Everyone knows it isn’t easy being the new kid, but Randy Edsall and the Maryland football program are excited to begin their journey as members of the Big Ten. Above all else, Edsall looks forward to his players having the opportunity to be a part of the conference.
“I’m happy for our institution and I’m happy for our kids that they’re going to have the opportunity to be part of this great conference,” Edsall said.
Maryland makes the move to the Big Ten this season along with Rutgers, expanding the conference to 14 teams. Both newcomers will be in the East Division, which most agree is the tougher of the two, so Edsall will have his hands full this fall.
The Terrapins open up the Big Ten season at home against Ohio State, the conference favorite and a team that Edsall is excited to have in their stadium.
“It will be something that I know our fans are looking forward to,” Edsall said, “Ohio State is a program with great tradition and history and one that has done very, very well.”
According to Edsall, Maryland’s move from the ACC to the Big Ten will benefit the school in more ways than just increasing national recognition of the football team.
“I think everybody’s a winner, and I think that’s what college athletics is all about and what institutions are all about,” Edsall said, “Everybody benefits from this, not just our student-athletes, but our students in general and our faculty.”
Perhaps the biggest way that the Maryland football program will benefit from the move is recruiting. There are tons of high school recruits, specifically from the midwest, that are eager to play in the Big Ten Conference.
“Kids want to be a part of being in the Big Ten in terms of the exposure that you get through the Big Ten Network,” Edsall said, “We’re already seeing those benefits from a recruiting standpoint.”
The transition to a new conference likely won’t be completely smooth for Edsall and Maryland, but he believes that his school is a perfect match for the Big Ten Conference.
“I really think it (the Big Ten Conference) represents exactly what we stand for at Maryland in terms of being a holistic conference that’s big on education and big on developing kids,” Edsall said.