Will's World: Maryland's Departure Nothing More Than A Sorry Cash Grab - SCACCHoops.com
Will's World: Maryland's Departure Nothing More Than A Sorry Cash Grab
Will's World: Maryland's Departure Nothing More Than A Sorry Cash Grab
   Posted by Will Ojanen at  11/20/2012 8:11:28 AM  |  Follow us on Twitter: @scacchoops
Discuss     Bookmark and Share

When the rumors started surfacing about Maryland possibly leaving the ACC to go to the Big Ten, I believed in them about as much as I believe in Santa Claus or the Easter bunny. We have heard so many rumors about every school in the ACC going to one conference or another since the realignment really got going that I figured it was just a silly rumor. But then the stories came out that there was going to be a vote on changing conferences. Then I finally realized that there were some legs to these rumors. But why would a charter member of the ACC want to leave a conference they've been in for nearly 60 years to go another conference? The answer can be summed it in one word: money.

What the Terps have done with their own money has been pretty shabby at best. The athletic department was broke, and they had to cut seven programs just this summer in order to make ends meet. Now they have to figure out how they're going to pay the exit fee of $50 million dollars. That number could be lower if they are able to successfully negotiate with John Swofford and his crew. And where is all of this money coming from? Look no farther than Kevin Plank, Under Armour CEO and basically the athletic department's personal financier. He recently sold off $65 million in stock from his company. Coincidence? I think not. What I would like to know is if Plank cared so much about the school, why couldn't he have found a way to save the seven programs that were cut by the school? Clearly Plank is more interested in continuing to make uniforms for the football team that look like something designed by four year olds.

The rivalries and the tradition the school has established in its time in the ACC no longer mean anything. In fact, like many other schools that have bailed on conferences to join other ones in their ever lasting thirst for the almighty dollar, tradition is no longer a word in these schools vocabularies. The Terps have won 187 conference championships in their time in the ACC, which is second in the conference's history. Only North Carolina has won more. But who cares? The extra dollars they they're recklessly blowing are far more important. They added more seats to the Byrd Stadium, plus built a new basketball arena with hopes it will draw more money. But that's only made things worse.

Speaking of money, let's talk about road trips for the Maryland fans. Do you really think Maryland fans will want to fly in to Minneapolis in the middle of November when it's 30 degrees and snowing out to see a football game? When you factor in round trip airfare, hotel, tickets, concessions, etc, and I wish you luck in spending less than $1000 on the trip. The same can be said for going to Lincoln, Nebraska or Iowa City, Iowa. You might as well take out a loan if you want to go to these games.

The biggest thing that ended up being in Maryland's favor is their location. It's within a 40 minute drive of Baltimore and Washington DC. The Big Ten Network, which is a big reason that Maryland will get this extra income, will be more entrenched in this market, which could potentially mean more rating for their shows. But let's be honest. How many people in this market would be that interested in watching a non conference game between Wisconsin and South Dakota State? Is it going to make that big of a difference.

It is going to be different seeing the ACC in the coming years without Maryland as a part of it. It's earn and wildly spend mentality got them in big trouble financially, and thanks to location, got a big bailout from Jim Delaney and the Big Ten. So long Maryland. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Post a Comment About this Article
Entry Link     1 Comment(s)
Subscribe  

Comments on Will's World: Maryland's Departure Nothing More Than A Sorry Cash Grab

EvilQ   (Not Registered)
Maryland - 11/20/2012 8:20:47 AM - Login Verification: None

 Wow! That is probably the most bone-headed move I've seen in college sports ....ever. Well now...who can we replace MD with? Hmmmm....so many "better" schools to choose from.



Post a Comment

Posting As:   Remember Me?
Subject:
Message:

Before submitting this form, please type the color of the second character:




Newsbreaker Archives

2014
  January 2014 (169)
  February 2014 (142)
  March 2014 (144)
  April 2014 (56)
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
Search
Search
Advertisement
 
Poll
Which ACC school made the best basketball coach hire?
Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech
Jim Christian, Boston College
Danny Manning, Wake Forest


Newsbreakers
Syracuse Football Introduces New Nike Uniforms For 2014 Season
4/16/2014 2:47:20 PM
Georgia Tech picks up USF transfer Josh Heath
4/16/2014 1:28:33 PM
ACC Basketball Head Coaches: The Relationship Between Salary and Success
4/16/2014 7:00:35 AM
Is Duke's Jabari Parker going to turn pro?
4/16/2014 6:12:35 AM
UNC Holds Annual Basketball Awards Ceremony
4/16/2014 6:12:17 AM
Virginia basketball season in review, 2
4/16/2014 6:11:43 AM
Tracking Player Three Point Shooting During Their UNC Careers
4/15/2014 11:13:10 AM
Is an ACC Network announcement on hold or on schedule?
4/15/2014 6:11:46 AM
Syracuse: 2015 Guard Franklin Howard Commits To Orange
4/15/2014 6:11:03 AM
Syracuse: Sophomore Jerami Grant Is Going Pro
4/14/2014 1:24:42 PM
Montrezl Harrell returning to Louisville
4/14/2014 12:37:10 PM
Pitt assistant Barry Rohrssen heading to Kentucky
4/14/2014 12:23:12 PM
Which college can produce the best NBA starting five?
4/14/2014 11:57:22 AM
Adonis Filer will transfer from Clemson
4/13/2014 6:09:51 PM
Breaking down the independent review of Mary Willingham's data
4/13/2014 6:05:40 PM
Message Board
 
YBN Widget
RSS Feed  
SCACC Hoops has no affiliation to the NCAA or the ACC
Team logos are trademarks of their respective organizations (more/credits)