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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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It’s time to show some appreciation in this week’s #WNSTSweet16

Posted on 18 February 2014 by Glenn Clark


I thought my first crack at the #WNSTSweet16 (Driven by Jerry’s Chevrolet) was difficult. This one was excruciating. Much like Drew Forrester, I probably did better the first time around than I did this.

We’re recognizing the Sweet 16 “Most Underappreciated Maryland Basketball Players”. If you missed the set-up, check it out here.

Here we go.

16. Juan Dixon

I wanted to get this out of the way quickly. There are two ways Dixon qualifies as being “underappreciated”.

1-As I mentioned during my “Most Disliked Dukies” conversation on the show last week, I still haven’t let go of the fact that Juan Dixon was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2002 by the media members that saw him most (still an upset considering how many voters are based in North Carolina) but Duke’s Jason Williams still somehow managed to claim the Wooden Award and Naismith Player of the Year Award. Somehow the rest of the country appreciated Dixon less than the people who saw him the most.

2-This will bother a number of people, but Juan Dixon was the greatest player in Maryland basketball history. Somehow there are people that are unwilling to accept this. Perhaps he wasn’t the most talented, most naturally gifted or the most physically impressive player in school history. Perhaps another player would have joined Dixon in winning a national championship had the NCAA Tournament accepted at-large teams in the past.

It doesn’t change anything. He’s the best player in school history and the fact that some of you are clinching your fists in reaction is the reason why I included the most decorated player in school history on the list.

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For this week’s #WNSTSweet16, we appreciate Terps who haven’t been

Posted on 16 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already six lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”

We’re into Week 7 of the #WNSTSweet16 list and I’m back on the clock. Of course, I don’t really want to think about “the clock” all that much considering how it ran out on Maryland Saturday night against Duke just after Charles Mitchell’s turnaroud hung tantalizingly on the rim.

It was a final (scheduled) dramatic moment between Maryland and Duke, a rivalry that has seen a number of great players on both sides. While Jake Layman played well in the field half and Dez Wells was outstanding in the second half Saturday, I doubt we’d even consider labeling any of the players on the court in black and red Saturday night “great”.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all fully appreciated.

This week’s list looks at exactly that topic. The Sweet 16 “Underappreciated Maryland Basketball players”.

Our first six topics have been much more broad, allowing for multiple local teams/athletes in multiple sports to be considered for each list. This is our first (but won’t be the only) to focus individually on one particular team.

“Underappreciated” is an interesting term. “Appreciate” is defined by Webster’s as “to understand the worth or importance of something or someone”. In that vain, those that are underappreciated have not been fully credited for their value.

I started thinking about this list a few weeks ago and have still struggled to determine who might end up cracking the Sweet 16. In order to be underappreciated, you must have been good enough to deserve appreciation. So there are two major pieces of criteria involved in this conversation: 1-Was the player good enough to deserve appreciation? and 2-Did the player receive the level of recognition/appreciation he deserved?

Drew Nicholas’ name has certainly come to mind for a me a few times as I’ve considered the topic. He’s a player who is remembered for one (amazing) shot but not particularly remembered for the very solid career and exceptional senior campaign he had.

Similarly, Sarunas Jasikevicius is someone I have thought of in regards to the topic. One of the better shooters in Maryland history, he is likely more remembered for the fact that his name would have collected a great Scrabble score than for what he accomplished on the court.

Names like Keith Gatlin, Mo Howard and Derrick Lewis have also come to mind as players who were very good but perhaps not remembered in the way they deserve to be in Terrapins history.

What Terps am I missing? Who else was better than history would lead you to believe? Who hasn’t received the recognition they are worthy of receiving? My age doesn’t necessarily allow me to have vivid memories of many payers before the Gary Williams era, which makes fully compiling the list much more difficult.

I want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email me via glenn@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, I will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and I will discuss it with Drew Forrester and Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. I will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Chevrolet”.

Let’s show some appreciation to some former (or current) Terps who haven’t received enough. Let me know what direction that appreciation should go!



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