About the only entity in support of Maryland’s move to the Big Ten is the university’s Board of Regents. If it were up to the school’s current athletes and notable alums in the sports world, the Terps wouldn’t even think about leaving the ACC, the league it helped found in 1953.
Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post compiled a selection of tweets from past and present members of the Maryland family decrying the move. A few of them are listed below.
Terps defensive lineman A.J. Francis
I hope that B10 contract is worth a lot of money, because if Maryland leaves the ACC they will never get $1 in donation from me… Ever.
— A.J. Francis (@The_Franchyze) November 18, 2012
Baltimore Ravens & former Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith
MD can go to the BIG10 and make more money but none of it matters if the football team doesn’t win…Byrd will remain empty
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) November 18, 2012
Buffalo Bills & former Maryland defensive end Shawne Merriman
I wish I had some involvement in that move to the Big Ten I really think it’s a bad decision #Terp
— Shawne Merriman (@shawnemerriman) November 18, 2012
Los Angeles Sparks & former Maryland guard Kristi Toliver
Sad day to be a terp. Really? The big 10? That’s like exchanging your Bentley for a Buick.
— Kristi Toliver (@KristiToliver) November 19, 2012
TV and radio sportscaster Bonnie Bernstein
I feel sick. Part of my identity has been stripped. Priority 1 better be reinstating those 7 sports we cut. Goodbye, ACC. #Terps
— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) November 19, 2012
We take it Maryland’s administration didn’t consult a focus group before making its decision.