According to Maryland
's lawsuit filed by attorney general Douglas Gansler, the ACC tried to recruit unnamed Big Ten schools "in large part on counsel and direction that the conference received from ESPN.” (Charles Dharapak/AP)
The NCAA and conference realignment on their own are completely absurd, so once you start throwing frivolous lawsuits in the mix, it's a real joyride. The ACC is demanding a whole bunch of exit fee money -- $52.3 million -- from Big Ten-bound Maryland, which naturally doesn't want to pay money if it doesn't have to.
The ACC got really mad, and then Maryland started stomping their feet really loudly and is now alleging the ACC tried to "lure other schools" from the Big Ten. That means Maryland deserves, I dunno, somewhere in the realm of $157 million, give or take.
Via Yahoo! Sports:
"Our lawsuit calls the ACC's 'exit fee' what it really is - an antitrust violation and an illegal activity," Maryland attorney general Douglas Gansler said in a statement. "Our motion in North Carolina will ensure that a Maryland court will rule on the case."
Lawsuits make you all warm and fuzzy, don't they? Here's what will probably happen: There will be a big public show from both sides because this is what these people do. Then they'll make threats and claims. Then they'll make more threats and claims. And eventually they'll settle on an amount that's less than the original exit fee and definitely not $157 million.
College sports is big business, and no amount of speculating on whether or not Wake Forest and Pittsburgh invited Northwestern and Penn State, or some other Big Ten friends, to go bowling with them even though they were already supposed to go to Jenny's house because they were going to watch Now and Then and order pizza is going to change that.