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Maryland and Rutgers: Big 10?!

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The University of Maryland is planning to join the Big Ten Conference. Rutgers would likely follow, increasing the Big Ten to 14 members. Such a move would greatly increase viewership and thus revenue for the richest collegiate conference. However, Maryland would have to pay $50 million to leave the ACC. Rutgers would only have to pay $10 million to leave the Big East.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8644587/maryland-terrapins-rutgers-scarlet-knights-talks-join-big-ten-conference-sources-say
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I am a current UMD student and I do not like this! Big Ten is all football, we will get our butts beat. Plus we have so many rivalries that have been established since the creation of the ACC. I do not want to see that go away.
I created a petition to try to get it stopped if anyone disagrees and could share that would be great!
[url="http://www.change.org/petitions/keep-the-university-of-maryland-in-the-acc-atlantic-coast-conference-stop-the-move-to-the-big-ten-2#"]http://www.change.org/petitions/keep-the-university-of-maryland-in-the-acc-atlantic-coast-conference-stop-the-move-to-the-big-ten-2#[/url]

And a facebook group!
[url="http://www.facebook.com/groups/498124330222110/"]http://www.facebook.com/groups/498124330222110/[/url]

#KeepUMDACC
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Looks like its official now. Welcome to the Big 10. I don't understand why, considering the state of the athletic program. You guys will get beat down in football and probably basketball as well. While the Big 10 is certainly the more academically minded conference top to bottom, with Nebraska being the worst school in that respect, I don't really see the point of moving for that when you're already fine in that department. Really baffling move for a school that doesn't have the money to afford this.
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[quote name='SideStep77' timestamp='1353212672' post='1221153']
I am a current UMD student and I do not like this! Big Ten is all football, we will get our butts beat. Plus we have so many rivalries that have been established since the creation of the ACC. I do not want to see that go away.
I created a petition to try to get it stopped if anyone disagrees and could share that would be great!
[url="http://www.change.org/petitions/keep-the-university-of-maryland-in-the-acc-atlantic-coast-conference-stop-the-move-to-the-big-ten-2#"]http://www.change.or...-the-big-ten-2#[/url]

And a facebook group!
[url="http://www.facebook.com/groups/498124330222110/"]http://www.facebook....98124330222110/[/url]

#KeepUMDACC
[/quote] Agreed....The Basketball program should be able to strongly compete but Football will be a disaster.
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Almost ashamed to be a UMD student... this is all about $ and it's clear the athletic department is mismanaged
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All about the cash.. Dept so far in debt they had to make the move..

Don't like it at all
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Truly disappointing. The Terps go from an average ACC team, to immediate basement dwellers in the Big10. It's all about the money, which the university will get, but we will not win. It's going to kill football and LAX recruiting, and will probably hurt basketball as well. By the time we join, Penn State and Ohio State will already be done with their sanctions, so we will just be a doormat.
Congrats though. We never have to worry about losing any athletic programs. The flip side is we won't win any games either. So thanks, I will no longer be following MD athletics.
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Ever since Eddsall showed up MD has been about selling out, Eddsall wants people in the stands well I'm sorry; this move will get you no one.
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When I hear that Maryland and Rutgers were joining the Big Ten, I couldn't believe it. I am originally from Michigan, so I can empathize with a few who believe the Big Ten has gotten too big, however I am willing to give this a decent chance - for both schools.
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For basketball, no problem.. We can compete with anyone.
For lacrosse? no problem with the beating the competition ... but they are weak schools.
For football? Pssshhh . We would have ha a decent year if the QB Picture didn't change from week to week. The defense has done a heck of a job...
However, we can't compete in that conference.

We do offer a unique opportunity for the Big10 though ... We have the 4th largest tv market in the country and there are plenty of Big10 alumni in the region.
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Kind of bummed about this from a basketball perspective. I will miss the Duke and UNC games. Otherwise, it makes sense if it brings in as much money as projected.
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[quote name='SideStep77' timestamp='1353212672' post='1221153']
I am a current UMD student and I do not like this! Big Ten is all football, [b]we will get our butts beat[/b]. Plus we have so many rivalries that have been established since the creation of the ACC. I do not want to see that go away.
I created a petition to try to get it stopped if anyone disagrees and could share that would be great!
[url="http://www.change.org/petitions/keep-the-university-of-maryland-in-the-acc-atlantic-coast-conference-stop-the-move-to-the-big-ten-2#"]http://www.change.or...-the-big-ten-2#[/url]

And a facebook group!
[url="http://www.facebook.com/groups/498124330222110/"]http://www.facebook....98124330222110/[/url]

#KeepUMDACC
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Wasn't this already happening? Looks like Miami's gonna have to get used to Duke being their only free game. I'm also at UMD, but I've gotten used to getting our butts handed to use ever since Edsal came to town.
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[quote name='gabefergy' timestamp='1353530182' post='1228115']
Kind of bummed about this from a basketball perspective. I will miss the Duke and UNC games. Otherwise, it makes sense if it brings in as much money as projected.
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That's a big if, considering they paid $50 million for it, even as they cut athletic programs for budgetary reasons. Not to mention all the alumni they've angered and alienated.
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[quote name='flaccopoe' timestamp='1353796994' post='1230008']
That's a big if, considering they paid $50 million for it, even as they cut athletic programs for budgetary reasons. Not to mention all the alumni they've angered and alienated.
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I dont think there is any doubt the Big Ten Network will generate considerable revenue for the school.
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[quote name='gabefergy' timestamp='1353804251' post='1230062']
I dont think there is any doubt the Big Ten Network will generate considerable revenue for the school.
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The question is, how much more? They must recoup their $50 million investment before they can think about profits. Plus, getting blown out every football game will bring down viewership.
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[quote name='flaccopoe' timestamp='1353804445' post='1230064']
The question is, how much more? They must recoup their $50 million investment before they can think about profits. Plus, getting blown out every football game will bring down viewership.
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Aren't they already getting blown out every game? The Big Ten isnt some football juggernaut like it used to be. Also there is some controversy about whether MD will actually be forced to pay the ludicrous 50M exit fee.
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[quote name='gabefergy' timestamp='1353804843' post='1230069']


Aren't they already getting blown out every game? The Big Ten isnt some football juggernaut like it used to be. Also there is some controversy about whether MD will actually be forced to pay the ludicrous 50M exit fee.
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I've seen from a bunch of sources that they definitely won't have to pay the full 50
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[quote name='gabefergy' timestamp='1353804843' post='1230069']


Aren't they already getting blown out every game? The Big Ten isnt some football juggernaut like it used to be. Also there is some controversy about whether MD will actually be forced to pay the ludicrous 50M exit fee.
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Theres no controversy at all, it was said by Loh that they would pay significantly less. Approx 12 million over the next 3 years.
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[quote name='T3hRaven' timestamp='1353354030' post='1226229']
Looks like its official now. Welcome to the Big 10. I don't understand why, considering the state of the athletic program. You guys will get beat down in football and probably basketball as well. While the Big 10 is certainly the more academically minded conference top to bottom, with Nebraska being the worst school in that respect, I don't really see the point of moving for that when you're already fine in that department. Really baffling move for a school that doesn't have the money to afford this.
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In terms of academics big 10 ain't seeing duke, Boston college, wake Forrest, Miami, Notre Dame,UVA or UNC. Big 10 school usnews rank is along the lines of UMD, Clemson, and Virginia tech.

Vanderbilt still gets my respect for being in the SEC cause they would seem to fit the ACC better.
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