I don’t know what’s worse, the performance of the Terps yesterday or my reaction to the loss. As big of a game that was, as much as it was a chance to really get serious about making the NCAA Tournament, as much as I cheered every basket made down the stretch. After about 2 minutes, I was over it. It used to take me hours to get over losses for this basketball program, now not so much.
I realize I don’t live on campus anymore, I don’t attend classes, I don’t see the players in the dining hall, that I now have a career, and kids who require my attention, but still this doesn’t feel right. And though I think a small part of me is maturing past the point of where College Sports defines my happiness, another factor is that we stink.
To those who have been following this blog, you probably think I am a blow hard who is only happy when I have something to rail against, but I promise that isn’t the case. I am a positive person, I want Edsall to succeed, I want Byrd Stadium sold out every Saturday, and would LOVE for Kevin Anderson to go down in history as the greatest AD ever. I really don’t care who is in charge as long as things are going well. But things are NOT going well.
With Duke up next on the schedule, Maryland is about to go through 4 seasons worth of “Revenue” sports without a post season appearance. Think about that for a second. We made the NCAA Tournament for 11 straight years from 1994-2004. We have gone 3 years since (07, 09, 10). In football we were terrible during the 90’s but from 2001 to 2010, we made 7 Bowl appearances. So to go back and find where we last had two straight seasons without a Basketball or Football post season appearance, you are looking at the early 90’s. Remember my depressing fact from Signing Day? Where these kids are now being born around 1995….well they have not known an unhappier time in College Park during their lifetime.
Now there are signs of improvement, but to even get to this point, is a disgrace. But with the lack of wins, the lack of excitement, the fact that we are leaving the ACC (and during a low point which makes the departure feel almost like an escape) I’ve just been losing my drive for Maryland Sports.
The fact that our decision to leave the ACC was made by the most un-successful tandem since the early 90’s (when we had reason to be unsuccessful in basketball) just amazes me. The fact that Wallace Loh could pull off this coup while the Board of Regents sat back, is head scratching, and as we continue our march toward irrelevance in both sports, I can only say I’m stunned that no one else is calling for a change in the Athletic Department.
The greatest enemy of our beloved Terps isn’t a blogger who calls out Wallace Loh or Kevin Anderson. It’s the guy who no longer cares. And unless we all start making some noise and demanding change, there are going to be a lot more people falling victim to this malaise. The only question I have, is why is it taking so long?