Frese added that the move "doesn't change who we are at Maryland as far as being a Top 5 program" but that the fan support women's basketball receives at most Big Ten schools will help raise the profile of the program.

Brad Kretzler, a 2012 gradute who wore a Maryland football jersey to Monday's event in Baltimore, said he has gradually embraced the move to the Big Ten.

"I was just more worried about [men's] basketball than anything," said Kretzler, who is originally from Hagerstown but now lives in Baltimore. "I thought it was great for football, but I was going to miss the Duke rivalry and the Virginia rivalry. It is nice that we're playing Virginia in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge [in 2014-15]. Overall I think it's going to be good for the school."

The way the Terps were treated the past two years by what Kretzler kiddingly called "the All-Carolina Conference" — including not playing either Duke or North Carolina at home last season in men's or women's basketball — helped him get over his initial concerns.

Kretzler, a season-ticket holder for football and men's basketball, is looking to see some teams he has watched only on televison come into Byrd Stadium and Comcast Center.

"It's going to be a lot of fun. There's a lot more bigger-name teams," he said. "It's probably going to increase ticket sales. There's going to be a lot more sellout crowds than there's been in the past."

Gelbaugh said he is looking forward to one game in particular. Gelbaugh faced Penn State three times in his career, and though the Terps lost those games by a total of 11 points, he was part of what was a one-sided series (1-35-1) dominated by the Nittany Lions.

"I'm happy if we can beat 'em," Gelbaugh said. "We owe 'em a few."

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