Maryland Terps Uniforms Don’t Help Team Play Better.

This past Wednesday, the University of Maryland – my beloved Terps – announced the uniforms they would be wearing on Saturday against Temple.

Once again, “ugly” is not strong enough of a word to describe the “costume de jour.”

In a previous post we had a comment saying the new collection of attire for the football team shows “Maryland pride.”

That “pride” went out and laid a gigantic egg in the Temple game.

Going in, Maryland was 6 – 0 against Temple all time. In the last two games, the Terps had won by a combined 54 points.

On Saturday, the Terps lost 38 – 7.

How bad was this debacle?

Temple led 21-0 with just over 11 minutes elapsed, boosted the margin to 31-0 at halftime and played conservatively to the finish. It was 38-0 before the Terrapins got their only score, on a touchdown pass by backup quarterback C.J. Brown with 4:31 remaining.

[Maryland quarterback Danny] O’Brien was 17-for-33 for 153 yards and an interception, and he also absorbed his first three sacks of the season. The running game produced only 45 yards, and the defense allowed scores on all five of Temple’s first-half possessions.

The Terrapins had a tough day on special teams, too. Maryland had a punt blocked for the first time since 1999 and missed an opportunity to get a comeback going in the second quarter by roughing the kicker on a fourth-and-14 punt at the Temple 16.

When Ralph Friedgen left the Maryland program last year, he did not leave the cupboard bare. In 2010, Maryland finished the season 9โ€“4, 5โ€“3 in ACC play and were invited to the Military Bowl where they defeated East Carolina 51โ€“20. Friedgen was let go for a variety of reasons, probably the most of which was the Terps were failing to excite the community. This was evident when the Terps were selected to go to the Military Bowl while other ACC teams with lesser records went to better bowls. Quite simply, in the jargon of “bowl-speak,” the Terps don’t “travel well.”

We are not going to sit here and blame new head coach Randy Edsall and his staff entirely for what has happened so far in this season. A new coach and new systems take time. After all, look at the Florida Gators and how poorly they have done with their first year coach. (Okay, maybe Florida has a higher level of talent than they Terps.) Yet it seems to us that the uniforms – those gawd awful, help me I’m blinded, Oregon Ducks East uniforms – are more of a distraction than anything.

How bad of a distraction?

The Maryland Athletics site is running a contest on the clown suits uniforms for next week’s game against Towson.

Guess the correct uniform combination that the Maryland Terrapins will wear against Towson and be entered for a chance to win a free ticket to the next home game (Clemson) or a Maryland Under Armour t-shirt!

Winners will be selected at random from all entries that picked the correct uniform.
Up to 100 local winners will receive tickets to the next home game and 30 winners will receive a Maryland Under Armour t-shirt.

Entries will be accepted until Wednesday evening, September 28 when the official combination, selected by the team captains, will be revealed.

Here are the possible uniform combinations for next week’s game against Towson. Please fill out the following form along with your guess of what uniform combination will be worn for your chance to win.

Think about this for a moment. The Maryland athletic department is promoting a uniform more than it is promoting the team.

The “buzz” is not “hey, did you see that run in the 4th quarter?” or “do you think Smith should start over Jones?”. Nope. The “buzz” is whether to wear one ugly uniform or another ugly uniform.

When a team is getting more press and promotion because of their uniforms rather than their play on the field, it may be time to re-think and roll back the hype a bit. Instead of voting on uniforms, maybe the Terps and Edsall should take the time and practice or hit the books. Right now, the voting and the changing uniforms isn’t helping.

Being 1 – 2 and incurring medical costs from people blinded by the uniforms is just not a good way to run a team or university.

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