COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has filed a $157 million counterclaim against the Atlantic Coast Conference, alleging the league tried to recruit two Big Ten schools after Maryland announced its intention to leave for the Big Ten.
The 53-page document was filed late Monday in Raleigh, N.C. It does not name the two schools allegedly targeted by the ACC.
The counterclaim contends that representatives from Wake Forest and Pittsburgh "each contacted a Big Ten university in an attempt by the ACC to recruit at least two Big Ten schools."
Maryland is also asking the ACC to pay $16 million the school says has been improperly withheld since November 2012, when Maryland announced it was leaving for the Big Ten.
The story was first reported by The (Baltimore) Sun.