Former Maryland stars McBrien, Merriman to join Big Ten Network as analysts

The Big Ten Network announced Wednesday night that it is adding former Maryland quarterback Scott McBrien and linebacker Shawne Merriman as analysts, a move to add new expertise ahead of the school’s first season in the conference.

McBrien, who starred for the Terrapins during the 2002 and 2003 seasons and led the school to a Gator Bowl victory in January 2004, will serve as a game analyst for the network. Merriman, the former Maryland linebacker who went on to win 2005 NFL defensive rookie of the year honors with the San Diego Chargers, will work as a studio analyst.

The network is also adding former Maryland Coach Gary Williams and ex-players Drew Nicholas and Christy Winters-Scott as basketball analysts. Longtime ACC announcer Dan Bonner will also serve as a men’s basketball game analyst.

The announcement marks a return to the Big Ten Network for Williams, who will serve as a studio analyst. Nicholas will also work as a studio analyst, while Winters-Scott will serve as both a studio and game analyst for women’s basketball.

The Big Ten Network reached a deal with Comcast last month for distribution in Maryland, and will carry up to 40 football games this fall. The network also announced Wednesday that it will devote an entire day of programming to Maryland on July 31.

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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Roman Stubbs · July 21, 2014