Never heard anything to the effect of Maryland being unhappy with the ACC.
My guess is the Maryland talk may originate from the fact that the Big East expansion is projected to be eastward.
Penn State is still the eastern outpost in the Big Ten and so any new school (supposing ONE eastern school is added) would wind up being a "rival" of Penn State. And JoePa has been one of the prime advocates of Big Ten expansion, and
has mentioned various eastern teams.
So this begs the question - who were PSU's olg pre-Big Ten rivals ???
My recollection is: Pitt, WVU, Temple, Syracuse, and Maryland.
Probably BC, Army and Navy to a lesser extent. For whatever reason, I don't remember them playing Rutgers very much.
SO Maryland is out there, but I just don't see it happening.
If the Big Ten were to expand by one to the East, I agree with the consensus, that this will be about TV markets, and the list would be Rutgers, Syracuse, and Pitt (with Pitt less desirable from a TV market aspect than the other 2).
The only way I see the Big Ten messing with the ACC, would be a monster expansion to 16, where the Big Ten goes after Syracuse, Rutgers, UConn (all BE), and steals BC from the ACC (and then Notre Dame or Missouri to the West). That would be a bold move, and the Big Ten could own Boston <--> Kansas City. Imagine the BTN would become a huge regional college sports entity (it's big now, but it's footprint could double in terms of population). So if 16 can be made to work, who's to say they might not go for it ?
IF THE ACC were to lose BC, and figure that the new model is the 16-team mega-conference, they are positioned to gobble the remainder of BE football, and pull the Ohio Valley into their footprint.
ACC could expand by adding the mid-Atlantic / Ohio Valley and go to 16: Pitt, WVU, Cincy, Louisville, and Temple.
Some really good BB schools. Smaller TV markets than flagship schools (OK, WVU is a flagship), but expands ACC presence into PA, OH, KY, and lets them own WV. I have to believe USF gets left out. Miami / FSU don't need any more in-state competition.
This would create a nice N-S split for the ACC:
N: Temple, Pitt, Cincy, Louisville, WVU, Maryland, UVa, VaTech.
S: UNC, NCSt. Duke, Wake, Clemson, GaTech, Miami, FSU.
There is no longer the need to split up Miami and FSU, since their football prowess has dissipated to where that northern division could certainly hold their own.
OK, THIS IS NOTHING BUT SPECULATION.... but the economics for this scenario would seem to exist.
If you work in the office of the ACC or Big XII, you'd be remiss if you weren't doing some contingency planning now, should there be a need for an immediate or long-term response to a Big Ten expansion.
You've contradicted yourself. Why would the Big Ten consider Pittsburgh (a market it already has) and Kansas City and not
consider the bigger, and far wealthier, Washington market, not to mention Baltimore?