Thanks for an in-depth and well researched article today. When the Terps left the ACC they did it for the money, plain and simple (“At University of Maryland, football fandom continues to fall,” Feb. 5). What they also left behind were the old rivalries and the tradition of ACC weekends at College Park. What we have now playing at College Park is another version of the Washington Generals, the Harlem Globetrotters’ "opponents."
Len Elmore called it correctly, the Terps are smack in the middle of two NFL teams and Navy, which all drain the football sports dollar. Also, bear in mind that there was something I didn't read in the article. That would be that Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State always bring at least 5,000 of their fans to road games. The University of Iowa even brought more than 3,000 fans to College Park from a thousand miles away. That means the attendance at College Park is even more woeful from a Terps fan standpoint. I would see the swagger in those folks when they came in and beat up the pipsqueak Terps. I even had one Ohio State fan ask me, "how can you even stand to come to such a rinkydink place?"
I had Maryland season tickets for more than 15 years and am a long-time Terp supporter. The Terps are a "made for television movie" with cut rate coaches and very few players above 3-star caliber that will ever permit them to measure up depth-wise with the titanic football factories in their division of the Big Ten. Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State all seat more than 100,000 people and don't have the competition that UM faces in their prospective areas. St. Frances in Baltimore is a conduit to all of those places, but not to College Park. Where would you want to play? Would you like attendance of 35,000 or 100,000? Do you want to play in a New Year’s Bowl Game or go 4 and 8 every year? Hmmm, let's see.
Kevin Plank donated $196 million for an indoor practice facility. But the UM stadium seats 54,000 and is Third World. The NFL stadiums always have all of the bells and whistles. Maybe the Maryland Stadium Authority can help UM. I don't know. After all, they are the Maryland Stadium Authority, aren't they?
Let some people on NFL season ticket waiting lists commit to the Terps. No PSLs, no mandatory exhibition game-gouging and keep the money in Maryland. Why don't the Terps offer those on NFL waiting lists a true incentive to come over to College Park? Money talks.
George Hammerbacher, Baltimore