The University of Maryland men's basketball game played in College Park last Saturday marked the last meeting of the Terps and the Duke Blue Devils before Maryland leaves the ACC next year ("Analyzing Maryland's 83-81 win over Duke," Feb. 17).
The crowd, especially the student sections, were unrivaled in their support and enthusiasm for the youthful and sometimes erratic Terps.
There was a festive atmosphere among the students dressed in the traditional Terps colors and a lot of pent-up energy as the Maryland crowd savored their team's victory.
The ESPN color commentator, Doris Burke, noted more than once the enthusiasm and accompanying noise from the charged-up students. I watched the game with a sense of ennui, knowing I would never see the referee-baiting Coach K and his Blue Devils at Comcast Center again.
It all begins to change from this point. Regrettably, there will be more Terps-Duke or Terps-North Carolina tiffs on the schedule. The school moves into uncharted waters next year with its inclusion into the Big 10. Yawn.
The University of Maryland chose to spit in the faces of its loyal fans and jump ship for a conference that won't make it a more profitable venture. Sometimes I despise things gift-wrapped as prosperity. Did the students have any say in the switch to a different conference?
Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham