Time's up: No Navy vs. Maryland in '10

October 03, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun Reporter

Maryland's timetable has run out for Navy to agree to play the Terps in football in 2010, Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow said yesterday, and Maryland is still in search of a nonconference opponent to add to the schedule that year.

"They're not ready to sign a contract," Yow said. "We need to schedule a game.

"Chet [Gladchuk, Navy's athletic director] was aware of the fact we were very concerned about the timing element. If we weren't going to play Navy in 2010, we were really cutting it close to having a replacement game," she said. "We knew others were falling to the wayside."

Maryland had expressed interest in adding the Midshipmen to its schedule, but, in early August, Gladchuk said the program felt snubbed because the Terps played in the Champs Sports Bowl instead of playing Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., in the past season.

After their eight-win regular season, though, Maryland's first bowl invitation came from the more lucrative Champs Sports Bowl, which is higher in the pecking order and was the first to offer the Terps an invitation.

The 2005 Maryland-Navy game in Baltimore -- a 23-20 victory for the Terps -- drew more than 67,000 spectators and guaranteed more than $1 million each to the schools. With the exception of 2005, Maryland has not played Navy since 1965.

Gladchuk was not immediately available for comment, but in August said he wanted to "think through the whole relationship" with Maryland.

"All the reasons we played the first time, all the justifications why it was such an important game for our collective communities, and then when we had a chance to do it again, they decided to go to Orlando and play Purdue," Gladchuk told The Sun this summer. "What's that all about? We're a little confused. It's something we're still grappling with here and trying to sort out their thought process."

It's not something the Terps have given up on.

"We're always going to be open to playing Navy," Yow said. "At this point, we need to move forward and schedule a game. We have an open attitude about any future date they might want to talk about."

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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