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Big Ten Network adds former Terps Merriman, Nicholas, etc.

Posted on 23 July 2014 by WNST Staff

BTN Adds Maryland Experts to its Talent Roster

Network to dedicate entire day of programming to Maryland Athletics on July 31

CHICAGO – BTN is welcoming the University of Maryland to the conference in a B1G way, adding Maryland experts to its on-air roster and planning a full day of programming dedicated to Maryland Athletics.

Joining BTN’s on-air roster are Scott McBrien, former Maryland quarterback and Shawne Merriman, a former Maryland linebacker, 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and three-time NFL Pro Bowl selection.  McBrien will serve as a game analyst and Merriman will be a studio analyst.

Returning to BTN as a studio analyst is Gary Williams, coach of the 2002 NCAA champion basketball team and 2014 College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.  New to the team are Dan Bonner, longtime ACC announcer, and Drew Nicholas, a member of the 2002 National Champion Terrapin basketball team.  Nicholas will be studio analysts while Bonner will be a game analyst. Additionally, former Maryland basketball player Christy Winters-Scott will serve as both a studio and game analyst for women’s basketball.

New play-by-play announcers will include Joe Beninati, the voice of the Washington Capitals (football, lacrosse); Dave Johnson, voice of the Washington Wizards and DC United (soccer); and Frank Hanrahan, voice of the Washington Mystics and morning anchor on WNEW Radio (football sideline, women’s basketball ).

BTN will televise at least 40 football games this fall, including Maryland versus 2013 Big Ten Champion and Rose Bowl victor Michigan State at Byrd Stadium on Nov. 15, as well as James Madison at Maryland on Aug. 30 and West Virginia at Maryland on Sept. 13. Television arrangements for Maryland’s remaining games will be announced six to 12 days in advance.

“Maryland Day” on BTN will be Thursday, July 31, and will feature some of the most memorable games in Terrapin history.

At 10 AM ET, the network will air The Big Ten Welcomes Maryland, a 60-minute show hosted by BTN’s Dave Revsine. Revsine will be joined in studio by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, while BTN football analyst Gerry DiNardo discusses the history and future of Maryland football and BTN basketball analyst Jim Jackson shares his perspective on Terrapin hoops. Also featured on the show will be interviews with Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson, football coach Randy Edsall, men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon and former basketball standouts Juan Dixon and John Lucas. The show also will air at 3 PM ET and 10 PM ET.

Below is a partial schedule for July 31. Complete listings available at BTN.com/Shows.

ALL TIMES EASTERN                        

8 AM

Maryland Basketball Classic

Maryland 69, Florida 68 (12/10/2003)

  • Gary Williams gets his 300th career victory at Maryland in an upset win over top-ranked Florida

 

10 AM

The Big Ten Welcomes Maryland

11 AM

Maryland Football Classic

Maryland 42, Miami 40 (11/10/1984)

  • After trailing 31-0 at half, Frank Reich leads Maryland to victory over Bernie Kosar and the Miami Hurricanes.

 

1 PM

Maryland Basketball Classic

Maryland 77, North Carolina 72 (2/20/1986)

  • Len Bias dominates with 35 points in Maryland’s victory over North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

 

4 PM

Maryland Football Classic

Maryland 38, North Carolina State 31 (11/27/2010)

  • Danny O’Brien throws for 417 yards and all 4 touchdown passes to Torrey Smith in Maryland’s big win.

6 PM

Maryland Basketball Classic

1984 ACC Championship Game: Maryland 74, Duke 62 (3/11/1984)

  • Len Bias is named ACC Tournament MVP after scoring 26 points in a victory over Duke in the ACC Tournament Championships.

8 PM

Maryland Basketball Classic

2002 NCAA Championship Game: Maryland 64, Indiana 52 (4/1/2002)

  • Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter lead Maryland to victory over Indiana in the 2002 NCAA Championship Game.

10 PM

The Big Ten Welcomes Maryland

1 AM

Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Classic

2014 NCAA Championship Game: Maryland 15, Syracuse 12 (5/25/2014)

  • Five goals from Beth Glaros helps Maryland capture its 11th national championship

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Maryland/Michigan State football game to be played in primetime

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Terps and Spartans to be Featured in Primetime

Maryland and defending Rose Bowl champion Michigan State to be highlighted on BTN

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Maryland football’s November 15 home date against defending Rose Bowl champion Michigan State is set for a8 p.m. kickoff and will be carried live on the Big Ten Network, the conference announced Tuesday.

For the Terps, it is the first scheduled televised primetime game since Maryland took on Notre Dame at FedEx Field on Nov. 12, 2011, and its first home contest to be featured in primetime since facing Clemson on Oct. 15, 2011.

Maryland and Michigan State will be meeting for the first time since 1950 when the Terps walked away from East Lansing with a 34-7 victory. The Spartans will be making only their second trip to College Park all-time. Michigan State earned an 8-0 win over the Terps in 1944 in Maryland’s only home game against the Spartans. Michigan State leads the all-time series 4-1.

Last season, the Spartans finished 13-1 en route to the Big Ten championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl where they defeated Stanford, 24-20.

Times and television information for the remainder of the Terps’ 2014 schedule will be announced at a later date.

 

– Maryland –

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Former coach Williams honored before Maryland/Ohio State game

Posted on 04 December 2013 by WNST Staff

WILLIAMS HONORED PRIOR TO OHIO STATE GAME

Dec. 4, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Maryland head coach Gary Williams was presented with a plaque by Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany prior to Wednesday’s game at No. 5 Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Williams served as the Buckeyes’ head coach for three seasons from 1987-89 prior to his legendary coaching tenure at Maryland.

“Gary is an outstanding ambassador to college basketball,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “With his passion and tireless work ethic, he changed the culture and brought back a winning tradition to both basketball programs at Maryland and Ohio State. He and his teams made an indelible mark in both the ACC and Big Ten conferences and this recognition is a testament to his leadership and commitment to his student-athletes and our universities.”

A member of the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame, University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Washington Sports Hall of Champions, and the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum Hall of Legends, Williams ranks third in ACC history with 461 wins behind only Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith.

In his 33 years as a head coach, he amassed an overall record of 668-380 (.637), including 461-252 (.646) at Maryland. Williams also served as head coach at Ohio State, Boston College and American.

His career is nothing short of extraordinary: 14 NCAA tournament appearances, three ACC regular season titles, ACC tournament championships, seven Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights, two Final Fours and a National Championship in 2002. Williams was the National Coach of the Year in 2002, and the ACC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2010.

Williams garnered a 59-41 (.590) record in three seasons at Ohio State, including one NCAA Tournament appearance.

Tonight’s matchup marks the first meeting between Maryland and Ohio State since 1985 – two seasons prior to Williams’ arrival as head coach. The Buckeyes won the game at home, 78-66.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 05 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Loyola @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Auto Racing: NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Advocare 500 (Sunday 3pm from Avondale, AZ live on ESPN); College Soccer: Stony Brook @ UMBC (Wednesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); High School Soccer: MPSSAA 4A Quarterfinal-Blake vs. Perry Hall(Tuesday 4pm Honeygo Park), State Semifinals (Saturday 12pm Richard Montgomery High School); Boxing: Rocky Martinez vs. Mikey Garcia (Saturday 9:30pm from Corpus Christi, TX live on HBO)

10. John Fogerty (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Paramore/Metric/Hellogoodbye (Saturday 7:30pm Patriot Center), Lynyrd Skynyrd (Sunday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Taking Back Sunday (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Less Than Jake/Anti-Flag (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Parachute/Plain White T’s (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live); The Wild Feathers (Sunday 8pm Ottobar); Streetlight Manifesto (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Living Colour (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Reel Big Fish (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), New Found Glory/Alkaline Trio (Thursday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Toad The Wet Sprocket (Thursday 6pm 9:30 Club), J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Thursday 10pm 9:30 Club); Grouplove/Saints of Valory (Friday 8pm Bender Arena); Mavis Staples (Friday 8pm Kay Theatre); Rebirth Brass Band (Friday & Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton), Aaron Neville (Sunday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP2″ and M.I.A. “Matangi” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know damn well I’ll be at The Lyric Wednesday night for Fogerty. Greatness is greatness, y’all.

I will also be at The Ottobar Sunday night to enjoy the Wild Feathers. And probably drink and try not to think about football.

J. Roddy Walston might well have the Album of the Year. I mean that.

Mavis Staples could convert you. To anything.

9. Kevin James (Wednesday 7pm Warner Theatre), John Oliver (Friday 7:30pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); Bill Burr (Thursday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Pauly Shore (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: Dark World” out in theaters (Friday); White House Down” and “Grown Ups 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Maryland Irish Festival (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds)

You may know Thor better as “The Avenger you didn’t give a crap about but then your fiancee found out he existed”.

Oh my God-you guys remember when Pauly Shore was a thing???

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Navy/Indiana to air on Big Ten Network

Posted on 06 May 2013 by WNST Staff

HOOSIERS TO HOST THREE BTN PRIMETIME GAMES

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Three of Indiana Football’s eight 2013 home games will air in primetime on BTN, it was announced Monday afternoon. The Hoosiers season opener against Indiana State on Thursday, Aug. 29, will kick off at 7 p.m. ET.

The Navy game on Saturday, Sept. 7, is slated for a 6 p.m. start and the Sept. 21 Missouri game is set for an 8 p.m. kick.

This season marks the second time in school history the program will host eight games (2008). IU is 2-0 in Thursday season openers at Memorial Stadium, defeating Eastern Kentucky in 2009 and Towson in 2010.

Navy makes its first trip to Bloomington since 1986. The Hoosiers have won both meetings between the two programs at Memorial Stadium.

Indiana faces Bowling Green for the first time on Sept. 14 and wraps up the non-conference schedule against Missouri. IU is 6-2-2 all-time against the Tigers, including a 20-10 home victory the last time the two teams met on Sept. 26, 1992.

Following a bye week, the Hoosiers open Big Ten play against Penn State on Oct. 5. Indiana will then host Minnesota (Nov. 2) and Illinois (Nov. 9) before closing out the regular season and battling Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket on Nov. 30.

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I’m not as hellbent against potential Big Ten move as some of you

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I’m not as hellbent against potential Big Ten move as some of you

Posted on 17 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Drew Forrester is right.

(You better make sure you pocket that one away for the future there, Forrester.)

He wrote Saturday morning here at WNST.net that if the University of Maryland were to jump ship from the ACC to the Big Ten (or B1G if you will), the move would be made entirely based on money.

He’s right about that. Of course, as it always is with Drew-he’s not right about everything.

Drew also said such a move would “stink…plain and simple.”

I’m not buying that whatsoever. I know he isn’t either.

Maryland to the Big Ten rumors have been reheated in recent days, and it appears as though this time there’s the actual bite that has been missing during previous rounds of rumors. In fact, a detailed ESPN.com report said Saturday school President Wallace Loh and Athletic Director Kevin Anderson were directly involved in negotiations.

The single biggest reason why a move like this WOULDN’T happen would be the $50 million exit fee the ACC is charging for a member institution to leave, but there’s monetary incentive for the B1G to be willing to help there.

Should the B1G be able to lure Maryland (and Rutgers as reports have indicated the league would also like to add), they would immediately open up three top 30 markets for likely pickup of the Big Ten Network (New York, Washington and Baltimore). Adding these three markets would prove quite lucrative for a league who created the first ever 24-7 sports television network.

That fact has been deemed understandable by most fans, but what some have struggled to understand is why Maryland would want to give up money-making basketball games against the likes of Duke and North Carolina.

Perhaps Saturday’s football game should teach you a lesson.

To understand why the move would make sense for Maryland, you must first be willing to accept a simple fact. No matter how important basketball is to your program, football is the money maker at (damn near) every major Division 1 university.

Let that sink in.

Maryland needs football revenue. It’s why they’re rotating through many different Under Armour uniforms right now. They’re hoping that with actual healthy players in the near future, they might be able to win games under Randy Edsall. If they do, that will go a long way to helping the program make money. In the meantime, their most lucrative opponents at Byrd Stadium include the likes of Virginia Tech and Florida State.

And thanks to this picture posted by InsideMDSports.com Saturday, here’s what we’ve learned about the lucrative nature of a game against Florida State…

There is no guarantee that a late season game against an Ohio State or Penn State or Michigan or Wisconsin would be significantly better attended than Saturday’s game given the dreadful state of the Maryland program after losing FOUR quarterbacks. But if THIS is as good as the ACC has to offer in football, what really is there to lose by making the jump?

There absolutely WOULD be something lost in basketball with a move to the B1G. Games against Duke and North Carolina have been perhaps the most significant athletic events the school has hosted in the last decade. That said, the conference has been a watered down mess outside the two power programs, and replacing Duke and Carolina with games against Michigan State and Indiana annually (or biannually) doesn’t sound like a terrible consolation prize. Games against Ohio State Wisconsin could serve as replacements for what would have been gained from the pending additions of Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC.

But Maryland’s reason for interest in jumping ship to the Big Ten is still much more tied to football, and namely the Big Ten Network.

The thought process is quite simple. Every Big Ten football game played every year is on television.

I want you to think about that.

Every single game is on television…not ESPN3.com.

That value cannot be dismissed in making a determination for the University of Maryland. Even the early season games against the likes of James Madison or Florida International would actually air on TV in (presumably) almost every home in the area and in other Big Ten markets, which would now include the crucial recruiting areas of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Every single game would also be available for viewing parties of alumni groups in bars and restaurants in those same markets.

Does that make sense?

On top of that, every program aired 24 hours a day, seven days a week on BTN serves as very affordable advertising for the athletic department and university as a whole.

If Maryland makes the move to the B1G, it will ABSOLUTELY be all about money.

It will NOT however “stink”.

Everyone knows (including Drew) that the only thing that actually matters in college athletics is money.

That’s “plain and simple.”

-G

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