Does Maryland to the Big Ten have legs?

By Jason Priestas on November 17, 2012 at 7:50a

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703Buckeye's picture

Selfishly, I hope this is true. It would be so easy to drive to College Park to see OSU pound the Terps.

While Maryland may not come accross as much right now, I think the B1G can do a lot for them. Put UMD in the same division as OSU and PSU (who travel well and have massive DC alumni bases) and their attendance average will increase. The extra TV money will also do their bankrupt athletic department a lot of good.

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lol the only comment not VIP-protected on the first page of the thread is "I am so depressed."

jmoody's picture

The BIG has really gone down hill if this is the best we can do. This shows that the BIG is only interested in money and competing with the SEC is an after thought.

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703Buckeye's picture

Outside of Notre Dame, who we know isn't coming, there is no home run for the B1G. Maryland has tons of potential; it's kinda like buying a run-down house on the cheap and rennovating it into something you want to live in.

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Bucksfan's picture

Actually, there are a few homeruns out there, and I just don't know if the B1G has even made an attempt.  Kansas/Kansas State, Georgia Tech/Clemson...hell, Duke/UNC?
I'm not excited about Maryland.  They're a college team in a pro-sports town.  They need to vary their uni's half the year just to remain relevant.  Overall, I think it's a bad fit.

Jason Priestas's picture

Kansas and Kansas State? In what universe are those homeruns? Bad academics, and the state of Kansas has a population of 318.

703Buckeye's picture

Where are you getting the idea of Clemson? No chance they join the B1G. GT is a pretty remote possibility as well.
Remember when looking at Maryland to consider potential more than its current state.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

it's up to the individual school in each conference to decide if they are going to compete with the "SEC".  I know Ohio State sure as sh!t is going to try.  Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois well, not so much.  Hell OleMiss, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt struggle to compete with the "SEC". 
I'll take an investment in a school such as Maryland, Basketball NC and Ralph Friedgen had 3 10 wins seasons with them in the ACC in the 2000's.  They have as much potential as Illinois or Purdue.
The Other school the Big 10 would choose to balance out the conference, would be the decider.  If they would take Rutgers, it's all about $$$.  If they take Uconn or Kansas, they are trying to become more basketball oriented.  If they take Virginia Tech, it's all about football.  I'm still convinced that with the $$$/negotiations available, a team such as Virginia/Clemson might be gobbled up.

cplunk's picture

As a northern Virginia Buckeye, I'd love to have a place I can see the Bucks live every time they travel.
people also need to stop looking at what a team is right now when they evaluate it's worth. If expansion had been big in the early eighties, SMU and Rice would have been big commodities.
Things change. You want a school with potential much more than a school that is currently good. I don't think Maryland is that good on terms of potential, but I also would bet my bottom dollar that if the rumors are true we're going after Maryland not to get Maryland but because Maryland is the only way to get what we really want.
we're headed to 16 eventually (as much as I wish we weren't) and Maryland, Virginia, UNC, Duke (or Rutgers) would lock up some of the largest tv bases in the country. Plus all four are AAU schools and in states contiguous with current B1G states (or states that would be if we got all four).
People are tossing a lot of names out but folks, we're in a conference that has said a million times that you must be an AAU member and in a contiguous state. Those factors plus a big tv market are everything. You can lookup the AAU schools in wikipedia and see how few options there really are.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I'd rather it be UVA so I'd never have to travel to the hell hole known as College Park

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Hoody Wayes's picture

This may lend some credence to the notion Penn State is leaving the B1G.

rampageripster's picture

no, it would do the opposite... no way we bring in UMD without PSU.  Plus this gives PSU that eastern partner they have been begging for

Cause I couldn't go for three

Nkohl13's picture

No need to add another bottom feeder. We're in a good position now as it is. More teams water down a conference.

cplunk's picture

Well that's the thing. Maryland and Rutgers aren't great football additions, but it's about money. If you understand how the Big Ten Network gets paid and the special in-state exemptions for DC and NYC, then you can see that MD and Rutgers would bring more money into the B1G than every school but OSU, Michigan, PSU, and Illinois (thanks, Chicago).
thats even if not one single person ever attends or watches a single game. It's all based on the number of people who subscribe to cable providers that carry the BTN. Doesn't matter if they watch a single second or not.
Money, money, money. 
.90 cents for every cable subscriber in DC and NYC is a hell of a lot of money. Way, way, way more money than a decent football school like a Va Tech, GA Tech, West Virginia, Clemson, or other names getting tossed about can bring.
You pretty much can't find two available schools that can bring that much cash. Texas and Oklahoma would, but that's a pipe dream that will never happen.
When you look at it from the money perspective, MD and Rutgers aren't bottom feeders at all. They're more important than most of our current conference.

bleedscarletpissmaize's picture

Louisville would be nice to have for basketball and football. I also wouldnt mind Syracuse or Rutgers.

703Buckeye's picture

Louisville is an academic joke.

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AngryWoody's picture

I can't imagine we would only bring in one school because it would make the conferences uneven. So do you guys think we're bringing in two or do you think PSU is gonna leave? I would hate to see PSU go.

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

UVA would be better IMO. Would have a natural rivalry with Penn State and Michigan and would be a huge boost to our non-revenue sports. Plus, Charlottesville is 1000x better than College Park, MD

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