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Celebrating Terps Love

That's how one of the Maryland scribes described what could be a momentously busy, if not necessarily momentous, day in College Park. The 7-2 first-place football team is currently discussing its bizarre 7-2 record. In a few hours both the defending national champion women's basketball team (which starts its season this week) and the defending national champion men's soccer team (which starts its title defense next week) will practice. Tonight, the defending national champion women's field hockey team will hold an NCAA selection show watching party, an event that promises to be attended by at least one member of the national blogging community. (I'll give you three guesses.) Also tonight prodigal sons Mattie Hahn and Mike Lonergan return with the University of Vermont, and the men's hoops team begins its march back to respectability. Plus, a certain blogger appears to be attempting to set the world record for chocolate chip M&M cookie consumption.

My question for all manner of Terps: how does success/failure change life on campus, and how do these various teams rank on the campus interest meter.

"Never thought about that before," AD Debbie Yow said. "I would not be prepared to give an answer. My goodness. Gosh. As an AD I never think of it like that. Something for everyone, is how I look at it."

(Also, Debbie recently got off the phone with ACC Commish John Swofford, in which she expressed her concerns about that safety call at Clemson last week. "He was appropriately responsive to our concerns," she said. "I am very satisfied with his response.)

(In terms of actual football news, Ralph Friedgen said he hopes to get Drew Weatherly back this week, he sees the confidence in the locker room going up up up and he thinks Miami is just about the best team in the country. At least, that's how he described them, talking about how many first-round NFL picks they have and how big and fast their defense is and how scary their talent is. Bear in mind, Ralph's team is two games ahead of Miami in the standings.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 7, 2006; 1:44 PM ET
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