South Florida announced a home-and-home series with Maryland last week, set for Sept. 6, 2014 (in Tampa) and Sept. 19, 2015 (in College Park). The two programs have never met.
Coach Randy Edsall has mentioned that the Terrapins might begin pulling their fleet of Florida recruiters from the Sunshine State to focus on more Big Ten-centric, Midwestern territory. But the Bulls series now gives Maryland four Florida trips over the next five seasons, including Florida State in 2013, South Florida in 2014, Florida International in 2016 and Central Florida in 2017.
Here’s how Maryland’s nonconference schedule looks from 2014 and beyond:
2014: at South Florida (Sept. 6), West Virginia (TBA), James Madison (TBA)
2015: Bowling Green (Sept. 12), South Florida (Sept. 19), Richmond (TBA), at West Virginia (TBA)
2016: at FIU (Sept. 10), Central Florida (TBA), Howard (TBA), at West Virginia (TBA).
2017: at Texas (Sept. 2), Central Florida (TBA), West Virginia (TBA)
2018: vs. Texas (Sept. 1 at FedEx)
>> Sources told ESPN.com that the Big Ten will replace its “Leaders” and “Legends” divisional names once Maryland and Rutgers realign to the conference. Simple “East” and “West” divisions will become the new names.
The proposed East division, according to ESPN.com, includes Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers. The West features Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Purdue.
A source also told ESPN.com that a 10-game conference schedule is no longer possible because teams require seven home games.
>> Based off a few player tweets, it sounds like linebacker Bradley Johnson underwent surgery on Friday.
Prayers go up to my man @jevonterp getting surgery today !!!
— Lorne L.A. Goree (@BobbyBouchay) April 19, 2013
Per an individual with knowledge of the situation, Johnson’s surgery was a minor clean-up situation to fix an unnamed injury. The rising senior, who figures to challenge for the backup spot behind Cole Farrand at inside linebacker, is expected to make a full recovery by summer.
>> Per FOX Sports/Scout.com, former Maryland guard Pe’Shon Howard will officially visit the University of Southern California on Monday. Earlier this month, Howard announced he would transfer home to the Southern California area to be closer to his sick grandmother. The Trojans lost point guard Jio Fontan to graduation, and new coach Andy Enfield (formerly of Florida Gulf Coast) is searching for a new floor general.
>> Speaking of hardship transfers, running back Justus Pickett, who left Maryland to attend to a reportedly serious family matter at home in North Carolina, took in the University of Tennessee spring football game.
>> Coach Mark Turgeon made the trip to Pittsburgh for the Pitt Jam Fest. Here he is looking very carefully at something off-camera (via Broadneck’s Alex D’Alessio)
— Alex D’Alessio (@AyeeDeee) April 20, 2013
>> Top 2014 target Dion Wiley averaged 15 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game for Team Takeover at the Nike EYBL event in Los Angeles this weekend. He also shot a blistering 48 percent on three-pointers. On Sunday, Wiley dropped 21 points (5 of 7 three-pointers) on California Supreme in a 67-65 Takeover win.
According to 247sports.com, Turgeon is expected to visit Wiley this Tuesday at Potomac (Md.) High School. Sunday was also Wiley’s birthday.
Per @terpsrecruiting, fellow Terps targets Abdul Malik-Abu (15.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 58 percent FGs) and Obi Enechionyia (4.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg) also were in Los Angeles.