There were a lot of Maryland football fans scratching their heads after the Terps refused to shake hands with their Penn State counterparts during the coin toss before Saturday's game and also were hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for their pregame behavior.
The penalty damaged their chances of getting off to a good start in an important game and showed some institutional immaturity in the process. It helped the Nittany Lions start the game with good field position and helped them take a quick lead with a field goal on their first possession.
The Terps did come back in the second quarter to take the lead on a short touchdown pass from C.J. Brown to receiver P.J. Gallo and would end up scoring a very significant one-point victory over Penn State that made them bowl-eligible.
The big question was whether the kids performed the stupid handshake trick on their own or were under orders from the coaching staff. Coach Randy Edsall answered that question with an apology for the incident after the game and indicated that the players acted on their own.
Athletic director Kevin Anderson followed that up by releasing a statement apologizing to Penn State and expressing disappointment in the poor sportsmanship of the players who represented Maryland at the coin toss.
Though it was an embarrassing moment for the program, it may end up helping to develop a true regional rivalry with the Nittany Lions, since Penn State is unlikely to forget the snub any time soon.