Published Tuesday, November 20, 2012 AT 1:53 AM / Updated at 1:53 AM
Fear the turtle: Background information on Maryland
Dirk Chatelain Omaha World-Herald

Men’s sports:
Baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track & field, wrestling
Women’s sports: Basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball
Slogan: “Fear the turtle”
Band: “The Mighty Sound of Maryland”

Football facts
Randy Edsall (2nd season)
2012 record: 4-7
Stadium: Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium (Capacity: 54,000)
Bowl games: 24
Bowl record: 11-11-2
Noteworthy: Lost 2002 Orange Bowl. Seven bowl appearances in past 10 years.
Noteworthy: 1952 Heisman Trophy runner-up QB Jack Scarbath played for the Terps. Alumni Randy White and Stan Jones are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Coach Ralph Friedgen went 75-50 from 2001-2010, including an ACC title in 2001.
Did you know? Neither Nebraska nor Iowa has faced the Terps
Miscellaneous: Under Armour founder Kevin Plank is a Maryland grad. The Terps have a uniform contract with the company and have worn several uniform combinations that have drawn comparison to Oregon’s wild game-day gear.

10 famous athletes and coaches
John Lucas, basketball
Len Elmore, basketball
Randy White, football
Walt Williams, basketball
Len Bias, basketball
Fred Funk, golf
Boomer Esiason, football
Juan Dixon, basketball
Renaldo Nehemiah, track
Jen Adams, lacrosse

National titles since 2000
Men’s basketball: 2002
Men’s soccer: 2005, 2008
Women’s basketball: 2006
Women’s field hockey: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011
Women’s lacrosse: 2000, 2001, 2010

Five memorable Maryland moments
The greatest ACC game ever?
In the 1974 ACC tournament final, two powerhouses met for an NCAA tournament bid — in those days, only conference champions qualified. North Carolina State had David Thompson and Tom Burleson; Maryland had John Lucas, Len Elmore and Tom McMillen. In a game that went down as one of the best in college basketball history, N.C. State beat Maryland 103-100 in overtime. The Wolfpack went on to beat UCLA and win the national title. Maryland’s defeat directly led to the NCAA’s decision to expand the Big Dance.

The comeback at Miami
On Nov. 10, 1984, Maryland trailed No. 6 Miami 31-0 at halftime at the Orange Bowl. In the second half, Frank Reich took over for Stan Gelbaugh at quarterback and led the Terps on five scoring drives, taking a 35-34 lead. The Hurricanes, led by Bernie Kosar, missed a 2-point conversion — 10 months after stopping Nebraska’s 2-pointer on the same field — and Maryland held on to win 42-40. Nine years later, Reich led another miracle comeback. His Buffalo Bills trailed 35-3 in the AFC playoffs, but rallied to win 41-38.

Bias goes No. 2 in the NBA draft
On June 17, 1986, Len Bias was chosen second overall in the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. The ACC player of the year was a phenomenon back then, a 6-foot-8 star projected to carry the Celtics dynasty into the ’90s. At Maryland, he was a two-time All-American who led the Terrapins to two NCAA tournaments. But two days after the draft, Bias died of a cardiac arrhythmia, induced by cocaine.

Clinching an ACC championship
In 2001, Ralph Friedgen took over a Maryland football team that hadn’t been to a bowl game in 11 years. But the Terps won their first seven games, jumping into the nation’s top 10. On the final Saturday of the season, quarterback Shaun Hill completed a touchdown pass to Guilian Gary with 41 seconds left at North Carolina State, securing an outright ACC title. Maryland, 10-1, went to the Orange Bowl, where it lost to Florida. It finished 10th in the country.

Basketball championships
Maryland is first and foremost a basketball school. And in 2002, after decades of heartbreak, Juan Dixon and Maryland reached the Final Four, beat Kansas in the semifinals, then Indiana in the national championship game. Four years later, the Maryland women grabbed their own trophy, beating ACC rivals North Carolina and Duke in the Final Four.

About Dirk Chatelain

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