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Terrapins Insider: November 23, 2008 - November 29, 2008

Bundle Up

Maryland probably won't be headed to a warm-weather bowl destination now. The way I see it, Charlotte remains a possibility, but a long shot because Charlotte might have a chance to take UNC or NC State. Boise might be the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 29, 2008; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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BC Leads 14-7 at Half

The game’s tenor changed with two plays toward the end of the first half. On first down at the Maryland 34, Chris Turner fired as pass just before getting hammered by left tackle Ron Brace. Linebacker Mark Herzlich leaped in...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 29, 2008; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Maryland Answers

Chris Turner hit Torrey Smith down the sideline for a 43-yard passing play, which set up Turner's one-yard run to tie the score. Maryland still can't run the ball, but the Turner is hitting open receivers enough to keep the...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 29, 2008; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BC Takes Early Lead

Backup QB Dominique Davis just engineered a 14-play, 88-yard drive capped by a seven-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Jarvis. The second touchdown pass of the season for Maryland. Maryland can't run the ball at all....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 29, 2008; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Heyward-Bey Out

Just got the official word: Darrius Heyward-Bey will not play today because of a leg injury. Trey Covington (back) may play....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 29, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia Tech Goes to Title Game

So Virginia Tech beats Virginia to win the Coastal Division. Virginia fails to become bowl eligible. Clemson still winning over South Carolina, and NC State continued to look like the hottest team in the league right now. Less than a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 29, 2008; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting Georgetown

Have any two teams ever been more familiar with one another without having actually faced each other before? Most of the players on Maryland's and Georgetown's roster were still in grade school the last time these two teams faced each...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 29, 2008; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clemon Winning, Bad News for Terps

Clemson is up 24-7 at the half over South Carolina, and that is bad news for Maryland. The Tigers could be picked over Maryland. If that score holds up, and if Maryland loses today, Boise becomes more of a possibility....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 29, 2008; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Need Of Some Parts

Gary Williams was asked after the game last night about his thoughts on the Gonzaga squad that had just beaten his Terrapins. His answer, I thought, was telling. "Well they have all the tools, and it’s not just the first...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 29, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Rooting for Spurrier

We are minutes before the start of a very important game that could affect Maryland's bowl possibilities. Terp fans need to root hard for South Carolina to beat Clemson. The game kicks off in two minutes. As I have written...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 29, 2008; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lesson Learned

As should be expected when a team gets beat by 12 points and owned on the boards by a much bigger and more physical team, the Terps tried to find some positives in the aftermath of their defeat to Gonzaga....

By Steve Yanda  |  November 29, 2008; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Good Morning, Boston

Good morning, everyone. Trust me, I am fast asleep as you read this after a very exhausting season, a very exhausting week and a very exhausting night. But I bring you this scene setter through the magic of the Internet....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 29, 2008; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Terps Fall To Gonzaga, 81-59

A night after pulling off a shocking upset of No. 5 Michigan State, Maryland came back down to earth against a Gonzaga squad that simply was too big for the Terps to handle. Three Gonzaga starters were 6-foo-8 or taller....

By Steve Yanda  |  November 28, 2008; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Game Time Approaches

I'm back at the Milk House for day two of the Old Spice Classic. Tennessee just put away Georgetown, 90-78, to advance to the tournament championship game on Sunday night. Next up, Maryland will take on No. 9 Gonzaga to...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 28, 2008; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Earning Some Praise

Gary Williams says he doesn't mind his team being underestimated by outside observers, and with the way the Terps have been playing under such circumstances, that's understandable. But after last night's win over No. 5 Michigan State, the pendulum will...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 28, 2008; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Some Fun With The Crowd

Greivis Vasquez is a bit of a showman with charisma that borders on arrogance and endearing, so it didn't suprise me too much last night that when a select few Michigan State fans sitting in the first row began chirpinig...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 28, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Poor Boston College

No team has more at stake this weekend in the ACC than Boston College. It is no secret that Boston College does not travel well (that’s an understatement) and bowl executives don’t exactly covet the Eagles. If Boston College wins...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 28, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Crucial Stretch

The first half did not end particularly well for Maryland last night against Michigan State. Ahead by five, Dave Neal set up to inbound the ball after a made Spartans basket. Michigan State was in a full-court press, leaving Neal...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 28, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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One Problem With a 'Neers-Terps Bowl

It may never happen. I meant to post this the other day, but Rutgers beat writer Keith Sargeant reported that if Rutgers beats Louisville the Scarlet Knights would likely head to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. Would a...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 28, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Official Prediction Thread

I went through our archives, which can be accessed by clicking on football to the left, to check my game-by-game predictions throughout the season. Can you believe this? I have a 4-7 record predicting Maryland games. That’s a disgrace. This...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 28, 2008; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Scouting Gonzaga

Next up for the Terps are the No. 9 Gonzaga Bulldogs, who dispatched Oklahoma State, 83-71, in the final game of the Old Spice Classic's first round Friday night. Gonzaga is 3-0, having also defeated Montana State-Billings and Idaho this...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 28, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Heyward-Bey Factor

So if Darrius Heyward-Bey can’t play Saturday because of a leg injury -- he is listed as questionable -- what does that mean for Maryland? Yes, at times it has been difficult to get Heyward-Bey the ball. Yes, Danny Oquendo...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 28, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps Knock Off Spartans, 80-62

Well I'll be honest, I absolutely didn't see that one coming. Maryland out-ran, out-hustled, out-smarted, out-defended and just plain out-played Michigan State. The Spartans committed numerous turnovers, frequently rushed their shots, racked up silly fouls -- and the Terps capitalized....

By Steve Yanda  |  November 27, 2008; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hour Until Tip-off

The players are warming up and the stands are starting to fill. Here are a few quick notes on both teams heading into tonight's match-up: 1) Junior guard Greivis Vasquez is 22 points away from becoming the 47th player in...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 27, 2008; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Live At The Milk House

ORLANDO -- Hey everybody, just arrived here at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex where in a few hours Maryland will take on Michigan State. (In case anyone is curious, Georgetown is playing right now and are on top of...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 27, 2008; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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If A Terrapin Falls In the Woods ...

... and no one's there to hear it, does it make a sound? Maryland players -- and certainly their coach -- are not deaf to the many questions observers have raised about the talent level and ability of this year's...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 27, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Matchup Chatter

Before the Terps left town on Tuesday, several reporters got the opportunity to speak with senior forward Dave Neal, who acknowledged that Maryland's first round game in the Old Spice Classic certainly will be a challenge. Michigan State is ranked...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 27, 2008; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Altered Situation In The Post

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Hope you and your families have a wonderful day, but if you feel the desire -- or need -- to pull yourself away from the crowd for a few minutes, I'll be here with some preview material...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 27, 2008; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thank You

I just want to take a moment to wish all our readers a happy holiday. This season has been an interesting ride for me. I did not know how it would go, with the blog and all. But I have...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 27, 2008; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Terps May Avoid Horrible Weather

So far, Maryland has played in two rain-soaked games and one frigid night game, and I mean very frigid. The Terps won both in the rain, but didn't look so hot in the freezing cold Saturday. Right now, the forecast...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 26, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Doomsday Scenario

Consider this a doomsday scenario for Maryland: Say North Carolina (plays Duke), Miami (plays NC State) and Clemson (plays South Carolina) all win Saturday. And say Maryland loses, and Virginia Tech beats Boston College in the ACC title game. Here...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 26, 2008; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Another Breakdown of the Orlando Field

Hello, everyone. I'm jumping back and forth between blogs here. I posted an additional look at the entire Orlando Old Spice Classic field, along with rankings, on our new blog, Press Break. Click here for the link....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 26, 2008; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen: 'We Have to See if We Show Up'

Here is a quick update from both coaches from the ACC teleconference: Boston College Coach Jeff Jagodzinski said his offense won’t change with Dominique Davis at quarterback instead of Chris Crane, who is out six weeks with a broken collarbone....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 26, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Spartans Big Man Injured

I was just musing through some of the Detroit papers, and it appears as though Braxton Dupree and the other Maryland big men might have one less problem to worry about. Michigan State center Goran Suton injured his left knee...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 26, 2008; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Scouting Michigan State

Without question, Michigan State will serve as Maryland's toughest test of the season to date. The Spartans, much like the Terps, prefer an up-tempo game pace and like to accrue as many points in transition as possible. The Spartans also,...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 26, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Starting Spots, Deserved and Otherwise

The starting lineup, Gary Williams said yesterday, will look much the same tomorrow night against Michigan State as it did against Vermont, Youngstown State and Bucknell. And really, by making that claim he was addressing the job security of one...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 26, 2008; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Friedgen Talks Weight

Boston College has some big dudes on its defensive line. Just ask Ralph Friedgen about Ron Brace and B.J. Raji. “Their two defensive tackles put together weight 700 pounds,” Friedgen said. “Brace is 324. B.J. Raji, if he is 323,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 26, 2008; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bowl Talk, Part II

I have another story about bowl possibilities in today’s paper. Who would be excited about Maryland-West Virginia? After talking to a variety of people, here is what I believe now: If Maryland wins, Nashville and Charlotte are the favorites. If...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 26, 2008; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Too Many Bowl Teams?

Here is a look at what could happen if there are too many bowl eligible teams in the wacky ACC. Wow, and North Carolina still has a slim chance to reach the Peach Bowl. I found this to be very...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 26, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Erratic or Mediocre?

The storyline throughout the season, ever since that night in Murfreesboro, is that this Maryland team is erratic, volatile, unpredictable, etc. I am starting to think this team is less erratic and more mediocre. Five of the seven wins have...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 25, 2008; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Introducing Press Break

Hello, basketball fans. We'd like to introduce you to a new online feature from washingtonpost.com called Press Break. While Steve Yanda will continue to bring you Maryland men's basketball news (and Camille Powell will bring you Maryland women's basketball news)...

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 25, 2008; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What Type of Bowl Opponent Do You Want?

What type of opponent would be best for this Maryland team? The crux of this Maryland team, 30 seniors and likely any wide receiver who may be taken in the first round of the NFL draft, won’t be here next...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 25, 2008; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A Look at BC's Young QB

Anyone who watched the Boston College-Wake Forest game knows the Eagles have a particularly stout defense. But the Eagles will need a sound performance out of quarterback Dominique Davis to beat the Terrapins on Saturday. Boston College quarterback Chris Crane...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 25, 2008; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Quick Look At the Field

The Old Spice Tournament will kick off in Orlando on Thanksgiving Day, and just a few hours after Gary Williams and I partake in the buffet at the local Denny's, Maryland will take on Michigan State that night. If you'd...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 25, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Legacy of the Senior Class

Before the season, and in this very venue, I predicted an 8-4 season for Maryland. Some were more pessimistic, few were more optimistic. All the Terps need to do to get to 8-4 is beat a team with a backup...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 25, 2008; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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An ACC Tournament Bracket

Who would win an ACC tournament in football? Start it next week, invite all 12 teams. Play it in a neutral site conducive to everyone. Oh, say, Tempe. And we’ll stay four weekends to watch it play out. I started...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 25, 2008; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Defensive Communication Issues, Part 17

I was asked about Maryland’s defensive communication yesterday on Washington Post Live, which got me thinking about how much that issue has emerged over the course of the season. It has to be troubling to Coach Ralph Friedgen that there...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 25, 2008; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bowl Talk

The next two weeks will involve educated speculation as well as reporting in order to get the best sense of which bowl Maryland will play in. And the task becomes even harder this season because of the zany nature of...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 25, 2008; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Vasquez Earns ACC Honor

First of all, allow me to apologize for the extreme tardiness of this blog post. I received the email from the ACC during the middle of our college basketball chat earlier today, and I simply lost track of it after...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 24, 2008; 10:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bowl Projections from Across the Land

Sportsline.com has Maryland in the Emerald Bowl against San Jose State. I think that’s a long shot at best because the Terrapins played there last season. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach has Maryland in Nashville against Kentucky. Bruce Feldman has Maryland in...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 24, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Savoring Wins and Finishing Shots

Make no mistake, Gary Williams and the Terps felt fortunate to make it out of Comcast Center with a win Friday night over Vermont. One would imagine they knew it would be a tough test entering the night, but not...

By Steve Yanda  |  November 24, 2008; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How Maryland and BC Stack Up

Here is a quick statistical comparison of Boston College and Maryland. It should be a very intriguing matchup Saturday. Boston College is 97th nationally in passing offense, and the Eagles should be worse without quarterback Chris Crane. The Eagles are...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 24, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Turner on Losing, 'Dirty Play and Cheap Shots'

About 30 minutes after the 37-3 loss to Florida State, quarterback Chris Turner sat before a handful of reporters and said, “I am still kind of in shock.” After showing consistency and poise for most of the season, Turner did...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 24, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Williams: 'Maybe Apathy' was Problem

Maryland center Edwin Williams remembers the feeling in 2006, when Maryland blew a chance to win the Atlantic Division title against Wake Forest. Back then, Williams said, he didn’t feel the Terrapins felt they were good enough, didn’t feel they...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 24, 2008; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Around the League, and Beyond

The Boston Globe looks at Boston College's challenge this weekend against Maryland. The Eagles expect to get quarterback Chris Crane (broken collarbone) back in time for the bowl game. More people are starting to say the ACC does not deserve...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 24, 2008; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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This Week's Schedule

Hello, everyone. I wanted to give you a better idea of our schedule during a short week. I’m going to hit Terrapins Insider hard the next three days, but we also will be starting a new college basketball blog in...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 24, 2008; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friedgen's Sunday Chat

Just finished with Ralph Friedgen’s weekly teleconference. He said he has been in the office since 8 a.m., got finished watching his tape at 2 and then evaluated special teams until 3:30 or so. Last night was a particularly tough...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 23, 2008; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where will the Terps Land?

So everyone is in the early stages of figuring out and speculating about where the Terps will play their bowl game. Emerald may be an underdog because they played there last season. And it looks like Charlotte has its eye...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 23, 2008; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Poll: Who is Most at Fault?

It was clear from Ralph Friedgen's press conference, as I indicated in my story, that Friedgen placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of the players. Is he right? Or should he take some or all of the blame for...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 23, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Maryland-BC Set for 3:30

Maryland's final regular season game at Boston College will kick off at 3:30 p.m....

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 23, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What a Day

A wild, dizzying day in College Park today. It began with everyone in the press box watching the Boston College game. Some people were already looking ahead to a possible ACC title game. Then it looked like Boston College was...

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 23, 2008; 2:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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