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Court To Hear Lawsuit Over Maryland's Withdrawal From ACC

The Terps defected from the ACC, opting to join the Big 10 instead.
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The Terps defected from the ACC, opting to join the Big 10 instead.

Today a judge in Prince George's County will hear arguments in a lawsuit over the University of Maryland's withdrawal from the Atlantic Coast Conference. 

Maryland announced in November that it will leave the ACC for the Big Ten in 2014. The ACC is suing  the school  to make it pay a $52 million penalty for exiting the conference. Maryland is in turn, suing the ACC, calling the penalty illegal. 

The ACC is asking Maryland's lawsuit be dismissed or stayed until the lawsuit it filed against the school is concluded. 

Maryland says the withdrawal penalty would wipe out nearly its entire athletic budget and is illegal under Maryland antitrust law. 

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