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Plank's relationship with UMD is multilayered

Plank's relationship with UMD is multilayered

When the University of Maryland committed to joining the Big Ten Conference, media pundits speculated that Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank played a key role behind the scenes.

Two years later, Plank wants to set the record straight.

"These decisions were beyond me, and I think there is this perception that maybe I have greater sway than I do," said Plank, a former Maryland special teams football player and member of the board of trustees.

In an interview, the 42-year-old billionaire entrepreneur acknowledged that he contributes plenty of ideas and money, but said he does not issue mandates about such things as conference shifts or coaching changes.