It was three years ago today (July 1, 2014) that the University of Maryland forever changed -- academically, athletically and in so many other ways -- when it officially joined the Big Ten after 61 years as a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Aside from a handful of fifth-year seniors, few Terrapins in any sport in 2017-18 will have played in the ACC; hardly any athlete committed to College Park before the conference shift was announced in November 2012.
The move was definitely jarring at the time, but by now, most Maryland fans have at least accepted -- and many have embraced -- shedding the ACC for the B1G. Winning more than two dozen conference titles and dominating the new league in women's basketball, men's soccer and men's and women's lacrosse has surely helped. (OK, so football has struggled in its new home -- not that it had been dominating the ACC in its last decade there -- and men's basketball hasn't yet won a B1G regular-season or tournament title.) Still, there will be economic light for the athletic department at the end of the tunnel, though I would have made the move for so many other reasons, and Terp fans around the U.S. -- including this one in Los Angeles -- find it easier to follow nearly all the teams through the Big Ten Network. What's not to like? (And let's not forget the conference's academic consortium, a significant boost to the university, as is being aligned with our land-grant state flagship peers aside from Northwestern, rather than being associated with the likes of dissimilar institutions such as Wake Forest and Boston College.)
Let's have your thoughts on going B1G, three years later. Have you finally put the ACC in the rear-view mirror? Has it altered your mindset as a Terp fan? Have you developed all-around rivalries with Penn State, fellow newcomer Rutgers or other conference rivals? I'm eager to get your reactions.