MY FIRST REACTION WAS THAT I HATED THE MOVE. I thought about shagging fly balls during BP on the manicured field at Clemson, the March sun in South Carolina feeling so much better than it did in College Park. I thought about giving up home runs in front of 5,000 fans at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee.
Shoot, I even thought about those sketchy “ladies of the night” looking for work at the Carolina-Duke Motor Inn in Durham. (We ended up sending them a few doors down to the coach’s room. Said he might be interested.)
The Maryland baseball team I played for had a lot of ACC losses, but more importantly to me, we made a lot of ACC memories.
So I was surprised to see many of my old teammates in favor of Maryland’s move to the Big Ten. And it went beyond the opportunity to compete against fellow cold-weather schools. It was about program viability.
When you hear people lament that the Terps’ move was all about money, you’ve got to remember just how volatile their financial situation was. Seven sports already had been cut. You can bet baseball was on the short list of teams that would go next if things didn’t improve.
In a lot of ways, I think the ACC left Maryland before Maryland left the ACC. Neither was wrong to do what it did. I was in favor of the ACC adding Pitt and Syracuse to strengthen its long-term security, but the reality is the old league faded away. Maryland was going to play Virginia and Pitt twice a year in basketball. Duke? UNC? They might as well have been in the SEC, as often as they would visit College Park.
So Maryland, awash in red ink of its own making, did what it had to do, too. It bolted for cash. And if that means the 2025 Terps baseball team will still be around to send some sketchy Bloomington ladies of the night a few doors down to their coach’s room, well, I suppose some good came out of it.
-Frank Beamer says the ACC will be fine without Maryland.
-Mike London says Maryland’s departure could help UVa in recruiting.
-The Hokies improve to 4-0 by beating UNC Greensboro 96-87.
-UVa thumps Lamar in front of an announced crowd of 1,444 at JPJ Arena.
NAME THAT TUNE
My sister got lucky
Married a yuppy
Took him for all he was worth
Now she’s a swinger
Dating a singer
I can’t decide which is worse.
Oh, but not me, baby
I got you to save me…