While former Georgetown Coach John Thompson Jr. has made clear he doesn’t think much of Maryland’s decision to suspend scheduling further games against the Hoyas until the impasse over men’s basketball is resolved, the Terrapins are sticking to their new policy.
Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson issued a statement Wednesday affirming the decision, made in concert with the head coaches of all varsity teams, to not compete against the Hoyas next season or beyond until the 19-year stalemate over scheduling men’s basketball games is settled.
Positive reaction from Terrapins fans, Anderson said, was among the reasons Maryland is standing firm.
Posted on Maryland’s official Facebook page, Anderson’s statement reads:
“The interest that has arisen from area fans regarding our discussions about possible men’s basketball games between Maryland and Georgetown confirms the idea is a good one. The reaction from Maryland fans we’ve heard from has been overwhelmingly positive [and] the financial benefits to both institutions cannot be ignored. It is not our desire to continue this discussion in the media. We look forward to working with Coach [Mark] Turgeon and our colleagues at Georgetown University, to see if we can overcome whatever obstacles exist and turn this hope into a reality that will benefit both institutions when the time is right.”
Maryland and Georgetown met this season in women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s tennis. The men’s soccer teams scrimmaged last fall. The men’s lacrosse teams are scheduled to face off at Georgetown on Friday night
, which will apparently be the last varsity contest between the universities for the foreseeable future. The schools’ women’s lacrosse teams will meet on April 25.
Maryland and Georgetown haven’t met in a regularly scheduled men’s basketball game since 1993, when a dispute arose over which team owed the other a home game.
That 1993 game was played at USAir Arena (formerly the Capital Centre) in Landover, where Georgetown played its home games until Verizon Center opened in 1997. Even though the game was played on the Hoyas’ home court, each school received $125,000, according to a Washington Post story from the time. Attempts to rekindle the rivalry stalled over where the next games would be played.