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UMD’s Shirley Povich Center Hosts Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany

Delany joined Bonnie Bernstein, Scott Van Pelt and UMD AD Kevin Anderson on panel
Jeff Barker and Alex Prewitt, representing the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post respectively, offered recaps of Wednesday's panel discussion at the University of Maryland, hosted by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.

Barker's column offered a nod to the great leap of faith the school is putting in their move to the Big Ten, a longtime staple of Midwestern values.

"History will smile on the University of Maryland's move to the Big Ten, and the school's football and other athletic teams can compete in the new conference right away, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in an appearance on campus Tuesday.
"We're ready for Maryland," Delany said. "Everyone in the Big Ten is excited. We believe it's going to be a mutually beneficial partnership."
Delany was in College Park for a symposium on the school's move to the Big Ten, held by the university's Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. He was joined in the broad-ranging conversation at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union by Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson and several influential alumni, including Regent Tom McMillen and broadcasters Bonnie Bernstein and Scott Van Pelt.
University president Wallace Loh announced the change in conferences nearly a year ago, saying Big Ten television money would bring long-term stability to a financially strapped athletic department. Maryland teams will begin Big Ten play next year.
But the departure from the Atlantic Coast Conference has been contentious, with the university and conference locked in a legal battle over the $52 million exit fee ACC officials are demanding. That dispute is unfolding in a North Carolina courtroom.
Delany said the Big Ten would not help defray the ultimate cost of the exit fee."

Read Barker's entire story here.

Prewitt's story focused on the narrative that many Maryland fans and alums have clung to, that the move to the conference was the culmination of a hasty plan geared towards a quick money grab in the aftermath of cutting seven non-revenue sports.

"Maryland cut seven sports on July 2, 2012, but Anderson said an anticipated budget balance by 2018 or 2019 should allow Maryland to “look at restoring some of the sports we no longer had.”
The alumni McMillen, Bernstein and Van Pelt discussed mixed emotions when the move was announced, but how all have since come around. McMillen was the only Board of Regents member to vote against the switch, though he did so primarily in opposition to a “hastily called-in” process that happened mostly in secret.
“We don’t have to speed this up.” he said. “We don’t have to make this decision with one piece of paper. It’s like Lockheed and Northrup making a merger with one piece of paper … When you’re in business with someone for 60 years, and you can’t pick up the phone for a confidentiality agreement, I don’t think that’s the way it should work.”

Read Prewitt's entire story here.

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