Looks like I can’t let this go after all. Sorry, for yet another rant, but I saw this in the Baltimore Sun and thought it was mighty interesting. As we are all painfully aware, the ACC is charging Maryland $52 Million to leave the ACC. And as we are all aware, Wallace Loh does not think the ACC has a case against Maryland because the $52 Million he views as a penalty.
I don’t know how this is going to shake out, but I do applaud the ACC for trying to stick it to us. I mean we basically shook the foundation of every program in the conference, and if the league agreed to creating a buyout to strength the stability of the conference, then so be it. Even if Loh voted against it (makes sense now doesn’t it).
Anyway, today a Maryland politican stepped up to the mike to express his views on the move, and I certainly agreed with what he said. Keeping in mind this isn’t about politics, I don’t know this guy from Adam and for all I do know (or don’t know) he could be proposing a 100% tax on Marylanders who are named Bob and watch over 100 Orioles games a year. It isn’t the point, just what his message is, and it’s nice to see someone who has a pulpit speak what I feel. So here are Pat McDonough had to say:
First of all, he questioned why a move that is so great for the University was done behind closed doors, then he added that if this is going to be a windfall for all involved SHOW US!
He then said he would file legislation preventing tax payer money to go towards any buyout the University would have to pay. Including any improvements to facilities that need to be made to be considered kept up with “Big 10″ standards.
McDonough added ““I sincerely hope this new move by the University of MD is a big success, however, the deal was made in secret, the numbers were never publicly crunched, and the fans were left out in the cold. This legislation will guarantee that the taxpayers will not pay for this decision with new money that is not already in the University of Maryland’s current budget.”
It is yet to be determined if Maryland will indeed have to pay the exit fee, and Loh has expressed that the University will pay for the move by itself if necessary, most likely through fund raising. So again, who will be paying for this move? Those who didn’t vote for it, and never wanted it in the first place.
Hmmm, sound like a great idea, can’t wait to get my request for funds in the mail.