The Big Ten Network has this awesome thing they do in the offseason where they give each school their own day on the network. It’s something the ACC simply didn’t have, and something Maryland fans are going to have to get used to. The day typically involves some combination of the featured athletic program’s most famous games as a little history lesson, be it in basketball or football (in case you’re unfamiliar with the format). If you’re a Maryland fan, you’re going to love it.
The festivities start July 31st for Maryland, and the schedule is as follows:
6AM: Maryland Terrapins vs Indiana Hoosiers, 2002 National Title game
This one needs no introduction. Maryland vs Indiana in the school’s first and only national championship. Must see TV bright and early.
8 AM: Maryland Terrapins vs #1 Florida Gators, 2003 (Basketball)
This one matters a little to the newer Terp fans, and a lot to the older ones. Florida had Maryland’s number in the early 2000’s when they beat them not only in the Orange Bowl in football, but they also ended a 13-year home win streak against non-conference opponents. Maryland played them again the next year and took revenge.
10 AM: Big Ten welcomes the Terps
11 AM: Maryland Terrapins vs #6 Miami Hurricanes, 1984 (Football)
Miracle in Miami, one of the greatest comebacks in college football history courtesy of Frank Reich.
1 PM: Maryland Terrapins vs North Carolina, 1984 (Basketball)
Michael Jordan plays against Len Bias. The best to ever play against the best to never play. Definitely worth a watch if only for the “What if?” scenarios that will inevitably sprout up.
4PM: Maryland Terrapins vs North Carolina State, 2010 (Football)
Former Maryland QB Danny O’Brien outduels Super Bowl winning QB Russell Wilson, which is hilarious and sad in retrospect.
6 PM: Maryland Terrapins vs Duke Blue Devils, 1984 (Basketball)
Terps win the ACC title in 1984 with a 12-point win over Duke and Len Bias gets named the MVP. Great ending or greatest ending ever?
8 PM: Repeat of Indiana (Basketball)
11 PM: Repeat of Miami (Football)
So there you have it, full slate of Maryland wins. It paints the program as a very successful one throughout the years, and highlights some of the genuinely impressive things they’ve done over the years. Sure, Maryland’s been down, but by and large they’re a solid athletic program that’s rebuilding. Be sure to tune in for some extremely Maryland-centric coverage on the BTN as they welcome their newcomers.