BTN adds Maryland experts to talent roster
CHICAGO – BTN is welcoming the University of Maryland to the conference in a B1G way, adding Maryland experts to its on-air roster and planning a full day of programming dedicated to Maryland Athletics.
Joining BTN’s on-air roster are Scott McBrien, a former Maryland quarterback, and Shawne Merriman, a former Maryland linebacker, 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and three-time NFL Pro Bowl selection. McBrien will serve as a game analyst and Merriman will be a studio analyst.
Returning to BTN as a studio analyst is Gary Williams, coach of the 2002 NCAA champion basketball team and 2014 College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. New to the team are longtime ACC announcer Dan Bonner and Drew Nicholas, a member of the 2002 National Champion Terrapin basketball team. Nicholas will be studio analysts while Bonner will be a game analyst. Additionally, former Maryland basketball player Christy Winters-Scott will serve as both a studio and game analyst for women’s basketball.
New play-by-play announcers will include Joe Beninati, the voice of the Washington Capitals (football, lacrosse); Dave Johnson, voice of the Washington Wizards and DC United (soccer); and Frank Hanrahan, voice of the Washington Mystics and morning anchor on WNEW Radio (football sideline, women’s basketball).
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BTN will televise at least 40 football games this fall, including Maryland versus 2013 Big Ten Champion and Rose Bowl victor Michigan State at Byrd Stadium on Nov. 15, as well as James Madison at Maryland on Aug. 30 and West Virginia at Maryland on Sept. 13. Television arrangements for Maryland’s remaining games will be announced six to 12 days in advance.
“Maryland Day” on BTN will be Thursday, July 31, and will feature some of the most memorable games in Terrapin history.
At 10 AM ET, the network will air The Big Ten Welcomes Maryland, a 60-minute show hosted by BTN’s Dave Revsine. Revsine will be joined in studio by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, while BTN football analyst Gerry DiNardo discusses the history and future of Maryland football and BTN basketball analyst Jim Jackson shares his perspective on Terrapin hoops. Also featured on the show will be interviews with Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson, football coach Randy Edsall, men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon and former basketball standouts Juan Dixon and John Lucas. The show also will air at 3 PM ET and 10 PM ET.
Below is a partial schedule for July 31. Complete listings available at BTN.com/Shows.
ALL TIMES EASTERN
|8 AM||Maryland Basketball ClassicMaryland 69, Florida 68 (12/10/2003)
|10 AM||The Big Ten Welcomes Maryland|
|11 AM||Maryland Football ClassicMaryland 42, Miami 40 (11/10/1984)
|1 PM||Maryland Basketball ClassicMaryland 77, North Carolina 72 (2/20/1986)
|4 PM||Maryland Football ClassicMaryland 38, North Carolina State 31 (11/27/2010)
|6 PM||Maryland Basketball Classic1984 ACC Championship Game: Maryland 74, Duke 62 (3/11/1984)
|8 PM||Maryland Basketball Classic2002 NCAA Championship Game: Maryland 64, Indiana 52 (4/1/2002)
|10 PM||The Big Ten Welcomes Maryland|
|1 AM||Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Classic2014 NCAA Championship Game: Maryland 15, Syracuse 12 (5/25/2014)
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