Posted January 15, 2013

Coach K rips Maryland’s Big Ten move, realignment trend

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Mike Krzyzewski has been critical of recent conference realignment. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has been critical of recent conference realignment. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski criticized recent conference realignment and said the ACC’s departing Maryland Terrapins will be “outsiders” when they move to the Big Ten in 2014.

On his satellite radio show Tuesday, Krzyzewski praised college sports rivalries that have long provided value to the ACC and other conferences, and bemoaned the end of annual traditions such as Duke-Maryland, Texas-Texas A&M and Syracuse-Georgetown resulting from conference realignment.

“For us, we have a good brand at Duke University, but we also have a good brand because we’ve been in the ACC. We benefit from that brand. And people who have gone to school here, played sports here, they are not only Duke people; they’re ACC people.

“And when you give that up, what price is that? “What does that do? The fact that they’ll never be a Duke-Maryland game again. There may never be a Texas-Texas A&M game again, a Syracuse-Georgetown game again. Those schools aren’t gonna schedule one another. I mean, that’s not gonna happen. And in Maryland’s case, that’s the only conference they’ve known. And they’re right in the middle of the ACC. And now their fans, they don’t have a place. They’re outsiders. They really are outsiders. What price? What price is paid for that?”

Krzyzewski’s comments will likely irk many Maryland fans who believe the Terps have long been treated like outsiders by Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and other ACC schools located along Tobacco Road.

The ACC also has not been above luring schools from other conferences. Syracuse and Pittsburgh are set to join the ACC in 2013, with Louisville and Notre Dame finalizing future moves to the conference..


7 comments
TimHarb
TimHarb

Who cares.  The school had to do what is best for them in the long run.   The ACC road was just making them more broke after all of the bad decisions the past 10 to 20 yrs.  They needed to make sure their school didn't suffer so they did the best thing they could.

Terp80
Terp80

As a Terp Alum and a fan since 1970, I have to agree with Coach K. The move has nothing to do with Maryland getting tired of being treated like a stepchild and everything to do with money. I loved the old days of the early 70s trying to win on Tobacco road and how the excitement on the Maryland Campus when Duke & Carolina came into town. I may never get excited about the move to the Big 10. He's right, we're outsiders to the Big 10 just like Miami, BC, VT, and FSU have been since they showed up in the ACC.

bcrd5000
bcrd5000

Maryland finally got tired of being treated like a step-child, something South Carolina experienced when Carolina dominated the ACC from 1969-71. The best days of March Madness are when Duke and North Carolina lose.

Iowa
Iowa

 @TimHarb Except it may not be what's best for them in the long run, and that's what K is pointing out. Maryland and all these schools jumping conferences are showing short-sightedness, they think they'll make more money but they don't look at what they're losing, and it's going to be a lot more than they think. He's right, Maryland is going to be an outsider. Their programs are likely going to stink, fans aren't going to show up, and they're not going to be interested in watching the Terps lose to Minnesota or Nebraska. If interest goes down and nobody cares, ticket revenues dry up...they can leech on the Big 10/11/12/14 all they want, but they aren't going to be happy. Rivalries are what make college sports, without rivalries it's just the equivalent of AAA baseball.

 

OSUScarletandGrey
OSUScarletandGrey

@Terp80

I agree with you on all these moves are about money; however there is so much intellectual dishonesty in America.  I’m a Big 10 fan, but Maryland and Rutgers I would have liked for them to stay in their respective conferences; but Coach K is dishonest on this issue.  Where was his outrage about breaking up the Big East tradition when the ACC raided it?  I heard very little if at all about the ACC doing it for money etc.  Just look at the latest with Louisville and ND all praises about how this is great for the ACC. So Maryland leaves and now they are a piece of junk for going to the Big 10, but if they stayed in the ACC nothing would have been said about them it just tradition.  I like what Gary Williams asked, “"Who's our rival in football? You can't come up with a name and neither can I," Williams said. "Who's our rival in basketball? We can say Duke and Carolina, but we basically will be playing them once a year now. Duke and Carolina, that's the rivalry. They don't look at it as Maryland being their rival.   It’s the same with the SEC, PAC 12, Big 12  they raided other conferences first, not the Big 10 and you don’t hear much at all about ruining traditional rivalries, but only when a team goes to the Big 10 does it matter.  As I said before, I liked the old conferences; Big 8, Southwest etc.., but if it was all about tradition then the new conferences wouldn’t exist today and the ACC would have never raided the Big East.

CDH8608
CDH8608

 @bcrd5000 HAHA You must not have many good days in March buddy.. Two of the most dominant college basketball programs EVER!  Enjoy the Big Ten

Terp80
Terp80

 @OSUScarletandGrey Good comment -  It's just that I'm going to miss seeing Maryland play Duke every year, regardless of whether Duke looks at my school as a rival. Maryland football is going to get spanked pretty good in the Big 10 for a long time, but I do admit getting whipped by Ohio State is probably more acceptable than getting beat by NC State. That being said, we'll get some more chances at beating Penn State; I think our record against them is something like 0-31-1 (I was at that game that we managed a tie)