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Maryland files (another) lawsuit against the ACC

Jan 14, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

Maryland’s divorce from the ACC seems to be going well:

The state of Maryland has filed a $156.8 million counter-claim against the Atlantic Coast Conference, alleging the conference broke its own rules in an effort to inflate the exit fee it says the University of Maryland must pay for leaving to join the Big Ten Conference.

Maryland is also alleging that after the Terps announced their plan to move to the Big Ten, Wake Forest and Pitt both tried to recruit Big Ten schools to jump ship and head to the ACC. 

Conference realignment is fun, isn’t it? Amateur sports, baby!

What this all stems from is that Maryland owes $52.2 million to the ACC as an exit fee for departing the conference after this season. They don’t want to pay the exit fee (obviously). The ACC filed a lawsuit against the school. Maryland countersued in a Maryland court, but a judge ruled that case had to be stayed until they could complete the case the ACC filed in a North Carolina court.

It’s a mess, I know. 

Once you get past the legalese, it’s probably going to work like this: Maryland and the ACC will whine and fight their way through a bunch of different courts, eventually settling for a number less than $52.2 million. 

Again: Amateur sports, baby!

  1. tomtravis76 - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Don’t forget the ACC has been withholding conference money from Maryland.

  2. jaxhotspur11 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Hey Rob, you write for a college basketball website, so why don’t you take some time and do some research into the issues involved and give us some actual insight?

    From what I’ve read and heard the issues are 1) the vote was allegedly against bylaws that state that rule changes must be presented to the schools two weeks before the vote, and 2) that rule changes don’t take affect until the following July 1 if approved. Maryland’s position is that the rule change was not presented with the proper advance notice and even if it was a proper vote the changed fee did not take affect until July 1 2013, which is after they left the conference.

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