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If the Big Ten calls, should Maryland listen?

On Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Big Ten will accelerate its expansion plans, and that conference executives met Sunday in Washington to discuss expansion, with an addition of at least three teams on the table.

Over at, Kevin McGuire has penned a piece headlined "Big Ten Expansion: Why not Maryland?" McGuire argues that Maryland would be a logical choice for the Big Ten, given its membership in the Association of American Universities and its location in the populous Washington-Baltimore television market.

Most reports do not have Maryland on the Big Ten's wish list, which is reported to feature teams such as Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Missouri, Nebraska and even Texas. But if the Big Ten calls, should Maryland listen? Vote in the poll, and leave your thoughts in the comments.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  April 19, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
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Big Ten is still a strong conference, but has been slowly declining over many years. Why? As an interior conference with cold winters, it has increasingly less appeal among recruits. It is not a strong trend, necessarily, but a trend nonetheless.

Terps are better off with its orientation toward the coast and the South. Terps "R" ACC.

Posted by: EdDC | April 19, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't be good for Maryland on any level. The football team struggles through a weak ACC conference, but the basketball team has great games with annual powerhouses NC Chapel Hill and Duke. The ACC is the preimmenent basketball conference. You don't give that up.

Posted by: poeticfire | April 19, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

No way. Maryland is a charter member of the best basketball conference (historically if not at this exact moment), and basketball is its best sport. The ACC made a dumb football-based decision to expand a few years ago. Maryland shouldn't double down on that by moving to a football conference.

Posted by: pipkin42 | April 19, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Stay in the ACC but get rid of BC and get a school in more suited to our conference. That said, listen to any offer that they want to discuss.

In terms of football, MD should benefit in the long-term from the additions to the ACC. However it has been a loooong time since the ACC served up a NC FB contender. And I still have a hard time remembering which teams are in which division.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | April 19, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

If Maryland went into the Big Ten it would be the worst possible thing that could ever happen. It would mean a continuation of their permanent losing streak to Penn State. If it wasn't for the 34 one sided beatings administered by Joe believe me he wouldn't be the "legend" the press makes him out to be. He also pasted many other patsies like Maryland.

Posted by: johnperruso1 | April 19, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Somebody is going to have to explain to me what Maryland gets out of a move to the Big 10.

Posted by: ouvan59 | April 19, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

We're better off in the ACC for two big reasons and some others as well. The biggest reason not to go to the Big Ten is that we will never make the commitment to football that would justify the move. As a result we would become even a poorer football program than we are now. We aren't even doing what is necessary to get our basketball program to the elite level, so there is no way we would do that in football.

The expansion of the NCAA basketball tournament will render the conferences meaningless anyway, so it really doesn't matter what we do.

I know, let's ask GW what he wants and do it his way. After all, isn't he God?

Posted by: petecard | April 19, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey, all you Maryland guys. I don't think you'll have to worry. Me, I'm from the midwest and the schools that will fit the best with the Big-11 are as follows:

1) Notre Dame (thought they have their own contract with TV);
2) Iowa State University (Michigan, Illinois & Indiana each have two teams in the Big 11 now. Why not Iowa?);
3) University of Missouri;
4) University of Nebraska;
5) University of Pittsburgh;
6) University of West Virginia.

Better yet - a wholesale merger of the Big 11 and the Big 12 (minus Texas, I would hope. Who wants those secessionists?)

(I wish the Big 11 would invite my school into the conference - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers!)

Posted by: hobsry7350 | April 19, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

How about Cincinnati for the B10? Its not like they (or many of the new teams) belong in the BE. I know one successful season at FB does not make a team a powerhouse, especially when the coach bolts for ND prior to a bowl game (there will be karma points deducted for that heinous move).

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | April 19, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

First time I heard Cincy, make god sense though

Posted by: jpfterps | April 19, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Selfishly, I would welcome this move, as it would mean the Terps would get to beat up on Minnesota twice a year.

I hate the Gophers.

It would also mean I could watch every game.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 19, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The Big Ten is America's premier athletic conference in terms of academics, money and prestige. For Maryland to decline membership -- losing out on hundreds of millions in revenue and academic research -- just to preseerve two basketball games with Duke would be sheer lunacy. Go for it.

P.S. The furthest school in the Big Ten, Minnesota, is actually closer than the University of Miami.

Posted by: VPaterno | April 19, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

If the Big Ten expands, it should be by one team--Notre Dame, Pitt, Iowa State or Cincinnati.

A far better option would be Notre Dame to the Big East, perhaps allowing for independent schedeuling.

Frankly, this carving up of the ACC and the Big East by the Big Ten and the SEC doesn't make much sense to me. Let's preserve the conferences as is, perhaps adding the likes of Notre Dame, Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic or Florida International to the Big East. The Big East could also expand by encouraging schools such as Marquette and De Paul to reinstate football. When I was growing up Marquette had a reasonably good football team, but they dropped football around 1960 presumably because they were losing to Wisconsin every year. Had they waited a few years longer, the Golden Eagles would have started beating the Badgers since Wisconsin suffered a major football slump during the pre-Alvarez years in the mid-1960's.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 19, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Yanda/Bonesteel, you guys are posting this absolutely ridiculous piece--which has zero chance whatsoever of ever happening--but still refuse to cover MD spring football in any way on here? Please wake up fellas and cover the subjects of real interest to Terps fans.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 19, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Listen to VPaterno (hate to say that since J. Paterno is a complete hypocrite), but the Big Ten is a much better overall athletic and at least even with the ACC in academics. Although MD is a charter member of the ACC from the old Southern Conference, they don't even play traditional rivals UNC and Duke in football anymore so what's the point? The basketball schedule is now unbalanced so it's not the premier conference anymore.

MD, UNC, and Duke are also the only three in the conference that compete at the top levels of D1 athletics and qualify in certain national competitions. The ACC expands and what does it get? Two more private schools in Miami and BC whose atheletes always magically graduate. VA Tech that plays football and nothing else. I'm still waiting for that vaunted VA Tech, Wake Forest (4,000 students), Miami, Clemson, and FSU round-robin lacrosse tournament.

Ever look at the ACC website? Ever try sending the ACC (Always Coastal Carolina) a comment? You can't! The opaque little conference that could doesn't accept criticism. Their football TV package is woefull at best and gets beat to death in the South by the pathetically academic SEC.
Come on Deb, listen well.

Posted by: Terps85 | April 20, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I think a few of you already forgot why the ACC expanded in the first place. It was for the football championship game, and because there was talk of realignment in the SEC with FSU and Clemson being targets. VT really brought nothing to the ACC except football, but not as far as market. Thats why Syracue was initially targeted. The Big East very well may collapse unless some of the other schools pick up football. 16 teams and only half play football? Really, alot of the BCS questions would be answered if all conferences could either expand to the 12 needed for a conference title game, or the NCAA waive that. There is your playoff. take the top team from each conference, kind of like basketball. The conferences can either have a regular season champ go, or a title game champ go, again, like it used to be in basketball.

I think the Big East is going to be the loser in this, as a football conference. I really dont see many schools willing to jump their conferences ships of the more established leagues. The only ones that would maybe would be Missouri or Iowa STate. Then you will see the Big 12 canibalize some other conference.

Posted by: rscott251 | April 20, 2010 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Rioting after beating Michigan State wouldn't be the same...

Posted by: Scoonie97 | April 20, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Maryland is NOT a midwestern school. The odds of a Maryland fan driving to Ohio or Minnesota probably fall around zero. (Nothing personal, but the midwest is what you fly OVER to get to the coasts.) The Big Ten is a fine conference, but Maryland loses far more than it gains and other than Maryland being a great TV market, where is the fit for the Big Ten? This deal might make sense on a spreadsheet - but it's a cultural train wreck.

Posted by: NatsfanNKY | April 20, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget the cost side of the equation: Bus rides cost less than plane rides. Especially true for the NC schools but we likely are bussing our teams to games other than BC, FL St, Miami Clemson and GT. We know VT and UVA are bus rides and I'm pretty certain Duke, UNC, WFU and NS St are as well. Not sure that its worth it to put the women's volleyball team on planes 15 times a year. The revenues of the FB and BB must far outweigh the costs to compete across all sports. The B10 network is easily replicated and one could argue, easily surpassed. Yes Swofford got played on the TV revenues, but that is something that will be remedied come the next set of contract negotiations.

In terms of academics, the IVY league is the premier academic conference, which no one pays attention to except for at the dance and Princeton Lax. The B10 has nothing on the ACC, P10, B12 or BE. Even the SEC has Vandy. Could argue the academic merits and demerits of any of the BCS conferences.

Why aren't we debating whether Paulsson will be able to play D at the ACC level or something more important like what Goins had for lunch today and where and when he ate it?

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | April 20, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Hugh. This was quite possibly the most pointless piece I've seen on the Terrapin Insider. It may have sparked some conversation (and that may be the only real goal of most blogs) but c'mon--this has zero chance of ever happening so why even waste your time or ours on this?

What's next? Poll Question tomorrow on Terp Insider: Do you think Gary Williams will one day end up marrying Debbie Yow?

Posted by: Barno1 | April 20, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

More like, "Do you think GW has already done Debbie Yow???"

Am surprised that there was nothing about MD beating Hopkins at Lax over the weekend, but am shocked that the only post on FB is Ralph on WaPo live. Then again, I am more disgusted by the way the Wapo abandoned the Os for the Nats.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | April 20, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

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