Regarding the Nov. 20 Sports article “Court rules ACC’s lawsuit vs. Maryland can proceed”:
As a die-hard Atlantic Coast Conference fan and a Maryland alumnus, I am disgusted that the school’s poor financial decisions are forcing it to leave the ACC for the Big Ten.
Maryland has been playing such schools as the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and the University of Virginia since 1921, when they all were in the Southern Conference. In 1953, many of the Southern Conference teams, including Maryland, North Carolina and Duke, formed the ACC. N ow the Terps are moving to an established conference that offers no rivals for Maryland, is based in the Midwest and is, quite frankly, a weaker basketball conference. Half the fun of being a Maryland fan has been watching the team play Duke and North Carolina in basketball and Florida State and Clemson in football. Soon, all that will be over.
I will continue to root for the Lady Terps in basketball, but I will switch allegiances in all other sports to various ACC schools, starting in the 2014-2015 season. The good news is that the ACC tournament will be at the Verizon Center in 2016. I will be there wearing a Maryland shirt but rooting for the ACC teams that brought me such enjoyment for decades.
Neil Keller, Rockville