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Maryland's move to Big Ten lacks dignity, class

Although a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference with 60 years of tradition, Maryland did not respond to a couple of phone calls from the ACC commissioner before approving the move to the Big Ten. This courtesy was owed to the commissioner and does not speak well for Maryland.

An institution of our standing should not have been dictated to by the Big Ten Conference. We kowtowed to their terms by not receiving input from all those affected by this change — the students, faculty, student athletes, alumni and former athletes. As a public institution, Maryland should have heard from all of them first.

For the UM Board of Regents to agree to vote on such a measure within just a few days was patently unfair to those of us who oppose this move.

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh was quoted in The Washington Post as saying he didn't believe Maryland would pay the $52 million exit fee, notwithstanding the fact that months before the Terps' move, the ACC approved such an exit fee. Disputing that financial obligation is less than honorable.

Maryland came up with the money recently to restore outdoor track and field. With four new schools joining the ACC, it would appear that more money would be available and the athletic department's operating deficit would improve.

It's a shame that dignity and class did not enter into the equation.

Deane A. Shure

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