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Va. Tech's Delaney criticizes Terps fans

I've filed a preview of the Maryland-Virginia Tech game. The story should be on the site soon. In the meantime...

Several media outlets reported comments made by Virginia Tech senior Malcolm Delaney that Maryland "might have the worst fans ever."

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I wasn't in Blacksburg to hear the comments, but let me give you some history on this. Many of you will remember the background already.

Two seasons ago, Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen gestured to Maryland fans after he fouled out of a game at Comcast Center. The TV cameras had a tight enough shot of the player to capture his hands (and finger).

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Virginia Tech quickly announced that Allen would be suspended for one game for what it called "inappropriate and unacceptable" conduct.

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I don't know what precipitated Allen's gesture. Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg was quoted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch today talking about Allen and the atmosphere at Comcast.

"I don't have to talk to him about it," Greenberg said in the Richmond paper. "You talk about nasty environments, buying a ticket doesn't give you a right to be abusive. And you would hope that, quite honestly, the people at Maryland would do their job. Plain and simple. They need to do their job. Just because you buy a ticket to a game doesn't give you a right to be abusive."

"And if someone's abusive to our guys, then those people should be removed if it gets personal. That's the stance I'll take. And he knows he's there to play. Nothing more but to play ball. He's gonna handle that situation the right way. I have no doubt in my mind that he'll be excited to play and that's the only thing he'll get involved with."

By the way, Gary Williams was asked about Delaney's comments today and replied: "I don't get into that. Our fans are great fans, I'll say that."

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