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great analysis. Tying back to your opening... I think that with Fridge the expecation on next year's team would have been a regular season record of either 9 or 10 wins minimum (given the talent in place). If the new guy is to be great then the expectation should be higher. There should be no honeymoon period with this team.


Marcus ---

Whoever winds up getting the job should not collect much credit for an 8-9 win season in 2011, assuming Maryland winds up in that neighborhood.  Im not sure how many folks will realize that, but Maryland fans can reasonably expect the programs best regular season since 03 next fall. The pieces, both with talent and eight games inside Prince Georges County, are there.


Really great analysis .. but depressing

College sports ... rich get richer, poor get poorer.. No draft, no salary cap, no reason to expect that the same teams won't be winning every year, except as you said in a few special scenarios that only a handful of teams have enjoyed


This is the kind of analysis I come to D1scourse to read. Thanks.

Eddie T

Great stuff as always. Curious how you might characterize the rapid rise of Boise State, assuming they put up a couple more top-ten finishes. Clearly an outlier, though you couldn't really call it a patient builder since it's happened quite quickly. Obviously not geography-based... A void filler taking advantage of a conference without elite competition, perhaps?


The glaring number is: 27. No school can be elite in football with that many other sports to support. Basketball costs less, generates more profit proportionally, but football represents the greatest potential source of revenue and profit. At Maryland, any profit generated through football and basketball gets funneled to the 25 remaining non-revenue sports, sports in which Maryland really excels. Instead of plowing revenue back into the football program (to build better facilities, to pay for first class recruiting, etc.), Maryland plows those revenues back into lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, and the like.

It's a strategic issue at Maryland. Do we want to offer a full menu of sports and win championships across sports? Or do we want to field elite revenue sports? Kansas fields 13 sports, only 4 of which are mens sports. Check out KU's football and basketball budgets. They put Maryland's to shame.

By the way, our hoops program is tragically underfunded compared to other schools. Villanova outspends us in hoops by millions. There's a reason Villanova has a string of Top 10 finishes and we don't.

In order to stay in Title IX compliance, Maryland would have to cut 2 mens and 8 womens sports to get down to a range where football could become a perennial top 15 program. VT is the model for that. Check out what sports they field.


Wheels ---

I think you mean cut eight mens sports and two womens sports, but your overall point is valid.

With well-documented financial woes, it isnt a leap to say the viability of fielding 27 sports is a question Maryland is going to have to look closely at in the near future. Maryland wouldnt be in a cult of one if it did so.


Another factor at Maryland is the press. The Post and the Sun can be relentless critics and have no real affinity for the school (at least it was that way back when I lived in Maryland in the 70s and 80s). I always thought that the Post was filled with smarmy private school grads that looked down at MD.

Here in the Midwest, the newspapers are supportive of the state schools and Notre Dame. When I moved here I was shocked at how little attention was paid to problems that would get relentless coverage had the WaPo columnists been around. (For example, compare and contrast the Lenny Bias scandal with the death of the Notre Dame student. It looks like no one at ND will lose their job. You can argue the Bias scandal cost three high profile people their jobs--the coach, the AD, and the Chancellor.)

Has the relationship between Maryland and press changed in 25 years?

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