Maryland to Big Ten proposal creates a debate within a debate

November 18, 2012|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Remember the talk over whether to name Maryland's basketball court for Gary Williams?  The plan had plenty of support but still needed to be debated. Former coach Lefty Driesell questioned whether the court naming was a good idea.

You may recall that the Board of Regents discussed the proposal privately. And then Chancellor William E. (Brit) Kirwan made the final decision.

A year later, we may be in a comparable situation. The regents on Monday plan to discuss Maryland's proposed move from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten. It's likely to be a lively debate.

But some people -- including powerful proponents of moving forward with the Big Ten plan -- believe the decision will again be Kirwan's own.

My sense is that Maryland hopes very much to obtain the regents’ endorsement even if the vote amounts to a non-binding show of support.

This issue of authority -- and we'll see how much of an issue it turns out to be -- amounts to a debate within a debate.

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