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Why doesn't the ACC like us?

Jeff Barker with the B-more Sun asked the rest of the ACC would schedule Maryland in the future.
Maryland has a 60-year history with the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Baltimore Sun asked ACC schools if they would consider scheduling Maryland as a nonconference opponent in any sport after Maryland departs for the Big Ten in July 2014. Queries were sent initially to sports information directors, who often forwarded them to athletic directors. Queries weren’t sent to the ACC’s newest members — Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame — because they don’t have a history with Maryland. Here are the responses: Boston College: No comment because athletic director was unavailable. Clemson: "As we look at future football scheduling, we consider several options. With Maryland moving out of the ACC, we would evaluate them as we would any current member of the Big Ten." Duke: "There is one principle guiding Duke Athletics’ scheduling philosophy. The 26 varsity sports programs schedule according to what is in the best interest of the student-athletes, Duke University and the Atlantic Coast Conference." Florida State: "Scheduling is on a team-by-team basis. There is no moratorium on scheduling Maryland." Georgia Tech: "While it’s not likely that Maryland will be a non-conference opponent in football or basketball in the immediate future, we are receptive and actively pursuing future scheduling partnerships with all BIG 10 conference members." Miami: "We do not have any restrictions on scheduling Maryland and would gladly do so where it makes sense." North Carolina: No immediate reply. North Carolina State: "Most of our coaches schedule their nonconference games throughout the season prior to the year in which they plan to play. Since we have not yet begun the school year, it is not clear if various sports will desire to play in the DC area or not in 14-15 and beyond." Virginia: "We have not made any scheduling decisions about future UVA-UMD competitions." Virginia Tech: No immediate reply. Wake Forest: "Thanks for the opportunity but we must politely decline to comment." http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/bs-sp-terps-acc-0704-20130703,0,3074339.story?page=1



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