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11-27-12: Big Ten, Little Terps
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The University of Maryland announced last week that in 2014 it will abandon the Atlantic Coast Conference in which it's athletic teams have competed for the past 60 years. It will move to the Big Ten, a league that actually includes 14 teams, who are largely based in the midwest.
The news that the Terps will no longer meet rivals like Duke and North Carolina upset many College Park students and alums, but others have seen this as a shrewd economic move that will help the deficit-ridden Maryland athletic department balance its books in the long term.
Mark Hyman joins Tom Hall in the studio to talk about the move. He is Maryland Morning's go-to guy when it comes to sports and the business of sports. His latest book is called Concussions and Our Kids: How to Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe.
Here are a few thoughts on the Terps move:
C. Thomas McMillen, a member of the university's Board of Regents, wrote about his opposition to the move in The Washington Post.
Nate Silver of the New York Times' 538 blog, says the move won't mean much added revenue for the Big Ten.
And, Under Armour CEO and Maryland alum Kevin Plank supports the move.