So back in the old days, meaning 11 y ears ago when I graduated from Maryland there were these things called newspapers. And when you disagreed with the paper, you wrote a letter. Considering, this is basically the New York Times, Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated of Maryland Athletics, I will respond with a disagreement I have with Ben, who is the Editor of this "Paper". Ben I love the work you do, the top rec'ed story here is 100% right, you put a lot of work into this, along with others and it's fantastic and has more journalistic integrity than 97% of blogs on the web. I wouldn't even begin to try and do it, I check it at least twice a day, so great work. but....
You wrote in the the Iowa Behind Enemy Lines, “the vast majority of the fans are excited by the move” to the B1G. That simply isn't true. To me the vast majority means at a minimum 75% of the Maryland fan base. I don't even think there is 75% of people on the site that are excited. And the people on this site, are likely those who have graduated since 1990, at the earliest, so even if you take a sample from this site, it's not representative of the Maryland community at large.
I would say the vast majority accepts the move. We understand the financial position we were in, we understand sports were cut and were were in trouble long term. We get all of that., but while a vast majority accepts the move, we aren't excited. The truth is I don't like it at all. I don't hate it, but I'm not even certain what hate it means. I get that we were broke. I get that the ACC didn't treat us entirely well. I get that the landscape of college athletics has changed. That's not Maryland's fault, we made the best decision for us, based on the times, the same way Syracuse, Louisville, Pitt, and ND did, and Coach K had no problem with that (cough hypocrite cough). The money in college sports and how it will survive making obscene amounts off relatively few students athletes is another question for another day, but there is a systemic injustice that must be fixed.
I'll freely admit I have a bias towards the ACC, I live in North Carolina. My father went to UNC, I grew up going to UNC games when I was a kid. I think you've freely admitted that living in Indiana gives you a bias as well. I'm not happy leaving the ACC, but what are my choices in disagreeing? I have no options, other than to abandon Maryland and start cheering for UNC again, which isn't going to happen. So I hope the ACC lives on, and I hope Maryland goes to the B1G, makes more money and wins "B1G", but I'm in no way excited about the move. I accept it, I"m not angry about it, but I am not excited.
Once again, thank you for the work you put in here. I wouldn't even think about trying to do it. It is brilliant, and you're great, I just disagree here and wanted a place to put my thoughts independently of that thread, Keep up the good work please.