Mark Turgeon and Kevin Anderson talk Big 10

Turgeon and Anderson spoke on the Mark Turgeon Radio about Maryland's move to the Big Ten

Head Basketball Coach Mark Turgeon and Athletic Director Kevin Anderson both spoke on the radio show about Maryland's move to the Big Ten conference.

Turgeon says he was at first skeptical and thought, "There's no way this is happening right?" But he says he sat down with the Athletic Director, learned the specifics of the deal and he says, "I feel at the time for our school and our athletic department we absolutely made the right decision."

Turgeon talked about the reasons for the move, "We're hurting for money. It's going to help us in that way, but more importantly we're Maryland the University not just Maryland the Athletic Department, and this move will help our University and take us to another level academically."

Turgeon also added, "We're not changing the way we go about our job. Maryland basketball is special, it always has been special. That's not going to change. We're still going to recruit the best players and try to be the best team in the country, it's just going to change who we play."

Athletic Director Kevin Anderson called in to the show to give his thoughts on the move. "When you look at the landscape of college athletics there have been movements and changes everywhere. Its different than when we grew up. This was a great time to look at the landscape and move on to the Big Ten and join their conference."

Anderson added, "We looked at this with concern for the full institution, we looked at the collaboration that they have and how they work to do things together. There's no question that the athletics is great for us, they have great programs top to bottom."

Anderson also commented on the financial impact of the move, "The financial benefit will help us stabilize our financial situation Well be able to move on and have some financial security."

When it comes to bringing back some of the programs that Maryland has cut in the past few years, Anderson is hopeful. "We're going to review the data and see how the finances work out, were going to do it smart. We're not committing to anything right now, but at the end of the day I know there will be some sports reinstated."

More to come from the show later, including Turgeon's analysis of Maryland's win over LIU-Brooklyn, preview of Tuesday's Lafayette matchup, and special guest Pe'Shon Howard joined the show.


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