How do you solve a problem like Maryland?
This week’s announcement that the ACC presidents have agreed to a Grant of Rights was truly monumental and provides the conference with much needed stability and significantly closes the gap between the power conferences. Moving forward the 14 schools, plus ND, have firmly established themselves as one of the “Have” Conferences and can enjoy the bright future of the ACC.
Everyone is excited about the future…except for Maryland.
Poor Maryland. They went chasing after B1G-time dollars and the Midwestern glitz & glamour, only to find their “former” conference mates have actually improved as a result.
As a Syracuse fan, it was easy to sit and watch the Big East implode after we had accepted the invite from the ACC. In fact, it was entertaining to watch the remaining teams go through wild swings between Conference Solidarity and back-biting. In the end, the Big East’s National-footprint idea proved to be a flop, and it was every man for himself in whatever lifeboat they could find…if they could find one (Hi, UConn).
The outcome is much different (so far) for the ACC. Instead of the rush toward exits after Maryland announced their decision to go to the B1G, the conference ultimately recommitted itself to the future. Sure, there was a lot of in-fighting and second guessing (mostly among the fans), but in the end cooler heads prevailed and the ACC made not just 1 but 2 successful moves to secure the future by bringing in Louisville and by securing a GOR which in turn will result in more money for the ACC’s teams and possibly a network.
Which brings me back to Maryland.
Does the ACC just let Maryland go to the B1G, drop the lawsuit and say “Best Wishes”? Do they continue to press forward with their legal battles?
Or, should the ACC try and convince Maryland that, like GOB Bluth, they made a huge mistake?
I don’t know if Maryland has reached a point of no return, and I don’t know if the ACC is so cuckolded that they will never forgive the Terps, but let’s face it – Maryland belongs in the ACC.
Keep in mind, it will still be a few years until Maryland gets the equal payout from the B1G contract that the rest of the current teams, so maybe it’s time for the ACC and Maryland to make amends, we’ll even let them continue to wear the most hideous uniforms ever.
What do you think? Should the ACC reach out to Maryland and give them a chance to rejoin the conference? Or should the ACC move on without them? Leave your comments below.