Published on Tidefans.com | shared via feedlyBy Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Dec. 11, 2012 Jess nails it here. Nick Saban is in a no-win scenario, and it's one of his own making. He can't dispel the rumors because of the ill-fated comment he made to the south Florida media six years ago this month. Nor can he confirm his possible interest in taking another shot at success at football's highest level of competition because he's in the midst of preparing his program for a history-making repeat as BCS Champions. The distraction created by such "clutter" would be enormous.
In order for Maryland to be part of the shift, Loh knew he would have to convince the school’s influential donors and devoted fans. After all, Maryland helped found the ACC in the 1950s. Along with deep-rooted tradition, it could cost U-Md. as much as $52 million to the leave the league. Loh was already dodging phone calls from the ACC commissioner.“It’s money versus tradition,” Loh said in an interview. “Everybody knows there would be an outcry and we would have to deal with that. And, do we want to go through that outcry?”
“Kevin Sumlin is doing a fabulous job of recruiting. I’ve recruited against A&M for years, and they’re making their mark in recruiting against all the Big 12 teams and any team that’s coming into the state of Texas. “With that said, I think they probably overachieved this year. Knowing the talent that they had with the quarterback that played and obviously was one of if not the best player in college football. But it kind of catches up with you. I think next year will be even tougher because teams will now see what they’ve done and who the quarterback is, they’ll gameplan in the summer, and it’ll be awful tough for them to repeat what they did this year.