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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 12/ 5/2010

It's official: Maryland will play East Carolina in the Military Bowl (UPDATED)

By Eric Prisbell

(UPDATED WITH QUOTES)

One bowl game after another passed on Maryland and its feel-good turnaround narrative, causing the Terrapins to free fall in Sunday’s bowl selection process until they were embraced by the only game that truly wanted them: the Military Bowl.

A matchup between Maryland and East Carolina (6-6) at RFK Stadium on Dec. 29 is a coup for the third-year bowl looking to maximize local appeal. But it looms as a disappointment for Maryland players --- and fans alike --- who were hoping for a warm-weather locale and a high-profile opponent to punctuate a season in which the Terrapins (8-4, 5-3 ACC) posted the nation’s second-biggest turnaround.

In a teleconference, Coach Ralph Friedgen, who had felt his team was deserving of an upper-tier bowl, praised the Military Bowl but said the situation “is what it is. We have to make the best of it. The toughest thing is that it’s in our own backyard.”

Kevin Anderson, Maryland’s first-year athletic director, said he was “disappointed” with the process and how bowl berths were determined. Anderson said he did not know why Maryland slid to the eighth slot. He added that Maryland officials have spoken to the ACC office and Anderson wants to talk to them further about the process at future league meetings.

Despite finishing in a three-way tie for third in the ACC --- with North Carolina State (8-4, 5-3) and Miami (7-5, 5-3) – Maryland dropped to eighth in the ACC bowl pecking order. This was an indictment of Maryland’s diminished fan base, which filled Byrd Stadium to 75 percent capacity only once this season.

A significant factor in the bowl selection process is the expectation that a team’s fan base will travel well. Other bowl games were able to select other teams because of a rule that allows a team to be picked as long as it is not more than one conference game behind another available team.

As a result, four teams with worse overall records than Maryland --- Miami, Clemson (6-6), North Carolina (7-5) and Georgia Tech (6-6) – were selected ahead of the Terrapins. And N.C. State, which Maryland beat, 38-31, in the regular season finale, was picked ahead of the Terrapins as well.

At the top of the ACC’s pecking order is Virginia Tech, which earned a berth in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 with a victory over Florida State in the ACC championship.

Maryland’s long-shot hopes of playing in an upper-tier bowl dissolved late Saturday night in – of all places – Tampa, Fla., where Connecticut earned the Big East title with a last-minute victory over South Florida. That cleared the way for the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., to select West Virginia (9-3), thus blocking Maryland’s slim chances of landing there because bowls try to avoid regular season rematches. The Sun Bowl, which had the next selection, was delighted to match up two of the nation’s most recognizable football programs, Notre Dame and Miami.

The Military Bowl is the best option for Maryland strictly from a financial standpoint. The school stood to lose money on every other bowl game possibility. And after falling more than $500,000 short of season ticket sales projections in each of the past two seasons, Maryland now will not need to charter one or two flights for the bowl game. Players will still stay in a team hotel, perhaps for as long as seven nights before the game.

"What I am is just absolutely thrilled to have an opportunity to have Maryland," said Steve Beck, the executive director of the Military Bowl.

Executives from multiple bowls had expressed private concerns about Maryland’s fan base traveling well after a season fraught with attendance issues. While Maryland struggled to fill Byrd Stadium, N.C. State, on the other hand, filled its stadium to at least 97 percent capacity for every game this season.

But Anderson said bowl officials had told him how well they thought Maryland fans traveled to previous bowl games. Anderson added, “We take everyone at their word.” Anderson said in the future he would have a better indication of what it takes to earn a berth in a game higher in the pecking order.

Maryland officials have another challenge: Getting fans fired up for a weekday afternoon game 10 miles from campus against a Conference USA team. The game will be televised live on ESPN at 2:30 p.m.. There is some concern that Maryland won’t meet the 10,000 ticket allotment requirement because fans may feel playing in the Military Bowl is a letdown.

The fans who do attend the game can expect an entertaining, high-scoring affair. East Carolina (6-6) has the nation’s seventh-ranked passing offense and the 13th-ranked scoring offense. But it ranks 120th --- last in division I-A --- in total defense. ECU has lost four of its last five games, allowing at least 45 and as much as 76 points in each of those loses.

Some Maryland players, including defensive lineman Drew Gloster, had said they felt Maryland would avoid playing in the Military Bowl because of the N.C. State victory. As it turned out, according to bowl executives and officials throughout the ACC, that outcome proved irrelevant to Maryland’s bowl fate.

“Evidently that win wasn’t good enough,” Anderson said. “Next time we will have to win more games to play in the [ACC] championship,” where teams are protected from falling lower than the fourth pick.

By Eric Prisbell  | December 5, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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Comments

Why would anyone go to this bowl. I am a Terp fan, but it is during the week, in the cold, and worst of all - at RFK stadium. They couldn't even have put this thing at Ravens Stadium? Crappy ending to the season...

Posted by: leed191195 | December 5, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the whole reason for the BCS system just went up in smoke...the regular season really doesn't matter come to find out.

Posted by: james67 | December 5, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The other issue is that Byrd Stadium is not a nice venue. MD admin needs to really invest some money in the stadium and that would have people come or realize folks will only go to see the Terps when they are winning. The gameday and stadium experiences at Byrd are poor and that is another big part of the problem. Carter Finley is a beautiful stadium and they have top shelf facilities. It's a fact and I am a Terp fan who has seen both and must admit it..

Posted by: leed191195 | December 5, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Let be first to apologize to Prisbell. He had this right weeks, if not months, ago. I was critical of him for it and for that I'm sorry EP. Prisbell knew what ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, AOL Sports, the Bmore Sun, amongst others, did not know. Great call.

As for the bowl selection process. It's just a real shame. Was really hoping for a holiday trip to see the terps in a warmer climate. Maryland earned it. Maryland deserves it.

2 facts:

1) The final four games of the season had no impact whatsoever on our bowl destination. If we had gone 0-4 we would have still played in the Military Bowl.

2) The Navy and West Virginia games had no impact on our season. We could have lost or won both and we'd still be in the Military Bowl.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to posting when we get chosen to play at a more prestigious bowl. It's going to be fun Eric. My favorite part will be reading your explanation for how you got it so wrong. Why you felt the need to say we are going to the Military Bowl 50 times in the last month is beyond me. You have never made any point so many times before, wonder why you keep saying it? To antagonize Terps fans? Nah, couldn't be that.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 27, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

This one and 100+ more like this one can be found here:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/terrapins-insider/2010/11/after_signature_victory_what_a.html#comments

Prisbell deserves lot of credit

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

There's no way I'm going to pay $80+ to sit in a collapsing stadium and watch Maryland play some Carolina cow college. And even if the Terps sell out RFK, it won't mean a thing - they'll just say that Maryland fans don't travel well and they'll only go to a bowl game in their own backyards. As long as Maryland is stuck in the ACC, they'll be stuck playing in this worthless bowl unless they manage to win the division. The Big Ten will go to 14 per Jim Delaney; if I'm Maryland's AD, I'm on the phone begging the Big Ten to consider us in the next wave of expansion

Posted by: dangit | December 5, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

This really STINKS! And, is further proof that the BCS Bowl Selection Committees and Process are a JOKE!

It's ridiculous to see teams with a poor record being reward. The Terps deserved a better venue and bowl to play in.

This isn't fair. And, I sincerely HOPE all TERP fan boycott the subpar Military Bowl.

Personally, I wish Coach Friedgen declines the invite. Now, that would send a STRONG message to the BCS, and others making IMPOTENT and INCOMPETENT decisions.

Being a Terp fan, I don't plan on attending this game.

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Now, for the Terps to draw larger fan base, they need to put a more consistent product on the field that can REALLY compete with the TOP 25 programs.

It starts with our facilities which needs a serious face lift. And, then it comes down to recruiting incredible talent.

We need more dynamic players like Kenny Tate, and Torrey Smith. We need a ton of speed ... and, I mean SPEED!

Posted by: mi6-007 | December 5, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Well done Barno. It's a nice gesture on your part and Eric P does deserve credit for hanging in there. Now let's all stop complaining about the system and go support the Terps.

Posted by: erniegogo | December 5, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The ACC better stop treating Maryland like their red-headed step child or else Maryland should consider leaving the conference. And I have NEVER said this until now. There should be no way for a 6-6 team to jump an 8-4 team in the bowl pecking order. This is complete BS and I refuse to give these scam artists any satisfaction by attending the Military Bowl.

Posted by: ams1986 | December 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Maryland needs to turn this one down

Posted by: rcarmack | December 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

The ACC better stop treating Maryland like their red-headed step child or else Maryland should consider leaving the conference. And I have NEVER said this until now. There should be no way for a 6-6 team to jump an 8-4 team in the bowl pecking order. This is complete BS and I refuse to give these scam artists any satisfaction by attending the Military Bowl.

Posted by: ams1986 | December 5, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I know they keep saying if the Terps can't sell the 10,000 tickets for a stadium just 10 miles from College Park that it will hurt Maryland in the future. But I simply refuse to spend the money to watch Maryland vs. East Carolina on a week day, in the cold, at RFK. If you are going with just one other person for tickets, food, and parking you could easily be spending $200 or more. Economic times are tough and no matter how important this is pushed as for Maryland in the future I think it will be hard to find people willing to spend the money to attend a game in a sub-par stadium against a .500 mid major team with terrible December in DC weather on a weekday. I'll watch at home and cheer for the Terps.

Posted by: ydnorthridge | December 5, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

This is absolutly horrible. I went to this bowl game last year and it was piss poor. RFK is a dump. The weather is horrible. Maryland deserved to go to a nice location.

Posted by: blwray1 | December 5, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The Military Bowl is the Eric Prisbell of bowl games.

Posted by: TerpBE | December 5, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Maryland fans need to stay home.(We beat NCSU too) REAL fans support their team period......ECU fans will be there......TRUE FANS!!!!!

Posted by: batemana | December 5, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

If, in several years, this program is languishing in the bottom of the ACC on a consistent basis, I believe we'll look back to this Sunday as the turning point that utterly wrecked an improving and hard-working program. One can only hope no one gets injured playing in this scrimmage.

Posted by: ferraridoug | December 5, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

First, this is the maddest I have ever been about something within MD athletics.

I wish the others were wrong but I believe the sentiment that Maryland loses whether supporters attend this game or not is spot on.

As I stated before, it's time to send the ACC a message by investigating the Big 10's interest. Whether or not the Big 10 is currently interested, the rumor mill stating Maryland is looking elsewhere will DEFINITELY get the interest of the ACC HQ's.
It's time to get some leverage. Do nothing and MD will play at RFK every season which is unacceptable.

Posted by: croftonpost | December 5, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Damn. I was wrong Eric. Should've taken my bet.

Nothing like taking off a day of work to go drink and watch a game in 36 degree weather and a crumbling stadium. I think I'll pass.

What I love about college football is the structure and the way everything makes sense (sarcasm).

Posted by: fushezzi | December 5, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

No doubt the players got screwed by the corrupt bowl selection process. If it doesn't matter what your record is, what is the point? If the Terps get offered a spot in the Big Ten, I take it in a second. That said, I will be at RFK. From a glass half full perspective: one more time to tailgate with friends, one more time to see football in RFK (which is a dump but a damn fun place to watch a football game), and next year, we won't have to worry about bowl selection cause we are going to win the ACC!

Posted by: aviscardo | December 5, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, props to Prisbell for getting it right. This bowl was pretty much created so Navy and UMd had a spot to play if they were bowl elible. And props to Barno for admitting he was dead wrong (unlike some people on here who refuse to admit that they were wrong even though it has become painfully obvious).

Posted by: aviscardo | December 5, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Mr. Prisbell. You wanted this matchup, you got it. Though I would hardly call it a coup, because this was fixed from the very beginning. I guess a superior record and beating NC State doesn't matter anymore. If the only thing we can play for are games 10 miles from campus in decrepit stadiums at outrageous prices, then why bother playing a regular season at all?

I've resisted advocating expansion into the Big-10, but if all we have to look forward to is the RFK S___ Bowl every year, then we need to go somewhere that's a real football atmosphere.

Maybe we do need to go. If Navy and Rice can score more than 60 points on these chumps, we should score 80 points.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 5, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

First, this is the maddest I have ever been about something within MD athletics.

Posted by: croftonpost

As far as I can see this is Maryland football's low point. You go 2-10, you lose by 30 in the Orange, you have 10 consecutive losing seasons...that's on the team...players, coaches, etc. They know what they have to do...if they don't get it done changes are made...things move along. It happens everywhere. But you have control over the situation.

The decision to put Maryland in the Military means everything is out of their control and nothing can be done to fix it. And contrary to the opinion of some, it's out of the fans hands too...increasing attendance next year (which is inevitable given better opponents) will have no impact on ACC execs decision to put Maryland back in this Bowl. I maintain that, unless they win the Atlantic, Maryland will end up in the Military Bowl for as long as it exists.

Posted by: ferraridoug | December 5, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Well done Barno. It's a nice gesture on your part and Eric P does deserve credit for hanging in there. Now let's all stop complaining about the system and go support the Terps.

Posted by: erniegogo | December 5, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Ernie, it's the least I could do and I think others probably should as well. Just emailed him personal apology as well. I don't have any problem admitting when I am wrong, I really don't understand why some people do. To me it's amazing certain people can rail against Gary Williams and Ralph Friedgen and demand they be fired, then when they win ACC Coach of the Year can't find it within themselves to say 'gee, maybe I was wrong there.' It's really not that hard.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah croftonpost, the Big 10-- which just added a marquee team in Nebraska to get to 12 and have a championship game-- is interested in Maryland. Its not the Bobby Ross era any more. Boomer's been out of pro football for nearly 15 years. And the ACC didn't pick who goes where. The bowl games did and UMD's piss poor support in past years cost the team dearly.

Maryland fans need to get out and support the team. Fridge did a great job of righting the ship. The kids get an extra month of practice. Stop whining and buy some tickets. If you don't want to go then donate them to charity. But stop being internet crybabies and support your team.

Posted by: calhokie | December 5, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The MD message boards have been saying this was a real possibility for the past week, and that the AD was exploring all the options. I think anderson got schooled.

Although it's likely official, why is Prisbell declaring that it's official and only citing an unnamed source? was this source authorized to announce it, if not, why is EP declaring that it's "official?" it's this type of lazy reporting on his part that kills, not that he was likely right about the bowl selection.

Posted by: minhle1 | December 5, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The MD message boards have been saying this was a real possibility for the past week, and that the AD was exploring all the options. I think anderson got schooled.

Although it's likely official, why is Prisbell declaring that it's official and only citing an unnamed source? was this source authorized to announce it, if not, why is EP declaring that it's "official?" it's this type of lazy reporting on his part that kills, not that he was likely right about the bowl selection.

Posted by: minhle1 | December 5, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Why woulf any high school football recruit consider attending Maryland?

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Suck it up Terps fans! Quit making excuses and show some support for your team and a bowl game in the nation's capital!

Posted by: DetroitRed1 | December 5, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Forget motivating this team to play well in THIS game...how is Friedgen or any coach for that matter supposed to motivate our players in future seasons after we have been eliminated from BCS contention? Of course the morons will say 'we should always be in BCS contention and if we're not, who cares' but for the realists, there are going to be seasons when we aren't ACC title bound...what happens then? Play for pride?

The system is a joke.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I'll go to the game at RFK. I have Maryland football season tickets and want to support the team. Yeah, they deserved better but it is what it is now. Worst thing you can do if you support MD football is not show up.

Posted by: bbride1 | December 5, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Notre Dame and Miami a ratings bonanza? Miami's home crowds make Byrd Stadium look like the Big House in Michigan. Miami has some of the most apathetic crowds in the ACC.

I guess the fans need to come out more to Byrd. If the fan base stayed away because of the 2-10 record, now they don't have an excuse. Prove these bowl officials wrong and show them that Maryland deserves to go to the upper class of bowls and that we can travel as well as any other team.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | December 5, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Barno, you play in this game and you try and sell out the stadium because it is a stepping stone to better opportunities next year and beyond. Jeez, you guys make Noisy State fans seem mild. The team had a great year and went 8-4 but got jumbled up in the logjam of teams who were 5-3 and 4-4. This should be an opportunity to show that the Terps are on the rebound but everybody here just wants to pitch a fit.

Big 10, yeah keep dreaming. I'm sure Michigan, OSU, and PSU (teams that FILL 100k seat stadiums) are itching to get a school who doesn't fill Byrd and has a bunch of malcontent fans.

Posted by: calhokie | December 5, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, if you don't want to go, at least buy some tickets and donate them to a charity. Let some less fortunate kids get to attend a bowl game.

Posted by: calhokie | December 5, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: calhokie

"And the ACC didn't pick who goes where. The bowl games did and UMD's piss poor support in past years cost the team dearly."

Oh really? Like the years this decade where MD travelled better than NC State EVERY time.
Like the ACC rule change that has allowed 6-6 teams to play in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl if their conference record is adequate. That ACC?

6-6 teams should automatically be relegated to the bottom of the selection process. It is what they EARNED on the field. If not, then why play the games. Just invite Clemson to the Champs Bowl in August.

Posted by: croftonpost | December 5, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This a joke of a name for a bowl game. Why does it have to be called the Military Bowl anyway?

Posted by: vztownes | December 5, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I have six season tickets for Md football. We always go to the bowl games. In 2007, I would have loved the military bowl - it was too expensive to travel to San Francisco for a game, but I purchased two tickets and e-mailed Debbie that I decided not to come and donated them. Then in 2008, again Boise State is a great place love their team, but I was not spending the money for a cold destination. We were hoping for the Music City Bowl since we have to be in Nashville after Christmas, it would have been perfect. However, I am not going to Tennessee on the 26th and coming back to Maryland for the 29th in RFK in the cold. Also, I would not pay to sit in MMT either in the cold. If the tickets are under $25, I will purchase one or two and donate them, but any amount over that forget it. I have been to RFK back in the days when it was the home of the Senators, but 40 years later I am not interested. Military Bowl you had your chance in 2007 and you did not want Maryland, so I am not interested in you now. I wanted Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, or even Charlotte - even thought it was cold there last night. This will be one year, money that would have been spent on Bowl tickets, etc can be donated to our family's scholarship fund. I think it will help a student more in the future than the sponors of the Military Bowl. Washington on Dec 29 can be very cold. I am very disappointed in everyone that campaigned for this Bowl. We deserved better, both the team and the dedicated fans that lived through last year and knew it was just one of those years that happen every so often. Next year, I want the Terps to roar out of that field house and let every one know we will be contentors for the National Championship.

Posted by: mdterpmom | December 5, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

calhokie, I never said I wasn't going. I won't be able to resist tailgating in RFK one more time.

Many a great time spent there, tailgating and rooting for the Skins and Nats, On The Grass, next to the Beer Tree, along the Pee River.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh Barny...its so easy to apologize to EP and collect a few "atta boys" from one or two sheep...especially when your explanation contains a backhanded swipe against those who dont worship the fridge....the real test of your ability to be humble will be next year if Fridge only wins 6 games and his contract is not extended...then we will see if you can apologize to Pete and I....(along with others)

In the meantime, I will be putting on my MD sweatshirt and hat and heading to RFK and I expect Fridge to lead this team without tears, crush ECU and get ready for next year!

Go Terps!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 5, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

$90 for lower level seats for this bowl posted on MD website, oh jeez who the hell is gonna pay that!

Posted by: mbmurray | December 5, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Long term Terp fan. MD really only had one quality win all years; NC State. Yes, they improved 6 games but only one quality win lessens the chance for a nice Bowl Game. Would have been nice if they could have beaten FSU and then maybe VA Tech.

Maybe next year. Least I think we have our QB for the next few years.

Go Terps

Posted by: fearturtle44 | December 5, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Get of the Grass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: fushezzi | December 5, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Also curious how the MB took a 6-6 ECU team over a much more "deserving" 9-3 Tulsa team. Of course they'll end up playing in either New Orleans or Hawaii so I doubt they are complaining.

Posted by: ferraridoug | December 5, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA, come stop by the tailgate at the Beer Tree along the Pee River. If you do come by, we'll have a beer and talk Terps. Just make sure you take Fushezzi's advice and Get Off The Grass!

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess we should have pulled out that game vs. Miami. Beat Miami, and Maryland falls no further than the Sun Bowl.

They're going to have to force hands by play on the field.

Posted by: dlgood | December 5, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The game has been moved to Fed Ex Field an even worse venue than RFK I predict less than 40k fans will witness this scrimmage. I will boycott the Terps until they join the Big Ten.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Picking Maryland will be the end of the Miltary Bowl. When nobody comes to see your dream matchup, it will be obvious that there is not interest in seeing football at RFK in late December. If Maryland were 6-6 (or even 7-5) it might be a different story but Maryland fans are really bitter about this one.

Posted by: ebitda | December 5, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I am sure you will get a Pulitzer Prize for this one Prisbell! Now get to work on that exposé on AAU teams and corruption in NCAA basketball recruiting. You are such a loser…

Posted by: ebitda | December 5, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

RFK is a piece of junk (a proper description would not be allowed), but it's close by and the parking lots are great for tailgating. I'll probably buy 4 cheap seats for the family and plan to tailgate with friends. If the weather sucks, I'll stay home and watch it on TV.

Just beware. If you go to the game by car and approach via Benning road, DC has one of those speed cameras set up there.

Posted by: jeadpt | December 5, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Long term Terp fan. MD really only had one quality win all years; NC State. Yes, they improved 6 games but only one quality win lessens the chance for a nice Bowl Game.
Posted by: fearturtle44

You could make that argument about many of Maryland's bowl seasons. Aside from the Georgia Tech win I don't think Maryland beat a ranked team in 2001. I think Tech finished 7-5 that year. 2002 the good win was NC State...who then got selected ahead of us into the Gator. In 2003 I don't think Maryland beat any ranked teams.

NC State this year was a legitimately good team, and BC with Rettig at quarterback is too. Maryland's resume this year is just as good as it was in 2006 when we went to the Champs. I would actually argue its better...Maryland got manhandled pretty good by BC and Wake at the end of that year.

Posted by: ferraridoug | December 5, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Omitting the only blue state in the ACC from a respectable bowl is understandable. The only hope for Maryland athletics is join the Big Ten or the Ivy League while they have an opportunity.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Time to move to the Big Ten---basketball is just as good---without the Duke/UNC crap. Football is better----much better. So what is it going to be UM Adminstrators--in football: Are we Penn or Penn St?? The coaches and the players are Penn St!! But the support you have given them in the past is sub-par. And this bowl crap spells it out!!! I am glad we have a new adminstration---I hope these men are those of vision and the courage to build for the future. Finish Byrd Stadium. Build our athletes a first class indoor practice facility. Build a consistant winner in football so we don't have to get cheated by this bowl crap--no knock on the Military Bowl, but our players and coaches deserved better. And the previous adminstrators let them down!!!!!

Posted by: beardown29 | December 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Long term Terp fan. MD really only had one quality win all years; NC State. Yes, they improved 6 games but only one quality win lessens the chance for a nice Bowl Game. Would have been nice if they could have beaten FSU and then maybe VA Tech.

Maybe next year. Least I think we have our QB for the next few years.

Go Terps

Posted by: fearturtle44 | December 5, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Quality Wins:

Navy. We were 7 point underdogs, Navy is a perennial 9-10 win team, and they are currently ranked in the top 30.

FIU. Another bowl team who won their conference. They should have beaten Texas A&M and Rutgers, both on the road, prior to our game.

@ Boston College. We were 4.5 point underdogs, they are always tough at home, and we have never won in BC. Game wasn't as close as the final score would indicate. They went on to win 5 straight after we beat them.

@ UVA. We won there for just the second time in 20 years. No matter what their record is, they are always tough because it's a rivalry game with recruiting implications. And we won handily.

NC State. A ranked team playing for a BCS game, need I say more? We outclassed them

That's 5 'quality' wins, plus 3 against gimme opponents Morgan State, Duke, and Wake Forest.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Correction, they lost their conference championship to MTS and are headed to the Little Caesars Bowl.

Here's where the teams we beat are headed for the holidays:

Navy: San Diego
Boston College: San Francisco
North Carolina State: Orlando
Florida International: Detroit

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I won't go. I have no interest in East Carolina - no disrespect - I'm sure there are folks out there who love em, but I don't follow or know them. I'm not paying premium ticket prices to sit in the cold at RFK. The cheapest ticket that I have seen is $40 to sit upstairs, and that hasn't even gotten me in the parking lot, a hot chocolate, hot dog, or a ride home. So between the game itself, the venue, the date and the cost, I really can't see why anybody would go other than some sort of good faith to the Terps which got us here in the first place.

Posted by: outrbnksm | December 5, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

What a joke the record dose not count. The new ad must be one big joke go back to army. We had 30 votes in the ap poll wich would make us 27 this week third in the acc ONE BIG ---- ING JOKE i WOULD RATHER NOT PLAY A BOWL AT ALL. Turn it down

Posted by: westernmdterp | December 5, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

What a shame! As a Terp Alum, season ticket holder, I have no choice but to support my Terps, 2 tickets for Military Donation are on the way. Thank you Mr. Prisbell for leading the charge and getting the Terps in the Military Bowl, maybe next year you can start your charge and get us to the Rose Bowl. I wish we could decline this option, what a wrong doing to all the Terp Nation, I guess if our local media cared about Terp Football, they would say so, The Washington Post is the worst, and shame on your entire sports department for NO LOVE for the Terps, at least wrestling season is starting, maybe you can write about that!!!!

Posted by: pamnatz53 | December 5, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Eric Prisbell was correct all along but must suffer from those who demand their media to tell them what they want to hear (er, read).

Unfortunately, the Military Bowl is the best option for UMd.

College sports is all about the money,now more than ever. Revenue and NCAA rules dictate that UMd simply cannot put more money into the FB program unless the university greatly increases athletic fees from its undergraduates. Or some multimillionares caugh up $50 million or more for the football program. Any multimillionares on this blog?

Posted by: AncientTerp | December 5, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm a multimillionaire but all of my money is currently being used for under the table payments to UCONN basketball recruits, Cam Newton and one legged hookers.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 5, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I have traveled to many Maryland bowl games over the year and I can walk to RFK, but no way, no how, would I EVER reward this disgrace by attending this game. Never.

Posted by: themantoyou | December 5, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

To the Big Ten or bust!

Posted by: steven09 | December 5, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Lower deck seats to the Champs Bowl are $65. Lower deck seats to the Miliary Bowl are $90. WTF???

I would like to attend this game, but those prices are crazy!

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | December 5, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Intellectually and economically everyone knows Marylanders are superior to North Carolinians. Because we will not impulsively pack a pickup and drive 700 miles to watch a Nascar or college football game the Bowl Committees don't want us. We have careers in Maryland that discourage such knee jerk travel planning, in North Carolina they have redneck respite for Nascar and college football games. Although Maryland clearly deserves the game I don't want deny a these people their rite of passage.


Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

#3 ACC team going to #8 bowl game? No Thanks! If that was a big name college team, they would not get this kind lack of respect! The real fans are very unhappy! I am in Arkansas now, looking forward the possible of Maryland going to Nashsville for Music City Bowl. I was planning to go to the game. Thanks for short changing the team and the real fans.
#1 Terps fan!

Posted by: daniel31 | December 5, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Danny Boy strikes again I cant wait to purchase a 20 dollar Johnny Rocket burger and a 10 dollar beer.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

How about this horse dung?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYfZE8E2OS8

Posted by: Realness1 | December 5, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Alright Maryland fans here's the deal. You had a nice season, the fridge righted the ship. BUT you blew the one game of the season that actually mattered, vs FSU. Beat them go to the ACC title game, and there is ZERO chance that you end up in this situation. It's the difference between home field and going on the road in the NFL although here it's ironically flipped, with people wanting to travel. When your program starts playing big boy football and beating top teams in your conference, you will not have to worry about the indignity of playing @ RFK. ECU beat NC State as well, and you can't have your cake and eat it too. If they're such a lousy team, then you can't turn around and brag about beating them. They also turned out in force for a worse product on the field then Terp fans did. In essence, win the games Vs the big boys of the ACC and turn out for all your home games and you will not have a problem. I've yet to see anyone refute the fact the attendance was anemic at home this season, and how this reflects on potential bowl bids. Your lack of support for your team at home and the teams inability to beat FSU brought this "mess" on yourselves. If the team is a improved and good as y'all claim, how come butts weren't in seats this season?? Also your only hope of getting into the Big Ten is basketball. They don't want, nor will they ever want you because of football, stop fooling yourselves. Although I'd assume that Ohio State, Penn State (@Fed EX for all the PSU fans), Iowa and Nebraska would sell out Byrd,right? Lastly, of those teams I just listed, MD would go almost always be 0-4, so in years you played all of them (depending on divisions) you'd likely end up around 6-6 in either the newly minted Ticket city bowl; in the RFK like dump of the cotton bowl, or they always warm and popular holiday destination of Detroit for the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl. But please, keep dreaming like it's 1983 with Boomer.

Posted by: Standardman | December 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Alright Maryland fans here's the deal. You had a nice season, the fridge righted the ship. BUT you blew the one game of the season that actually mattered, vs FSU. Beat them go to the ACC title game, and there is ZERO chance that you end up in this situation. It's the difference between home field and going on the road in the NFL although here it's ironically flipped, with people wanting to travel. When your program starts playing big boy football and beating top teams in your conference, you will not have to worry about the indignity of playing @ RFK. ECU beat NC State as well, and you can't have your cake and eat it too. If they're such a lousy team, then you can't turn around and brag about beating them. They also turned out in force for a worse product on the field then Terp fans did. In essence, win the games Vs the big boys of the ACC and turn out for all your home games and you will not have a problem. I've yet to see anyone refute the fact the attendance was anemic at home this season, and how this reflects on potential bowl bids. Your lack of support for your team at home and the teams inability to beat FSU brought this "mess" on yourselves. If the team is a improved and good as y'all claim, how come butts weren't in seats this season?? Also your only hope of getting into the Big Ten is basketball. They don't want, nor will they ever want you because of football, stop fooling yourselves. Although I'd assume that Ohio State, Penn State (@Fed EX for all the PSU fans), Iowa and Nebraska would sell out Byrd,right? Lastly, of those teams I just listed, MD would go almost always be 0-4, so in years you played all of them (depending on divisions) you'd likely end up around 6-6 in either the newly minted Ticket city bowl; in the RFK like dump of the cotton bowl, or the always warm and popular holiday destination of Detroit for the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl. But please, keep dreaming like it's 1983 with Boomer.

Posted by: Standardman | December 5, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to this game because frankly, I can't afford to go to a bowl in FL or TX.

I think those who say that they won't go are missing the point. The players have to be disappointed about not going to a warm weather bowl. But, their spirts and motivation for his game could be picked up if they see that the game is a sellout or near sellout and filled with Red wearing Terp fans.

Come on Terp fans, put the anger and disgust aside and support the program, players and school and go to the game.

As for Mr. Prisbell, I hate to admit it but, you were right on this one. You saw the handwriting on the wall long before anyone else.

GO TERPS!!!!

Posted by: Section505203 | December 5, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Say what you will (and I'm sure you will) about Debbie Yow, but there's no way the Terps would've ended up in this Garbage Bowl under her watch. She knew how to play the political game, and the Terps would have fared much better.

Posted by: damannion | December 5, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Say what you will (and I'm sure you will) about Debbie Yow, but there's no way the Terps would've ended up in this Garbage Bowl under her watch. She knew how to play the political game, and the Terps would have fared much better.

Posted by: damannion | December 5, 2010 7:03 PM

Agreed, compared to the new AD, GI Joe.

Posted by: Realness1 | December 5, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

My last interesting tidbit.
Tonight the final ESPN rankings came out and Maryland moved up to #25... #27 in AP ...and #26 in Coaches poll.
Thats two behind Fla St and well behind VA Tech.
No other ACC teams ranked.
I guess that makes them #8 in the bowls ACC and well deserving of the Military bowl this year.
Which by my figures (35 bowls) makes them #70 in bowl pickers rankings.


Posted by: rcushing2 | December 5, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone feel compelled to complain so much? Enjoy it for what it is or don't. We're not Texas, we're not Florida or USC. And we're certainly not moving to the Big 10, either. Who would we compete against there? Indiana? Maybe. We'd be 2-10 EVERY year.

Posted by: Chuck98 | December 5, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

OMG it's not Fedex it's going to be played at RFK so it's gonna be the Blue Plains Bowl.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

The comments here by Terps fans are EXACTLY why you get rewarded with bowls like this. As football fans, you go where your team gets picked to go - I can guarantee you that if Maryland fans don't show up for a game in your back yard, the chances of going to anything better in the future are slim and none, unless you pretty much run the table. The fact is that you all do travel poorly to bowls. You're also sore losers in every respect and a bunch of surly a-holes: I've never seen a bunch of bigger whiners - you had your destiny in your hands: should have beaten FSU (which, by the way, would have been only one of two quality wins this year). Don't worry, though - just wait for basketball season - there will be time enough for you all to go out and trash up College Park after a win or two. Lighten up, Francis..

Posted by: SabrinaDaddy | December 5, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Standardman-
Clemson, Georgia Tech or Miami or Carolina didn't exactly show their stuff against the big boys either, and they all get to play south of I-40.

Posted by: someguy100 | December 5, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

SabrinaDaddy-
Sorry that Maryland fans actually recognize when we've been slapped in the face and jobbed. We would be much better fans if we had one annoying chant that we drunkenly yelled at everyone like Seminole fans, and didn't recognize the difference between ECU and Notre Dame.

Posted by: someguy100 | December 5, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The game will not have 35k fans it will be an utter failure.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I hope we beat ECU.

Posted by: SirPelleas | December 5, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

We didn't get shafted. If we had beat a bad Clemson team at their place and a Miami team whose coach was fired last week, none of this would be an issue. We lost to FSU but they were, top to bottom, a better team than us. We are where we deserve to be, so stop complaining. There are worse ways to spend a weekday afternoon in the days after Christmas.

Posted by: Chuck98 | December 5, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

A sh*ty bowl, in a sh*ty venue, against a sh*ty team, in sh*ty weather, at a sh*ty time. I hope the turtle grows some and just says, "No thanks, this offer is insulting to our program and our fans." (I'm not holding my breath)

Posted by: Wayne6 | December 5, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

90 dollars for lower bowl 55 for upper bowl 20 to tailgate at RFK = empty stadium.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Terps/Temple, 7:30 MASN....

Posted by: Realness1 | December 5, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

You know, if Bob Ryan predicts rain it doesn't mean he wants it to rain.

Posted by: spidey103 | December 5, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather blow a few hundred on gifts and search for parking at Montgomery Mall on a holiday Wednesday than waste a few hundred on tickets to attend the Blue Plains Bowl and get my car stolen.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

ECU got this Bowl bid because of fan support. The Pirates averaged 50,000 fans a game in an off year. This is a rebuilding year for a team that has beaten West Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State, UNC and Boise State in the last 3 years. Oh and has also won 2 Conference Championships in the last 3 years, just barely losing to Arkansas by 3 points in last years Liberty Bowl. This is an ECU team that constantly gets left out of BCS contention because ofBCS politics and BCS shame. So please do not talk to us about what is unfair vs fair. All of these bowl games are about placating a BCS system that is unfair and benefits a few elite teams that are afraid of making the playing field more open and fair. We know all about being left out and having to fight for every scrap of respect and legitimacy in the world of College Football. Was Maryland treated fairly in the process of course not. ECU however, did not make the rules up. We have been disappointed and marginalized for decades. You know what, we keep at it, we stick together and we show up for games 50,000 strong. So next time someone wants to make a stinging cultural joke about the fanbase of ECU, because of where the school is located or the perception of the student body go ahead. We will continue to fill our stands, and support our team. But please dont think that we have not heard it before. In the end it really just makes the fan base more determined. team and coaches more determined than ever. Next year if Maryland has another good season like you did this year I honeslty hope that you get to go a better bowl, I really do, until that happens however, this is what it is. I can assure you there will be thousands of Pirate fans there who choose instead of "driving 700 miles to a NASCAR Race" to some how find our way to RFK in Washington DC. Here is to a great game with or without the support of the BCS system.

Posted by: thecavs1 | December 5, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

If we beat the teams we lost to this discussion would not occur, agreed.

Posted by: Realness1 | December 5, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

No friggin way will the Terps be able to sell 10k tickets to attend this shyt Bowl scrimmage and not a single hotel is anywhere near the stadium so where the team stay in College Park? This game is going to be a monumental failure in attendance. I hope MD considers joining a conference that respects it.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

MD got screwed with this bowl game. They desevre to be in a bowl game that is not played @2:30 on a weekday. GO TERPS!

Posted by: Skins-fan-in-Tennessee | December 5, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

MD got screwed with this bowl game. They desevre to be in a bowl game that is not played @2:30 on a weekday. GO TERPS!

Posted by: Skins-fan-in-Tennessee | December 5, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

MD got screwed with this bowl game. They desevre to be in a bowl game that is not played @2:30 on a weekday. GO TERPS!

Posted by: Skins-fan-in-Tennessee | December 5, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Complain to the commish in numbers:

John D. Swofford
Commissioner
Atlantic Coast Conference
4512 Weybridge Lane
Greensboro, NC 27407

Posted by: MrScrotums | December 5, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The Article is wrong about Maryland losing money on travel expenses to other bowls. Unlike other conferences all bowl proceeds go to the conference in the ACC. The conference then pays each team playing in a bowl an amount necessary to cover their expenses. The remaining proceeds are then split 13 ways. One for each school and one for the conference. Maryland playing locally doesn't impact their finances at all. Even Duke will get a share of the bowl money. The only things affected are player and fan egos and program prestige.

Posted by: PostPoster8 | December 5, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm as frustrated and angry as everyone else. I tailgated for 4 hours before every game, came to the stadium in blistering heat and spine-tingling cold, sat through every miserable game last year...all for this? I feel bad for the team, especially the seniors, for being cheated like this. However, it is unacceptable to consider boycotting the game. Who does that hurt? The team, the University, and the fans. It doesn't hurt the BCS. So I will be there, cheering my Terps on, dreaming of winning the ACC next year so they don't have any excuse to ignore us.

Posted by: janiced322 | December 5, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

ECU has the worst defense satistical defense in Division 1. There is no upside for the Terps playing such an awful team. Urbana High School would be a better opponent for the Terps.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Ralph needs to resign! No way in hell should have Terps accepted this bowl. I would have respected the Terps if they declined this bowl. I will not watch this game and no longer support Ralph!

Posted by: DukeSucks | December 5, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Attending this game would support and validate those who arranged this farce. If you love Maryland football and respect the players you will boycott this game.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

MD deserved a better bowl game than this.

Posted by: Skins-fan-in-Tennessee | December 5, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

with all due respect to the players, this bowl is one of the dumbest ideas i've encountered recently. Wed. 2:30 kickoff in DC? In RFK, a place that needs to be imploded. At prices of $55 and 90. LOL, this bowl will be done soon regardless of who plays there.

Posted by: minhle1 | December 5, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

USGOV - you are what is wrong with Maryland Football.
(Also, the lady who told me to sit down at the Navy game because she didn't want to stand when Maryland scored. )
There is no player on that team that wants to play to an empty stadium. Write to the commissioner, post your posts, buy season tickets (do you even have season tickets?) but boycotting the game is for quitters.
"Yeah - we'll show 'em we can attend bowl games! We'll show 'em by not showing up!" - that is what you are saying.

Posted by: janiced322 | December 5, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

skins fan...can you post your thought one more time? I am not sure I understand what you are saying

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 5, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Albeit UNC travels better than MD but how can their football program at 7-5 and under NCAA investigation get selected over UMD for the Music City Bowl?

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

janiced322 We beat Navy, Navy put up 76 points on ECU. Anyone believing NC State should be in the Champs Bowl ahead of Maryland clearly believes in quotas, set asides and affirmative action. Rewarding a team for extraneous conditions instead of performance on the field is preferential treatment.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

How can the ACC Coach of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and 3rd place team accept a bid from the absolute worst bowl available? This is unbelievable! I went to Miami, S.F. Jacksonville, Atlanta and had booked a room for Orlando because I believed in little things like fairness and winning team order. Apparently those things do not matter. It's all about $$$.
I watched the video Anderson has on you-tube to explain why we should attend the military bowl. Ummmmmm......... No.
I will donate to the USO but I will not give another dime to this corrupt system.
I feel badly for the players and terp fans.
I am not sure how our new AD and coaches can live with themselves. They should have respectfully declined. This is a huge slap in the face and if we are willing to accept this with a smile then expect the same treatment year after year.

Posted by: tcbmama1 | December 5, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Bowls are large organized and operated by state tourism and commerce officials. There is only one purpose for a bowl. To increase tourism. Hence bowls make selections basedon their own estimates of what will bring the most tourists. Maryland simply doesn't revel as well as other teams. There is only one thing that will get maryland in a better bowl. That's fans that travel. Otherwise Maryland will fall as far as rules allow.

Posted by: PostPoster8 | December 5, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

USGOV - I'm not debating that this bowl is a joke, that we were screwed, and that we deserve to be in Orlando. But I am saying that you can't beat up your kid for getting beat up. You gotta go find the kid that beat him up and talk to his mom. In short - Don't punish the team by not attending. Period.
And, you didn't answer my question, do you even have season tickets? Did you attend every game this year? If not, you have nothing to talk about. It's like complaining about the president when you didn't get off your butt and vote.

Posted by: janiced322 | December 5, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Terpfan has it right. Barno apologizes after ripping Eric and questioning his integrity. What a sick act. Dump, dump,dump...then congrats. That is the behavior of a sicko, Barno. And we don't care about your apologies you pathetic idiot.

Posted by: petecard | December 5, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

You are an appeaser and an enabler just like the few thousands of Terp fans that will attend the Shyt Bowl, you stand for nothing and will fall for anything I doubt if you have ever taken a moral stance in your life.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Is it worse for future bowl consideration to have poor support at a "barely a bowl" in next-door Washington, featuring a 6-6 team coming off four straight losses or to simply boycott it as a statement fans will travel for bowl games when travel and a bowl game are involved.

Only the other hand, there are 11 football coaches who will remind all prospective Maryland recruits if you don't go to the ACC championship game, you're not going bowling.

M Club needs to loudly join the administration in expressing a willingness to bolt the ACC for a better offer, which the Big Ten definitely could make.

Posted by: cscherf | December 5, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I was right, USGOV, you do NOT have season tickets, you did NOT go to every game, and you really have no right to even weigh in on a debate about the Terps. It must be really easy to tell people not to go to a Bowl game when you never go to games yourself. Boy it must be really killing you - I'm sure you would have travelled to Orlando if we had been honored with an invitation to the correct bowl. Oh yeah, that's right, you won't even travel to Byrd Stadium because it means you have to leave your computer. Here's a moral stance for you: I morally object to punishing the team for what a broken system and fan base has caused. By the way - try punctuation.

Posted by: janiced322 | December 5, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

This corrupt bowl selection reminds me of white firefighters being denied employment even though they scored higher than minorities on tests then being told by local government officials because of extraneous conditions this is permissible. I don't believe the black firefighters should have taken the jobs if they knew of the injustice done to the white firefighters.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Time to beat backwater ECU by at least 50 and then tell the ACC to take a hike. ACC officiating has always been a joke if your team was based north of the Potomac.
Take no mercy on ECU and move to a quality conference.

The Military Bowl will be history shortly, hopefully by next year, since it serves no real purpose than to offer disgrace to the selected teams.
Those that can afford to outrageous prices for this Toilet Bowl should do so and donate them to disabled vets. At least then some good will come of it.

And don't blame the Fridge, he didn't have a choice. Blame the AD and the new uni prexy.

Posted by: pjohn2 | December 5, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Really Terp fans?? I know you think Terp football is big-time but lets get a little realistic. The last bowl you went to was in Boise, was that really better? You got jobbed because no one attends home games and you play in a second-rate football conference. Maybe take a deep breath, relax a bit, put on a second pair of socks and drink beer instead of going to work that day.

Posted by: rockotodd | December 5, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I have been a vocal opponent of Congressional interference in the BCS process, but maybe the proponents were right. The bowl selection process is a corrupt joke.

Posted by: pjohn2 | December 5, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow, USGOV, comparing the Terps getting slighted to affirmative action? So is NC state the Black Firemen in this comparison? Work on your analogies. That was some Florida State logic.


Posted by: janiced322 | December 5, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Attend the game....back the terps...honor your school and the military....and WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR !!!!!!!!'mm

Posted by: Joevellano | December 5, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

This corrupt bowl selection reminds me of white firefighters being denied employment even though they scored higher than minorities on tests......
Posted by: usgov

This is what I am talking about, have a little perspective.

Posted by: rockotodd | December 5, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Joe Vellano -Exactly what I'm saying.
Attend the game, support the players and coach, and buy season tickets next year.

Posted by: janiced322 | December 5, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I get now the Terps QB isn't qualified for affirmative action, set asides or qoutas.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Maryland graduate. I'm disappointed but not surprised at getting into Military Bowl. A win against Miami and Terps could have had a "warmer climate" bowl. If only we could get back the last 3 minutes of that game when we were up 20-18.

Posted by: CamachoR1 | December 5, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

How about a little perspective here? I dont buy this nonsense about the ACC treating us badly...win more games and go to a better bowl...I seem to remember a certain coach who got us to the Gator, Orange, and Peach bowls while only winning the ACC once, so it can be done...it sounds like the problem here is with attendance..and lets admit it, by all measures the attendance was down which has really been a reflection on the longer term state of the program...attendance does not turn on a dime...it doesnt decline overnight and it wont improve overnight either...I suspect, based upon this year, it will be better next year and if Fridge pulls off another good season, it will continue to improve....so the strategy now is to win games and improve the excitement around the program....did we get "under-bowled" this year? Yeah, we did ...but its another chance to win another game and it will make for more impressive marketing to broadcast a 9 win season than an 8 win season..

And please, lets forget this nonsense about joining the Big Ten! Are you kidding me? If you feel like the lowly stepchild in the ACC, you wont even be let into the house in the Big Ten...try replacing WF, UVA, Duke and BC on the schedule with Mich, Ohio State, Penn State, Mich State and we would be lucky to see 6 wins in the next 3 years...


This Fridge-Hater will be at the game in December!

Cheers! Go Terps

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 5, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Since attendance is an issue heres an idea for the next time we host a home game over Thanksgiving break. 1) Reopen the dorms early so students can actually attend the game. 2) give the open student tickets free to local schools to get some young interest in Terrapin football

Doesnt compensate for a lack of season attendance but at least its not a nationally televised game with an empty student section.

Posted by: TerpInCT | December 5, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Except for Nats getting Werth, what a crummy weekend for DC/Terps fans: Terps lose in NCAA soccer tourney; Skins stunk it up; Terps get into Military Bowl; and Terps Men's B-Ball lose to Temple. Awful!

Posted by: CamachoR1 | December 5, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

BASKETBALL -- (This blog is awful, can we get a hoops post? Seriously...)

One good thing out of the loss today, Bowie and Mosley have hopefully lost their starting jobs. They are just not very good. Stoglin and Howard are already much better as freshmen. The future looks bright, the present looks mediocre. I still think we are a virtual lock for the tournament in a weak ACC, but we need to start beating quality opponents.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 5, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

The attendance component was also used to prevent negro athletes from playing in professional sports citing whites would not pay to see negros compete. The facts are the terps tied for third and have been rewarded with an eight place bowl. Attending this game is an affirmation of injustice and preferential treatment.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Also, don't mean to kill JWill, but unless he improves his FT shooting he should never touch the ball in the clutch. Also, he never kicks the ball back out when he's doubled. He finishes great, but sometimes hes missing wide-open shooters on the perimeter.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 5, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Terpfan once again nails it.

Just finished watching the Terps lose to Temple. It's like the games with Pitt and Illinois. We could have won. Started badly and never really got in gear. And let's face it. Jordan Williams is a really fine player and we are lucky to have him. But his free throw shooting will cost us games. I would say both the Pitt game and tonight can be laid at his feet. I could be wrong. Maybe we would have lost anyway. But his FT shooting is a huge problem. At some point it becomes very, very hard to watch. So what is the Maryland coaching staff going to do about it. Barno would simply say... "give Garo and extension.

Posted by: petecard | December 5, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Terps free-throw shooting did them in at the end. Saturday the Tar Heels were hitting all their free throws at end of game with Kentucky. Guess who won.

Posted by: CamachoR1 | December 5, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

What a frustrating basketball game. Stoglin needs to start because he's the only player on the team who looks for his shot. The team's not running the flex enough to get good shots out of it, so they need someone who can create. I sure hope losing games due to poor rebounding, free throw shooting and slow starts isn't the story of the year.

Posted by: acebojangles | December 5, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Every commentator I've heard on MD games this year has made the comment that JWill's free throw stroke looks good. It seems like his problems are mental. I guess the coaches could bring in a sports psychologist or something. Other than that, what should they do? I don't think shooting tons of free throws in practice is necessarily the answer.

Posted by: acebojangles | December 5, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

How about a University sponsored boycott. I dont want to insult the players, they deserve better. But I will not pay $55-$90 for a slap in the face. Instead I will gladly give UM $30 which will go to the school an not bowl organizers, tailgate in Lot 1 (schools closed no student cars to move) and watch the game in Cole Field House. I would say Comcast but the womans bball game is there.

or AD grow a pair tell the women to move their game and understand where their scholarships come from, and watch the game prior to the Mens Bball game at 8:30. Comcast is open anyway. make some extra money.

Send the team get the bowl money while still protesting and dont reward this shaft job.

Posted by: TerpInCT | December 5, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Barno apologizes after ripping Eric and questioning his integrity. What a sick act. Dump, dump,dump...then congrats. That is the behavior of a sicko, Barno. And we don't care about your apologies you pathetic idiot.

Posted by: petecard | December 5, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Petecard if you aren't the dumbest human being on the face of the earth, I would really hate to see who is.

Why am I not the least bit surprised that Peter the Hate can't comprehend someone owning up to their predictions and their criticisms and saying "I was wrong"? It's such a foreign concept for Peter to be a man and admit when someone else was right and you were wrong. Oh and by the way you geek, I never "questioned Prisbell's integrity." That is ridiculous and insulting. I have always had respect for Prisbell as a reporter and have been going back and forth with him emailing and other exchanges for the better part of this decade.

God you're an idiot.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm comforted by the fact the smartest students in the ACC and highest income earners in the USA don't travel well choosing instead to study and hone our professional crafts instead of exhibiting foolish behaviors at sporting events. I also enjoy the fact our students are not enthralled with our student athletes as our brethren in the south are. UMCP is the most competitive and prestigious university in the ACC don't need to lower ourselves to chasing bowls games we are far to sophisticated for thar dumb shyt.

Posted by: usgov | December 5, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

you know, whatever, at least we don't lose $ on the deal, attendance at Byrd was pathetic and the sports dept should make this priority #1 if they want to avoid this in the future

if we had a real shot at playing Notre Dame with all the TV viewers that the Irish bring that would be one thing, otherwise so what, no recruits care about the Champs Sports Bowl anyway

best thing we can do now is really destroy ECU, I mean run up the score big time

Posted by: mechagojira | December 5, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't blame JW for the loss despite his poor free throw shooting. If it wasn't for him, the game wouldn't have been that close. Bowie sucked big time; Mosley and Tucker were no shows. Don't know what happened to Mosley over the summer, but he's lost his touch.

JW should be made to shoot free throws 2-hand underhand style if he doesn't improve his percentage.

Posted by: MrScrotums | December 5, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, time to make lemonade. I'm putting on my Under Armour base layer, getting all redded up, and going to celebrate the Terps' fine season with an entertaining win over ECU. All while enjoying having watched the Mountaineers wipe their butts with NC State. Who's with me??

GO TERPS!!!

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | December 5, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I'd love to go the the game, but not at these prices. $90 for lower ($55 lower as well but so well that views are blocked by the benches), $55/$25 upstairs. Only benefit to upstairs? Being able to move downstairs. Note that in this configuration almost 2/3 of the total seats are upstairs.

These prices are for a bottom-tier bowl, in a stadium that is nearly 50 years old and hasn't hosted a meaningful football game in over 15 years. Yes, it has character but it's a *dump* (and I say that as someone who loves the place).

I'll be hitting up Stubhub in the days leading up to the game, but the printed asking price on the tickets, ridiculous.

Posted by: kingrob76 | December 5, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I think finishing in the top 25 is more important than playing in a better bowl, we kill ECU and maybe we're the 3rd of only 3 top 25 teams from the ACC

really, the home attendance is embarrassing, the AD should figure out how to sell out Byrd, even if it means - God forbid - getting creative, long-time DC folks know we've had issues with attendance for years and years; heck sell tickets to high school teams for $5 a ticket but sell the place out

Posted by: mechagojira | December 5, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Family 4 Pack
Bring your Family out to the 2010 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman! Receive four (4) tickets in a $25 section and one (1) program for $80! This is a $20 savings plus benefits! Each additional ticket (maximum of 4 additional) is $20. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

http://www.militarybowl.org/tickets/tickets/

$25 seats available. $80 for 4 tickets. Buy those and move up to better sections if the stadium isn't packed.

You can also donate tickets to military personnel for $25 by clicking on that link.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 5, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Want to sell out Byrd? Lower prices. Put in REAL seats. Fix the parking so you don't have to park so far away. Expand the area around the stadium to be be part of the Stadium so you have more room for concessions.

The seats thing is a no-brainer. At the very least, stop trying to squeeze so many people in every row by spacing the "numbers" out a bit more.

Posted by: kingrob76 | December 5, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Tonight...I really miss GV, really miss him. Last year at this time, I still didn't buy into him, but he won me over the course of the season.

What I did like about this game - GW unflinchingly sent in the YOUNG line-up. Padgett came in early and often, and seems to be developing in all facets of his game. He played like we need the first big off the bench to play.

Disappointments - Well, we lost. FT shooting cost us dearly again. We need that signature win. But mostly, A LACK OF REBOUNDING HAS COST US OUR THIRD GAME.

This was the achilles heel last season even with JW posting his dub-dub. We gave up way too many second/third chance points.

Not sure how GW plans to address. But it needs to be fixed, especially if we may be suspect with late game FTs.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Even though I'm mad as heck, I'll be there supporting the Terps. However, no way I sit in the lower bowl. $25 tickets for me or discounted lower bowl tickets on Stub Hub. However, I do think they'll sell the 10,000 allotment if through donations if nothing else.

Posted by: croftonpost | December 6, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Even though I'm mad as heck, I'll be there supporting the Terps. However, no way I sit in the lower bowl through the normal channels. $25 tickets for me or discounted lower bowl tickets on Stub Hub. However, I do think they'll sell the 10,000 allotment if through donations if nothing else.

Posted by: croftonpost | December 6, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, the bowl selection thing.

Its not the end of the world, a winnable game against a beatable team at an aged, storied stadium where I saw three NFC Championship Wins. Where the Skins played when they used to win and dominate. Where the Skins used to NOT win before they started winning. A stadium that had a palpable soul (although maybe only the ghost of one now). I went to a DCU game their second season here and it was rocking - unlike the pumped in Auto-"MAKE-SOME-NOISE" crap that they play at Fed Ex as if that's going to excite the disinterested fans (y'know, before the cha cha slide). RFK was make your own f-ing noise. RFK itself screamed "We're a puny NFL stadium so we are going to be much louder across the board and individually than your sorry fans would ever be." RFK was your-throat-is-going-to-hurt-tomorrow-buts-fing-worth-it. RFK wanted nothing more to shake and people to make it shake. I'm sure it cleaned up its act to pass structural inspections then the moment the pencil pushers were gone, grabbed a drink and relaxed....And RFK was a great place to be even in miserable weather.

Going to the game could possibly be FUN. At the very least, nostalgic. And the commute dealable. So yeah, I'm going. It will be real fun if I can weasel out of taking my kids.

Whether the bowel selection is an insult or not, its NOT directed at YOU for gods sake. Its a bowl game after a winning, successful FB season. Unless of course we lose the game in which case, we'll argue endlessly over whether this year was mediocre or not.

The victory is that we have a program with a fantastic QB with depth and experience returning next season. We have a good shot at making that leap to the ACCCG/BCS in the next few seasons.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | December 6, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

This will be a 'BOWL GAME' for East Carolina..It will not be a bowl game for the Terps...ECU will use this as a true road trip to a bowl... Terp fans will say, RFK, I don't think so...I live in Columbia,how am I gonna be able to afford hotel, and airfare to this bowl.. Are there any direct flights from BWI to National???

Posted by: frostanna | December 6, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Right on Frost Lady. I saw Go-Along, Get-Along AD Anderson's YouTube Message. How pathetic.
"Anderson said he did not know why Maryland slid to the eighth slot. He added that Maryland officials have spoken to the ACC office and Anderson wants to talk to them further about the process at future league meetings."
Now we know why Army couldn't beat Navy. Now we know how gutless Anderson has moved up the food chain. Another doormat. Already time for him to move on.
I'm another season ticket holder who won't be supporting any part of this fraudulent bowl, and will have to now consider not renewing my family four pack next year.


Posted by: Terps85 | December 6, 2010 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Any way we can switch the Redskins into the Military Bowl and we play their opponent that weekend? I think the Redskins have "earned" their way into this bowl more than Maryland has. Hey, maybe Haynesworth would even play.

On the plus side, any one with more computer savvy skills that me has a great opportunity to make one of those Hitler Downfall parody scenes where he finds out that Maryland's going to the Miltary Bowl. That would at least be something we could chuckle over. I'd try but I'm pretty computer illiterate.

Posted by: ferraridoug | December 6, 2010 4:46 AM | Report abuse

As a Maryland fan and alumnus, I'm really dismayed at the vitriol I see in this thread. I don't like the idea of going to a low-tier bowl either, but after going 2-10, beggars can't be choosers. And noting this thread was hijacked by basketball probably confirms the thought most bowl officials have of Maryland fans -- they treat football as an afterthought and thus won't travel all that well. If East Carolina has a bigger fan presence than Maryland at RFK, that will only cement such perceptions.

Regarding the Big Ten: Supposedly, within a month Delany and the conference presidents will decide whether to expand further; if they do, it's possible two new members would be selected in the spring of 2011, joining the conference in fall 2013. (While 16 teams isn't out of the question, it likely won't happen unless Notre Dame finally caves in.) Nebraska was chosen as member #12 because it is a football "brand name," and made sense for a 12-team league starting a conference title game. Different criteria will be used for members #13-14, and that's where Rutgers and Maryland have value. Both would place the Big Ten footprint into new markets along the eastern seaboard, complementing Penn State (and enhancing PSU's value as well), both are solid academic schools (certainly stronger than Nebraska), and both would bolster the CIC, the Big Ten's research consortium (Rutgers through its ties to New Jersey and New York corporations, Maryland through its proximity to Washington and federal grants). And both would make the Big Ten Network -- which the conference owns -- a near-necessity on most cable systems from New York to Washington, thus pleasing the many Big Ten alums in the region.

Big Ten membership would substantially boost Maryland's profile and athletic revenue and likely lead to an expansion of Byrd Stadium to meet increased fan demand (sorry, hoops fans, but football -- not basketball -- is where the big money is). Only the most ignorant Maryland fan would oppose such an offer.

Posted by: VPaterno | December 6, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

This is just the latest example of how the NCAA (and the football bowl system in particular) is a big game based on money, power, and deal-making, rather than about athletic competition among student athletes. It is wrong.

The ACC can do its part to fix it by negotiating a fairer bowl selection process for its teams. Write to:

Commissioner John Swofford
Atlantic Coast Conference
4512 Weybridge Lane
Greensboro, NC 27047

Posted by: SmittyATL | December 6, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

I keep hearing about the Big Ten but face the fact Maryland does not have the $ to play there also I like my basketball in the ACC thank you. Heres an idea eliminate the football team and divide the money among the other sports that seem to win. Do we have a baseball team? Final word all the good words about Maryland AD. He got spanked because he doesn't know how to play the game. Yow would have got us in a better bowl.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | December 6, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Maryland didn't go 2-10, they went 8-4. That this season's postseason is somehow related to last season is part of what's wrong with the system. Maryland wrapped up this bowl by Halloween.

Posted by: someguy100 | December 6, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Like all fans, I am as mad as anyone. I was already planning a trip to either Charlotte, Nashville or Orlando if we went there. I'm not going to this. However, I do agree we should support the team. Open up the Comcast Center, sell tickets for $20 or whatever and watch the game of the jumbotron. Maryland keeps all the money and it sends the message at the same time.

Posted by: kenny20 | December 6, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

First of all, there are thousands of people that owe Eric Prisbell an apology for his ongoing prediction over the past few weeks that Maryland would play in the Military Bowl. The current bowl selection process is a joke but Terp fans should be happy that this team has an opportunity to play one more game after last year's debacle.

I am a huge supporter of Maryland athletics and fans in this area are going to realize that they have to support this team 100% of the time. The only time that Byrd Stadium is packed is when there is something on the line. It's no excuse for only 29,000+ people to show up for a home game against FIU on a Saturday afternoon in September when the weather was sunny and warm. And then we follow this up with a pathetic crowd of under 35,000 for a homecoming game against Wake?

I realize that we don't have the same culture as SEC schools but MD fans are gonna have to stop being fickle and show up for each and every home game. If we want a real home field advatange, Byrd needs to be packed (including the upper level - yes, sections 200-300)!!!

Yes, the Redskins own the D.C. market and will always be this town's largest fan base. But c'mon folks...if we want to escape the label of mediocrity and be taken seriously when it comes to these types of situations, we have to do our part. So we'll see next season if our attitudes change and then maybe we'll start to gain some national respect!

Posted by: S-Doug | December 6, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

You stay classy Terp fans!

Posted by: BaltimoreBuc | December 6, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Everybody knows that this would be WORSE in the Big 10 right? If the Terps were the 13th B10 team, they would be the 12th choice.

Posted by: someguy100 | December 6, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Gary.....Free throws can be coached. You know they can! Here's a practice tip, make everyone shoot them. Practice does not end until each player hits ten in a row. :-)

Posted by: steven09 | December 6, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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