BALTIMORE --- Maryland will play host to William and Mary in football in 2012, Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock said at the CAA 's football media day.
It will be the schools' first meeting since the Terrapins collected a 27-14 victory in the 2006 season opener.
"The reason we play those kind of games --- the money is the money, but that's not the reason," Laycock said. "The reason to me is it's part of the players' college football experience when you come to William & Mary. We talk to them [about] getting a great education, you'll compete for a championship and one week you're going to line up in a big stadium in a big game and compete on that level. "
The Tribe did more than compete a year ago, dispatching Virginia 26-14 en route to an 11-3 season that included a trip to FCS (formerly Division I-AA) semifinals.
"I've talked to our players when they come back in 10, 15 years and those are the games they remember," Laycock said. "Obviously, the ones this year will always remember the Virginia game. But those are the kind of things they do and I think it's great for our guys to do."
Maryland, which has played a team from the sport's second division in each of the last four years, has meetings set with Morgan State (2010), Towson (2011) and Rhode Island (2013) as well.