With Maryland and Rutgers set to join the Big Ten beginning in 2014, second-year coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday that he is looking forward to having new, closer neighbors to battle with for recruits and ultimately in the league's recently aligned East Division.
In a perfect world, Randy Edsall can envision the day when the Maryland football team plays before packed crowds at Byrd Stadium, when the Terps challenge perennial powers in their league, when he and his staff attract most of the top high school talent in the state as well as from other parts of the country.
Washington State is barely on anyone's radar when it comes to college football, so fans on the East Coast might not be following what has transpired in Mike Leach's first season in Pullman. It has a striking resemblance to Randy Edsall's first season in College Park.
After Maryland went 2-10 last season, senior starters Joe Vellano, A.J. Francis, Kenneth Tate, Kevin Dorsey and others imagined that their final seasons would coincide with a turnaround performance punctuated by a bowl game.
Darrius Heyward-Bey likes a challenge. Or perhaps more appropriately, he enjoys being challenged. From adolescence to McDonogh to Maryland, Heyward-Bey has encountered doubts and at each turn, he has overcome those obstacles.
Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson deserves some credit for helping get Dez Wells eligible before the Terps take the court at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night against defending national champion Kentucky.
Bill Vaughan, of North Laurel, has gone from being part of the excitement to watching it through a camera lens. The son of a firefighter, Vaughan spent 28 years with the Montgomery County Fire Department and reached the level of master firefighter before retiring in 1996.
Junior quarterback C.J. Brown became the first major casualty of preseason practice. Second-year coach Randy Edsall announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon that Brown will miss the 2012 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
It was four years, three defensive coordinators, two head coaches and one knee surgery ago that Kenny Tate took his spot on Maryland's kick-return team and watched as the ball was kicked high into the warm, late-summer air to begin his freshman season.
All that mattered to Mike Williams, a lineman from Archbishop Spalding, and DeAndre Lane, a record-setting running back from Catonsville, was that their hometown school selected them to be part of a potentially unprecedented turnaround built on local players.