By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun
8:21 PM EST, February 3, 2012
COLLEGE PARK - The Maryland football team is tentatively scheduled to open the 2012 season at home on Sept. 1 against William & Mary, followed by games at Temple, at home against Connecticut and at West Virginia on Sept. 22.
The matchups have not yet been officially announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference, but the schedule is far enough along that the school has been given nonconference opponents and dates. Head coach Randy Edsall was Connecticut's longtime coach before being hired by Maryland after the 2010 season.
Maryland's home conference schedule (no dates yet available) will feature Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Florida State and Wake Forest.
The road conference schedule will have games against Boston College, Virginia, North Carolina and Clemson.
The ACC announced Friday that football teams will switch to a nine-game conference schedule and basketball to an 18-game league schedule once Pitt and Syracuse arrive. Maryland will continue to play border rival Virginia in football each year even though the Cavaliers are not in Maryland's division.
Two days after announcing his incoming recruiting class, Edsall met with reporters on Friday at the Gossett Football Team House, which has been undergoing an upgrade.
There is new equipment in the weight room, and the walls of the dining room have been freshly painted and decorated with Maryland and Under Armour symbols. The locker room doors feature fresh, poster-sized photos of Terps players with the "Protect This House' slogan in block letters.
Here are other Terps football notes:
*The multi-colored "Maryland Pride" uniforms that debuted in last season's opening game on national television will return in 2012. But the team won't say which game or games will feature the Under Armourdesigned uniforms.
* Edsall expects top quarterbacksDanny O'BrienandC.J. Brownback for the season but said O'Brien may be limited in spring practices as his broken left arm continues to heal.
The coach said Maryland, which has a new offensive coordinator in Mike Locksley, plans to play "a multiple, pro-style offense that will incorporate some spread mechanics in it." The Terps employed a no-huddle, spread offense last season under coordinator Gary Crowton, who lasted just one season as the Terps went 2-10.
* Edsall says defensive line coach Greg Gattuso will be given title of assistant head coach -- the No. 2 guy. "It's a guy that I trust a lot," Edsall said. "If I have to be gone for a day or whatever, that's the guy who is in charge."
* Terps offensive lineman Pete DeSouza won't be able to continue his playing career but will be a student coach. He had suffered multiple leg fractures in a scooter accident in 2010.
*Edsall said the team's grade point average of 2.54 for the semester was the second-highest in the past eight years. The NCAA stripped Maryland of three football scholarships because of poor academic progress report scores in the years before Edsall arrived.
* Terps linebacker Desmond Kearse will no longer be on the team for academic reasons, Edsall said.
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