Posted: 2:12 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Here’s Mark Turgeon on the state of his team and the ACC’s enmity towards Maryland,which he partly hits and partly misses:
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“Animosity? If there’s any, I think it’s because the coaches hate to see Maryland go. They know we’re a good basketball program, we’re a good team. It was a good game for a lot of people in the league. I think it’s just their kind of way of being upset with us leaving. I don’t think it’s toward me, personally, or our team, but more so that they’re just upset that we’re leaving the league. That’s the least of our concerns. I don’t really care about that stuff.”
Maryland has been a good game for a lot of people, but if that’s all it comes down to, then Louisville will be better. Turgeon hasn’t been around long enough to really get the conference: what people are angry about isn’t simply that Maryland is leaving but the manner of their leaving and the expectations of kind regards and best wishes despite a certain amount of duplicity and disregard for tradition.
If it reminds us of anything, it’s how the Colts left Baltimore. The ACC’s reaction closely parallels Baltimore’s.