Category Archives: College Football

Maryland-B1G Roundtable: ‘I’ve Always Hated Penn St. Anyway’

The news today that Maryland will leave the ACC to join the Big Ten has the college sports world back on the brink of conference armageddon. Beyond what changes may come, many Terps fans are left confused, upset, excited, or some combination of everything.

We polled our “staff” for their reactions and provided everything below. It’s hard to say what, if any, consensus was reached, but maybe a sad reluctance to leave the ACC was matched with an understanding of the financial landscape of college sports that forced the move. Tell us what you think.

Brad Parker:

When I first heard the news on Saturday I was angry and distraught. I’ve been fiercely loyal to the ACC my entire life and it’s hard to imagine a life without at least one shot to knock off Duke every year. Basically, the move was just one more reason to dislike Kevin Anderson.

But after a couple of days of letting it sink in, and reading some very smart in-depth analysis, there are reasons to embrace the move. Obviously the finances make sense, as does being proactive in an unstable environment.

We’ve all seen the same arguments for and against, here are a few things you might not have thought about.

1. Maryland in the Rose Bowl. It might not happen in the next 5 years, but I plan on being alive for more than 5 years. I’m warning my sister now that when it does happen I’ll be crashing on her couch in LA for few days.

2. Beating Penn St. UMD and PSU used to play every year. In my lifetime there was only one time when the Terps didn’t lose. I was at that glorious 13-13 tie in Baltimore. I plan on being there when we finally win a game against them. PSU football is our new Duke basketball.

3. Road trips. I could care less about going to a game at Wake Forest, but tell me you’re not psyched to see the Terps play at the Big House, or Columbus, or Happy Valley, or Lincoln. All of those venues are on most college football bucket lists, now you’ll have a chance every couple of years to cross it off.

It will take some time to adjust, but wouldn’t you rather make the move now than be desperately scrambling to find a home after other leave the ACC?

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Should Maryland Join the Big Ten?

Rumors are swirling about Maryland joining the Big Ten.

Word is there are serious negotiations for Maryland, a charter member of the ACC, to exit the basketball-centric conference and join the Midwest-centric Big Ten. Geographically Maryland playing Iowa doesn’t make a lot of sense, but financially the B1G offers a lot of cash.

If this thing happens, dollars will be the driver. But there are other reasons too. It’s too early to know, but most Terps fans do not like the idea. Expect much more on this as it unfolds.

One thing we know for sure: Legends and Leaders are the two worst conference division names in history. If Maryland does join the Big Ten, maybe the Terps can demand that be changed.

Andy’s A-11, Where College Hoops Is Back!

Mr. I Maryland Sports Correspondent Andy Peden casts his weekly ballot in the so-called Atlantic 11 college hoops poll.

1. Georgetown (13-2, 3-1) — Appear to be the best DMV team, but the Hoos are closing.

2. Virginia (14-1, 1-0) — We’ll get a real good feel for them this week with a game at Duke.

3. George Mason (12-4, 4-0) — They are starting to roll with five straight.

4. Virginia Tech (11-4, 0-1) — Dropped because they lost to Wake who lost to Wofford at home five days prior.

5. Maryland (10-4, 0-1) — This is a totally different team with Howard and Len, but they still lost to NC State.

6. VCU (11-5, 2-2) — They were rolling but stumbled this past week. Expect them to challenge Mason this year in the CAA.

7. Richmond (10-7, 1-1) — Just good enough to not get lumped in the bottom mess.

8-11. — If I had to pick the next best team I’d probably go with American. It’s either them or Loyola. No one else appears to be any good.

Guest Post: The BCS Is Yet Another DMV Sports Killer

Here to collect his winnings from one of our Redskins Predictions contests in the form of a guest post is Mr. Irrelevant reader illformula.

A recurring theme we often see this time of year is that the BCS is a flawed system. The most common argument being that it’s a foggy formula with arbitrary results. It doesn’t provide an equal opportunity for some of the best college football teams in the country to win a national championship. Every other core collegiate and professional sport utilizes a playoff format that not only provides a fair chance for all participants, but also a creates an exciting lose-or-go-home atmosphere.

Everyone has their own opinion in the BCS vs. playoff debate. It’s a debate that’s been well documented and increasingly criticized over the last decade. Regardless of which side you stand on, there’s one thing that we here in the DMV should agree on: the likelihood of any local team becoming a powerhouse and repeatedly competing for a national title is not good.

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DMV: Jerry Sandusky Spurned By Maryland Three Times

Accused Penn State child abuser Jerry Sandusky was a finalist for Maryland’s head coaching job in 1991, 1996 and 2000. [City Desk]

LaVar Arrington, who played for Sandusky, was shocked by the allegations. [Hard Hits]

The Caps were waxed by the Stars at home, losing 5-2. [Japers' Rink]

Ten things you may not know about the Caps’ Karl Alzner. [Capital Games]

The Caps and Rangers swapped minor prospects. [Caps Insider]

Ravens, Redskins fought over strippers, says Bart Scott. [Shutdown Corner]

This detailed review of FedEx Field is not a favorable one. [Burgundy Blog]

The Skins picked up ’08 SF first-round DE Kentwan Balmer. [The Insider]

Sounds like the Nats are interested in signing Roy Oswalt. [Ken Rosenthal]

Thanks to the lockout, Buckhantz and Chenier are calling AU games. [Bog]

NBC4′s Jim Vance tells a great story about the late Joe Frazier. [DCist]

Notre Dame Sees Maryland’s Unis, Laughs In Their General Direction

This is the football helmet that the Fighting Irish will be wearing when they visit FedEx Field on Saturday to take on the Terps (via SB Nation):

I suppose that if I liked the unis Maryland trotted out against Miami earlier this season, I should like these, but I do not. Not that I really care, though.

Notre Dame’s got to make this glorified exhibition interesting somehow.

Hindsight Says JMU-Over-Va. Tech Was Bigger Than App. State-Over-Michigan

When it happened, I thought JMU’s win over Va. Tech was a bigger upset than Appalachian State’s win over Michigan in 2007. Primarily because, while both saw ranked I-A/FBS teams fall to I-AA/FCS teams, JMU and Va. Tech are in the same state. Secondarily because I went to JMU.

The campuses are separated by just two hours of south-by-southwestern Virginia highway. Many folks who hail from the D.C. area, myself included, applied to both schools. Every Duke knows a Hokie, and vice versa. Boone County is 600 miles away from the Big House, so I’m pretty sure that’s not happening with App. State and Michigan.

Since JMU’s triumph, however, history seems to favor App. State’s. Maybe that’s because Michigan was ranked No. 5 at the time of their loss and Va. Tech only 13. Or maybe it’s because the Dukes didn’t get an SI cover like the Mountaineers did. Whatever it was, JMU-over-Va. Tech didn’t even top Dr. Saturday’s list of the best upsets of 2010.

But the season is over, and all the data is in, so we can quantify this a bit:

Michigan finished 18th in the AP and 19th in the USA Today in ’07, while App. St. won the FCS championship.

Va. Tech finished 16th in the AP and 15th in the USA Today in ’10, while JMU missed the FCS playoffs.

So there you go. Even putting aside the proximity of the schools involved, the ’07 Michigan team was slightly worse than Va. Tech in ’10, and ’07 App. St. was far better than ’10 JMU.

I suppose that’s not the way JMU wanted to seize the title of Biggest Upset in FCS History, but they’ll take it, and it should be remembered as such.

DMV: Md.-Navy Renamed the Crab Bowl

Monday’s Midshipmen-Terps tilt is now dubbed the Crab Bowl, and it has its own trophy. [Hometown Annapolis via Testudo Times and D1scourse]

Livan Hernandez gets a well-earned one-year extension. [Nats Journal]

Nyjer Morgan benched for trying to run over a catcher. [NatsFanboyLooser]

Rob Dibble’s hiatus continued through the weekend. [Fire Jim Bowden]

Four big things the Nats must do to contend in 2013. [Fire Jim Bowden]

Spotted: A moldy hot dog bun at Nats Park. [Dempsey's Army]

Nats take series from Cards; O’s sweep Angels(!). [WaPo, The Sun]

O’s have first winning August since ’97 thanks to pitching. [Krem's Sports]

Shanahan and Haynesworth are all smiles these days. [Redskins Insider]

Video: Larry Johnson’s post-TD dunk celebration. [Redskins Blog]

Video: Rex Grossman’s muffed snap-turned-safety. [SB Nation D.C.]

Positional summary of who the Redskins are cutting/keeping. [TBD]

Five things we’ve learned about the Skins starters. [CSN Washington]

FedEx’s new standing-room section is loud and stuff. [Hogs Haven]

Eazy Yi puts up some big numbers at the World Championships. [TAI]

DMV: Is Mike Leach Succeeding Fridge?

mike-leach-finga-gunz.jpgTwo ESPN reporters predict Leach will land in College Park this “decade.” Hey, he’s already got the Finga Gunz down. [Testudo Times]

A fine column about Gary Williams upon his 1,000th game. [John Feinstein]

Brush up on your bracketology for the local teams. [DCist]

London Fletcher backdoors into the Pro Bowl, nominated for Walter Payton Award. [Redskins Blog].

Why drafting Bradford makes no sense. [Blog on the Warpath, Hogs Haven]

Mike Williams, Dockery and Kyle Shanahan were teammates. [Skins Blog]

“Perhaps the best regular season week in [Caps] history.” [Ted's Take]

Former 1st-rounder Eric Fehr is playing well for the Caps. [WaPo]

O’s bring Miggy back to play 3B, which may be a good thing. [Camden Chat]

Tejada may bat cleanup, at least for a while. [The Wayward O]

The Wiz get whipped at home by the Clips. Depressing. [Wizards Insider]

At least the #FreeMikeJames movement made progress. [Truth About It]

WaPo Mag cover story on how Under Armour’s challenging Nike. [WaPo]