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MM 9.20: Maryland football series with UConn announced

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland football announced a future series Thursday with a team that’s pretty hard to get excited about.

The Terps will play a home-away series with the University of Connecticut in 2024 and 2026, taking home advantage in the first matchup and traveling to East Hartford for the second.

UConn was the worst FBS team in 2018, finishing with a 1-11 record and the worst defense in major college football history. Many remarked the program should move back down to FCS following the disaster of a season.

The Terps and Huskies have only met three times prior, with Maryland taking a 2-1 edge in the series. The first game between the two programs was in 1942, and they then met in 2012 and 2013. The Terps fell 24-21 in 2012 (they went 4-8 that season), but took a 32-21 victory in 2013.

Randy Edsall, who coached Maryland in the two more recent matchups, now sits on the opposing side as the head coach of the Huskies, where he started his career. Current Maryland head coach Mike Locklsey worked under him and was named interim head coach in the middle of the 2015 season when Edsall was fired.

In other news

The latest episode of the ouTTakes podcast aired yesterday. I sat down with former Terps Matt Rambo (‘17) and Michael Ehrhardt (‘14), who are now starring in the first season of the Premier Lacrosse League.

We also had our Terps in the Pros weekly podcast go up yesterday. In this episode, Matt Levine and Jordan Gold discuss Week 2 of the NFL, the WNBA Semifinals and MLB Terps.

Maryland field hockey kicks off Big Ten play against Penn State today. Austin has you covered with the game preview, as well as a feature on freshman Nathalie Fietcher of The Netherlands.

Maryland women's soccer coach Ray Leone picked up his 300th win Sunday, which Mike explores in this feature. He’ll have you covered as the Terps take on Wisconsin tonight.

Maryland football gave a throwback to one of the first Under Armour commercials, starring the Terps and former coach Ralph Friedgen.

The Terplanta Hawks trio of Bruno Fernando, Kevin Huerter and Alex Len had a reunion with assistant coach Bino Ranson on Thursday.

And coincidentally, the Hawks’ G-League team is named the College Park Skyhawks.

More came out on Twitter Thursday from Maryland basketball’s preseason photoshoot earlier this week.

The Premier Lacrosse League had its season awards ceremony last night and two former Terps (both of whom are on the exclusive podcast above) earned some recognition. Matt Rambo was named the league MVP and Attackman of the Year, while Michael Ehrhardt was named the Longstick Midfielder of the Year.

Maryland men’s soccer is ready for scarf night at Ludwig Field tonight. Henry will have a preview and game coverage, so make sure to follow along.

The program also posted a pretty funny throwback...

Maryland volleyball starts the Gamecock Invitational today. Stay tuned for the preview.