Report: Future Maryland-Syracuse series ‘definitely’ happening

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Once the University of Maryland waltzes into the Big Ten next summer, the window into future games against old ACC rivals figures to slam shut. Maybe a matchup here or there, but by all accounts it doesn’t seem like the long-standing ACC members are particularly eager to schedule the Terrapins.

Now the new, incoming members? That’s a different story.

Speaking to reporters Monday afternoon at ACC media day, Coach Randy Edsall said Maryland has been working on scheduling a future series with Syracuse, Edsall’s alma mater, for games after the Terps leave for the Big Ten. A report on Syracuse.com, citing Syracuse deputy athletic director Herman Frazier, said the series will “definitely” happen “down the road.” Any specifics, such as date, location and series format have not been finalized at this time, according to the report.

“That’s a team we’ve worked on trying to do a couple more games with,” said Edsall, a 1980 Syracuse graduate.

Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson did not immediately respond to a text message requesting comment, though because the contract has not been finalized, it’s unlikely the Terrapins will comment until it’s done.

Maryland, which will host Syracuse on Nov. 9 at Byrd Stadium this season for its penultimate ACC home game, is 14-18-2 all-time against the Orange with four straight losses. The two teams haven’t played since 1994, but faced off every season from 1965 to 1978 and seven more times in the 1980s.

“I have great memories of the time, I was there for 15 years, four years playing and 11 as a coach,” Edsall said. “I met my wife there, my daughter was born there. I’ve got great memories of Syracuse, still have great friends that live up there, still have a tremendous amount of respect for my alma mater and for their program. I’m just glad that when you go back and play them now, there’s a dome there, as opposed to Archbald Stadium. In November, it could get pretty darn cold up there.”

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