Why Did Maryland Leave The Acc?


Why Did Maryland Leave The Acc
On that cold November day in 2012 — it was actually fairly warm, it just felt cold in College Park — when University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced that the school was leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten, there was much gnashing of teeth among Maryland alumni and fans.

  1. Deservedly so.
  2. After all, Maryland was a founding member of the ACC in 1953 and, despite many frustrations, Terrapins fans cherished their basketball rivalries with Duke, North Carolina and, to a lesser extent, Virginia.
  3. There was no way to match the feeling in the building when the Blue Devils and Tar Heels came to town regardless of how good Michigan State, Purdue or Michigan might be.

The reason for the move, as everyone knows, was money. Maryland was broke, having been forced to jettison seven nonrevenue sports earlier that same year and it was drowning in red ink because of an ill-conceived plan to expand a football stadium that didn’t need expanding, among other mistakes.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany came to town waving a fat checkbook built on TV riches and offered Maryland a bailout. The school jumped at it and, just like that, 60 years of tradition and genuine rivalries went out the window. The sadness that fell over College Park like a heavy winter blanket was strictly about basketball.

Maryland has no real rivalries in football and, even though football money drives the college sports engine, it is basketball that drives real passion at Maryland — as in most of the ACC outside of Clemson and Florida State. But just as basketball was the reason for the anguish, five years later it could also the reason for finding some cheer.

In fact, the case can be made that, at least in a basketball sense, the ACC has suffered much more because of Maryland’s departure than Maryland. While most in the league responded to Maryland saying sayonara with derision — “Who needs them?” was a frequently heard claim coming from the South — the absence of Maryland hasn’t worked out so well for ACC Commissioner John Swofford and his Greek chorus of presidents and athletic directors.

Why? First, hiring Louisville (hiring being the correct word here) to replace Maryland has been an utter disaster, especially in terms of basketball, and it was Louisville basketball that Swofford and company were courting. The Cardinals were a perennial national contender and were coached by Hall of Famer Rick Pitino,

The league fell all over itself boasting that it now had four Hall of Fame coaches among its 47 (okay, 15) basketball coaches: Pitino, Jim Boeheim (when Syracuse was added), Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski — who, let’s face it Maryland fans miss the chance to hate up-close-and-personal every season.

Since those breathless Hall of Fame news releases went out, Pitino has been involved in not one, but two scandals: the first may yet lead to Louisville being the first school to have a national title (2013) vacated by the NCAA; the second leading to Pitino’s firing this fall,

How awful is Louisville’s profile these days? Well, the only important survivor in the athletic department is football coach Bobby Petrino, who was fired years ago at Arkansas after he put his mistress on the state payroll. Petrino is now Louisville’s symbol of integrity. Throw in the fact that Syracuse and Boeheim have also received NCAA sanctions since joining the ACC and North Carolina and Williams dodged major probation largely on a technicality (the school admitted to academic fraud but the NCAA didn’t have the authority to sanction it) and there’s more Hall of Shame than Hall of Fame in the ACC.

Maryland leaves ACC

Maybe for his next trick Swofford can recruit CCNY — whose last great contribution to college hoops was the game-fixing scandal of the 1950s. He’s already got Boston College. Meanwhile, back in College Park, Mark Turgeon and his team have done just fine, thank you, since joining the Big Ten.

  • It’s worth remembering that after Gary Williams’s remarkable 11-year-run from 1994 through 2004 that included 11 straight NCAA bids; seven Sweet 16s; two Final Fours and a national title — the well went relatively dry.
  • Maryland missed the NCAAs in four of Williams’s final seven seasons and then missed the tournament during Turgeon’s first three seasons — its final three in the ACC,

That made three NCAA bids in 10 years. Not good for a program as proud as Maryland’s. During Williams’s peak years, the Terrapins won 22 NCAA tournament games. During that stretch only Duke, (sorry, Maryland fans) with 29 and Arizona, with 26, had more NCAA tournament victories.

  • Syracuse had 21, North Carolina and Michigan State 20 apiece.
  • In the 13 seasons since, Maryland has six tournament victories — the last three coming since the move to the Big Ten.
  • After three years of struggle, Turgeon has the basketball program on solid ground: 79-25 the last three full seasons, three straight NCAA bids, one trip to the Sweet 16.

That’s not Williams circa ’94-04 but it’s a vast improvement on the previous 10 years. There are several reasons for this: Melo Trimble; improved recruiting decisions and playing in the Big Ten. The league is a very good one but it doesn’t have the consistent depth of the ACC.

  • Even now, having lost starting power forward Justin Jackson and his logical backup Ivan Bender for the season, the Terrapins are 13-4 and still in decent shape to be one of the 68 to go on the board March 11th.
  • No.1 Michigan State drilled the Terps in East Lansing on Thursday, but outside of the Spartans and Purdue, the Big Ten isn’t very scary this winter.

Maryland football is probably going to struggle — 7-5 seasons, an occasional 8-4, may be as good as it gets. The football program was thrown to the wolves — or, more specifically, the Wolverines, Nittany Lions, Buckeyes and Spartans — when Duke, North Carolina and Virginia were replaced on the schedule by what is now an annual fall Murderer’s Row.

But Maryland plays football to make money, not to win championships. Basketball provides the drama and, while the feeling that came with wins over North Carolina and Duke will never be replaced, you can bet Cole Field House — whoops, Freudian slip, the building with the corporate name — will be rocking when Michigan State comes to town Jan.28.

And the ACC is stuck with Louisville. You can bet Swofford and his self-righteous president pals who laughed Maryland out of the Greensboro Coliseum four winters ago after the Terrapins’ final ACC tournament loss aren’t laughing quite so hard now. For more by John Feinstein, visit washingtonpost.com/feinstein,

When did Maryland move from ACC?

Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. Before leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014, the Maryland Terrapins enjoyed several memorable moments. Many Terp fans fondly remember upset basketball wins over No.2 Duke and No.5 Virginia, and the bedlam in College Park after becoming the unexpected 2001 ACC Football Champions.

  1. Several alumni still recognize Maryland’s rivalries with the North Carolina Tarheels, Virginia Cavaliers and Duke Blue Devils — specifically the latter, which sparked decades of resentment and even a documentary,
  2. For many Terps fans, there will always be a soft spot in their red, black and gold hearts for the ACC.

This nostalgia for Maryland’s ACC triumphs — as well as Maryland’s occasionally disappointing Big Ten football results — have led many to express their frustration that Maryland left the ACC in the first place. Some cite more statistical reasons, citing all-time meetings and history.

  • Others simply miss the passion that came out whenever the Blue Devils came to College Park and want to see more chapters written into one of college basketball’s most epic rivalries.
  • As another wave of athletic conference realignment continues through 2021, these calls to bring Maryland back to the ACC and leave the Big Ten are growing.

However, these calls for Maryland to leave the Big Ten are misguided. The Big Ten continues to not only help the university’s athletics department, but also help this university develop as a world-class academic institution. It’s evident that Maryland’s athletic department has been the major benefactor of the move to the Big Ten.

  1. According to the university’s strategic communications officer, Maryland has won the third most conference titles across all sports since 2014-15 at 37, following Michigan and Ohio State, with 44 and 43, respectively.
  2. This becomes even more impressive when considering how Maryland sponsors 20 teams, while Michigan sponsors 27 and Ohio State sponsors 37.

It’s clear that Maryland has a habit of excelling athletically and fits nicely into the Big Ten. In Maryland’s first year in the Big Ten, the average attendance rose for every single ticketed sport as Terps fans wanted to see their teams face off against their new conference foes.

With an increase in attendance comes an increase in revenue earned by the university and several College Park businesses, and perhaps no sport does this better for the city than football. In a recent report commissioned by the university, each football game generates over $27 million for local and state businesses, with about $11 million specifically coming to the campus community.

Naysayers could see Ohio State’s near 68,000 enrolled students and compare it to Boston College’s near 15,000 students and say it should be blatantly obvious that attendance figures have risen since Maryland jumped ship for the Big Ten; there are more supporters from the larger Big Ten schools that fill the stands than the smaller ACC schools.

  1. But therein lies the point: Maryland is able to fill more of the stands and make more money from hosting athletic events than it could in the ACC.
  2. In addition, being in the Big Ten Conference simply brings more money to the school through conference revenue payouts.
  3. Before the pandemic, each member university made about $54 million from the conference in TV/media revenue — significantly more than the ACC’s $33 million per school payout.

With the increase in athletic revenue, the university could choose to pay off some of its debt and/or help balance its budget, both things it’s struggled with this past fiscal year, Or, it could theoretically use the excess revenue to invest in new projects similar to the new dorms, academic buildings and urban revitalization currently occurring around the campus.

Overall, the Big Ten provides this university agency as it continues to improve its student experience, academic reputation and national profile. The benefits of the Big Ten conference aren’t just limited to athletics. The Big Ten Academic Alliance, a consortium that allows the 14 member institutions to share library resources, has allowed students at this university to maximize their intellectual potential and improve their schoolwork.

Students are even allowed to take virtual courses offered at the 13 other member institutions, helping students fulfill their personal and academic interests in areas that cannot be met directly in College Park. It’s clear that the Big Ten allows Maryland athletes and students more opportunities than the ACC ever could.

  • It’s easy to watch the highlights from Maryland’s iconic defeat of No.1 Duke in 2002 — a year that would see the closing of the timeless Cole Field House, as well as Maryland’s first-ever National Championship in men’s basketball — and get nostalgic.
  • The ACC helped build the Maryland Terrapins into one of the most successful collegiate athletic programs of all time.

Yet, with each new Big Ten Championship banner and new campus building, it’s clear that Maryland is not the same school as it was during those moments; Maryland has moved on. Maryland’s glorious past will always be the ACC. But it’s time we stop letting nostalgia guide us, as it’s clear that our even brighter future is in the Big Ten.

Why did the Big Ten add Maryland?

Has adding Maryland been good for the Big Ten? In 2014, when the and became the 13th and 14th members of the Big Ten conference, proponents praised the move as a way for the conference to break into the Washington D.C. and New York City TV markets while improving the Big Ten’s recruiting footprint for all schools.

  1. Those critical of the move pointed out some other factors, including the fact that, no matter the definition of the midwest, Maryland and Rutgers do not fit.
  2. Plus, neither Maryland nor Rutgers have what’s easily considered a storied football history.
  3. Since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten conference, the newcomers have not found a lot of success on the football field.
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Since their inaugural season in-conference, Maryland’s Big Ten records and bowl participation has been thus:

2014: 4-4 (Loss to Stanford in Foster Farms Bowl) 2015: 1-7 (No bowl, only conference win against Rutgers) 2016: 3-6 (Loss to Boston College in Quick Lane Bowl) 2017: 2-7 (No bowl) 2018: 3-6 (No bowl)

It doesn’t help that the Terps have to contend with Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State year in and year out in the Big Ten East. Though Maryland has occasionally been able to win over some of these opponents, the Terps are naturally in an underdog position from the get-go when it comes to conference play.

It also doesn’t help that Maryland came in with Rutgers, which has struggled immensely both on the football field and the basketball court. Unfortunately for Maryland, it is easy to lump together with Rutgers and evaluate the two additions as a single set. In some ways, despite struggling most years to reach even,500 in conference play, the Terps have added to their football legacy as a result of joining the Big Ten.

In fact, the first crop of Maryland players recruited after the Terps joined the Big Ten were draft eligible in 2017. The most recent draft class featured four players from Maryland – the most for the school since 2010. However, Maryland has faced issues when it comes to consistency at the head coaching position.

Randy Edsell was the Terps’ first coach when they moved over to the Big Ten. After a solid start in 2014 in which the Terps finished third in the Big Ten East, Edsell was fired in the midst of the 2015 season after a 2-4 start. The Terps then turned to D.J. Durkin, who led Maryland through the 2017 season before being fired (shockingly late) in 2018 following the offseason death of a player in training camp.

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada served as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Now, Maryland is led by Mike Locksley, formerly the offensive coordinator from Alabama. In Locksley’s inaugural season, Maryland has amassed an overall 3-6 record, with early wins over Howard and then-No.21 Syracuse.

This season, the Terps have gone 1-5 in conference play, their only win coming over Rutgers by a score of 48-7 in Piscataway. Maryland has also experienced a 59-0 loss to Penn State and a 52-10 defeat to Minnesota. Most recently, the Terps fell 38-7 to Michigan. Essentially, Maryland has struggled this season to be competitive on the field and demonstrate the value it brings to the Big Ten when it comes to football.

But that record doesn’t necessarily reflect the overall benefits to the conference that the Terps bring. Because there are a lot of Big Ten sports not called football for which Maryland has been a top competitor in recent history. In terms of other sports, Maryland basketball has actually been pretty competitive since joining the Big Ten.

Given Maryland’s previous history in the ACC, it makes sense that the Terps would bring something of a basketball tradition to its new conference. For the men’s squad, that history happens to include a national championship in 2002 and an additional Final Four appearance in 2001. That success has not abated since the Terps joined up with the Big Ten.

In fact, since 2015 (the first season Maryland participated in Big Ten basketball), the Terps made the NCAA Tournament four times – which also happens to be one more than Ohio State has had over the same time period. Maryland women’s basketball has been even more successful recently.

After winning it all in 2006, the Terps have had continued success since joining the Big Ten which includes a Final Four appearance in 2015, three conference tournament championships from 2015-17 and four regular season conference championships in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. The Terps have also made the NCAA Tournament every season since joining the Big Ten.

The other less obvious area of success is in lacrosse – which only became an official Big Ten sport in 2015. In fact, the additions of Maryland, Rutgers and Johns Hopkins was what made a Big Ten lacrosse league possible. With the addition of two traditional lacrosse powers (not Rutgers) for both the men’s and women’s squads, the Big Ten has brought in significant history which helps to set it on a level with other powerful lacrosse conferences like the ACC.

Women’s lacrosse has won the Big Ten regular season each year since 2015 and the conference tournament three times from 2016-18. The women also boast three national titles over that period, including in 2015, 2017 and 2019. The men, meanwhile, have been regular season conference champions from 2015-18, and won the in 2016 and 2017.

They were also national champs in 2017 – when they happened to defeat Ohio State in the NCAA finals in the Buckeyes’ first title game. Beyond lacrosse, men’s soccer and women’s field hockey have been successful after their moves to the Big Ten. Soccer earned a national title in 2018 and a conference championship in 2016, while field hockey brought home conference championships in 2015, 2016 and 2018 and NCAA Final Four appearances in 2017 and 2018.

  1. Bottom line: football is not everything, and it should be okay for schools to not have a storied football tradition.
  2. When considering the addition of Maryland’s package of athletic programs to the Big Ten, the Terps seem like an obvious choice.
  3. Between national championships and Final Four appearances in basketball, lacrosse, soccer and field hockey, Maryland has enabled expansion into new sports which have not been traditional Big Ten powers while growing the conference’s reputation in other areas.

: Has adding Maryland been good for the Big Ten?

Is Maryland still in the ACC?

Maryland was a founding member of the Southern Conference in 1921, a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1952, and is now a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Who replaced Maryland in the ACC?

Former members – On July 1, 2014, the University of Maryland departed for the Big Ten Conference and the University of Louisville joined from the American Athletic Conference (formerly, the Big East Conference ). In 1971, the University of South Carolina left the ACC to become an independent, later joining the Metro Conference in 1983 and moving to its current home, the Southeastern Conference, in 1991.

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Type Nickname Colors Current conference
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 1801 1953 1971 Public Gamecocks SEC
University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland 1856 1953 2014 Public ( land-grant ) Terrapins Big Ten

Is Maryland a Big 10 school?

What is a Big Ten School? Programs for Visiting International Students You may have noticed on our website that we celebrate the fact we are a “Big Ten” school. But you may be wondering what that means. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! If you’re not from the U.S., you’ve probably never heard that term used before.

  • But we guarantee you that once you set foot on campus, you’ll have a pretty good understanding! In 1895, ten of the nation’s top public universities came together to form standards for intercollegiate athletics.
  • The University of Minnesota was one of the original members.
  • Since then, the Big Ten has grown to incorporate four more institutions, for a total of 14.

The Big Ten universities are the Universities of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, MINNESOTA, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, along with Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, and Rutgers. As stated on the the, “Even in its infancy, the conference established itself as the preeminent collection of institutions in the nation, where the pursuit of academic excellence prevailed as the definitive goal.” Since 1895, “Big Ten programs have combined to win more than 450 team and 1,800 individual national championships, consistently taking home individual honors for athletic and academic accomplishments and fulfilling the Big Ten’s mission of academic achievement and athletic success.” Typically, Big Ten schools are known for being large institutions with competitive athletic programs and a tremendous amount of school spirit.

  1. Points out that, because of the size of a Big Ten institution, students “can choose from a wealth of course offerings unavailable at small four-year schools, plus hundreds of student organizations covering every imaginable interest.
  2. Drawing heavily from in-state populations, the Big Ten schools also inspire an extraordinary sense of pride and place, notably during major sporting events.” This certainly describes the experience on the University of Minnesota campus.

Here, students can select from thousands of course offerings, hundreds of student organizations, and participate in any number of Golden Gopher sporting events throughout the year. We guarantee that once you’ve spent a summer, semester, or academic year with us, you’ll not only understand what a Big Ten university is, you’ll find yourself immersed in all of the benefits and excitement it has to offer.

Why did Nebraska leave the Big 10?

Eric Francis/Getty Images Five years ago today, Nebraska left the Big 12 for its new home in the Big Ten and set off a massive chain reaction of conference realignment that has just recently settled. The Huskers’ high-profile decision to switch conferences was the first of many moves that changed the landscape of college football. Nebraska’s Big Ten announcement in 2010 Nati Harnik/Associated Press These changes led to bigger and better television deals for conferences and, most importantly, the creation of the College Football Playoff system and the fall of the BCS. Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten obviously had a huge impact on the rest of the country, but what kind of impact has it had on the Huskers themselves? Did they make the right move by leaving the Big 12? On the fifth anniversary of the Huskers’ game-changing announcement, let’s look at how successful the switch of conferences has been by looking at three major areas of change to the football program. Nebraska’s Big Ten signage in 2010 Nati Harnik/Associated Press Stability When Nebraska went out of the Big 12, it went out with its guns blazing. According to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com. university chancellor Harvey Perlman said on the day of the announcement that the Big Ten offered Nebraska stability “that the Big 12 cannot offer.” Nebraska had long grown frustrated with problems with the league office and what it saw as favoritism from the conference toward South division powers Texas and Oklahoma.

  1. One of the biggest issues Nebraska had was the location of the Big 12 Championship Game, which was moved to Cowboys Stadium in 2009.
  2. The 2009 conference title game also featured a controversial ending to what would be a narrow Texas victory over Nebraska.) At the time Nebraska’s Big Ten move was becoming official, Texas and several other Big 12 schools were in discussions with the Pac-10, which ESPN reported was close to becoming the Pac-16 and destroying the Big 12 in the process (h/t Pro Football Talk).

A frustrated Nebraska saw the writing on the wall and jumped to the Big Ten, which has not lost any members and added two more schools in Rutgers and Maryland. And while the Big 12 lost its championship game—one that could come back as early as 2016—after the realignment frenzy, the Big Ten is not in any danger of losing its own.

  • The Big 12 learned the danger of not having a definite conference champion last season, but the Big Ten’s title-game winner was selected for the College Football Playoff and then won the whole thing.
  • Nebraska’s former home is still in a state of transition as its current home remains rock solid for the future.

Perlman’s words from five years ago remain true today. Nebraska at the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game Leon Halip/Getty Images On-Field Success Thanks to the consistency of the Bo Pelini era in Lincoln, this is an area that hasn’t received much change. On the field, Nebraska has had close to the same amount of success in the Big Ten as it had in the Big 12:

Nebraska in the Big 12 vs. Nebraska in the Big Ten
Year Record Championship Game? Strength of Schedule Recruiting Ranking
2007 5-7 (2-6) No 61 25
2008 9-4 (5-3) No 23 42
2009 10-4 (6-2) Yes (L to Texas) 14 27
2010 10-4 (6-2) Yes (L to Oklahoma) 27 16
2011 9-4 (5-3) No 25 30
2012 10-4 (7-1) Yes (L to Wisconsin) 22 22
2013 9-4 (5-3) No 38 36
2014 9-4 (5-3) No 29 31

As shown by the records and the Sagarin strength of schedule ratings above, the final years of Big 12 Nebraska and the early years of Big Ten Nebraska look similar on paper. If Nebraska makes it to the Big Ten Championship Game this upcoming season, the Huskers will be on pace for what they had as a member of the Big 12—six title-game appearances in 15 seasons.

That, of course, would be the same ratio for two Big Ten title games in five seasons. In terms of recruiting, the Huskers have slipped slightly in terms of 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings since joining the Big Ten. Their best class was signed in 2011, the year between the last Big 12 season and the first Big Ten one.

With similar records and almost similar results on the recruiting trail, the Huskers’ decision to join the Big Ten hasn’t changed much on the field except for the conference foes they play each week. Nebraska’s 2011 Big Ten uniform patch Andy Manis/Associated Press Financial Gain When Nebraska jumped to the Big Ten, the move was heralded by many as a good move for the athletic department’s financial future. That hasn’t paid off just yet, as Henry J.

  • Cordes of the Omaha World-Herald reported last year.
  • In 2013, Nebraska received only $15 million from the Big Ten, which was “substantially lower” than what several schools received that year from the Big 12.
  • The Big 12’s passing of Nebraska in terms of finances might be surprising, but it’s also by design.

From the World-Herald ‘s report:

Is Big Ten getting rid of divisions?

The Big Ten is planning to run it back one more time with the East-West divisions and then configure a new model when USC and UCLA arrive in 2024, multiple sources confirmed to The Athletic on Monday. The league also plans to introduce the 2023 schedule this week.

  • There was strong consideration to revamp from geographic divisions to a single-conference entity for 2023 but there were too many issues to implement for next season.
  • Among the most discussed issues for Big Ten administrators and school officials include the desire to unveil one new system for USC and UCLA rather than in consecutive years, the number of protected games and television concerns.

The Big Ten’s new media rights deal goes into effect in 2023, but CBS will televise only seven Big Ten games because of its previous contract with the SEC. That number jumps to 15 in 2024. Maintaining the current East-West structure allows the league’s new partners to showcase two postseason races, maintain key rivalries and air its most attractive games.

Under a non-divisional format, even with protected rivalries, a high-profile matchup like Michigan-Penn State might not take place. Through the first seven weeks, 12 games involving Big Ten teams, including eight league-only games, generated at least 3.5 million viewers. Even in a blowout, the Michigan-Penn State game aired to 6.45 million viewers, second behind only Ohio State-Notre Dame among the most-viewed Big Ten games, and fifth-most overall.

Although the West Division doesn’t contain the league’s highest-profile teams, a divisional race heading to the final weeks could boost visibility and interest for multiple games. In addition, every school has a different idea of rivalry preservation.

  1. Michigan, for instance, wants to protect Ohio State and Michigan State annually.
  2. Iowa wants to play Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin each year.
  3. Penn State has no preference for annual foes.
  4. School officials had become anxious about setting their 2023 schedules, so rather than have “unintended consequences,” as commissioner Kevin Warren told The Athletic two weeks ago, the league chose the status quo before determining the future format.

“I want to make sure whatever decisions we make on that has plenty enough time, because I know how important it is to want to get schedules down and get them out on time so people can plan,” Warren told The Athletic, GO DEEPER Big Ten’s Kevin Warren: Conference focused on integrating USC, UCLA The downside of the status quo is a continual competitive imbalance between the two divisions. The East has won all eight championship games and held a 77-70 advantage in regular-season action entering this season.

This year, however, the East has won nine of their 13 matchups and many in decisive fashion. But the imbalance actually could help the league’s quest to potentially earn a second College Football Playoff bid. For instance, if Ohio State and Michigan are unbeaten, their outcome is competitive and the teams don’t play twice, the loser could earn a CFP berth.

If the Buckeyes and Wolverines have a rematch a week later, they could knock one another out and a double loser definitely would miss the CFP. Warren compared all of the decisions to a game of Jenga. “Every lever you pull, there’s a different one that you got to say, ‘Wait a minute, that was really great globally, but now we’ve taken away this or we’ve added that issue.'” (Photo: Robin Alam / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Why did the Big Ten add Rutgers and Maryland?

Some may be surprised to find out that the Big Ten in 2020 was atop the mountain of television revenue. Last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many collegiate athletic departments suffered financially due to shortened schedules and capacity limitations inside stadiums.

Despite COVID-19 shutting down spectator participation during the 2020 season coupled with the Big Ten’s decision to begin conference play in October and also not schedule out-of-conference games, the Big Ten Conference still led all Power Five conferences in revenue according to a recent report by Steve Berkowitz of USA Today,

Much of this is attributable to the conference having contracts with the Big Ten Network, FOX and ESPN. According to Berkowitz, the Big Ten’s total revenue was a drop from 2019, but it was still about $40 million higher than the SEC. The conference lowered payouts to its 12 longest-standing members by about $1.3 million per school to $54.3 million.

  1. The Power Five conference’s combined revenue increased by less than $11 million after seeing a rise in annual increases of nearly $252 million over the previous six years.
  2. Here are the numbers from the 2020 fiscal year: Total Revenue Big Ten: $768.9 million SEC: $728.9 million Pac-12: $533.8 million ACC: $496.7 million Big 12: $409.2 million School Payouts Big Ten: $54.3 million SEC: $45.5 million Big 12: $37 to $40.5 million Pac-12: $33.6 million ACC: $30.9 to $37 million So as the Big Ten considers its options regarding expansion/realignment, the answer will be found in how any additions affect the numbers above.

Despite all the fun us fans are having dreaming about super conferences with fan trips to places like Pasadena, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Boulder and Seattle, the future of college musical chairs will be decided primarily in cloistered away accounting offices, not the athletic director offices.

Because like so much in life, at the end of the day these will be pure business decisions. Rutgers Nation knows all too well that we are not a Big Ten member for our prowess on the gridiron. The decision to add Rutgers and Maryland was all about increased media revenue generated by locking down the New York to Washington, DC corridor.

In the first year as Big Ten members (2014) according to Berkowitz, the conference recorded $448.8 million in total revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. This represented a $110 million increase. As a result, the conference distributed roughly $32.4 million to each of its longest-standing 11 members, amounts that put those schools on par with amounts the Southeastern Conference distributed to each of its 14 member schools from conference revenue that totaled $527.4 million College Sports Success Continues to be Decided by TV Revenues – TVEV,

Since Rutgers and Maryland entered the Big Ten, revenues have consistently increased so despite Big Ten fans marginalizing Rutgers and Maryland, the numbers don’t lie and they demonstrate that Rutgers and Maryland have delivered to the Big Ten exactly what Jim Delany envisioned when he advocated adding a footprint on the east coast.

So, with the expansion of the SEC, the question becomes should the Big Ten try and match the SEC arms race? Undoubtedly, television revenues for Rutgers and the Big Ten will continue to increase especially as streaming services compete with cable for the rights to televise games.

Therefore, I am not surprised that the Big Ten has not rushed to add teams in the wake of Texas and Oklahoma moving over to the SEC. Outside of Notre Dame which the Big Ten would take in a heartbeat, almost every other alternative present pro as well as cons. Raiding other conferences, academic qualifications, high travel costs and low television market share are just a few of the issues that the Big Ten must take into consideration when considering adding schools.

For these reasons, I am fine with the Big Ten taking a wait-and-see approach. Whether the Big Ten expands or not, Rutgers is on solid footing. The conference will not lose the eastern seaboard market by cutting ties with Rutgers and Maryland. Rutgers and Maryland are revenue producers for the Big Ten and both schools fit the Big Ten blueprint of large research based universities where academics are not just an afterthought.

Is Maryland an under Armour school?

It All Started With An Idea In 1996, Kevin Plank, a former University of Maryland special teams captain, turned an idea born on the football field into a new industry that changed the way athletes dress forever. Back in his playing days, Plank hated having to change his sweat-soaked cotton T-shirts over and over again during two-a-days.

  • Nowing that there simply had to be something better, he set out to create a solution.
  • Plank named his new company Under Armour, and after extensive research on the athletic benefits of synthetic fabrics, he designed the first Under Armour HeatGear® T-shirt.
  • Working from his grandmother’s basement in Washington DC’s Georgetown neighborhood, he traveled up and down the East Coast selling his revolutionary new product out of the trunk of his car.

By the end of 1996, Plank made his first team sale, and Under Armour generated $17,000 in sales. “The University of Maryland is a perfect match for the Under Armour brand with a rich heritage in performance and undeniable spirit to be the best.” – Kevin Plank Protect This House In 2002, to support its continued growth, the Brand moved its global headquarters to an old soap factory in the Tide Point section of south Baltimore located on the historic Inner Harbor.

With word of mouth growing every day, the Brand bet big again and launched its first-ever TV campaign. In 2003, the legendary Protect this House® TV commercial featured former University of Maryland football standout Eric “Big E” Ogbogu and a group of young athletes bringing the Brand’s voice and overwhelming passion to life in a way no one had ever seen before.

Protect This House became a rallying cry for athletes everywhere, it established the Brand as the authentic voice for the next generation, and it officially made Under Armour a household name. In 2005, Under Armour signed an all-school deal with Plank’s alma mater, the University of Maryland.

The University of Maryland is a perfect match for the Under Armour brand with a rich heritage in performance and undeniable spirit to be the best,” said Plank. Click-Clack In 2006, Under Armour set its sights on dressing the athlete from head to toe. A new campaign, Click-Clack® launched the brand into the footwear business through the introduction of its first line of football cleats,

On the heels of this enormous success, the Brand expanded its cleat business to include baseball, softball and lacrosse footwear. In 2008, after nearly 12 years of providing technically advanced performance accessories and apparel, and less than two years removed from its foray into cleated footwear, Under Armour revealed its highly anticipated line of performance trainers, marking its official entry into the athletic footwear market.

I Will Seventeen years after inventing that first moisture-wicking T-shirt-and now a Brand that equips athletes with performance footwear, apparel, and accessories all over the globe-Under Armour innovation took center stage once again with the launch of all-new Armour39™, the first-ever performance monitoring system that measures what matters most to an athlete: your WILLpower™.

This technology was tested through the partnership with Maryland athletics and its student-athletes and ended up being the first glimpse of Under Armour’s thought leadership in the area of Connected Fitness. THE UNDER ARMOUR STORY Continuing The Connection In September of 2014, Maryland and Under Armour announced a 10-year extension of their historic partnership, which included designating Under Armour as the official outfitter of Terrapin varsity intercollegiate athletics programs.

Under Armour will continue to design and supply the footwear, apparel, and equipment for training and game-day uniforms for the University of Maryland’s men’s and women’s varsity athletic teams. “We are excited to continue our outstanding partnership with Under Armour as we usher in a new era of Maryland athletics in the Big Ten Conference,” said Kevin Anderson, University of Maryland Athletic Director.

“Kevin Plank and his entire team have been strong supporters of our athletic programs and our student-athletes who proudly don the Under Armour brand. This decade-long agreement showcases Under Armour’s unwavering commitment to the University of Maryland and our fans.” From the original Maryland Pride football uniforms worn in the 2011 Labor Day victory over Miami, which took over social media, to the Star Spangled uniforms the Terps wore vs.

West Virginia in 2014 to pay homage to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner to the history-honoring Heritage Uniforms worn by the Terrapin men’s basketball squad, Maryland and Under Armour continue to turn heads each season with bold, Maryland-inspired uniforms designed for each of the University’s 20 athletic teams.

Plank’s commitment to Maryland was never more evident than when he made a substantial gift in the fall of 2014 to support the new Cole Field House, which includes the Terrapin Performance Center, the Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance and the future home of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

This project brings together two of my favorite passions, Maryland athletics and entrepreneurship,” said Plank. “The lessons I learned on the football field in College Park continue to fuel my entrepreneurial spirit and shape my professional approach. By fostering a generation of entrepreneurial-minded young adults, we are preparing our students not just for the next four years, but for many years to come.” “We are excited to continue our outstanding partnership with Under Armour as we usher in a new era of Maryland athletics in the Big Ten Conference.

Kevin Plank and his entire team have been strong supporters of our athletic programs and our student-athletes who proudly don the Under Armour brand. This decade-long agreement showcases Under Armour’s unwavering commitment to the University of Maryland and our fans.” – Kevin Anderson

Was Maryland a Confederate state or union?

A House Divided – During the months leading up to the Civil War, Maryland stood as a house divided. Although it was a slaveholding state, Maryland did not secede. The majority of the population living north and west of Baltimore held loyalties to the Union, while most citizens living on larger farms in the southern and eastern areas of the state were sympathetic to the Confederacy.

On April 19, 1861. just five days after the Union surrendered Fort Sumter, South Carolina, tensions in Baltimore exploded in violence. President Lincoln had ordered Federal troops to move to Washington, D.C. to defend the capital. Baltimore’s Confederate sympathizers attacked Massachusetts soldiers en route along the Pratt Street waterfront.

The war’s first casualties fell in Baltimore’s streets. The Baltimore: A House Divided Civil War Trail is a one-and-a-half mile walking tour that traces the steps of the Massachusetts regiment and the events that led to bloodshed. Order or view Civil War trail maps

Is Maryland in the AAU?

The Maryland Spartans is an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Organization that prides itself on promoting and supporting competitive basketball teams. Our mission is to enhance and improve players’ skills and foster a positive environment of sportsmanship and teamwork.

We teach the fundamentals of basketball, make it fun, and keep it fair. We challenge each player to their fullest potential as well as teach them to be learners in life and on the court. If you’re asking yourself, “What can the Maryland Spartans offer me that similar organizations cannot?” The answer is simple, we strive to “walk the walk” by allowing players/families to participate in charity events, team building, and group learning sessions.

We believe that without social responsibility and self-awareness, life after basketball will be difficult. Our core goal is to develop complete student athletes. We do this by having qualified volunteer personnel that share the Spartans philosophy. Our teams are highly competitive because of this philosophy.

When did UMD join the Big 10?

Second wave: Maryland and Rutgers join – However, in mid-November 2012, the landscape changed, as ESPN reported that the University of Maryland, a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), was in “serious negotiations” to join the Big Ten.

  1. Yahoo! Sports confirmed the news, and added that Big East Conference member Rutgers University was also in advanced talks to join the Big Ten.
  2. These reports noted that the Big Ten’s then-current first-tier media rights deal was set to expire in 2017, and the conference was preparing for negotiations on a new deal.

Both potential new members offer access to large new media markets for the conference. Maryland is in the Washington suburb of College Park, and is also within 35 miles (56 km) of another large media market in Baltimore, Rutgers is located in the New York City market, the largest in the country.

  1. Both schools are also members of the Association of American Universities, a status viewed as very important to the leaders of current Big Ten members (every Big Ten member institution except Nebraska is a member of the AAU; Nebraska was an AAU member when it was approved to join).
  2. The ESPN report indicated that Maryland was somewhat torn over the possible move.

Two key players for Maryland in the negotiations, president Wallace Loh and athletic director Kevin Anderson, did not have ACC ties, and Loh was a former provost of Big Ten member Iowa, However, the chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) that ultimately oversees the school, Brit Kirwan, had been on the College Park campus for 30 years and, according to ESPN, had a strong affinity for the ACC.

In addition, one of the Maryland regents told ESPN that Under Armour founder and major Maryland athletic booster Kevin Plank was “100 percent” behind a Big Ten move, and was heavily lobbying regents. On November 19, the Maryland regents voted to accept the Big Ten’s offer, and the Big Ten presidents unanimously approved Maryland’s entry later that day.

The Terrapins officially joined on July 1, 2014. The Rutgers board of governors held a regularly scheduled meeting on the same day that the Maryland regents voted, and voted to authorize athletic director Tim Pernetti to accept the Big Ten’s invitation.

  • The Big Ten unanimously accepted Rutgers’ application on November 20; however, the announcement only said that the school would join “at a date to be determined”.
  • Neither athletic department was in a strong financial position at the time.
  • The Star-Ledger of Newark reported in December 2011 that Rutgers’ athletic department had lost nearly $27 million in the 2010–11 academic year, and in July 2012, Maryland dropped seven varsity teams due to a deficit reported by The Washington Post as $4 million.

In addition, the ACC voted earlier in 2012 to increase its exit fee to $50 million; the only two members to vote against the increase were Maryland and Florida State, Sources at Maryland believed that the school would be able to negotiate the buyout downward.

Rutgers faced a less steep exit fee of $10 million, but the Big East requires 27 months’ notice. However, at least three schools that had left the Big East during the current realignment cycle had been able to buy themselves out of the full waiting period, In the days leading up to the Maryland and Rutgers moves, another current Big East member, Connecticut, was seen as the most likely candidate to replace the Terrapins in the ACC, with still another Big East member, Louisville, also seen as a possible ACC target.

Forbes magazine speculated that Plank, estimated by the magazine to be worth more than $1.3 billion, was a key driving force in Maryland’s Big Ten move. In the week before the Big Ten negotiations were revealed, Under Armour filed a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicating that Plank would sell 1.3 million shares in the company.

  1. According to Forbes, this sale would net about $56 million after taxes, more than enough to cover the full ACC buyout.
  2. However, ESPN later reported that the Forbes speculation was inaccurate, with unnamed sources saying that Plank would not use the funds from the sale for the school’s benefit.
  3. In December 2012, another part of the Big Ten’s rationale for its latest round of expansion was revealed by Barry Alvarez, athletic director of conference charter member Wisconsin,

As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Alvarez told the school’s athletics board, Jim felt that someday, if we didn’t have anyone else in that corridor, someday it wouldn’t make sense maybe for Penn State to be in our league. That they would go into a league somewhere on the east coast,

By doing that, it keeps us in the northeast corridor. Still more light was shed on the situation in late May 2013, when comments made by Ohio State president Gordon Gee in a December 2012 talk to the university’s athletic council were made public. Media attention focused on comments that were interpreted as slurs against Catholics and Notre Dame, plus digs at former Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema, the Southeastern Conference, the University of Cincinnati, and Kentucky’s two major state universities of Kentucky and Louisville.

The furor over Gee’s comments soon led him to retire effective July 1, 2013. However, his comments also included his takes on current and possible future Big Ten realignment:

  • “I think we’re moving precipitously toward about three or four superconferences of about 16 to 20 teams. And the possibility of them bolting from the NCAA is not unlikely.”
  • The addition of Maryland and Rutgers “gives us 40 to 50 million more viewers, makes the BTN worth more money than God. I did say that. It’s a very powerful instrument for us.”
  • “Very candidly, I think we made a mistake. Because thought about adding Missouri and Kansas at the time. There was not a great deal of enthusiasm about that. I think we should have done that at the time. So we would have had Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and then moved into that other area. I think, by the way, that that can still happen.”
  • “If the ACC continues to struggle, and Florida State goes off to the SEC or something like that, and Clemson moves in a different direction, all of a sudden Virginia, Duke, and North Carolina — which are all very similar institutions to the Big Ten, there is a real possibility that we may end up having that kind of T which goes south. And I could see them joining us. And I could see them having a real interest in joining us.”

When did Maryland join the Big 10 conference?

The conference expanded to 14 schools in 2014 with the addition of the University of Maryland and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The Big Ten traditionally has been one of the strongest gridiron football conferences in the country.

When did Maryland join the Big Ten Conference?

The conference expanded to 14 schools in 2014 with the addition of the University of Maryland and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The Big Ten traditionally has been one of the strongest gridiron football conferences in the country.

When did Maryland become the 7th state?

State Facts About Maryland, 234th Anniversary, and More




Last week, we celebrated Maryland’s statehood anniversary. Enjoy these fun facts, figures, and statistics about the Old Line State.

Maryland joined the Union on April 28, 1788, as the seventh state. Nicknames: “the Old Line State,” “the Free State” State Bird: Baltimore oriole State Dog: Chesapeake Bay retriever State Fish: Rockfish (striped bass) State Insect: Baltimore checkerspot butterfly State Reptile: Diamondback terrapin State Flower: Black-eyed Susan State Tree: White oak State Dessert: Smith Island cake State Exercise: Walking State Boat: Skipjack State Team Sport: Lacrosse State Gem: Patuxent River stone The area of Maryland was part of the original territory of the United States.

  1. It was chartered as a colony in 1632.
  2. The area described by this charter, however, conflicted with the charter for Virginia and, later, the charter for Pennsylvania.
  3. Virginia relinquished its claims in 1658, and the Pennsylvania boundary was resolved with the survey of the Mason and Dixon Line in the 1760s.

Maryland’s area was reduced with the cession in 1788 and formation in 1791 of the District of Columbia, resulting in generally the same boundary as the present state. Census data for Maryland are available beginning with the 1790 Census. The population reported for 1790 includes the area subsequently in the District of Columbia.

When did the University of Maryland integrate?

Women were first admitted in 1912, and the school was racially integrated in 1950–51, following a highly publicized legal battle. The campuses at College Park and Baltimore merged to form the University of Maryland in 1920.

What conference was Maryland in 2013?

2013 Maryland Terrapins football
Military Bowl, L 20–31 vs. Marshall
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Division
Record 7–6 (3–5 ACC)
Head coach

Randy Edsall (3rd season)

Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Brian Stewart (2nd season)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Byrd Stadium (capacity: 51,802)
Seasons ← 2012 2014 →


2013 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
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Conf Overall Team W L W L Atlantic Division No.1 Florida State x$# 8 – 0 14 – 0 No.8 Clemson % 7 – 1 11 – 2 Boston College 4 – 4 7 – 6 Syracuse 4 – 4 7 – 6 Maryland 3 – 5 7 – 6 Wake Forest 2 – 6 4 – 8 NC State 0 – 8 3 – 9 Coastal Division No.23 Duke x 6 – 2 10 – 4 Miami 5 – 3 9 – 4 Virginia Tech 5 – 3 8 – 5 Georgia Tech 5 – 3 7 – 6 North Carolina 4 – 4 7 – 6 Pittsburgh 3 – 5 7 – 6 Virginia 0 – 8 2 – 10 Championship : Florida State 45, Duke 7
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions

Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland, College Park in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season, The Terrapins were led by third-year head coach Randy Edsall and play their home games at Byrd Stadium, This marked the Terrapins’ 61st and final season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and their ninth season in the ACC’s Atlantic Division.