The ACC released the 2013-2014 women's basketball schedule today, Maryland's last as a member of the conference. In a shocking development, Maryland won't be playing anyone from the Carolina Triangle in College Park this year. That means the ACC has kept Duke, UNC, and NC State from play at Maryland in football and men's and women's basketball. Sounds about right.
In addition to Duke, UNC and NC State, Maryland will only play UVA, Miami and Boston College on the road. Maryland's home only opponents include ACC newcomers Notre Dame and Pitt, along with Virginia Tech, Wake, Clemson and Florida State. The Terps will share a home and home with Georgia Tech and Syracuse. That makes the women's schedule rather tough, especially with the addition of Notre Dame. There should be four or five teams who can compete for the conference title this season. Having to play three of those teams as road opponents only doesn't help Maryland' in that race, but there's not much they can do at this point. Head coach Brenda Frese seems to be taking it all in stride:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Looking at our schedule, 3 trips to triangle means good business for Firebirds and Bonefish Grill. Buy stock now.</p>— Brenda Frese (@BrendaFrese) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrendaFrese/status/339801602091253760">May 29, 2013</a></blockquote>
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This latest scheduling announcement is just another example of how vindictive the ACC has become when it comes to Maryland's last season in the conference. If it was just football or just basketball, it would be one thing, but doing this across the three major sports is clearly a calculated effort by the All Carolina Conference to do whatever they can, within their power, to make the school's last season in the conference miserable.Don't forget, by keeping the ACC blue bloods out of College Park, the conference is also hurting Maryland's attendance and revenue, as the Duke game was often the largest crowd of the season and even sold out several times.
For Maryland, there is only one solution to this problem; winning the ACC title in all three sports. Sounds reasonable, no?