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The Maryland Terrapins are moving from the ACC to the Big Ten, bringing up all sorts of nostalgia for the conference they were a part of for 61 years.

Those great memories can never be erased, but it's important to note that Maryland is not leaving a conference where so many of those great moments were created.

The Terps played Duke and North Carolina in basketball just once this year, and both games were on the road.

Maryland's rivalry with Virginia was erased by the conference, as they are being paired with Virginia Tech. The new rivalry set up by the ACC is with Pittsburgh, which could have blossomed in the future given the Ravens-Steelers and Capitals Penguins grudge matches.

The constant expansion of the ACC, which was a necessary evil to protect the conference from going the way of the Big East, destroyed everything that made it special.

Basketball in the ACC from the 1970's through the early 2000's was terrific. There were so many loaded teams and every game was big.

Watching Maryland play Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Miami, etc. in basketball does nothing for me, and it's just further watered down the conference.

There was nothing better than the round-robin format, where all nine teams in the conference had to play each other home and away. Now, the uneven schedule gives certain teams an advantage and puts others at a disadvantage.

Maryland fans also won't miss the fact that the conference, particularly in basketball, was so centered on the teams from North Carolina. Whether it was the constant benefit of the doubt from officials for Duke and North Carolina or the fact that the ACC tournament always seems to be in downtrodden Greensboro, Maryland was constantly drawing the short straw.

The Big Ten is right there when it comes to the argument over the top basketball conference in the country. The Comcast Center should see an attendance bump from the move, and the Big Ten tournament will likely find its way to DC, New York and maybe even Baltimore, if a new arena is ever built, on a regular basis.

For football, it will actually help with recruiting and it will increase revenue with more fans in the stands. Even the lacrosse team will fare quite well in the new Big 10, which is set to add Johns Hopkins.

The cash infusion from joining the Big Ten combined with the fact that fans won't be stuck watching games on ESPN3 anymore is a big deal.

It will certainly be weird, an adjustment and going to take awhile to get used to, but the ACC that many regret leaving died a long time ago.

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