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Yow: No Contact Between Maryland, Big East


A report in the New York Post today, citing two unnamed sources, said the Big East "would consider adding a ninth member [in football] by exploring whether there was interest on behalf of Maryland to jump from the ACC, and for Boston College to rejoin the league."

When asked for a response to the report, Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow said in an e-mail that it was "not a credible 'rumor' " and that there had been no contact between the school and the Big East about a possible conference switch.

In a separate e-mail, Yow described the issue as "a waste of everybody's time."

Big East Commissioner John Marinatto declined to comment, according to conference director of communications Chuck Sullivan.

"This is the first I've heard about this," Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFillippo said. "Nobody from the Big East contacted us. We are in the conference we want to be in, and we're going to be in the Atlantic Coast Conference forever."

Said a source within the ACC, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to comment: "I am not aware of it. We have not heard about it from the Big East or from any of the schools mentioned."

The New York Post report did describe the chances of either Maryland or Boston College departing the ACC for the Big East as "a little far-fetched," and judging by Yow's brief response, that appears to be the case, at least in regards to the Terrapins.

Hypothetically, what would you think of Maryland switching over to the Big East, at least in terms of football?

By Steve Yanda  |  August 5, 2009; 4:17 PM ET
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Patently absurd, insane, never-in-a-million-years with respect to Maryland.

Now, would Big East officials like to get BC back? Would someone float a rumor to gauge response to that? That is plausible.

Adding Maryland to the verbiage is just filler.

Posted by: jake177 | August 5, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

A better rumor could have been Penn State leaving the Big 10.

Penn state built its reputation beating those smaller schools.

Posted by: simplewords999 | August 5, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I stopped reading at "New York Post"

Posted by: Kev29 | August 5, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

If they ever want to get back to a BCS game, this is the way to go.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | August 5, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

If they ever want to get back to a BCS game, this is the way to go.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | August 5, 2009 3:13 PM

Wake Forest can win the ACC in its current form, why can't Maryland?

Posted by: Kev29 | August 5, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Just say "No" to MD joining the Big East.

BE is only a BB conference - albeit a great one and one of the few that is peers with the ACC. However, due to financial and the competitive nature of other athletics, MD is best off staying in the BE. Boston College should go as they are a bunch of yankee interlopers who do not belong in the ACC. WVU, ECU, PSU should be considered to be replacements. Actually, I'd like to see JHU field a Div I football team but it just ain't likely.

1 - Geography - the BE faces huge travel costs for all of the non-revenue sports. Most of our rivals are a dealable bus-ride away.

2 - Competition in non-revenue sports - Womens LAX, LAX, SOccer, Field Hockey. The acc provides better competition for these sports and ALL off the ACC schools have to field these sports.

3 - Half the BE schools do not play Div I football.

4 - Will allow me to still keep rooting for the Hoyas while being fanatical about MD.

5 - The ACC splits the money for bowl games and NCAA games evenly - the schools have a more predictable and typically larger income stream. Miami had to leave the BE because they were under water when they werem't in the big bowl games.

I am sure others would have more reasons to add. Tradition counts for something in my mind but less than potential money in today's world.


Posted by: HughGRection | August 5, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

If MD ever wants to get back into the BCS hunt this, going over to the Big East, is their only shot. >what have you been inhaling there buddy?
It might be plausible for the big east to WANT BC back, but why would they want to leave a conference they have so readily kicked so many ACC team's butts in for going back to being so-so. >Big fish in little pond or big fish in lake?
To get MD back into the BCS hunt they should look, FIRST, at Ralph's ability to bring the better high schol players, from AT VERY LEAST, the Washington Metro area to College park. Granted if they're 25 players would would they chose MD, but after that we should be getting our back yard nreghborhood players. Between MD and UVA-UVA being a lacrosse powerhouse, we should pull the football. With NC,SC,Wake,GT growing it is making it harder for us to recruit, GIVEN and FACTUAL, but come on Ralph. Those First two season at MD going to bowls was on the back of your predessor's recruiting calculations, perhaps offer him a job.
Not sure why Ralph or Gary CANNOT get even local boys. granted top teir players will choose another better prenial school for the perspective sports> IE NC,Duke,for BB, followed by WF,GT, and I guess its now the same for football will <MD ever get its shot, yea doubtful brothaz

Posted by: scotlcky13 | August 5, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

As loopy as the NYP report sounds, the ACC did try to poach Syracuse and did, of course, poach VT, BC, and Miami. Mike Tranghese is still using pictures of John Swoffort to paper his birdcage.

I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Maryland was contacted through a back channel, and of course what is Mrs. Yow going to say? "I categorically deny that any contact took place." Fair enough.

HGR?? "Clubside" HGR???

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | August 5, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Not that it matters at all in this far-fetched conversation, but the Big East will have men's lacrosse for the first time next year. And it's instantly a reputable conference with Syracuse, Georgetown and ND...

Posted by: Kev29 | August 5, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

who are the 23% of people that voted yes on this?

Maryland is an original ACC school and the only original team to leave was South Carolina and that was a long time ago and to go to the SEC. If the SEC wanted Maryland I would not do it but I would consider it, the Big East will always be a crap football conference and will never better than the ACC in hoops for the long term maybe just fluke year or 2 here or there

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | August 5, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

If the SEC wanted Maryland (at least as far as football goes), it would be for cannon-fodder.

I am a UMD grad. The vast majority of the student base is from the mid-atlantic and the northeast. Historically, our recruiting base (for revenue sports) has been largely the same. If this was the Big East of ten years ago instead of the Big Half-way to Omaha Conference, and if you take out the "tradition" argument, there would be a valid case for having Maryland.

Reality is that Maryland has a lot of ACC tradition and our students and recruits have less business in a conference halfway to Omaha than in one all the way to South Beach.

Of course, reality went out the window when John Swofford poached a peaking Miami and was manhandled into taking in VT, so dumber things have happened!

Posted by: mabkhar | August 5, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Maryland moving to the Big East is as credible as...the Wizards moving all their home games to Istanbul.

When your source is the NY Post, you need help.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | August 5, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

While I agree that Maryland should stay in the ACC, I think it is incorrect to say that all ACC schools have to field teams in sports such as LAX & soccer. I don't think Georgia Tech or Florida State have men's soccer teams.

Also the ACC is the preeminent men's soccer league in the country and Maryland is a 2 time recent reigning champion. While the BE is good, it doesn't have the overall superior quality of play that the ACC does in this sport.

Posted by: NoMad3 | August 5, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

This will be Debbie Yow's final revenge on Gary!

Posted by: kozora | August 5, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I think it wuld be good for them..... they would at least win consistently in Football :) What I mean by win is 10-2, 11-1. They have the capability now but when you figure in FSU, Vatech, VA that routinely rout them every year, that is 3 less losses :) In basketball, it would be dismall for Gary!

Posted by: rvanags | August 5, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

If there was any credibility to this, other SPORTS networks such as ESPN, Fox, CBS, etc. would have had information about this.

Stop fishing around for BS stuff about Maryland and start reporting on how are football team is going to do this season and hwo basketball recruiting is coming along. This blog is starting to loose credibility.

Prisbell should be the only person allowed to post anything.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | August 6, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

scoticky and infostup -

Did not offer an opinion on Fridge. only issue is whether MD should be a BE school. Whether BC stays or goes and whoever replaces them is less a concern than who MD plays year after year.

I am not certain that there were great recruiters at MD since Bobby Ross for football. Fridge has landed a few prize recruits in his time but I dont't disagree with the fact that he did inherit EJ Henderson and a whole host of others (who prior to his arrival had not won squat).

Would rather see them win where they are then win in the small pond. In all seriousness, the BE autobid is the sorest and most obvious issue with the BCS process. Sinces football and Mens BB are the two sports that matter most in terms of money and attention, I sincerely believe we are better off where we are.

I do agree that there are back-door dealings likely in this scenario, or that MD is being used as a smokescreen for some otheer BE plot. The BE's real problem is that they don't have Notre Dame in for everything. Not having ND for football when they are in for all of the other sports is rediculous. On that reason alone I would not want MD in the BE. In the ACC, all teams compete in the same sports against each other. Revenue from bowl games and the NCAA is split evenly to maintain a degree of competitiveness (thus Wake can compete against much bigger schools) with the key differences in revenue being gate receipts and alumni donations. One school does not get a pass to make its own money....which is why Miami was so easy to lure over in the first place.

In reality, I agree with Mr. Obama that a playoff system would be fantastic and conference affiliation would take a back seat to simply winning games.

I will continue to post during the year and hope that in December the three of us are posting and boasting about a successful football season and a great start to the BB season. Recruiting can only be evaluated in hindsight. However, MD does have a fair number of guys playing in the pros - especially in football - so either recruiting is not as bad as it seems or we have better player development than a lot of schools. Or turn it on its side - given the level of RECENT MD talent in the NFL, shouldn't ralph have won a few more games?

One question to the board - what was the name of that star-crossed QB from Seneca Valley who was injured his entire time at MD until they switched him to DB? he was one of the biggest recruits to be had, ever but the injury thing kept him from ever really contributing.

Regards to all -


Posted by: HughGRection | August 6, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The Big East might be looking for an additional member, but I doubt they'll find much interest from Maryland or for that matter BC. When it comes down to it, the revenues just aren't there in the Big East to entice a team to leave the ACC. Some of the VT fan sites have written up information about the growth in athletic dept revenues since joining the ACC. I don't remember the exact amounts off the top of my head, but the difference is no contest. The BE TV and bowl deals for football are not what the ACC deals are. I don't know how close the Big East and ACC basketball TV deals are, but even if they're similar the BE basketball pie is already split into 16 pieces right now. BC might be more of a question, but a bigger budget makes things like geographic issues easy to get over.

Posted by: thrh1 | August 6, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

HGR - Seneca Valley QB who blew out his knees was Chris Kelly. I believe he was WaPo All-Met in High School.

Posted by: mabkhar | August 10, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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