Just two weeks into a season, the Maryland Terrapins quickly had to find two new opponents after positive coronavirus tests in other programs forced cancellations.
To try and make-up one of the lost games, Maryland reached out to Notre Dame which had previously said it was available. Last week, Irish head coach Mike Brey tweeted out they were looking to schedule an opponent from Dec. 4-5. As of this writing, Notre Dame has yet to find a matchup to fill in that spot.
Ultimately, the matchup didn't come to fruition after what seemed like a great fit for both parties.
"So I know Mike Brey tweeted out hey 'we'll play anybody, anytime, anywhere,'" head coach Mark Turgeon told the media on Thursday. "Well, we called Notre Dame and it just didn't fit."
Notre Dame would have been a huge contest added to the Terps' docket in a year most programs are trying to stay local. Aside from Maryland's ACC/Big Ten matchup against Clemson, there were no other Power 5 opponents on its schedule.
On the flip side, Notre Dame only has Power 5 opponents on its schedule. A January contest against Howard is the lone exception.
Still, Maryland has filled out two lost games quickly. The Terrapins will play Saint Peter's at home on Friday and then James Madison on Saturday. In creating these games, Turgeon and his staff have a list of schools they think could have a game on short notice. Already three scheduled games have been canceled in the past week: Monmouth, Towson (the makeup game for Monmouth) and George Mason.
"When Towson got canceled, we probably talked to - we had a list - and then we talked to probably 15-20 schools and we got James Madison," Turgeon said.
To limit travel and the potential of being exposed to the coronavirus, the Terps are trying to stay close to home. That has been seen as all games are either at home or within a couple of hours drive (the Clemson matchup notwithstanding).