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LaMont Jordan to replace Tim Strachan as Maryland football radio analyst

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Maryland football games will sound a little different this season, with legendary Terp and former NFL running back LaMont Jordan replacing Tim Strachan as the full-time color commentator, the school announced Wednesday.

Jordan will join Johnny Holliday on the call, with Strachan stepping down after 22 seasons calling Maryland games. Jordan popped in occasionally last season, and now the 2018 Maryland Hall of Fame inductee will stick around on a permanent basis.

“I greatly enjoyed having LaMont on the call for several games last season and am looking forward to him bringing his unique insight to our broadcast booth,” Holliday said via press release. “I called all of LaMont’s games while he was a player and he’s truly an all-time great Terp. I know he’ll be just as good in the booth as he was on the field.”

Strachan will step down and pivot towards spending more time with his wife and two daughters, with a newborn expected in early 2019. He’s been on the broadcast team since 1996, when he joined as a sideline color analyst while being a student assistant with the quarterbacks and offense.

“There is so much I’m going to miss,” Strachan said. “From game day to the players and coaches to interacting with the Maryland faithful; but there is so much more I will now be able to do. ... I may not be a part of the radio, but I will always be there in spirit and listening and rooting for the success of this program.”

Maryland’s all-time leading rusher will get his first crack at the new gig on Saturday, when the Terps kick off their season this Saturday against No. 23 Texas at FedEx Field. He’ll join Holliday as the latter gets started on his 40th season broadcasting Maryland football and basketball.

“I had a great experience working with Johnny and Tim last year and know that I have big shoes to fill,” Jordan said. “The University of Maryland has always held a special place in my heart and to be back on campus and working directly with the program is a dream come true. I hope that I can bring a unique perspective to the listening audience and I’m excited for the 2018 season to get underway.”

The game kicks off at noon and, as well as all of Maryland’s 2018 contests, will be broadcasted on 105.7 FM The Fan in Baltimore and The Team 980 AM in Washington, D.C.

In other football news

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To get a better grasp of just what type of Texas team the Terps will face this weekend, Thomas went behind enemy lines with Wescott Eberts of Burnt Orange Nation.

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The Big Ten released its future schedules, so now we know all of Maryland’s conference opponents from 2022-2025.

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Athletic director Damon Evans says he can be the leader Maryland Athletics needs, from The Washington Post.

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In non-football news

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