PINEHURST, N.C. —- Randy Edsall‘s first game as Maryland’s coach will be a nationally televised affair against conference foe Miami.
Part of that —- notably, opening with a league game —- doesn’t appeal to Edsall.
“I don’t prefer it, but I didn’t have much say in the matter,” Edsall said Monday at the ACC Kickoff.
Maryland originally had Towson scheduled for Sept. 3. That game was moved to Oct. 1 when the ACC selected Maryland-Miami for a prime-time slot.
“Everybody’s nonconference games are usually scheduled five years out,” Edsall said. “We had a game scheduled Sept. 3, contract with Towson. Because of TV obligations with our TV partners, they have a slot there for that game, and that game has usually been Florida State-Miami. This year, they decided to change that and that’s what they did.”
It will be the first time Maryland opens with a conference game since 2001, when Ralph Friedgen beat North Carolina in his first game at Maryland.
Since 2006, Maryland has completed nonconference play each season before the end of September. Only in 2007, when it played Wake Forest in week four before visiting Rutgers, did the Terps start league play before completing its nonconference schedule.
Maryland plays two nonconference games —- Towson and Notre Dame (Nov. 12) after September ends in 2011.
“It’s one of those things that you hope in the future when you’re able to set your nonconference games because you’d like to play all your nonconference games —- at least I would —- in the first four weeks,” Edsall said.
That won’t happen this year. And ultimately, there isn’t much Edsall can do about it.
“You see it and you might not be happy, but once it’s set, you move on and go forward with it and say ‘Get it done and get ourselves ready to go get a win,’” Edsall said.
—- Patrick Stevens