I know there is nothing my ranting can do, but the more this decision sets in, the angrier I am getting. I just can’t believe what has transpired, and all the people who think this move is good from any stand point. If you aren’t outraged, god bless you, I wish I wasn’t, I wish I was resigned to the fact that this is a business and any interest I put into this University I do at my own risk, but I can’t.
First of all, none of these following points are aimed at the Big 10 Schools, this is entirely about the leadership of this University and where it is taking us. But before I get going, lets go back to the points.
#1) More Money. OK, I have seen the numbers, and if this were based strictly on money, it is a smart move, but here is what alarms me. It wasn’t like we were getting paid with food stamps while with the ACC. What is the school going to do with this money? How is it going to be spent? How are we to insure we don’t go broke again? Am I going to be getting a letter from the Terrapin Club that says:
We are good for funds this year, thanks for giving in the past…oh and the Alumni Association said they are good as well, so keep your Terp
CLUB money and go buy a little something nice for the misses.
The now much more wealthy University of Maryland”
Of course there will never be a letter like that. When you give more money to people who go broke, it doesn’t fix the problem, they’ll just spend that money too. There has to be fundamental changes, not just more money, there will never be ENOUGH money for these guys. This is a short sighted fix to a long standing problem with life long implications to Maryland fans.
#2) But what rips my heart out the most, is that the two men driving this decision, I’m willing to bet have never spent time in a crab boat. I would also bet neither owns a can of “Old Bay”, nor has either one ever drank Nattie Boh. How many people reading this would be willing to bet $1,000,000 that either is still with the University (Oh money, I’ll bet they’re reading now!) in 5 years? How many think either guy will be here in 10 years? Hell do you think either will even live in this state by then? Yet what they decide to do, will be with us the rest of our lives.
#3) Where was I when the ACC schools all turned into Community Colleges? Isn’t Wisconsin the number #1 Party School? Isn’t Ohio State more notorious for tatoo’s than books? Hasn’t both Michigan AND Ohio State forfeited Final Four appearances? Though it is my understanding that Northwestern is a good school, I would be willing to bet 1994 me could have gotten into every other Big 10 school. Yet I would not have gotten into UNC, nor Duke (this is speaking hypothetically….oh wait, who cares? Duke is no longer a rival). VT has a really strong engineering school, and UVA is pretty tough. Even if the Big 10 is harder to get into than I’m giving credit for, there is no difference large enough to use this as an argument.
#4) And where is this University headed? Why are we raising the requirements for our kids? This school was founded to educate the sons (and eventually the daughters) of our state, not to become the Stanford of the East. Who wants to be that? How does that help us? I would much rather have non elite kids getting into Maryland then educating international egg heads so they can go move out of the area once they finish school.
#5) It’s the ACC!?! How do you flush 60 years of tradition. I can’t even figure out which one of these point angers me the most, I grew up knowing at least one fan of every ACC School. Hell my sister graduated from Clemson, what do I say to her at Thanksgiving? Do you know at half time at the Maryland Clemson game Darryl Hill was recognized as the first African American player to play in the ACC for Football? For those reading, why is this such a big deal? Well Hill was from Maryland, and the game was IN Clemson. That’s the ACC family for you! But no sooner than we fly back from South Carolina and the President and AD are planning to bury the hatched in the Conference’s back.
#6) And then there is loyalty. If the conference was falling apart and we joined the Big 10, fine that’s life, but for us to be the culprit in putting the ACC in dire straights, that is unacceptable. We helped make this conference what it was, and now we are killing it. Where is the Maryland Pride in that?
#7) One board of regents said every distinguished alumni he spoke with was for the move. Then how come Len Elmore and Tom McMillen came out against it? Are they not distinguished? Stop feeding us lies.
Look, this happened because the Athletic Department needed money, and the guys in charge are A) From a Big 10 School, B) Totally overmatched for his position, and C) Have no ties or understanding of what the ACC was. That is it.
I learned many things at Maryland, but the older I get, the more letters I get, the more obvious it is that I am just a dollar sign to this school (a small one at that). It’s a shame. The problem is I don’t know how to stop loving Maryland, I think it’s because I can’t separate the school and the state because if I could I would not give a rat’s $#$ about Loh and Anderson, but I do, and thats my own problem. Too bad it can’t be fixed by money.
Oh and if any Big 10 fans are reading this and you want to know what this whole experienc is like. Try closing your eyes and waking up tomorrow and having someone from outside the midwest tell you Michigan and Ohio State aren’t going to be playing anymore.