) again today, it wouldn’t change it at all.”

Notre Dame’s football partnership with the ACC includes five mandatory games against conference opponents every year. The Irish were also given a maximum of two Orange Bowl appearances over the next 12 years to keep them from being fully left out of the five leagues with contractual tie-ins to major bowls. If the ACC’s TV deal with ESPN is renegotiated, Notre Dame only earns a small, non-football portion of that revenue anyway.

What would change for Notre Dame if Maryland does in fact leave for the Big Ten? It wouldn’t appear much. Whether the Irish will ultimately change their mind though still remains to be seen.

(Hat tip: Baltimore Sun) 

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18 Responses to “Notre Dame AD: possible Terps move ‘doesn’t have any impact’ on ACC partnership”
  1. waynefontes says: Nov 18, 2012 11:02 AM

    Why would it? What good is Maryland in any sport that’s important? Football is awful, basketball is awful without Gary Williams.

    Lacrosse doesn’t count, but even if it did, it’s not important so it all evens out anyway.

  2. deadeye says: Nov 18, 2012 11:15 AM

    True, but when FSU, VT, Clemson, and GT leave the ACC, Notre Dame will start making their plans to leave as well.

  3. v2the4 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:18 AM

    wayne fontes,

    Im not a maryland fan, but just looking on the outside and reading some acc blogs, the university of Maryland is pretty much in the position that the former big 12 evacuees texas a&m, mizzou, colorado and nebraska found themselves in..

    they have no say so in a conference that is dominated by North Carolina and Duke, with all of the important decisions coming out of Greensboro (ACC headquarters) and they are looking to improve their financial bottom line and secure a better national footprint.

    Maryland, along with Florida st, were the only ACC schools to vote against the $50 million buyout. Im sure Miami and Clemson wanted to go along, but probably got punked at the last minute by other conference presidents…

    if Maryland does leave, which we will found out tomorrow, they will leave a hell of a legacy and will leave the best basketball conference in America….they will probably never have another game vs UNC, Duke, UVA, NCstate or anyone else unless its in the tournament….their womens bball team has been doing great the last few years, and both men and women won national titles in the last decade.

    as for football, they have to keep their good players home…look how many Maryland players leave the state to play at VaTech or FSU or even down in the SEC….that starts with winning first…

    Rutgers will be brought along for potential television eyes only..their athlethic program is not spectacular at all, even though they are tied for big east lead right now and ranked in top 25

  4. deadeye says: Nov 18, 2012 11:27 AM

    Everyone needs to understand that no conference goes to 14 to stay at 14. The BIG10 will be pursuing their next two members just as the SEC is currently doing.

  5. waynefontes says: Nov 18, 2012 11:28 AM

    v2the4… you make several excellent points. I won’t argue with any of them. Well played.

    I actually like Maryland, since I have family who live in Annapolis. I just don’t see them leaving as a seismic shock that will influence Notre Dame’s thought process.

    I always pull for Maryland in ACC basketball. And other than 2002, I always pull my hair out. And 2001 was really, really awful.

    I hope they stay put. I think they should.

    As far as Rutgers… the Big East is DOA.

  6. kozbee says: Nov 18, 2012 11:33 AM

    Alot of good recruits come out of Maryland and will fit into a conference such as the Big Ten.

  7. v2the4 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:51 AM

    if the b1G is looking at 16, you know they are going to raid the big east to get the other two teams….will it be Cincinnati and Louisville, or will they go crazy and go after Boston College, Virginia or VaTech?

    you have to wonder if the big 12 is somehow making under the counter efforts at four of the acc teams they like in Florida St, Miami, Clemson and Ga Tech?

    as we know, if pundits will spend $2B on the presidential election, gathering up $50M will be nothing for big alumni to spend if they want change…

  8. deadeye says: Nov 18, 2012 12:10 PM


    Your thinking is right on the money, except Cincinnati and Louisville are not in the mix for the BIG10. They probably want UVA, UNC, and GT in that order. Which of course means they’ll now go into wait mode and see what shakes loose. And don’t forget that if ND came knocking they would jump at the chance to add them.

    The BIG12 should be next up, they have 6 spots to fill. On their list is FSU, Clemson, GT, VT, Louisville, and possibly Miami.

    The SEC is simply trying to get the best university in they can in Virginia (UVA or VT) and the best from North Carolina (UNC or NCST).

  9. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 18, 2012 12:20 PM

    FSU has already gone on the record as saying the big 12 is dead. Faculty and administration do not like the academics (or lack of academics) in the big 12. B1G entries of Va Tech and Louisville makes the most sense TV wise.

    ACC is fine. You have to look at the entire athletic programs. ACC basketball is a beast as is B1G.

    The conference in trouble is the big 12. With money being spent like drunken sailors (sorry sailors), and the ACC, B1G, and the SEC already @ 14 teams, there are limited slots available for another super conference. The PAC-12 has the TV markets. The big 12 doesn’t. There aren’t 6 quality athletic programs to go into the big 12 and make the sport executives in NYC sit up and take notice.

    I wonder what will happen to the big 12 should the SEC extend formal invitations to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to round out the first super conference? PAC 12 takes BYU, both Kansas schools and Iowa State? Think TV markets. big 12 is DMW. WVa and UConn to the ACC. Four super conferences of 64 teams.

    UT has it’s own network and is sitting on the sidelines looking in. Couldn’t happen to a better school

  10. BrownsTown says: Nov 18, 2012 12:33 PM

    Says the guy too big of a coward to join the B1G. Let’s not make this about you since somebody else is actually about to pull the trigger.

  11. pastabelly says: Nov 18, 2012 12:34 PM

    UConn would replace Maryland. It would be a loss for the ACC, but not the end of the world.

  12. charles130 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:40 PM

    Subtract Maryland, add UConn….does anyone even notice?

    Good luck to the terps I hope Purdue and Minnesota can fill your stadium for you.

  13. seamus0317 says: Nov 18, 2012 2:01 PM

    Apparently the Big 10 likes the direction towards mediocrity that it accomplished this season!

  14. kattykathy says: Nov 18, 2012 3:01 PM

    The weakest conference in College Football intends to stay very very mediocre. This conference is an embarrassment

  15. stairwayto7 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:51 PM

    The B1G Ten should go after two of these schools, Oklahoma, OK state, Kansas, K.State or Iowa State. The conferance could stretch from Oklahoma to New York!

  16. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 18, 2012 9:07 PM

    BrownsTown says: Nov 18, 2012 12:33 PM

    Says the guy too big of a coward to join the B1G. Let’s not make this about you since somebody else is actually about to pull the trigger.

    Browns, with all due respect, you made my point.

    (1.) I’m an Alabama grad.

    (2.) Texas solicited the B1G to join after the National Championship game against us. The B1G Chancellors and Presidents know ALL about Texas. They told Texas “Thanks, but no thanks!” (Think University speak when officials say “We had good talks and discussions, but the B1G is fine as it is.”

    (3.) IF Texas is sooooooooooo attractive as they think they are, Why did the B1G look @ a University who has cut sports and another mid major? The reason, Texas brings nothing but headaches to the table. Texas is about TOTAL CONTROL, from athletics to research to administration. Texas has to control everything.

    (4.) Ask Arkansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Texas A&M how Texas operates. Texas is a parasite looking for the next host.

    (5.) When rebuffed by the B1G, Texas makes a bee line to the PAC-12. The PAC-12 saw Texas for what they are. The PAC-12 saw that Texas wanted to piggy back on their regional network for the LHN. It was all about Texas. When asked to subordinate the LHN to PAC-12 guidelines and supervision, UT University President said that it was Deloss Dodds decision, not his. There has been no contact since.

    and finally,

    (6.) Texas seeks admission to the ACC. When Texas is politely rebuffed, Texas tries to recruit Florida State and Clemson to the big 12. With WVU and TCU bringing the big 12 to ten teams, Texas has a “boutique” conference with two power teams, Texas and Oklahoma, and eight teams that are just along for the ride. Think the Old SWC with two more teams.

    You don’t want Texas in your conference. They are not worth it.

  17. deadeye says: Nov 18, 2012 10:00 PM

    “UConn would replace Maryland. It would be a loss for the ACC, but not the end of the world.”


    Well pastabelly, if Maryland was the only team that left you would be right. The problem is that they will be the first domino. The ACC can’t handle 3 or 4 teams leaving, and that is on the horizon now.

  18. sportsguygerald says: Nov 19, 2012 10:51 AM

    @ amosalonzostagg

    Nobody will be leaving the Big 12. Each institution has signed over their first and second tier broadcast rights for a six year period to the conference to insure stability. No university can afford to leave until that deal expires.

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