With Maryland making the leap into the Big Ten and football season right around the corner, the Big Ten Network will now have a distinct Maryland flavor.
Former Terrapin quarterback Scott McBrien and former linebacker Shawne Merriman will join the network’s on-air roster. McBrien will be a game analyst, while Merriman will serve as a studio analyst.
In his final two seasons at Maryland, McBrien throw for 5,169 yards and 34 touchdowns and a 56 percent completion rate. The Rockville native was the MVP of the 2002 Peach Bowl and the 2004 Gator Bowl while with the Terps. On the other hand, Merriman had a very strong career with the San Diego Chargers. He was named to the ACC All-Conference team during his junior season in College Park.
From a hoops perspective, recent Hall of Fame inductee and former coach Gary Williams and former guard Drew Nicholas will be joining the Big Ten Network as studio analysts.
This all comes on the heels of Big Ten Network’s “Maryland Day” on July 31. Starting at 8 a.m. next Thursday, the network will be televising all kinds of classic Maryland football and men’s basketball games. At 10 a.m., there will be a special called “The Big Ten Welcomes Maryland.” The special will feature appearances from Terp personalities such as Athletic Director Kevin Anderson, coach Randy Edsall, coach Mark Turgeon, and former hoops stars Juan Dixon and John Lucas. There will be programming featuring the likes of former basketball star Len Bias, former signal callers Frank Reich and Danny O’Brien, and of course the 2002 National Championship team.
We’ll have a more in-depth look at the day’s lineup in the coming week. You may want to take a sick day to bask in all the glory that is the University of Maryland and their B1G history!