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It’s official: Terps moving to Big Ten

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And there you have it.  The next domino in the inane game of conference expansion has officially tumbled.

Following up on reports that first surfaced Saturday afternoon, the Big Ten confirmed Monday that Maryland is indeed leaving the ACC for the Big Ten.  The school’s board of regents approved the move Monday morning, which came after the Big Ten approved Maryland’s application for admission.

The move will be effective beginning in 2014, meaning the Terps will play one lame-duck season in the ACC.

A press conference has been scheduled for 3 p.m. ET today to officially announce the move, with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany (pictured) in attendance.

“I did it to guarantee the long-term future of Maryland athletics,” university president Wallace Loh said in an interview with The Diamondback about the reasons behind the decision to leave the ACC. “No future president will have to worry about cutting teams or that Maryland athletics will be at risk.”

Due to financial concerns, the athletic department was forced recently to cut seven programs.

Maryland was one of the eight founding members of the ACC back in 1953, so it is ditching nearly six decades of history and tradition for… what exactly?  That answer can be described with one simple color: green.

In the ACC’s television deal announced last year, member schools were expected to receive in the neighborhood of $17 million annually per institution.  The Big Ten, on the other hand, will pay out nearly $25 million to every member but Nebraska, which as a new-ish member does not yet receive a full share.

That per-year, per-school number is expected to increase exponentially with the addition of Maryland and, likely, Rutgers.  One report stated that, with the Big Ten Network expanding into the Washington D.C./Baltimore/New Jersey/New York City television markets, the network could realize an additional $100-$200 million annually with the increased conference footprint. While the $200 million figure is admittedly on the absurdly high-end, even the low-end would bring in an additional $7 million or so per school and push the annual per-member payout to between $30-$35 million for the near future.  That figure could move to $40 million and beyond within several years.

Those numbers are very relevant for Maryland, particularly in the short-term as the ACC recently instituted a $50 million exit fee for any member that looked to leave.  However, multiple reports indicate that Maryland believes it can cut the penalty by at least half if not more, with the Big Ten perhaps covering the initial payout in exchange for a percentage of Maryland’s future revenue.

With the conference and the network  pulling in hundreds of millions annually, it’s something the Big Ten can afford to do for one of its own.

The addition of Maryland and Rutgers — that announcement could come as early as Tuesday — would give the Big Ten a footprint that stretches contiguously across 11 states, from Nebraska in the nation’s heartland to New Jersey on the Atlantic seaboard.

Certainly the recruiting corridors in the east, where the likes of Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan already do well, will open up a little more for the conference and could help middle-of-the-pack football members on that front.  But make no mistake, money — Maryland and Rutgers being premiere academic and research institutions doesn’t hurt either — is the driving force behind this latest round of conference expansion.

Not the athletic programs at either school, not for some type of historical football relevance as was the case with Penn State and Nebraska.  No, this is all about the hundreds of millions of dollars the Big Ten can stuff its coffers with by expanding its reach into those television markets.

Maryland and Rutgers brings nothing to the B1G brand but cable eyeballs, it’s as simple as that.

“[The Big Ten] is going national because of a phenomenon,” the school’s president said. “Attendance among college-aged students is dropping. The reason is because this generation is completely wired, and they are getting their education and entertainment on tablets and mobile devices. Everyone thinks you make your money in seats. You make it on eyeballs on a screen.”

It also, though, brings the question of divisional alignment to the table.  The Big Ten is currently separated into two six-team divisions, and on the surface it would make the most sense to add both Maryland and Rutgers to geographic rival Penn State’s division, the Leaders.

Such a move would give the Leaders eight teams, meaning one current member of the division would need to shift.  Illinois, given its geography, would appear to be a likely candidate to switch to the Legends division, which could give the conference the following divisional look:

LEGENDS
Illinois
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern

LEADERS
Indiana
Maryland
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
Wisconsin

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60 Responses to “It’s official: Terps moving to Big Ten”
  1. deadeye says: Nov 19, 2012 11:50 AM

    Maryland voted against the 50 million exit fee, and is now leaving the ACC. Anyone care to guess who else voted aginst the 50 million?

    By the way, the real exit fee for all schools leaving the ACC will be around 20 million.

  2. intergalacticbronco says: Nov 19, 2012 11:55 AM

    Does this ever end?

  3. jimbo75025 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:01 PM

    I don’t like this on multiple levels. Maryland can feasibly compete in the ACC in football (which is the moneymaker), but in the Big 10, they are a lower half program.

    This is going to get them more exposure, but also some massive beatdowns for the forseeable future. Maryland v Iowa is just not a ticket I see people camping out overnight for. And this coming from a non Big 10 fan.

    In terms of the exit fee, I am sure the UA CEO has already written a check.

  4. wustlumdnj says: Nov 19, 2012 12:04 PM

    I am

    one

    elated

    Rutgers fan!!!!!!!

  5. sssjim7 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:07 PM

    I dunno anymore… maybe they should stop pussyfooting around and just merge the ACC and the B1G into a 32 team league (picking up a few more Big East teams along the way) and then they would have 40% of the major teams in the country.

    I imagine THAT would bring in some major bucks… and guarantee a playoff spot or two every year.

    Just rambling… 8 team pods with a 4 team conference playoff each year… the super conference on every TV set from Miami to Boston to Nebraska each week…

    I think my mind is ready to explode…

  6. deadeye says: Nov 19, 2012 12:11 PM

    “Maryland was one of the eight founding members of the ACC back in 1953, so it is ditching nearly six decades of history and tradition for… what exactly? That answer can be described with one simple color: green.”

    ===============================

    John is 100% correct with that statement.

    However, when the football centric schools (VT, FSU, and Clemson) leave the ACC, it will be for the additional reason of playoff access.

    The new system coming in 2014 will reward strength of schedule, and those teams would have to go undefeated in the ACC just to have a chance. Look at FSU and Clemson right now, one loss each, and they aren’t even in the discussion for a national title. SoS is killing them in the ACC, and they want to rectify that by exiting for greener pastures.

  7. sssjim7 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:15 PM

    You want to upgrade your SOS? Stop playing FCS schools and schedule top 10 schools…

    Want to make more money? Schedule the games people want to see and the networks want to put on TV.

    Just my .02
    ~Jim

  8. watchfullhose says: Nov 19, 2012 12:20 PM

    Unfortunately, sssjim, that’s not how it works and it’s really too bad because that would make it better for all of us.

    For television contracts, it’s all about households reached. Thats one big reason why the yankees/sox have $ and the pirates don’t.

  9. dmvtransplant says: Nov 19, 2012 12:22 PM

    @ wustlumdnj

    What are you mad that your team isn’t given a conference trophy at the start of the year, cause there is nobody else around to compete with?

    Playing teams like Nebraska, Michigan, Penn State & Ohio State and going to better bowl games is better than winning a weaker conference and given an undeserving shot at the Orange or Fiesta Bowl and getting crushed by a much better team. Just ask any UCONN fan. This wasn’t meant as an insult, just a statement of facts.

  10. charles130 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:22 PM

    Drop Maryland…add Uconn. The ACC is just as good if not better off.

  11. dogman9 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:24 PM

    I see what you did (photo) Gekko!!!

    This is an unbelievable opportunity for Rutgers both academically and financially. Us NJ based fans are already thinking about road trips to the Big House and all of the other wonderful venues in the Big 10.

  12. v2the4 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:26 PM

    in FSU’s case, they did have games scheduled for West Virginia and Auburn…both schools dropped out for various reasons, and thats why they had to replace them with FCS schools at the last minute.

    no doubt, Florida St will probably be heading out now, along with Clemson, Miami and whoever will join them..

    if anyone thinks college athlethics is about the student athelete, its all about the dead presidents..aka dollar bills…money

  13. charles130 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:29 PM

    Maybe Ohio State and Michigan will fill Maryland’s stadium for them.

    Oh wait, Northwestern averaged 24,000 fans per game in 2009. So maybe not.

  14. quizguy66 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:32 PM

    Tradition has gone by the way side ever since they switched the Rose Bowl from Pac10 vs Big10 so this is just another logical step along those lines. It’s not the Big10 I remember from my college days, but Maryland and Rutgers are sensible fits in terms of the type of schools they are and their academic standing so it helps all the way. It’d be nice for me to be able to see my Illini a little more often living on the east coast as well.

    -QG

  15. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2012 12:33 PM

    @deadeye

    I am both a U. of South Carolina fan as well as Rutgers fan. This could be a watershed moment for the Scarlet Knights if we can beat Pitt on Saturday and Louisville on Nov 29. What would make my day is if we can find a way to stop the Clemson juggernaut this coming Saturday. That would give us 4 straight over the Tigers. At least Clemson fans can get some satisfaction watching how West Va. has played this year. After the 70-33 whuppin’ last year they put on the Tig’s, they are 5-5 after a 5-0 start.

    But Rutgers in the Big Ten! I love it! Go Knights!

  16. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:36 PM

    I’ve come to the realization that anything is possible in this realignment game. Anything.

    Can’t wait to see the domino’s fall this time.

    UConn to ACC is probably a given.

    That leaves the Big East scrambling. They appear to be fine for 2013 (since Maryland and Rutgers are starting in the Big 10 in 2014), but puts them in a real pinch for 2014. They currently only have 10 teams for the 2014 season. That means finding 2 teams for 2014, plus another one to pair with Navy coming aboard in 2015, or the alternate is not playing a conference championship game in 2014 and just finding the one team to pair with Navy for 2015.

    And if the Big 12 decides they need to expand back to 12 or go to 14? Sounds crazy, but I think the Big 12 holds the cards as to how crazy this might get.

    And if I’m Boise State and SDSU, and probably Houston and SMU as well, I seriously consider staying in the MWC and Conf USA instead.

  17. deadeye says: Nov 19, 2012 12:38 PM

    @thegamecocker

    Rutgers is on the rise! Their fortunes are changing with this move, and I congratulate all the Scarlet Knight fans who will find themselves watching their team playing the best the BIG10 has to offer. They really do deserve the good things coming their way.

  18. psunick says: Nov 19, 2012 12:39 PM

    That’s sure gonna be a heck of a basketball conference now!

  19. frug says: Nov 19, 2012 12:43 PM

    One thing to keep in mind is that Fox (the Big Ten’s partner in the BTN) is process of purchasing YES (the Yankees’ and Nets’) local broadcast partner. With Rutgers is in tow, I expect that Fox will chain the BTN to YES and force cable operators in New Jersey (and possibly even NYC) to carry the BTN on the basic cable tier at a solid carriage rate even if they want to continue to carry YES.

  20. dhlions says: Nov 19, 2012 12:44 PM

    “Hello, Bombardier? This is Jim Delaney. I know I said G6 but is it too late to switch to a G7?”

  21. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2012 12:47 PM

    @Deadeye

    Thank you my friend! The Big Ten will ultimately be the wealthiest conference in the country. And I’m an SEC fan but I cannot imagine Mike Slive generating more dollars even with the Texas and St. Louis markets. Rutgers enjoys the highest Nielsen ratings in college football compared to ANY team in the Northeast. Both Syracuse and UCONN are basketball schools who play D-1 football (oh I’m sorry…I meant FBS football). Now maybe Doug Marone can win a few games…..he sure as hell can’t beat Rutgers. Don’t like that guy…can ya tell?

  22. sssjim7 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:48 PM

    Hopefully the Maryland-ACC split will be a friendly one – both sides would benefit if some of the rivalries were kept alive (specifically the basketball ones)…

    Since both sides would benefit from the TV money, it at least seems plausible…

    ~Jim

  23. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2012 12:51 PM

    @sssjim7

    I remember when South Carolina left the ACC back in ’72 and how the conference reacted then! They hated us and many of the ACC schools refused to play us in any sport. I wonder how John Swofford feels now having the Big Ten cherry pick ACC schools! I love it!!! Go Gamecocks and Go Scarlet Knights!

  24. onlyoneleft says: Nov 19, 2012 12:58 PM

    Waive the exit fee. Good riddance. Glad to get rid
    of them.

  25. kcrobert10 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:04 PM

    I imagine that the big 12 needs to move fast and get Florida st, Miami, clemson, north Carolina, north caolina st, and duke. I see the sec making a move to get Virginia and Virginia tech and the big 10 to finish it off pick up pitt and Syracuse. What ever is left of the acc merges with the big east to become the new c-usa.

  26. ningenito78 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:16 PM

    As a long time Rutgers season ticket holder I couldn’t be more ESTATIC. This has been something RU fans have been praying for since the ACC pilfered VT, Miami, and BC. It’s a program on the rise and while they won’t be able to play with teams like Michigan and the Urban Meyers right off the bat, they will be a competitive team and will represent the B1G well. Just the better bowl tie-ins will e great. No more freaking Texas Bowl and St. Petersburg Bowls thank god.

    So how long until I get to switch to the ‘Big East is a joke and shouldn’t have AQ status’ crowd??

  27. normtide says: Nov 19, 2012 1:30 PM

    Expansion doesn’t bother me like it seems to bother most. This looks liked a good move for the b1g. The acc had plenty of chances to become a football league, and a great recruiting footprint. I also think the big 12 well get back to 12. A ccg helps in final bcs standings (prior to bowl season). Like it or not, mega-conferences are the next step in a true playoff system. Three only question is, who makes the early moves and who has to take what’s left.

    On exit fees, I like the sec policy. No fees, no waiting, if you want to leave, we don’t want you. Everyone gets equal $, everyone gets equal say. No one is held hostage.

  28. pastabelly says: Nov 19, 2012 1:37 PM

    ACC football may not be very good right now. But the Big 10 also isn’t very good either. Now, the Big 10 has a couple of more teams that they can beat up on. Great.

    I don’t understand why Maryland fans care or believe that Maryland won’t have to pony up the $50 million. I do believe the ACC should show them the door after this academic year and tell UConn to works something out to get in the ACC in 2013.

  29. ningenito78 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:47 PM

    Schools to beat up on? I’m not saying Rutgers is a powerhouse but they aren’t a doormat either. They are nationally ranked this year coming off a top 25 recruiting class. Plus they recruit Florida well. They will be competitive in the B1G. They are still a ways away from the likes of Ohio St, Michigan, and Wisconsin but they won’t be a bottom feeder by any stretch. As for Maryland the potential is there. It may not be realized under Edsall but it’s there. This is a win-win for the conference and especially the two schools.

  30. thefiesty1 says: Nov 19, 2012 1:49 PM

    Based on the past performance on the field, I’m sure the rest of the B1G is more than happy to have a couple more easy games with Maryland and Rutgers.

  31. pastabelly says: Nov 19, 2012 2:03 PM

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    normtide says:Nov 19, 2012 1:30 PM

    Expansion doesn’t bother me like it seems to bother most. This looks liked a good move for the b1g. The acc had plenty of chances to become a football league, and a great recruiting footprint. I also think the big 12 well get back to 12. A ccg helps in final bcs standings (prior to bowl season). Like it or not, mega-conferences are the next step in a true playoff system. Three only question is, who makes the early moves and who has to take what’s left.

    On exit fees, I like the sec policy. No fees, no waiting, if you want to leave, we don’t want you. Everyone gets equal $, everyone gets equal say. No one is held hostage.
    =================================
    TV deals and stadium expansion deals that schools take part in are based on conference stability. Exit fees are a make good on damage to conference stability. I do agree that the ACC should let Maryland out now and not even allow them to participate in post season activities during the 2012-13 academic calendar. It makes no sense to showcase a school on tv for another conference. Yup, this is all business.

  32. ningenito78 says: Nov 19, 2012 2:04 PM

    thefiesty1- Rutgers is a better football program than Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, and Northwestern these days. Rutgers is and has been gaining momentum in recruiting and its manifesting itself on the field. Picking this year to get high and mighty and knock a program like Rutgers isn’t smart considering the only good teams are Ohio State and Michigan. Again I’ll be the first to admit they have a ways to go to be on a level with OSU, UM, UW, and MSU but they are right there or better than the rest of the conference.

  33. dkhhuey says: Nov 19, 2012 2:34 PM

    Welcome aboard guys!!! I do hope that as part of the deal, Maryland agreed to never, EVER sport those hideous uniforms again!!!

  34. cereal blogger says: Nov 19, 2012 2:54 PM

    Maryland born & bred Terp fan. PSU alum…..freakin love this. Ill just root for whoever has more on the line at the time. So pumped….

  35. thraiderskin says: Nov 19, 2012 3:17 PM

    From a competitive standpoint… I don’t see how this move or the possible Rutgers move helps the B1G… From a money standpoint, this is brilliant, now you’re talking about moving the B1G into the largest media market (rutgers) and a very sizable DC/Baltimore market (maryland). Whatever does or doesn’t happen, I hope Ohio State kills these teams (and everyone else in the B1G), year in year out.

  36. deadeye says: Nov 19, 2012 3:22 PM

    @kcrobert10

    SEC wants VT and UNC, they may settle for VT and NCST if UNC goes BIG10.

    BIG10 looking at UVA, UNC, and GT.

    BIG12 looking at FSU, Clemson, Miami, and GT if they don’t go BIG10.

    These moves will all take a while to occur, but not too long because the 2014 season marks the beginning of the new playoff system.

  37. flatfoot8 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:11 PM

    What a mess all around!!

  38. ukeone says: Nov 19, 2012 4:24 PM

    Other than the obvious increase in revenue that each school in the B1G will eventually generate (almost immediately…with the additions of some vastly huge TV markets), I don’t think anyone will see an instant impact (particularly on ‘the field’) with the addition of Maryland & Rutgers to the B1G. It will be a hard move (at first) for both of them (playing the likes of Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin & Michigan State). Granted, Maryland has a big history of tradition (sans the ‘kinky-looking’ uniforms), and Rutgers has done a great job recruiting these last several years…but, given some ‘time and effort’ after 2014, both these schools could eventually rise to comparable-prominence & make some ‘great’ contributions to the conference. (I don’t necessarily agree with some of the negative comments made about them & would prefer to give them a mega-chance to prove their worth to the B1G). Regardless of anyone’s reactions (either positive or negative), WELCOME, Maryland & Rutgers to the B1G…as good times will definitely come to both of you, and the rest of us will ‘eventually’ benefit a lot with their addition!

  39. cometkazie says: Nov 19, 2012 4:31 PM

    Turn . . . Turn . . . Turn . . .

  40. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2012 4:39 PM

    @ukeone

    You are a gentleman sir! Rutgers looks forward to a long and rewarding membership.

  41. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2012 4:54 PM

    @cereal blogger

    For whatever this is worth, Joe Paterno always liked Rutgers and was always an advocate for them joining the Big Ten. Too bad what happened on his watch. The good he did for Penn State and for many, many students should not go unnoticed or unappreciated. No doubt he made a horrible error in judgement. But he also helped people and and more times than not, never made mention of it. We all have skeletons in the closet.

  42. overratedgators says: Nov 19, 2012 4:55 PM

    … “Attendance among college-aged students is dropping. The reason is because this generation is completely wired, and they are getting their education and entertainment on tablets and mobile devices. Everyone thinks you make your money in seats. You make it on eyeballs on a screen.”

    Does that mean the time has finally come for colleges to stop ruining historic landmarks like the Big House and the Horseshoe with hundred-million dollar expansions?

  43. steve851 says: Nov 19, 2012 4:55 PM

    Minnesota will still have the worst uniforms in the B10

  44. thegamecocker says: Nov 19, 2012 4:57 PM

    @thraiderskin

    Rutgers looking forward to competing with you on playing field where you currently have an advantage and in CLASSROOM where roles are reversed. But hey, thanks for the invite.

  45. floridacock says: Nov 19, 2012 5:02 PM

    As the Big 10 is an athletic conference, bringing Maryland in does not help the athletics, just the bottom dollar.

  46. hovenaut says: Nov 19, 2012 5:18 PM

    IlliBuck says he’s fine with the move.

  47. spbadclam says: Nov 19, 2012 5:37 PM

    This will be great for Maryland football. I am sure I am not the only one tired of seeing Maryland High School football players opting for Penn St., Florida, Michigan, or Notre Dame. Maryland is a sleeping football giant if it can keep half of the DC area football talent.

  48. ukeone says: Nov 19, 2012 6:21 PM

    overratedgators said:
    (on Nov 19, 2012 @4:55 PM EST)
    … “Attendance among college-aged students is dropping. The reason is because this generation is completely wired, and they are getting their education and entertainment on tablets and mobile devices. Everyone thinks you make your money in seats. You make it on eyeballs on a screen…”
    —————————————————-
    overratedgators:

    I don’t disagree with you on the observation that many young people are glued a lot to their computer devices (including phones) these days. However, don’t blame dropping game attendances on these devices! Underachieving teams, bad coaching, ‘status-quo’ end-of-season records & results, along with plenty of internal administrative & compliance problems among these schools need to stand-out as the main reasons for low attendance. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to pay $60 or more for a game ticket when your football team gets systematically kicked in the butt week after week (even by other low-ranked, losing programs). It’s demoralizing to sit in the stands to watch that, unless your team has established a long-standing tradition of great football to begin with. In the B1G: Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State & Penn State (in particular) and others have their long-standing traditions firmly in place (and can afford a difficult season from time to time because they have established the support of insatiably loyal and dedicated fan bases that were successfully built-up over ‘many years’ of greatness). Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium seats 85,000+, and they are in the process of adding another 8-10K (and all those new seats are already accounted for)…maintaining 50+ straight seasons of sell-outs (an NCAA record)! And the Big House & Horseshoe are ‘really BIG for good reason AND THEIR STADIUMS ARE PACKED SOLID!’ Sorry about your school’s attendance…but, you need to experience the B1G’s BIG schools games on footfall Saturdays and see how long-term success works! And, by the way: WELCOME MARYLAND & RUTGERS….your dreams are about to come true…enjoy the B1G ride & your new LONG-term future with your new family!

  49. ukeone says: Nov 19, 2012 6:29 PM

    sorry about the misspelling….it’s “football” Saturdays…although, even the big schools in the B1G have a ‘footfall’ or two from time to time…LOL!

  50. normtide says: Nov 19, 2012 7:05 PM

    Ukeone, great point on the stadiums. The b1g leads the way on bringing in the masses. The SEC is starting the ship in that direction too. UT and Bama are over 100k, LSU and UF will be there soon. Auburn had it on their agenda, before the coaching debate began. There can’t be much like walking in to see 100k hostile fans.

  51. kombayn says: Nov 19, 2012 7:22 PM

    I do think the ACC will bring in UConn to be the 14th member. I can only see Miami being the only other school that would consider leaving but that would only happen if the SEC came knocking on the door.

    Once UConn becomes the 14th member, the ACC should push Notre Dame to become a full member which will stabilize the ACC after you’re at 15 members then the ACC should look at adding Georgetown in all-sports but football and add Navy as a football-only member.

    At that point you have 16 teams with Notre Dame into the fold and you bring back the market lost from the Maryland departure by adding the Georgetown/Navy combination. ACC needs to start making moves now though so the Big 12 doesn’t try to come poaching.

  52. jaxhotspur11 says: Nov 19, 2012 7:34 PM

    kombayn, FSU wants out of the ACC desperately. Clemson is not a happy camper either. You’ll see these two schools depart for the Big 12 in the next year or two. I could see Miami and Va Tech leaving too. Football schools are coming to the realization that ACC football carries a stigma that is evolving into a new paradigm that you won’t be able to win the National Championship from the ACC under the new system. ACC strength of schedule is just killing the top ACC teams. Look at where FSU and Clemson are in the BCS standings – that should tell you a lot.

  53. overratedgators says: Nov 19, 2012 7:49 PM

    Ukeone: I didn’t say that … Delany did. My first paragraph was quoting directly from the article.

  54. kombayn says: Nov 19, 2012 7:52 PM

    I don’t think Clemson & FSU to the Big 12 is such a sure-thing, it’s just not a cultural fit for them. I think they’re going to hold-out for the SEC to see if they ever come calling. ACC needs to work with Notre Dame to make them a full-time member, that will increase the TV contract.

  55. overratedgators says: Nov 19, 2012 7:54 PM

    And BTW – my team’s stadium is packed every Saturday too. I just think that some of the modifications they make to some of these beautiful historic structures end up ruining the architectural aesthetic and history (and at great expense too).

    It’s kind of like adding on to a Frank Lloyd Wright house because you think it might sell faster with a home theatre and jacuzzi tub. Sure, you COULD do it. But would you? Aren’t some things more valuable than another 10,000 seats?

  56. ningenito78 says: Nov 19, 2012 8:17 PM

    Notre Dame will never ever ever go to the ACC full time. The deal they have with NBC is so ridiculous they would be nuts to give that up. It’s never going to happen. Ever.

  57. possiblecabbage says: Nov 19, 2012 9:11 PM

    Can we please just drop the “Leaders” and “Legends” pretense and have a “Big Ten East” and a “Big Ten West”?

    If you have the Indiana schools play in different divisions, you can have a simple geographical split.

  58. ukeone says: Nov 20, 2012 12:07 AM

    overratedgators said:
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 7:49 PM

    Ukeone: I didn’t say that … Delany did. My first paragraph was quoting directly from the article.

    —————————————————-
    overratedgators:

    Sorry about that! I saw the quotation marks, but there was no source listed. I use quotation marks to quote myself all the time (an obvious misuse) or to “bring something out” to get someone’s attention (also a blatant misuse). I’ve been an English instructor for so many years, I just overreacted, I guess! If Delaney stated it, the quote MUST have some merit! You have my apologies. I also use the “!” a little too much, as you can plainly see. That’s just “me”… pissing-off the “old teacher” in me! LOL! :-)

  59. ukeone says: Nov 20, 2012 12:35 AM

    normtide said:
    Nov 19, 2012 7:05 PM

    “Ukeone, great point on the stadiums. The b1g leads the way on bringing in the masses. The SEC is starting the ship in that direction too. UT and Bama are over 100k, LSU and UF will be there soon. Auburn had it on their agenda, before the coaching debate began. There can’t be much like walking in to see 100k hostile fans.”

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    normtide:

    Thanks for the response! Yes, there is nothing like seeing the masses on football Saturdays, and I apologize for not recognizing ‘all the other great programs’ in the NCAA. The premier programs all have one BIG thing in common: a history and tradition of success and greatness. That has to come in all phases: wins vs. losses, coaching, recruiting, coaching the recruits successfully, keeping them in-line, staying within the rules and the law, and so on… However, I’m not into the ‘hostile’ stuff…come to Nebraska and enjoy hospitality from what I believe to be the “best and most courteous fans in all of college football.” That’s just my opinion; but when the Huskers lose a game and all our fans stand-up and cheer the winners, that’s 1st class (we also cheer the losers, as well)! I guess the ‘hostility’ factor can have some merit too (from those who love to ‘kick-butt’)…Nebraska does, but we do it with a smile…:-)…LOL!…that’s the boundless and limitless beauty of college football from the BIG schools!

  60. wethog66 says: Nov 21, 2012 6:37 AM

    Some should not assume UMD will be a B1G doormat when it officially joins. Prior to having to play the 5th string QB, UMD was well on its way to getting 6 wins at least and a bowl game. Add to it a true star in Stephon Diggs, top 10 defense, and the entire team being the 4th youngest in the country, UMD football could very well be on the up swing.

    Finally add to it that a lot of football talent in MD goes to PSU and the B1G already, well if a handful of recruits now stay home UMD could compete at the B1G level.

    No garuntees from me, just this could be a very good move on a number of levels for UMD.

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