Virginia and Maryland is a rivalry, which has been a subject of stories in both states this week. But the rivalry is not only because of proximity. Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak said the students are different, too.
“It’s two different schools, two different atmospheres,” Wujciak said. “It’s two different types of kids. It’s definitely a serious rivalry. …Coach said they’re a shirt-and-tie, khaki-type of guys. I guarantee you won’t see any of us wearing that around here.”
Here is how the two coaches described the rivalry:
Virginia Coach Al Groh: "In most conferences, when you have border teams play, it's usually pretty traditional rivalry. In the Big 12 you've got Kansas and Missouri. In the Big Ten you have Michigan and Ohio State, Indiana and Illinois, so most of those border-school rivalries are amongst each school's most significant, whether it's students come from both sides of the border or people graduated from one school and get a good job offer in the state of the other school, that's pretty common in most of these rivalries.”
Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen: “I think if you’d ask the Virginia players, they would say the same thing. The kids all know each other. A lot of them have gone to school with each other. We have Virginia kids, they have D.C. kids and Maryland kids. I think, over the years, and even since Al and I played, it’s always been a rivalry. They have Virginia Tech also, but I think Maryland’s a rivalry to them and I think it’s a rivalry for our guys, too.”
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