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Chick-fil-A Bowl representative to scout Terps vs. Wake Forest

The Chick-fil-A Bowl announced in an e-mail Wednesday that representative Kurt Patberg will be in attendance for Saturday's Maryland-Wake Forest game. With a win Saturday against the Demon Deacons, Maryland (5-2) will become bowl eligible.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl, to be played Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Atlanta, pits an ACC team against a squad from the Southeastern Conference. It gets the first choice of ACC teams after the conference's BCS representative.

Maryland's last bowl appearance was the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl, when it scored a 42-35 win over Nevada. The Terrapins are 4-2 in bowl games under Coach Ralph Friedgen. The Terrapins last played in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (then still called the Peach Bowl) in 2002, when it scored a 30-3 win over Tennessee. Maryland also played in the Peach Bowl in 1973, losing 17-16 to Georgia.

By Matt Bonesteel  | October 27, 2010; 5:34 PM ET
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Comments

Does this mean they will be passing out Chick-fil-A sandwiches during the tailgate this Saturday.. They've done it in the past..Seriously though, way too early to be thinking about a bowl like that...

Posted by: frostanna | October 27, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Is there a more ridiculous job in the world than a Bowl Scouter? I mean seriously, what is this person doing other than attending a free game with sideline seats and getting an all expenses paid trip to the DC area for the weekend? What is the benefit for this goons trip down to Clemson or Miami the following week? Do they actually meet with the coaches? Talk to players? Interview the fans to see if they'll attend a bowl game? What a joke... I want that job.

Posted by: RickyBobby | October 27, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, the least we could do is win with the scout there.

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 27, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Yes it's still early but nevertheless it's good to see the Peach Bowl reps haven't given up on this Terps team having a good season as quickly as Petecard and TerpfanMA have.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 28, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

The only reasons I think a bowl representative would come to a game are 1) The Terps are still very much in the hunt for the bowl (although they still could get into the BCS if they play their cards right) and 2) to see how the fans are at the games. They still have to think about selling tix and want teams that will travel well.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | October 28, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

ecglotfelty,

Why can't they just look at the attendance figure in the box score and watch the game on TV? It's a joke.

Posted by: RickyBobby | October 28, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I was there in 1973 at Fulton County Stadium for the Peach Bowl. It was a horrible game. A group of us went to The Underground and actually saw Lester Maddox signing ax handles. It was one of those (not positive) surreal Forrest Gump moments.

Actually, Barno, the Chick-fil-A/Peach Bowl would be a surprising and notable achievement for this year. I'm not rooting against it, but not betting on it either...

Posted by: petecard | October 28, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

why would the Chik Fil-A bowl waste time and money scouting Maryland?

Posted by: Durham2 | October 28, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Bowls are about money and MD travels well, otherwise nobody would come here. MD also has a new AD that I think the reps want to meet. Also, MD is one of the teams that controls it's own destiny. If they win out, they are in the BCS, so they must be taken at least a little bit seriously.

Posted by: kieran2001 | October 28, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Do you really think Bowl scouts travel to watch games and players and talk to coaches? Talk about being clueless. Bowls are a business, they come to schools to talk to adminsitrators. they discuss what the school's willing to do, guarantee as far as interest, marketing, tickets. They gauge what the schools are looking for, for example, administrators want places where they can network, organize school alumni and marketing functions.

Posted by: minhle1 | October 28, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Can we start a poll and vote on which school Nick Faust will be signing with when he announces his decision on ESPNU later today?

I'm hoping he didn't get wowed by Villanova.

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | October 28, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Faust goes to UMD at approx 520pm tonite on ESPNU. 100%.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 28, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

mydogsnameisdixon, good to see you back. Hope no one confuses you with DixonTheDog (that's the name Poopy McPoop is now using since he got banned).

Posted by: Barno1 | October 28, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"Is there a more ridiculous job in the world than a Bowl Scouter?"

Yes, guy who posts comments on Terps Insider under the name RickyBobby

Posted by: temp3 | October 28, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

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