Big Ten move took Maryland coaches by surprise

Christophe Itsweire, a sophomore from Chevy Chase, said that he believes the rivalries with the Blue Devils and Tar Heels will carry over "pretty quickly" with the Hoosiers and Wolverines and even the Spartans, who knocked the Terps out of the NCAA tournament twice in an eight-year stretch.

"I think Michigan State will be fun to get some revenge on for 2010 [and 2003]," Itsweire said.

Longtime Maryland play-by-play announcer Johnny Holliday said longtime fans are "justifiable" in being upset about leaving the ACC. "But if you look years ahead for the program, it's something athletically and academically you had to do. I'd love to see Indiana come in and play Maryland in basketball. I'd love to see Michigan to come in here or for us to go up and see 103,000 for football. You have the Penn State rivalry again. I think it's going to be OK."

Former Maryland football coach Bobby Ross is like many formerly associated with the program who still follow what the Terps are doing. Like many older Maryland fans, Ross is "sad" to see the school leave the ACC, but understands the reasoning.

Though it wasn't much of a rivalry — the Terps were 1-29-1 when the series was played nearly uninterrupted between 1960 and 1993, when Maryland was crushed 70-7 at Memorial Stadium — Ross said Edsall can use the revival of the series with Penn State to his benefit.

"One of the things we used to advertise in our recruiting was that we were not too far away from around 50 million people with the location being where it was — with Ohio, Pennsylvania," said Ross, who was 39-19-1 in five seasons as coach and won three straight ACC titles from 1983-1985.

Ross even recalled taking his 1985 team to Michigan for a game that, despite a 20-0 loss, was "a great experience for us."

Ross said that he took his team to practice in "The Big House" the day before the game.

"We flew into Detroit and I didn't realize how far it was to Ann Arbor," Ross said. "We then came back and stayed right by the airport. It was a little bit of a bus ride that was probably not really smart on my part. But I wanted them to see the environment as far as the size and the magnitude of the stadium. It may or may not have been the right thing to do. I don't think it cost us the game, but it does have an effect on you. I wanted them to get all the goo-goo eyes out of their system before we played."

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