NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > The Devil Delany Is At It Again...
November 19, 2012, 12:34 PM
Maryland is joining the Big Ten.

Rumor has it that Rutgers will follow tomorrow...

To quote John Hammond...
November 19, 2012  12:43 PM ET

The Big Ten accepting those two schools will make it weaker than it is now!

November 19, 2012  12:43 PM ET

The Big Ten accepting those two schools will make it weaker than it is now!

November 19, 2012  12:44 PM ET

I hate to see this on so many levels. I am hoping it is not a fact.

November 19, 2012  12:44 PM ET

ND still does not have the chops to Conference up!

November 19, 2012  12:45 PM ET

Big Ten does not need 14 teams

November 19, 2012  12:50 PM ET

Big Ten does not need 14 teams

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November 19, 2012  01:32 PM ET

There must be some serious financial shenanigans going on behind the scenes to finance this deal, considering the $50 mil escape fee, and the fact that the Terps axed 7 non-revenue sports recently due to lack of funds in the AD budget.

Not pointing fingers or calling anybody out, just that a financially hurting organization that puts itself into a position of owing $50 mil to make a strategic move must have a gotten some immediate financial improvement from SOMEWHERE.

DS has said he thinks the B1G is fronting the money, and using UMd's BTN cash flow to pay itself back, I suppose that's one way to do it but how long are we talking til UMd get's to get that cash flow back to it's own coffers? Can't forego the main money train you signed up to ride for TOO long.

November 19, 2012  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Domers will join the ACC slot vacated by Maryland and will sit pretty in a ho-hum conference.

That's what is known as "The FSU Fox-In-The-Henhouse Strategy". Worked great for them for many, many years, too.

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November 19, 2012  05:48 PM ET

How does this affect ND's recent deal with the ACC?

November 19, 2012  06:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

How does this affect ND's recent deal with the ACC?

it probably doesn't. All ND loses is a potential game against Maryland. The ACC doesn't even lose much of the DC/Baltimore market, as VA and VA Tech are pretty popular there. ND isn't giving up their TV rights either.

The only thing that could change the status quo would be if the falling dominos cause Florida State to jump ship. The Big 12 would love to have them, and like MD they voted against increasing the conference departure fee to $50 mil.

November 19, 2012  07:15 PM ET
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Wonder if Dr. Ian Malcolm's Chaos Theory has applicability here? Is Delany out of control?

Just the opposite, Delany is a control freak and maybe the timing is a surprise but it's been known for quite some time that the Big Ten wanted in the East Coast market and now they have or will soon have a share of that market.

Maryland and Rutgers are both AAU accredited so they should be a good fit academically but this move is more about TV sets and the cable rights with the Big Ten network will bring in another bundle of cash for the conference. It's a savy and smart business move by Delany.

November 19, 2012  07:17 PM ET
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The only thing that could change the status quo would be if the falling dominos cause Florida State to jump ship. The Big 12 would love to have them, and like MD they voted against increasing the conference departure fee to $50 mil.

This is connecting the dots. The ACC is back in trouble and may not survive. The four mega conferences is on track to being a reality sooner than later.

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November 19, 2012  07:33 PM ET
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The ACC will survive, Norka.

Yeah but for how long? The Big XII wants to expand yesterday and if they can get their paws on FSU and or a number of other ACC schools it's fini for the ACC!

 
November 19, 2012  07:38 PM ET
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it's fini for the ACC

By fini, what I mean is that the ACC may still survive as a conference but they will be on the outside looking in at the four Mega Conferences.

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