Maryland and West Virginia have tacked four games into their football series, Maryland announced today.
The series now runs uninterrupted through 2017.
West Virginia leads the series 23-21-2 and has won four straight meetings. The schools meet Saturday in Morgantown after a two-year hiatus in the series.
Before Maryland took two years off for a home-and-home with California, the teams had met every year since 1980.
Maryland now has home games against the Mountaineers scheduled for 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017. West Virginia will be at home in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
This is a huge plus for both schools. West Virginia, for now stuck with filling out a five-game nonconference schedule, gets a locked-in date against a major-conference opponent that is nearby.
Meanwhile, Maryland gets to re-establish its best (or, at the least, most consistent) nonconference rivalry deep into the decade.
It's a win-win, and a good thing for fans both schools had the foresight to lock up a deal so soon.