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Seven Stories and One Set of Beats: November 21, 2012

Get your last helping of lacrosse news before stuffing your face on Thanksgiving, jerk.

This is obviously your favorite site, but other people actually write important stuff sometimes. Now is that sometimes.

Football Above All Else? Maryland, the ACC & the Big Ten
Liz Clarke wrote an Analysis Of Maryland’s Potential Move To The Big Ten for the Washington Post, and if you haven’t read the article yet, you definitely should. Now that the move is looking official, it’s a must read. She explains how football is the major direct driver for Maryland’s move to the Big Ten, but also how the move will have HUGE secondary implications at the school… and how one of those big implications is the funding of athletics overall.

Weapon of Choice: Rob Pannell, Cornell
Rob Pannell returns in 2013 without question as one of a few sure favorites for the Tewaaraton Trophy. The attackman from Cornell has piled up 103 goals and 149 assists in his career, and he's expected to have his best season yet in his final campaign with the Big Red.

John Jay junior continues Bocklet family's D-I lacrosse tradition
The John Jay junior grew up surrounded by it. His four cousins either played or played at the Division I level — attackman Mike Bocklet (Fairfield University), defenseman Matt Bocklet (Johns Hopkins), attackman Chris Bocklet (University of Virginia) and attacker Casey Bocklet (Northwestern).

Recruiting: 2015s to Duke, Hofstra; 2014s to Princeton, Syracuse, Fairfield, Yale, Cornell, Siena
A trio of sophomores have made their respective verbal commitments, including a Top 50 Watchlist member. Also, more on the 2014 horizon.

Maryland Joins Big Ten and What It Means For Lacrosse
After wide speculation, rumors and consideration the University of Maryland Board of Regents has approved the school to join the B1G Conference. Maryland will be leaving behind a conference it helped build in 1953. It is no doubt that rivalries and school ties will be broken with UMD’s departure, but the school has been stricken with financial woes since the days of Athletic Director Debbie Yow. The most important question is, “What will happen to Maryland lacrosse and what are the implications of them leaving the ACC for the B1G?”

Maryland to Big Ten: Big Questions For Lacrosse
Maryland's decision to leave the ACC — a conference of which the Terps were a founding member and with which they have 59 years of history — and join the Big Ten will have significant trickle-down effects for lacrosse. Rutgers is also likely to join the Big Ten, with an announcement expected Tuesday.

Recruiting: Jake Reed's Fall Nike Blue Chip 2014 and 2015 Recap
A few hundred of the nation's best players from the class of 2014 and 2015 were on hand for Jake Reed's third annual fall Nike Blue Chip showcase on the campus of Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.

Today's beats: Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and if you have Netflix, you need to watch this movie: