However, Maryland fans know all too well that an upgraded stadium or a nifty new turf field does not automatically translate into victories.
A move to the land of Legends and Leaders — traditional powers Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State and football-first schools Iowa and Wisconsin among them — won’t make advancing a program stuck in a rut of three losing seasons in four years and four sub-.500 seasons in the past six any easier.
Edsall, whose Terps (4-7, 2-5 ACC) close out this season Saturday at North Carolina (7-4, 4-3), doesn’t question whether Maryland can hold its own in its new home.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Edsall said. “I just go to the young men we have here now and with what we recruited last year and who we’re involved with this year and knowing what we’re building here and the depth we’re creating, there’s no doubt we’ll be able to compete and do well in the Big Ten.”
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Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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