It’s Official–The Military Bowl —Terps Vs ECU—3rd Place Team Selected for 8th Place Bowl–Welcome to the No Spin Zone

Here are my thoughts over the selection of the University of Maryland for the Military Bowl.

My disappointment begins with the fact that 2 weeks ago my sights were on the dream of playing in the Orange Bowl as the BCS representative for the ACC. After not playing in the ACC Title game, the placement of Maryland in any of the inferior bowls (3rd through 8th) would be a letdown. The people I feel sorry for are the valiant student athletes who fought their way back from a 2-10 season to bring respectability back to the program. The selection process is clearly flawed or how else could an inferior NC State team be selected over Maryland for the 3rd place Bowl. I was at the game, The Champs Sports Bowl Committee was there, both athletic directors were there, Maryland decisively dismantled the Wolfpack. The Terps were and are clearly better. If Commissioner Swofford had us placed in the Military Bowl no matter what (with the exception being a BCS spot) then just come out early and say it.

Now the fact that the game is in DC and Maryland’s support could help make the game a success is the positive spin. The negative spin is that we were relegated to the Bowl because our home attendance was off this year. On the basis of the reasoning I have read, that attendance and travel ability supercedes record, one could make a case that USC, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Notre Dame should automatically be placed in the highest structure.

What troubles me the most is : Does this represent a total lack of respect from the ACC (All Carolina Conference). Is it bad enough that almost every year we have to play the Basketball Tournament in “neutral” Greensboro or Charlotte. Is the continued placement of our games on the internet hurting us and recruitment?

Here is the bottom line. We should support this game because it’s our players and our team that is there —not to prove a point to the ACC. It was an honor to play Navy and a honor to compete in a classic that represents our Military. We have nothing to prove. Our athletic program is as strong or stronger then any other one in the conference. We can be proud that we run a clean program with the utmost of academic standards and integrity. But let us not forget how we are being treated in the ACC.

Remember this much, nothing can take away from the fabulous job the team did this year. We finished 8-4 and were 1 play away from playing for the ACC Title. ¬†When all is said and done there are 5 major bowls and 10 BCS representatives–that is the goal to achieve for Maryland not a fancy pitch job to a secondary Bowl.

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  1. John B

    Bruce, you should know if something happens that can’t be understood, there is probably money involved. The fact is that Maryland couldn’t even fill it’s own stadium this season. No high-major bowl is going to take a team like that. Nobody is more disappointed than I am, but Terp fans did it to themselves this year.

    Reply ·   11/12/2019

  2. Ryan

    They have to pay for losing, and not being able to beat a quality team until the final game of the season.
    So, the fans, bolted after a couple earlier losses against Miami, then Florida St.

    Win, and in the future, this won’t happen.

    At least he isn’t Gary, who has zero upper classmen. TUcker, gregory and Mosely combined for about 5 points tonight.

    They just don’t have the talent to hand with quality opponents.

    It’s a total shame for what the football program has to go through, and add that to a long long season for the hoops team.

    Reply ·   11/12/2019

  3. freddy from boca

    time to go to the big ten.

    Reply ·   11/12/2019

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