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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands—Top-ranked Roger Federer beat 159th-ranked Thiemo de
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a “comfortable” working relationship with his coach.COLLEGE PARK, Md. —
Choosing to look toward the future rather than honour the past, Maryland joined
the Big Ten on Monday, bolting from the Atlantic Coast Conference in a move
driven by the schools budget woes. Maryland was a charter member of the ACC,
which was founded in 1953. Tradition and history, however, were not as important
to school President Wallace D. Loh as the opportunity to be linked with the
prosperous Big Ten. “By being a member of the Big Ten Conference, we are able to
ensure financially stability for Maryland athletics for decades to come,” Loh
said, speaking at a news conference with Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and
Athletic Director Kevin Anderson. Loh and other school officials involved in the
decision decided that the potential money to be made in the Big Ten was more
significant than the $50 million exit fee and the tradition associated with
belonging to the same conference for 59 years. “I am very aware that for many of
our Terps fans and alumni, their reaction is stunned and disappointed. But we
will always cherish the memories, the rivalries, the tradition of the ACC,” Loh
said. “For those alumni and Terp fans, I will now say this: I made this decision
as best as I could … to do what is best for the University of Maryland for the
long haul.” Maryland eliminated seven sports programs earlier this year, and Loh
said the shift to the Big Ten could provide enough of a windfall to restore some
of those sports. Delany said Marylands entry was approved unanimously by the
conferences 12 presidents. “Quite honestly, they were giddy,” Delany said.
“Maybe some people Fear the Turtle. We embrace the Turtle.” Maryland will become
the southernmost member of the Big Ten member starting, in July 2014. Rutgers is
expected follow suit by Tuesday, splitting from the Big East and making it an
even 14 schools in the Big Ten, though Delany would not confirm that. But he had
no problem explaining why the Big Ten would be interested in stretching its
boundaries from the Midwest. “We realize that all of the major conferences are
slightly outside of their footprint,” Delany said. “We believe that the
association is one that will benefit both of us.” For Maryland, the move was not
entirely based on athletics. Maryland will join the Committee on Institutional
Cooperation, a consortium of world-class research institutions. “For me and for
the board and for the faculty and for the students, the academic component is
very, very important,” Loh said. “I would not have made this kind of deal if it
was a conference that did not have this consortium.” But money was really the
driving force. “Somebody has to pay the bills,” Loh said. “I want to leave a
legacy for decade to come, long after Im gone, that no president is going to
wonder if Maryland athletics as we know it is going to survive.” Besides, Loh
noted, the ACC isnt exactly the cozy little group it was 59 years ago. Notre
Dame was recently added to the conference, though it will remain a football
independent and play five games against ACC teams. “The world of the ACC as we
have known it has changed, and the job of the president is not just to look at
the past and the present, but to look to the future,” Loh said. Loh said the
discussions between Maryland and the Big Ten gathered steam two weeks ago. Super Bowl Jerseys
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serious. “Space is not the divide that it was once upon a time,” Delany said.
Maryland gives the Big Ten a presence in the major media market of Washington.
D.C. Rutgers, in New Brunswick, N.J., and about 40 miles south of New York City,
puts the Big Ten in the countrys largest media market, and most heavily
populated area. Delany said demographics were a huge part of this decision. The
population is not growing as quickly in the Big Tens current Midwestern
footprint as it is in other areas of the country, and it has hampered the Big
Tens ability to recruit, especially in football, its signature sport. The Big
Ten felt it needed to change that. “We think demographics have fueled our growth
the last 100 years,” Delany told the AP in an interview before the news
conference. ”...What were doing is not creating a new paradigm, were responding
to a new paradigm but for very kind of historic reasons. We understand that
success requires a dynamic involvement with rich demographics.” For both
schools, the move should come with long-term financial gain. The Big Ten
reportedly paid its members $24.6 million in shared television and media rights
revenues this year. There will be some financial matters to resolve in the short
term though. After the ACC added Notre Dame as a member in all sports but
football and hockey in September, the league voted to raise the exit fee to $50
million. Maryland was one of two schools that voted against the increased exit
fee. Loh believes the potential financial gain of this deal will more than
offset the sum. “I say we have an arrangement within our membership that will
assure the future of Maryland athletics for decades to come,” he said. “As we
crunched those numbers, we are able to deal with this issue.” The Big Easts exit
fee is $10 million, but the league also requires a 27-month notification period
for departing members. That means Rutgers will not be able to join the Big Ten
until 2015 without working out some kind of deal with the Big East. Syracuse,
Pittsburgh and West Virginia have all negotiated early withdrawals from the Big
East in the past year. The ACC could now be in the market for another member and
it would not be surprising if it looks to the Big East, yet again. Connecticut
would seem a perfect fit after Pitt and Syracuse join next season. The Big Ten
added Nebraska in 2010 to go to 12 members, and Delany had given every
indication that the conference was happy to stay at that number. The conference
had given no indication it was in the expansion market, and not until the last
few days did it come to light, surprising many in intercollegiate athletics. The
question now is whether this sparks more realignment from conferences that
werent even affected. For now, though, Maryland is the latest school to forsake
tradition for a financial windfall. The Terps have mostly been a middling
football program for several decades, but Anderson is certain that the
additional money will help. “We believe that with recruiting, and the continued
improvement of the team, we will take on the Big Ten and be very competitive,”
Anderson said. ’ ’ ’ 

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