Loose ends

Coach Friedgen says injured receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (strained calf) is expected to be available by bowl time. "I'm hoping so," the coach said.

Fridge says defensive linemen Travis Ivey and Dion Armstrong have bad ankles and O-lineman Bruce Campbell has a sore shoulder, but "I think everybody will be back for the bowl game."

Maryland clearly is happy to be bowl-eligible. A bowl offers a chance to have some fun and end the season on an up note after losing three of the last four games.

But it's not easy for coaches to wait around to find out which bowl game wants Maryland -- especially since it's not likely to be an upper-echelon game.

"Right now I don’t think we’ve got a lot of choice. We’ll go where we have to go," Fridge said.

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