Towson to play Terps in football for 1st time in '11

Tigers' future plan: to schedule Div. I-A foe each season

November 10, 2006|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun reporter

The Towson football team will play Maryland for the first time in the 2011 season, the Tigers' fourth game scheduled in the future against Divi- sion I-A opponents, athletic director Mike Hermann announced yesterday.

The game will be played at Byrd Stadium on Sept. 3.

The meeting is a one-time affair; there will not be a return game. Towson will receive a financial guarantee for being the visitor in the game, but Hermann would not discuss specific figures.

"It's close for us, so we save on travel and we're certain our fans will have a lot of interest in it," Hermann said. "This is an ideal game for us for a lot of reasons."

Towson's preceding games against Division I-A teams are against Navy (2008), Northwestern (2009) and Indiana (2010).

"Because of the stature of the Maryland program, this game will provide great national recognition for Towson, plus it will have the added twist of the in-state rivalry," Hermann said. "As a Maryland university, Towson could not have a better nonconference opponent."

The Tigers have never played the Terrapins or the Midshipmen since beginning their program in 1969. But since joining the Atlantic 10, their goal has been to play a Division I-A team in each future season.

"We'll be fully scholarshiped for two seasons [63 allowed in I-AA] when we play Navy," Hermann said. "We feel playing a I-A team will be good exposure for the team, the fans and the university."

"Maryland has played other A-10 schools, such as William and Mary and James Madison, and has immediate future dates with Delaware and Villanova," Towson coach Gordy Combs said. "This is a sign of the growth of our program and our emergence in the Atlantic 10."

Hermann said negotiations began when he arrived at Towson last summer and continued into the fall.

"When I got here [in July], it was the first call I made," he said. "The Maryland folks were very accommodating, and it moved right along. I was there when they played William and Mary [in the season opener]."

Maryland defeated William and Mary, 24-17; Towson lost to the Tribe at home last weekend, 29-28, on a field goal with five seconds on the clock.

The Tigers are 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the Atlantic 10 heading into tomorrow's visit to Richmond.

Stepping up

Starting in 2008, Towson will face one Division I-A opponent each year over four seasons. The opponents:

2008 -- at Navy

2009 -- at Northwestern

2010 -- at Indiana

2011 -- at Maryland

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