Just barely a week after the University of Maryland announced their decision to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten, the ACC has filed a lawsuit against the university in a North Carolina state court.
The legal filing was made in the Greensboro courthouse yesterday and was confirmed by a state court clerk. The ACC is headquartered in Greenboro, North Carolina.
The lawsuit is a contract suit as the ACC is seeking the $50 million required that the university pay the ACC in order to leave the conference.
The new fee of $50 million was voted on and by all ACC schools except Maryland and Florida State University. The decision was announced when the conference announced that Notre Dame would be joining the ACC as a partial member back in September.
Maryland is leaving the ACC as one of the seven remaining seven chartered members of the conference that remains. After their departure it will leave Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Wake Forest as the six remaining charter members of the ACC.
Maryland has had some success in the conference, but things have never quit settled and gone well for them in recent years. A step down to a smaller conference makes a lot of sense as Maryland looks to get their athletic programs back on track!