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Offline wpr  
#1 Posted : Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:53:41 PM(UTC)

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Washington Post did an excellent job explaining the timeline and decision making process for Maryland leaving the ACC. It is as if their reporter was a part of the inner sanctum.

the whole story is 5 pages long. I put the first few paragraphs here.

On the third Saturday in November, more than 100 of the University of Maryland’s most generous donors and ardent supporters were invited to the president’s newly constructed, multimillion-dollar home. The breakfast tailgate party preceded that afternoon’s game against nationally ranked Florida State. But as the guests nibbled on finger foods and wandered through the new home, the school’s top leaders — mainstays at such an event — were nowhere in sight.

Six of those officials — President Wallace D. Loh, his spokesman and his chief of staff; Athletic Director Kevin Anderson and one of his deputies; and the vice president for university relations — gathered around the kitchen table in Loh’s private residence. They were negotiating a deal they knew would, at first blush, anger and upset many devoted Terrapins fans, including many who were just down the hall.

Through a speakerphone at the center of the table came the voice of Jim Delany, the longtime commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. During on-again, off-again negotiations over the previous seven weeks, Delany had wooed Maryland with promises of millions more dollars than the school was earning by belonging to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

By this point, the move seemed to Loh like a “no-brainer.” The athletic department has struggled to attract fans, resulting in deficit problems so severe that, earlier in the year, Loh cut seven varsity sports, a decision he then called one of the most painful of his career. The new revenue could potentially turn around the department’s finances, and therefore its future.
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#2 Posted : Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:54:28 PM(UTC)

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#3 Posted : Sunday, December 16, 2012 2:21:46 PM(UTC)

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Yeah, I saw that as well.. Great reporting by the Post. Great article, especially for those that are interested in how college conferences expand.
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