Terps to see familiar faces in Big Ten

Maryland's 2014 Big Ten schedule just got even more interesting.

On Nov. 1, the Terps will travel to Penn State, where they will face their former offensive coordinator, James Franklin, who is now head coach of the Nittany Lions.

On Nov. 29, Maryland will end its first regular season in the Big Ten with a home game against Rutgers -- and former coach Ralph Friedgen, who was just hired by Rutgers as offensive coordinator.

That might be a little, um, awkward.

Friedgen, who was replaced by Randy Edsall after the 2010 season, will go back to Byrd Stadium for the first time since he was fired by athletic director Kevin Anderson. Odds are he'll have a wee bit of motivation going into that game. Maryland is his alma mater. He earned two letters as a guard. And then he was fired after winning nine games and being named the ACC's Coach of the Year. No wonder he's not convinced there's much loyalty left in his business.

So, instead of moving forward in a new conference and looking ahead at a clean slate, Maryland will have little choice but to face its past along the way.