Maryland will accept the invitation to join the Big 10, and with it Rutgers will have a dance partner into its dream conference. So does this mean for SU’s new conference and its old one? None of it is good news on any front for the Orange. Here’s why:
It hurts the ACC.
The Terps were the very definition of the league. From old Cole Field House, to Len Bias, Joe Smith and the ’02 title run, Maryland has been part of the great basketball lineage of that league. Maryland vs. UNC and Duke have been terrific match ups for decades, and the thought of a traditional ACC component departing makes the conference a little less magical.
There also seemed to set up a nice northeast division for Syracuse to land in. SU used to play Maryland regularly before the inception of the Big East football conference. Syracuse, Pitt, BC, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Notre Dame and Virginia would’ve made a comfortable “North” for the Orange, from a competitive and travel standpoint. Take one more block from ...