Coach K 'sad' for Terps to leave ACC

Coach K 'sad' for Terps to leave ACC
October 17, 2013, 3:30 pm
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When news broke that Maryland would leave the ACC for the Big Ten, Duke's legendary basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was arguably the biggest critic.

At the time, Coach K called the Terps "outsiders" and asked what price was paid for Maryland to lose 60 years of tradition in the ACC.

Now, Coach K is singing a different tune.

Speaking during ACC media days, Krzyzewski said he was "sad" to see the Terps leave the conference.

Talking with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt, a notable Maryland alum, Krzyzewski explained that he will miss traveling to College Park and playing the Terrapins. While Gary Williams coached at Maryland, the Duke-Maryland rivalry was for a brief time in the early 2000s the best rivalry in the conference. Even as Williams retired and Mark Turgeon took over the Maryland program, the rivalry was one of the most intense in the conference.

"I would love to have Maryland still be a part of our conference,” Krzyzewski said on Van Pelt's radio show. “I think that’s a mistake by both parties."

Few involved with the Maryland side would say they are not sad to leave the ACC, but the opportunity in the Big Ten comes with much upside, financial and academic.

Krzyzewski spoke at length about the strength of the new ACC, which adds Syracuse and Pittsburgh this season and Louisville and Notre Dame next season.

While the ACC will be very strong in basketball with the additions, one interesting line from Coach K talked about "instant tradition" with the newcomers. By definition, "instant tradition" doesn't seem to make much sense.