Terps may play 12 games after losing Troy St.

College Football

February 22, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Maryland football team, originally scheduled to play a school-record 13 regular-season games in 2002, may play just 12 after Troy State pulled out of a Sept. 28 date last week.

Troy State, which lost, 47-14, in College Park last season, paid Maryland as much as $175,000 to enter a three-year arrangement with Missouri - beginning this year - that would provide for one home game.

Several major Division I-A programs still are seeking opponents for the 2002 season - Nebraska, Penn State and Georgia the most prominent among them - but it is more likely that Maryland will search for an opponent it can play at home.

If the Terps were to play on the road, the opponent couldn't immediately return the trip since Maryland's schedule appears to be booked through the 2005 season.

Already at the NCAA's new standard of 12 regular-season games (the Kickoff Classic against Notre Dame is exempt from the 12-game limit), Maryland can choose not to replace Troy State, which would provide a bye week between Eastern Michigan on Sept. 21 and West Virginia on Oct. 5. With another bye during the week ending Oct. 12, the Terps could have what amounts to a midseason break with one game over a period of 25 days.

"If we don't find someone, I'm fine with playing 12 games," said Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen. "We're going to have a young team, and I can use that extra date."

Maryland 2002 schedule

Date Opponent Time/TV

Aug. 31 Notre Dame-a 8/ABC Sept. 7 Akron Sept. 14 Florida State Sept. 21 Eastern Michigan Oct. 5 at West Virginia Oct. 17 Georgia Tech ESPN Oct. 26 at Duke Nov. 2 at North Carolina Nov. 9 N.C. State Nov. 16 at Clemson Nov. 23 at Virginia Nov. 30 Wake Forest

a-at East Rutherford, N.J. Note: Times, TV for other games TBA

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