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...according to a report in today's WaPo.
My favorite comment was this:
"Hey ACC, to use a Thanksgiving metaphor, you sat Maryland at the kid's table for decades and decades. The Big10 offered the Terps a seat at the grownup's table. If you had folded up that card table years ago they might not have left. I LOVE THIS MOVE! I am a Maryland Alum from 1991 and a diehard fan since the early 80s. The only tradition Maryland leaves is a tradition of getting SHAFTED. Oh, and the BIG 10 Network ROCKS.
By the way, the Big 10 will foot the 50 million. Kthnxbuhbye."
Marylands move to the Big Ten took ACC officials by surprise, and they seem determined to hold the school to its full $50 million exit fee.
Call me a relic, call me what you will,
Say I'm old-fashioned, say I'm over the hill....
"But Swofford was blindsided by ACC charter member Maryland’s move to the Big Ten, two people with direct knowledge of the situation said. ACC officials found out Maryland President Wallace D. Loh was in talks with Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany only through media reports Friday and Saturday, and Swofford never heard back from any officials in College Park despite repeated attempts to contact them throughout the weekend."
These tears I'm crying, they are tears of joy!!!!
Now he knows how Tranghese felt.
From Syracuse's Orange Fizz
Greatest Accomplishment for Syracuse? Moving to the ACC Quickly & Silently
D.A. | Sep 19, 2011 | Comments 24
Despite torn emotions over Syracuse leaving the only home its ever had, one thing is indisputable: Daryl Gross and Nancy Cantor pulled a major coup by doing it under a cloak of secrecy.
In an age of hyper-attention to conference realignment, internet speculation and instantaneous rumor-mongering via Twitter, it’s mind-blowing SU and Pitt could move conferences essentially overnight. Think about it: You likely finished your work week at 5p on Friday with no knowledge of a potential move. By the time you were back at the office today, SU had changes alliances.
Friday evening, we had the New York Times reports that the two schools could leave for the ACC. By Sunday morning, there was a conference call making it official. Think about the tug of war Texas has gone through about leaving the Big 12. Look at the daily speculation surrounding the next move by the Big 10. The future of the Big East is a source of constant debate.
And yet somehow SU and Putt achieved what no other schools seem to have been able to do: a clean, concise exit. This is not to suggest both programs will find it a smooth transition over the next two years. One would imagine ugly scenes at the sites of the schools left behind in the chaos (much the same way we treated those evil dissenters Miami, Va Tech and BC seven years ago).
But the powers at both Syracuse, Pitt and the ACC deserve credit for pulling off the impossible: switching BCS conferences over the course of a weekend. Clearly, the athletic departments at both schools quietly reached out to the ACC (or vice versa) and maneuvered in almost complete silence. If Doug Marrone and Jim Boeheim knew the details, kudos to both as well for keeping this so close to the vest. Because telling one wife, could lead to one neighbor, that ends up on Twitter, complicating the entire situation.
It’s an internally confusing time for every Orange fan. Is leaving behind the relationships of 30 years for the presumed stability of a new league the right move? Probably. One thing is as clear as a bright, frigid February morning in CNY: the seemingly overnight process was devastatingly efficient.
Everybody click that link, 100 times.
I find it funny that Swofford thought that Rutgers and WVU would always be there for the taking if it came to that. Whoops!
Swofford should've signed up here. Could've expensed it and everything!
Did dat Heisman on dat ho
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
Breaking News: ACC Commissioner John Swofford chokes to death on a triple-stack Bojangles Monster Barbecue
after receiving word that Maryland had left the ACC. Two Bojangles employees were fired for refusing to perform CPR on Mt Swofford, leaving him to his fate.
"$5.95 an hour doesn't cover that," one employee was heard saying as he walked out the door.
More to come later on the breaking news from interim ACC commissioner Chuck Amato.
Many of Pitt's 58 "rushing attempts" were the result qb Tino Sunseri fleeing the pocket like a man whose clothes were on fire.
This thread is calling for one of those Hitler videos
Swofford~ Eastern European word meaning butt plug. In a sentence...ACC you've just been Swofford'd!
Mr Swofford put a Boogie In Your Butt! http://youtu.be/8TkAZ7T6ZDw
Maybe if Swofford could stay out of Bojangles long enough, or read something other than the All Carolina propaganda pages of his local newspapers, he would have had a clue. The Terps' move has been talked about for at least two years, with no denials from school officials, so he had to truly have his head where the sun doesn't shine not to have at least thought that something like this was a possibility. Screw the ACC, this move is long, long overdue.
King Penguins, South Georgia Island
Ask and ye shall receive.
Another parody of the original bunker scene from Downfall...with an ACC twist!
Well done! I hate to admit it but I don't know what movie that is from - please tell.
Just shows you how well Swofford ran a conference that he didn't know Maryland was leaving. Talking about being a clueless idiot...
A little know German-made flick called Downfall, I believe.
Yep, and if you can tolerate subtitles, it's very good.
Attitude Reflects Leadership
I'm liking this travel subsidy.
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