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If those players have a strong affinity for the region and are geographically opposed to so many road games so far away, big problem.

Only time will tell how Maryland fares athletically and aesthetically in the Big Ten. But aren’t those supposed to be shallow concerns compared to how well the school does financially and academically? If all the sports are paid for, isn’t it OK if teams perhaps are a little less competitive?

I deplore the arms race in college sports as much as anyone. The escalating coaches’ salaries, skyrocketing stadium expansions and never-ending facility upgrades are a bit sickening. But that’s the game. Since Maryland has decided to play (whether it should is a different discussion) the school should do its best within the rules.

Not the rules from 25 years ago, before the Big East decided to become a football power and lured Virginia Tech, Rutgers and West Virginia from the Atlantic 10. Nowadays, blackjack dealers do less shuffling than conference commissioners. Schools need to look for the best hand, not the most familiar faces.

Like many other observers, my initial reaction to the move was displeasure, disgust and disbelief. But once the shock wave of emotion receded, I saw good reasons.

Millions of them.

And in this instance, there’s nothing shameful or regrettable about “doing it for the money.”