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Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
In his first 2 1/2 years as president at the University of Maryland, Wallace Loh oversaw sweeping changes to the leadership of his athletic department and confronted the pain of cutting teams to patch gaping budget holes. But he had never steered headlong into the kind of controversy that erupted Monday when the university broke a near-60-year relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference in favor of the long-term television riches offered by the Big Ten. The decision is so large - fundamentally changing the portal through which many alumni and donors interact with the university - that it seems likely to define Loh's presidency, for better or worse.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It was easy to find Maryland fans inside Bridgestone Arena and on the streets outside. The arena is located in a downtown tourist area filled with restaurants and bars, many featuring live country music. The Terps wear four colors -- red, white, black and gold -- but the traveling fans favor red apparel. It is the color most associated with the school, and there were splashes of Maryland red all around the arena, which seats about 20,000. Notre Dame has made four consecutive Final Four appearances, and Connecticut, which was playing in Sunday night's late game, has been to seven straight.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
The University of Maryland plans to launch a campaign to raise tens of millions of dollars to build an indoor practice facility that it believes it needs to compete successfully in the Big Ten in football. “We are planning on a major capital campaign,” university president Wallace Loh said in an interview. “All the Big Ten institutions have indoor facilities - of course, obviously because of the weather. But we need it, too. I think that's what it's going to take to recruit even better student athletes, not just for football but for other teams as well.” The cost of such a facility is estimated in the range of $50 million to $80 million.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
The DeVos Institute of Arts Management, founded in 2001 by Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser and based at the center since then, will move to the University of Maryland's College Park campus effective Sept. 1. Kaiser, who was to have stepped down as head of the Kennedy Center at the end of 2014, will depart four months earlier in order to lead the arts management program, together with Brett Egan, its current director. The institute offers training and support for arts managers and members of arts organization boards.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2011
COLLEGE PARK - The contracts Maryland signed with its new men's basketball and football coaches contain incentives reflecting athletic department priorities - competing nationally, quickly leasing luxury stadium suites and selling more football season tickets, and improving athletes' classroom performance. The contracts, obtained Thursday in a public records request, guarantee football coach Randy Edsall $2 million over each of the next six years and basketball coach Mark Turgeon $1.9 million a year over eight years.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - The University of Maryland anticipated most fans would initially react "emotionally and negatively" to last year's decision to join the Big Ten Conference. So the school sought to influence the debate with a plan to lobby media pundits and plant positive comments into fan message boards. Scores of documents and emails, obtained by The Baltimore Sun in response to a Public Information Act request, detail a public relations strategy that was as secret as the Big Ten negotiations themselves.
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By Chris Korman | November 20, 2012
Kevin Plank attended the dedication of a new turf field and recreation center in Patterson Park Tuesday morning, briefly waving to a crowd of about 100 that included children and pro players from the Baltimore Orioles and Chesapeake Bayhawks lacrosse team. (The field and new facility are terrific by the way, especially in a park that really draws so many people together from diverse neighborhoods.) As he left, he declined a chance to discuss Maryland's move to the Big Ten. He yelled, "Go Terps, baby" as he ducked into one of the dark black SUV's that generally cart him and any entourage he may have around the Baltimore area.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2012
University of Maryland president Wallace Loh, responding to an editorial in the campus newspaper, said today that Athletic Director Kevin Anderson has his "unqualified support. " Loh issued a written statement after The Diamondback's editorial board wrote that it is "starting to wonder how much longer Athletics Director Kevin Anderson will remain at the university. " Athletic directors are criticized all the time without university presidents responding. Criticism comes with the territory.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
Maryland's fight to get out of its $52 million exit fee for leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014 took an unpleasant - but not unexpected - turn Monday when a North Carolina judge refused a motion by the school to drop a lawsuit filed by the ACC in November. The ACC sued Maryland when university officials announced in November that the school was leaving for the Big Ten after being a charter member of the ACC. According to a spokesman for Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, Guilford County Superior Court Judge John O. Craig III denied a motion filed by attorneys for Maryland last month.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Terps fans may remember a spate of stories from 2010 - including a couple by me - about possible early interest by the Big Ten in Maryland. One of the issues that surfaced then from Terps supporters was travel. There were two concerns - the time spent by the athletes (and ardent fans) to get to Big Ten venues in the Midwest, and the travel costs. So, I was not surprised to learn recently from multiple sources that - in its private negotiations with the Big Ten this year - Maryland raised the issue of travel expenses.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - The University of Maryland anticipated most fans would initially react "emotionally and negatively" to last year's decision to join the Big Ten Conference. So the school sought to influence the debate with a plan to lobby media pundits and plant positive comments into fan message boards. Scores of documents and emails, obtained by The Baltimore Sun in response to a Public Information Act request, detail a public relations strategy that was as secret as the Big Ten negotiations themselves.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
The University of Maryland plans to launch a campaign to raise tens of millions of dollars to build an indoor practice facility that it believes it needs to compete successfully in the Big Ten in football. “We are planning on a major capital campaign,” university president Wallace Loh said in an interview. “All the Big Ten institutions have indoor facilities - of course, obviously because of the weather. But we need it, too. I think that's what it's going to take to recruit even better student athletes, not just for football but for other teams as well.” The cost of such a facility is estimated in the range of $50 million to $80 million.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
The University of Maryland is not yet financially able to restore any of the seven teams eliminated last year and must instead use limited athletic department revenues to fund other priorities - including some on the academic side, President Wallace Loh said. With Maryland facing a $21 million operating deficit and a continuing legal skirmish with the Atlantic Coast Conference, Loh said in an interview that the school must focus on such concerns as paying off debt, improving student financial aid packages and increasing spending on existing athletes - a category in which it would rank among the lowest in the Big Ten. Loh said Maryland's athletic department remains in a financial hole for now - partly because the ACC began withholding millions of dollars in shared conference revenues after the university announced last November that it was joining the Big Ten in July 2014.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
Maryland's fight to get out of its $52 million exit fee for leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014 took an unpleasant - but not unexpected - turn Monday when a North Carolina judge refused a motion by the school to drop a lawsuit filed by the ACC in November. The ACC sued Maryland when university officials announced in November that the school was leaving for the Big Ten after being a charter member of the ACC. According to a spokesman for Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, Guilford County Superior Court Judge John O. Craig III denied a motion filed by attorneys for Maryland last month.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
University of Maryland, College Park students can expect a home run from their spring graduation speaker. Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. will deliver the commencement speech at the May 19 ceremony, the university announced Tuesday. "As a Marylander I am excited and very much look forward to delivering this speech to the graduating students," Ripken said in a statement. "I hope that my life experience allows me to impart some wisdom and give them a message that will serve them as they start their careers.
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December 21, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland  sports. What were the most memorable moments from the past year in Maryland athletics? Jeff Barker: No. 1: I have this image in my head of Randy Edsall, Mark Turgeon, Brenda Frese and other Maryland coaches all assembled behind president Wallace Loh. It was November, and Maryland was announcing officially that it was joining the Big Ten. I wish I could have known what all the coaches were thinking.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2011
A University of Maryland commission is expected to make its recommendations public within the next 24 hours on which athletic teams are being targeted for elimination because of severe budget issues, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Among the teams on the commission's list of recommended cuts are men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, and women's water polo, the sources said. Those teams recently contacted recruits and said that letters of intent were being withheld because of the programs' uncertain futures.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
Joe Duckett has been going to Maryland games for 40 years, dating back to when he was a kid growing up in South Baltimore. Now 41, Duckett came prepared to Tuesday night's game against Lafayette at Comcast Center with a bagful of Big Ten hats. “As soon as the vote was announced, I went on Big Ten website and bought 10 hats to give them to my friends,” Duckett said. Duckett, who went to Tuesday's game courtesy of friend and longtime Maryland season-ticket holder Steve Baldwin, said that his initial reaction after hearing the rumors late last week was “My goodness, what is that about?
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Terps fans may remember a spate of stories from 2010 - including a couple by me - about possible early interest by the Big Ten in Maryland. One of the issues that surfaced then from Terps supporters was travel. There were two concerns - the time spent by the athletes (and ardent fans) to get to Big Ten venues in the Midwest, and the travel costs. So, I was not surprised to learn recently from multiple sources that - in its private negotiations with the Big Ten this year - Maryland raised the issue of travel expenses.
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By Ralph Nader and Ken Reed | November 27, 2012
When it comes to college athletics, it's time to speak truth to evil. You might think evil is too strong a word for what's going on in college athletics, but consider how Webster's Dictionary defines evil: morally reprehensible; causing harm; offensive. That pretty much sums up the state of big-time college sports today. The inane move of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten is simply the latest example. Here's the current reality of college sports: •NCAA Division I sports - especially at Football Bowl Subdivision schools - has nothing to do with education.
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