Long-time readers of the site know that I've always felt like the Maryland Terrapins were a natural football rival for the Syracuse Orange. I first said it all the way back in 2006 and then got re-excited in 2011 when it became a reality.
Alas, the Terps are off the Big Ten and so it seemed that the upcoming 2013 season would be the only chance for the two schools to meet on the gridiron.
Reverse Alas! It turns out that SU and Maryland are in talks to schedule a series a "few years down the road" after UM leaves the conference.
Syracuse and Maryland are in conversations to schedule non-conference football games for a "few years down the road," deputy athletics director Herman Frazier told The Post-Standard/syracuse.com on Monday. He said the games will "definitely" happen, though the exact format -- home and home series, neutral site, etc. -- has not been finalized.
Randy Edsall basically confirmed the news today at ACC Kickoff:
"That’s a team we’ve worked on trying to do a couple more games with," said Edsall, a 1980 Syracuse graduate.
Edsall, of course, has deep ties to SU. Not only did he play for the team but he also coached the Orange for eleven years.
The one concern that SU fans have with any scheduling news like this is, of course, whether or not the Terps will come to Syracuse or if they're angling to play us at MetLife instead.
Maryland and Syracuse will play this season in College Park on November 9th.