By Bailey Hayek
This year, our 61st year in the ACC, brings a sense of nostalgia to the athletic teams on campus.
This season serves as the last time UMD will face ACC rivalries and still share the ACC label.
As expected, 61 years of playing the same teams cries for many memories fashioned by athletes, coaches and students alike.
Brandon Casas, a pitcher for the baseball team, said that his favorite memory playing an ACC rival was the Miami game last year.
The game went into the bottom of the 13th on one hit but the sophomore marketing and finance major said that it was an experience he will never forget.
The level of competition between an ACC rivalry team and one of our very own UMD teams is so high because it has taken time to build the enmity.
Every UMD student, dating back to the beginning of our school’s history, has some memory of a big conference rival game.
“My best memory of being a Terps fan is the Duke rivalry,” said UMD alumna Stacy Allwein. “This rivalry, to me, is what Maryland basketball was all about from Cole to Comcast.”
This year, Maryland Madness was held in Cole Field House in order to commemorate the years the basketball team spent playing there as a part of the ACC conference.
It was a special experience for alumni and current students to share in the history of UMD’s athletic history.
“Having this as the last year in the ACC gives everyone a sense of nostalgia; however, we know that new things are on the horizon,” said Casas. “I think we’re ready for the move, but I think we want to leave this year with a bang and win a national and conference championship.”
As UMD moves into the future, new rivalries will be formed as our school finds its place amongst the other Big 10 challengers.
“My parents went to Michigan State, so my entire family is very excited for UMD to play them,” said Kim Turner, a sophomore journalism major.
Athletes are looking forward to the fresh challenges the new conference brings.
“I think the strongest team in the Big Ten that we look forward to facing is Indiana,” said Casas. “They played extremely well last year and have a lot of great players so it should be competitive and fun”