COLLEGE PARK, MD - MAY 6: Athletic Director of University of Maryland Kevin Anderson speaks during announcement of the retirement of basketball coach Gary WIlliams on May 6, 2011 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Remember a few months ago, when Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson was trying to restart the local Terps-Georgetown rivalry? Things never really took off from there. So Anderson's next move? Ratchet up the pressure.
Rebuffed in his efforts to restart Maryland's men's basketball rivalry with Georgetown, Terrapins Athletic Director Kevin Anderson has decided against scheduling games against the Hoyas in all sports until the impasse is resolved.
"We think that across the board, if we're going to play people - particularly somebody in our own region - they should be able and willing to play us in everything," Anderson said in a telephone interview. "If we could sit down and talk about it, and have a good dialogue, we're more than happy to pursue other avenues. But we want to play Georgetown in all sports."
In short: Maryland will schedule Georgetown in lacrosse and women's basketball, so long as Georgetown is willing to play Maryland in men's basketball. No MBB? No Maryland, in any sport.
Does it suck, just a bit, for WBB and lax? Of course. Georgetown is a natural rival and it makes sense to play them in as many sports as possible. But a men's basketball game between Georgetown and Maryland, alternating between Comcast and Verizon, would be a blockbuster event. Not only would it sell out - which is obviously huge for Maryland right now - it'd get national publicity, give both teams a chance at a marquee win, and be immensely entertaining. In an attempt to force Georgetown's hand, Anderson is trying to increase pressure on the Hoyas to finally get it set up.
I have no interest in descending into an "It's Maryland's fault!" "No, it's Georgetown's fault!" argument right now. We all know the background, I'm sure. Hopefully this tactic by Anderson will be enough pressure to force movement toward some measure of comprimise, because this thing deserves to get going again.
Especially, of course, because Maryland is about to become relevant again. Re-enacting the '93 upset - ie, the game that announced Maryland was back on the national scene - in 2013? Yes please.