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Maryland Official: Band Issue is a Non-Issue

Some fans wanted to weigh in on the student band issue that a Maryland official calls a non-issue, so, back by popular demand, is a blog post about it. Here is the link to my notebook item in today’s paper.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 17, 2009; 8:52 AM ET
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So, I think we're beating a dead horse here. What are the other issues affecting the team in preparing for MTSU? Enough with the band controversy already.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 17, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Let's make this a "no excuses" weekend for the Terps!

Thank You!

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | September 17, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Prisbell quotes Brian Ullmann of the MD athletic department as saying: "If we are in hurry-up, we don't even do (band play). However, the JMU band did play while we were on offense, which did cause some confusion."

Amazingly, Ullmann blatantly lies not once but twice in this statement. A) the MD band clearly played repeatedly while MD was in hurry up mode, as many fans have pointed out B) claiming it was the JMU band that was playing while MD was on offense is pretty low and he should be reprimanded for this. To try to blame JMU's band for MD's problem with its own band is an insult to MD fans' intelligence.

It is not even remotely difficult to determine which band is playing, they are seated on opposite ends of the field and play a different array of verses.

All of that said, I can't see it continuing to be an issue thanks to Prisbell bringing this to the public's attention. And for the last time, for the record, no one ever blamed the crappy overall play of this team last week on the band. We were not in a close game because of the band...we had missed tackles, dropped passes, and a lack of focus. But if the problem with the band was not addressed and fixed, it's very possible it could've hurt our team in the future.

End of discussion.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 17, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Great post Prisbell.

Of course it still won't sway some but what are ya gonna do.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 17, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse


The same MD official that said it was a non-issue told me it was an issue and that they are correcting it. So, again, end of discussion.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 17, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

There were a couple of instances when the JMU band was playing right up to the time the ball was snapped by Maryland. I'm guessing it was within the rules, but I found it odd because I don't think I have ever seen (or heard) the band from the away team get so close to causing a disrutption during the game.

I also found it incredibly rude that the JMU band started playing during the Maryland Alma Mater after the game. Your team lost, had already left the field, and this isn't your house. Go home.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | September 18, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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