(Editor’s note: Our resident Maryland fan, Chip, shared his perspective on the move over in the comments from Saturday’s initial story. I felt everything was so spot-on and well-put, however, that I felt it should be its own stand-alone post.)
This is a really abbreviated summary of how I see things:
The main reason this may happen from the Big Ten’s side is that they will get access to the D.C./Maryland markets with the Terps (and New Jersey/NYC with Rutgers). This, in my opinion, is the MAJOR OVERRIDING reason they want UMD and Rutgers. It not only gets them greater east coast exposure, but gets them much more money in carriage fees for the Big Ten Network.
Pros for Maryland:
- The Big Ten pays out much more money per year than the ACC does (by quite a bit).
- The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) is an excellent resource for the school, bringing in research money and helping schools collaborate.
- There might be better bowl games available.
- The Big Ten is full of land-grant institutions, which Maryland is one of (not that I see that as a huge deal, but a similarity nonetheless).
- Both the ACC and Big Ten have great academic institutions.
- Both the ACC and Big Ten have decent Olympic sports (although the ACC may be better).