The ugly divorce between Maryland and the ACC continues to rage. Maryland has issued subpoenas to multiple ACC schools with the intention of allowing Maryland to get a look at documents related to the university’s departure from the ACC. Maryland is joining the Big Ten later this year, but the school is fighting to keep money it believes it is owed from the ACC.
The Washington Post reports Maryland issued subpoenas in January and February to Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Maryland also sent a subpoena to ESPN, believing the network suggested the ACC try to make a push to add schools from the Big Ten. The schools thought to be targets of the ACC from the Big Ten were never confirmed. According to the report by The Washington Post, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are the only schools so far to comply with the requests of Maryland, and North Carolina State intends to comply.
Maryland is also seeking information regarding the formation of the men’s basketball team schedule for this past season. In the final year as an ACC member, Maryland’s basketball team did not host two of the conference’s top programs, Duke and North Carolina, for the first time in the history of the program. Coincidence, or strategic planning by the ACC? That is what Maryland would like to know more about. Football is a bit different, because the schedules tend to be a little more balanced from year to year with division play and cross-division opponents rotating on and off schedules.
Maryland will officially become a Big Ten member on July 1. The cash-strapped university reportedly owes the ACC $52 million, although the exact total that will be paid when all is said and done may be lower. How much the ACC is willing to work with Maryland on negotiating a lower exit fee remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, the negotiations would be tense given the way the two sides have already started to split.
Louisville will be joining the ACC on July 1 to fill the void left by Maryland.
A very disturbing story has emerged out of Dallas, where former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson sits in a Dallas County jail cell after allegedly admitting to hacking an unsuspecting jogger to death with a machete.
Just before 8 a.m. Monday, authorities say Johnson went to White Rock Creek Trail, a popular jogging trail in northeast Dallas, and randomly slashed a jogger to death. “It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told the Dallas Morning News. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”
Johnson then walked away from the scene in search of a cell phone. An onlooker had already dialed 911, and when police arrived Johnson allegedly told them there was a man “laying down with a sword in his head and not moving.”
“I just committed capital murder,” Johnson said and then repeated, according to his arrest affidavit. The only motive police reported was that Johnson was angry at his situation in life at the time of the slaying.
The victim, an unidentified male between the age of 25 and 35, passed away at a nearby hospital.
Johnson, meanwhile, remains in a Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Johnson was a highly-regarded member of Kevin Sumlin‘s first recruiting class at Texas A&M. As a true freshman in 2012, the Dallas native caught 30 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown through the Aggies’ upset of then-No. 1 Alabama and then simply… disappeared. He went missing for three days in November 2012 before turning up back home in Dallas. His mother told the San Antonio Express-News last April Johnson would like to return to college football, but a return to the game never materialized.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will not be disciplined by the SEC office for his brief interaction with Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson last weekend. A video showing Bielema exaggerating his interaction with Robinson at the end of a play was reviewed by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and the commissioner has discussed the situation with the Razorbacks coach.
“I visited with Bret over the phone on Monday and we discussed the play that has now become widely reviewed through a brief video clip,” Sankey said in a released statement. “Football is played in an intense competitive environment and I reminded him of the need for head coaches to resolve with their own players issues that may arise, which was his intent. The unsportsmanlike penalty assessed on the play was not directly associated with Bret’s efforts to intervene at the end of the play and we are moving forward in a positive manner.”
That appears to be the end of the discussion regarding Bielema’s act. I personally think there should have been some more done here by the league’s commissioner, but we will see if Bielema avoids putting himself in a similar position moving forward.