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I keed, I keed... I know where it is, even though I've never seen a reason to tune into the BigTen network on my TV before now.  Now though, now that the Terrapins of the University of Maryland will apparently be moving to the BigTen network (which will wind up, at least temporarily, at 14 teams), well, now I need to figure out how to find my favored team playing their games on my TV.

Apparently the gods at Verizon FiOS that determined which channels needed to be offered in my area were thinking ahead as I've had the BigTen channel for a long time now, just never bothered to pay any attention to it.

While I'm sad to see Maryland move out of the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference), they've always been looked down upon by the Carolina teams.  I seriously doubt Duke and North Carolina care about losing Maryland from the conference, though it will be interesting to see if Maryland escapes the exit fee that has been tossed around and ballyhooed.  Given that Maryland was one of the two teams that voted to increase that fee, they might have a chance at fighting it out in court, though I suspect they'll wind up paying a much smaller exit fee and some other team will be brought into the ACC to take their place.

Eventually I expect all of these various leagues will wind up expanding to 16 teams per conference.  That makes perfect sense from a scheduling point of view (at least for football) and sets up nicely for the various conference championships that will feed into a National Championship playoff system.  At that point it becomes a case of which leagues and which teams are able to excel and continue the recruiting success that they'll have to have in order to feed their own success.  Maryland might be able to make some gains there, though they've been an also ran in football for so long that it is hard to imagine that they'll be able to make it back onto the national stage without a lot of help.


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on Nov 20, 2012

Don't you have FIOS?  We got 10 big 10 channels down here (Verizon FIOS). (oops missed that part). between 300 and 330.

Yea, I heard of the defection.  Miami or Florida State jumping is one thing.  But UMD?  That one hurts.  I suspect they will find out things are not as good as they hoped.

on Nov 20, 2012

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on Nov 21, 2012

Apparently I need to apologize to my commenters above.  I have the channel and can tune it in just fine, I just have never (previously) bothered to even check it out.  With no teams there that I cared about, it was just another channel that I tended to pass over while looking for something to watch.

With Maryland moving to the BigTen in just a few years, now I'll need to know where the channel is as I try to find my favored team playing games against their new opponents.  Mostly my article above was lamenting the changes being brought about by conference realignments.  I wish that things hadn't gotten so nuts and that teams would have stayed where they were, but they are all moving around in the name of finding more exposure and more money for their athletic programs.

I honestly expect that we're moving towards several 16 team conferences, with several of the now smaller conferences eliminated as their members jump to the bigger conferences to fill holes as all of these dominoes fall.  It's all a matter of time.

on Nov 27, 2012

Just heard a rumor yesterday that UVA is thinking of bolting as well.  While the core of the ACC is NC, Virginia is still well within ACC country (so much so that local stations carry UVA over local teams).

They bolt, they can kiss a lot of support good bye.

on Nov 30, 2012

Just heard a rumor yesterday that UVA is thinking of bolting as well.  While the core of the ACC is NC, Virginia is still well within ACC country (so much so that local stations carry UVA over local teams).

They bolt, they can kiss a lot of support good bye.

I thought it was interesting that there is talk of UVA leaving.  UVA was pressured to get Va. Tech into the ACC.  If UVA leaves, it leaves Va. Tech in a (pretty much) dead conference.

I more expected that the B1G Ten would wind up poaching FSU out of the ACC, but then again, FSU might just jump out and over to the SEC so they can play with the big boys there, especially if the SEC opts to try to get to 16 teams themselves.

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