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Divorce between Maryland and ACC is getting uglier

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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.

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30 Responses to “Divorce between Maryland and ACC is getting uglier”
  1. mauldawg says: Mar 22, 2014 12:35 PM

    Cry cry cry! If you don’t get what you want or you get what you deserive, next step is to sue. What a cry baby school. Why would the Big 10 even want this school. It offers nothing.

  2. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Mar 22, 2014 12:39 PM

    ACC won’t budge a single penny, you can count on that.

    Those boys on Tobacco Road certainly don’t like being played like chumps, which is what Maryland is trying to do to them.

    Funny thing is that when the ACC voted to raise their exit fee only 2 schools voted it down (FSU and Maryland), Maryland’s reason at the time was it was going to discourage schools from wanting to come to the ACC.

    Funny how things worked out.

  3. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Mar 22, 2014 12:42 PM


    The only reason the Big 10 wants Maryland is so they can have a footprint in the D.C. markets. No more, no less.

    Taking on a school that’s athletic department is basically bankrupt doesn’t make much sense, but the Big 10 is much more concerned with TV markets (Rutgers and the NY/NJ market) and Maryland than they are at actually being successful in major collegiate sports.

  4. classyjacklambert says: Mar 22, 2014 1:14 PM

    Anything involving Maryland is bound to have some ugliness to it.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Mar 22, 2014 1:57 PM

    The B1G just wanted another easy win (to go along with Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers). The TV markets and easy wins made the decision easy. Maybe the rest of the B1G can pony up and help Maryland payoff the ACC.

  6. lbijake says: Mar 22, 2014 2:05 PM

    ACC does not mind poaching schools from the Big East but gets a little huffy when another league wants to poach one of theirs. ACC, you cannot have it both ways.

  7. classyjacklambert says: Mar 22, 2014 3:22 PM

    Yeah I’m sure the ACC is gonna lose a lot of sleep not having perennial underachiever Maryland in it anymore.

  8. musketmaniac says: Mar 22, 2014 3:32 PM

    The Acc has destroyed the `fabric` of college football. I always wanted to use that word that way in a sentence. Seriously football greed has backfired. the more they try to make it more elite, the more they water it down. The state of Florida is a perfect example. Considering the recruiting of the state has something to do with starting with the bigeast adding miami and the acc adding Florida state then stealing Miami away from the B.east. Look at the aftermath. The bigeast replaced Miami with South Florida a school that did not have a football team in the eighties, adding a fourth Florida power school. Central Florida couldn’t even beg there way into a shytty conference twenty years ago. Now they’re primed to be the fifth school in Florida. Teams like maryland, Boston College, Rutgers have flat out been left behind.

  9. kinggw says: Mar 22, 2014 3:46 PM


    Way to show your ignorance. Maryland has been down in football and basketball lately, but they are still more impressive than most current Big Ten schools in terms of an overall athletic portfolio.

    Since 2000, Maryland has won 12 national championships in various sports such as men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, women’s lacrosse and field hockey. That is more than any other Big Ten school with the exception of Penn State who also has 12.

    The Big Ten isn’t adding a football powerhouse in Maryland but it is adding a school that has a pretty solid athletic department.

  10. normtide says: Mar 22, 2014 6:19 PM

    I don’t agree with exit fees. It’s up to the leagues to make teams want to stay. The SEC and b1g don’t have any. Also, the dumbest part of the story: the idea of the ACC raiding the b1g. The SEC, b1g, and PAC are rock solid. They are the only stable leagues in college sports. No team is leaving any of those three.

  11. corvusrex96 says: Mar 22, 2014 8:10 PM

    Doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out the most likly B1G schools to be approached by the ACC, Penn State. After adding Pitt and Syracuse an appeal to PSU would make sence since they had no eastern in conference rivals . Funny how it ended up with Rutgers and Maryland leaving thus giving PSU eastern rivals

  12. drummerhoff says: Mar 22, 2014 8:10 PM

    When all is said and done, Maryland got out of a crappy conference and into one of the best 3 super conferences.

  13. musketmaniac says: Mar 22, 2014 9:11 PM

    Jo `the terrible` pa wanted to start a legitimate Eastern conference in the 80`s when he realized it wasn’t happening he joined the Big ten. Wvu got a lot of unnecessary negativity when it was the ` first ` to leave the B. east. It’s not like we had a choice. We belong in east with B.c, syracuse, pitt and even penn state. Time changes thing. Boston college became irrelevant when they joined the acc. Penn states never been a perfect fit for the big ten. something tells me, eventually, it will come back around.

  14. classyjacklambert says: Mar 22, 2014 9:14 PM

    Yeah drummerhoff Maryland left the crappy conference that was home to the reigning football national champions and orange bowl winners, as well as by far the best basketball conference to join the awesome B1G conference… Which hasn’t won anything relevant in recent memory…

  15. drummerhoff says: Mar 22, 2014 10:02 PM

    Rose Bowl is a recent win.
    More money means more stability.
    no school EVER left the B1G…or SEC or Pac12.

  16. wustlumdnj says: Mar 23, 2014 2:16 AM

    ESPN – the World Wide Leader in Manipulating College Sports

  17. methodistflats says: Mar 23, 2014 9:54 AM

    “…no school EVER left the B1G…or SEC or Pac12.”

    Except for Georgia Tech.
    And Tulane.
    And Chicago.

    Were you were a history major at Auburn, Arkansas, Nebraska or Arizona State?

  18. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 23, 2014 11:26 AM

    In 2011, Maryland accepted recommendations to cut 8 sports programs in the Maryland Athletic Program. The ACC, at that point in time, was just beginning to realize it had to grow or die on the vine.

    When the ACC approved the exit fee in 2012, Maryland voted against the proposal.
    When Rutgers and Maryland decided to join the B1G, it was all about the Benjamins.
    Rutgers quietly paid $11 million to the AAC back in February.

    Maryland is ticked because the ACC is holding $19 million in conference revenues to
    the school until the exit fee proposal is adjudicated in Federal Court.

    The closer the July 1, 2014 entry date to the B1G, the more nervous the University of Maryland will get. Part of the acceptance into the B1G is to be “free and clear of any and all prior conference obligations.” If not, the B1G could make Maryland go the way of Penn State’s entry ( Penn State did not receive any conference revenues for a period certain) and tell them that you’ll be part of the B1G, but no conference revenues UNTIL your prior situation is resolved. Then it will get real fun.

    Maryland won’t pay the $52 million….and the ACC will probably keep the existing $19 million as Maryland’s exit fee, comparable to Texas A&M leaving $20 million with the Big12 when they left. So in the end, the ACC still has the money and Maryland goes on the become a whipping boy for Michigan, Michigan State,
    Ohio State and Penn State and assumes it’s proper position on every team’s
    Homecoming game.

  19. drummerhoff says: Mar 23, 2014 12:57 PM


    …in the modern era…no school left the B1G, SEC or Pac12.

    Or if you prefer, after the television was invented, no schools left the B1G, SEC or Pac12. And since you have difficulty understand the realignment talking points, TV money is driving expansion.

  20. jimbo75025 says: Mar 23, 2014 3:56 PM

    drummerhoff says:
    Mar 23, 2014 12:57 PM

    Or if you prefer, after the television was invented, no schools left the B1G, SEC or Pac12. ————-

    GT left the SEC in 1964, I am pretty sure TV was around then.

  21. adambruce88 says: Mar 23, 2014 4:32 PM

    the ‘B1G CUPCAKE ‘ wants the tv markets and the automatic wins, for there football conference. B1G football has fallen behind the MAC and AAC , into 7th place on the totem pole. without MSU , they had no truly top 20 teams. this once proud football conference recently added two football powers in Nebraska and Penn St. who quickly became irrelivant in the national picture. this is an attempt to recoop wins without having to wear the newly earned conference nickname ‘B1G CUPCAKE”

  22. classyjacklambert says: Mar 23, 2014 4:37 PM

    Also drummerhoff, you probably shouldn’t say something hasn’t “EVER” happened with capital letters if you mean it hasn’t happened in the past forty years.

  23. handsofsweed says: Mar 23, 2014 5:15 PM

    LOL at adambruce. Literally the only thing he said that was remotely true was that the Big 10 added PSU and Nebraska. Literally every other word he said was some insane fantasy. Ignorant. Just ignorant.

    And I’m not even praising the Big Ten by pointing this out.

  24. handsofsweed says: Mar 23, 2014 5:19 PM

    Ok. I’ll give him that the Big Ten wants TV markets/auto wins, also. But then, so does every other conference, which is akin to saying that you only breathe bc you don’t want to die.

  25. drummerhoff says: Mar 23, 2014 7:57 PM

    Classyjack & limbo,

    Your both right … I should be more careful and literal in stating that the B1G, SEC & PAC conferences are in a much stronger position than the ACC or Big12.

  26. classyjacklambert says: Mar 23, 2014 9:06 PM

    Especially when they aren’t. If you look at it, the B1G is going to have a much more difficult time making itself relevant again than the ACC is making new monetary contracts with it’s burden of too much leverage. As much as networks hate to pay premium dollars to buy a premium product in sports, usually they make themselves bite the bullet.

  27. normtide says: Mar 23, 2014 10:12 PM

    Classy- I have an affinity for the ACC. The ACC and the SEC are like kin. Both were founded by members of the original Southern Conference. They share a footprint. And four teams in each league have major rivalries together. Generally, an ACC team would be 15th my pecking order of preferred teams. But, the ACC has to let basketball be second tier. With its strong roots in Carolina, I’m not sure they ever will. The ACC should be just as strong as the SEC, I’ve always said that.

    I also agree that Maryland and Rutgers wasn’t great additions to the b1g. They got what they already had (eyeballs and basketball content) and not what they needed (quality football product and fertile recruiting grounds). In my humble opinion, the ACC improved by trading Maryland for Louisville.

    However, even though the ACC probably did better in this round of shifting leagues, the ACC was never going to raid the b1g. For one, the vast majority there is more worried about bottom line than winning football. The good programs are entrenched also. It’s more likely less football mad members would jump from the ACC to the b1g. Members like Virginia, Wake, or even Boston College. I think they would bolt just for the money.

    But, I agree the ACC is better set for football success. The obstacles seen largely self imposed at the moment.

  28. musketmaniac says: Mar 24, 2014 3:04 AM

    I don’t get why everyone brings up money as an argumentative tool. We all know its about money. People in fourth world nations, whom have never seen a football, know its about the money. As a fan we get none of the money. The more money our universities make. Probably costs us more money. Although they say it brings wins,there is no accounting formula. I say the only thing fans gain with the money are expectations and burden. Wins + fans = $ – ® x t.v2 = © sh`·»t I carried the two wrong.

  29. packerbadger says: Mar 24, 2014 9:37 AM

    Maryland and Rutgers can both stay where they are coming from as far as Im concerned. Neither are in proximity to the Big 10 teams. Penn State can go back to Happy Valley as far as Im concerned as well. Nebraska is a logical fit and Notre Dame would be if they were interested. Keep your East Coast teams out there. BUT….its all about the $$$$$$$………

  30. normtide says: Mar 24, 2014 5:21 PM

    Musket- money does not guarantee wins. However, the top tier teams overall are also the best money makers. Now we can debate which caused the other, but money is important. It’s an arms race for facilities and the best coaches. All in a bid to get the best recruits and then get the most out of the recruits. Some AQ league programs don’t spend the money on athletics. Those are usually easy to spot by their records. But the very top teams do reinvest.

    Packer- totally agree, especially about Maryland. I think Virginia would have been a much better grab for the b1g. Also, that Nebraska was a huge win for the b1g. But, Virginia would increase the b1g’s footprint into fertile recruiting grounds. Right now Ohio is about it, and PSU helps to bookend that. I will agree and reiterate that the b1g, SEC, and PAC won’t be raided. Not only because of financial stability but because all three leagues have more than two power programs. That’s what hurts the big 12. It’s eight teams clinging to two programs. The ACC suffers from that, to a lesser degree.

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