Maryland’s Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Updated Nov. 3, 2014)

by Travis Normand

Today, Maryland defeated Penn State, 20-19.  However, before the game, Maryland’s team captains refused to shake hands with Penn State’s team captains.  I have watched a lot of college football in my life and I have never seen such a blatant act of unsportsmanlike conduct.  It is my understanding that Maryland was flagged for this stunt, and I truly hope that was the case.

I won’t rehash the specifics of the incident, as you can read about it on ESPN.com, ESPN.com (Big 10 Blog), SI.com, and BleacherReport.com (video).

Photo from ESPN.com

**Update:  Nov. 3, 2014 – The Big 10 Conference has fined Maryland $10K for its pre-game behavior.  You can read more about this fine / punishment at Yahoo Sports and / or SI.com.  You can also read the Big 10’s official press release about this punishment at Big10.org (and I have also posted it below).

According to the press release, the conference did not specifically punish Maryland for the failure to shake hands prior to the game.  However, it did call the behavior “exceptionally regrettable.”

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Lu Gambino’s (Maryland) 1948 Gator Bowl MVP Trophy on eBay

1948 GATOR BOWL MVP TROPHY - Lu Gambino of Marylandby Travis Normand

I remember when I use to be surprised by the types of historically significant antiques that you could find on places like eBay.com.  However, I don’t think anything shocks me anymore.

As you may know, I am a huge fan of college football antiques and I am always looking to see what is out there floating around.  While searching eBay.com today, I found the 1948 Gator Bowl MVP Trophy that was presented to Lu Gambino of the University of Maryland.

It is apparently not being auctioned off but is simply for sale.  The seller [u.c.berkeley-stanford_collector] is asking $999.99 (or best offer) for the trophy.  While $999.99 is not considered “cheap” by most people’s standards, it is fairly standard to ask around this much for a trophy of this kind.

Further, the seller claims to have purchased the trophy at the estate sale of the Gambino family.  Assuming that is accurate, there is probably not much to worry about in terms of whether or not this trophy is authentic.

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Even the Wins for Maryland are Ugly

by Travis Normand

A few weeks ago I wrote that things were starting to get ugly at Maryland.  What ugliness was I referring too?  One, the new Terrapin football uniforms; and two, the fact that starting QB C.J. Brown would be missing the 2012 season due to injury.

However, what I didn’t know at the time was that Maryland would be turning out some ugly wins as well.

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Its Getting Ugly in Maryland

by Travis Normand
Maryland 2012 Uniform

No, this is not a reference to Maryland’s new (2012) or old (2011) football uniforms, although they are not helping any.

Yesterday it was reported that Maryland’s starting quarterback, C.J. Brown, has torn his ACL and will miss the entire 2012 season.  It is now up to Perry Hills or Caleb Rowe, to fill the vacancy at the position.  Both Hills and Rowe are true freshman.

Before Brown’s injury, several pre-season prognosticators picked Maryland to finish fifth place in the Atlantic Division of the ACC (with Boston College at sixth).  Now, after news of Brown’s ACL injury, a fifth place finish would be a dream come true for the struggling Terps.

Maryland learns lesson in fashion

by Travis Normand

It was around this same time a year ago that the Maryland football program unveiled its new uniforms for the 2011 season.  The new design was met with an array of opinions and comments, including one titled “Maryland’s Uniforms Are Ugliest in College Football, Hands Down.” [LarryBrownSports.com]

So, how would Maryland respond to the criticism of its new uniform design?  Well, without totally abandoning the overall concept of the 2011 design, the Terps have a new 2012 uniform that is not quite as obnoxious as its 2011 counterpart.

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NC State’s 27-point comeback win against Maryland [Nov 26, 2011]

by Travis Normand

The 2012 season is so close you can almost taste it!

For me, this is the longest part of the summer.  I am always excited when the calendar turns from July to August, as I know college football is less than a month away.  However, I am convinced that the month of August moves slower than any of the other 11 months.

But fear not!  I have found something that will help pass the time (at least six minutes of it anyway) while we wait for the 2012 season to get underway.

Enjoy!

NC State’s 27-point comeback win against Maryland [Nov 26, 2011]

Here is the information that was posted along with the video:

NC State comes back from a 41-14 deficit versus Maryland to gain bowl eligibility during the final game of the regular season.

It was the second biggest comeback between two ACC teams in ACC history, and the biggest comeback in NC State history. It’s a game that included 35 fourth quarter points, and 42 unanswered points.