Maryland graduate, Under Armour CEO and Terrapins financial supporter Kevin Plank issued a statement applauding Maryland’s decision to join the Big Ten and leave the ACC following 59 years as a charter member. 

The full text of Plank’s statement is below:

As a former student-athlete at the University of Maryland and a supporter of the Athletic Department, I would like to congratulate Wallace Loh, Brit Kirwan and Kevin Anderson on reaching this agreement with Jim Delany and the Big Ten Member institutions.  The ACC has been a great partner to Maryland throughout the years, however joining the Big Ten now provides new and exciting opportunities for our beloved University. The positive financial impact of this move has been well-documented; however, enhancing the experiences for all of our student-athletes and our campus as a whole is the most important consideration.  I look forward to this new chapter for Maryland and I am excited for our future. Go Terps!