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Maryland suit: ACC tried to poach B1G

Maryland's messy departure from the ACC has taken another turn, as the school has filed a $157 million lawsuit against its soon-to-be former league alleging, among other things, hypocrisy.

According to Maryland, ACC members Pittsburgh and Wake Forest made contact with two Big Ten institutions about at least two league members moving to the ACC. Maryland is trying to avoid paying a $52.3 million fee to exit the league. Its countersuit is for three times the exit fee because damages are tripled in antitrust lawsuits. The Maryland attorney general called the ACC's recruiting attempts "a competitive reaction" to Maryland's exit and hypocritical for the ACC to attempt to lure schools from the very league to which it is losing Maryland.

Most Big Ten folks don't care too much about Maryland's ACC issues, but it's interesting that the ACC attempted to pry away at least two Big Ten schools. Who are they? Maryland's counterclaim doesn't name the Big Ten schools, only saying that they're located east of the Mississippi river. That eliminates Nebraska, Iowa and half of Minnesota.

All signs point to Penn State as one, but the other(s) remain a mystery.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany declined to comment about Maryland's counterclaim, citing the ongoing legal proceedings. Both Wake Forest and Pitt declined to comment when reached by The Baltimore Sun.

It's a little amusing that of all the ACC schools, Pitt and Wake Forest would be the ones sent out to recruit members of the Big Ten, a league with more money and exposure than the ACC. Isn't that like sending two graduate assistants to pursue Jameis Winston?

As colleague Heather Dinich notes, Maryland already has lost two important decisions against the ACC. But both sides are digging in, as Maryland prepares to join the Big Ten officially on July 1.