I keep hearing people say: "Hey, what's the big deal about Maryland leaving the ACC in hoops? It's not like the school has a real rival or anything. Duke vs. North Carolina is the only rivalry that matters in the conference."
But try telling that to the students and alumni who shoehorn into Comcast Center on cold winter nights when the Terps play Duke or Carolina, when the joint is so loud and electric you think your head is going to explode.
Think you'll get that same frenzied atmosphere when Iowa or Purdue or Northwestern comes to College Park?
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OK, sure, it'll cut down on the rioting and the couch fires on Route 1 after big wins — or big losses.
But even the Big Ten's big boys, the Ohio States and Michigans and Michigan States, won't bring that same level of excitement to Terps basketball fans. And true rivalries with those schools — all so far away, with a Midwestern sensibility to most of the league — might never develop.
Let's not even talk about lacrosse and Maryland's great rivalries with Duke, Carolina and Virginia that will now be lost.
Only three Big Ten schools (Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State) even have men's lacrosse teams. And only Northwestern, Penn State and Ohio State currently have women's teams.
That's not just a bummer for Maryland lacrosse. That's going from the major leagues to Single-A ball.
But again, none of it seems to matter. The deal is done. Maryland moves to the brave new world of the Big Ten in two years, and that's that.
And as for the adminstrators in expensive suits in College Park, all they see are dollar signs.
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