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by BOB PARASILITI | December 12, 2003
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland is hoping Terrapins fans aren't believing everything they read. Officials at the Gator Bowl proclaimed the New Year's Day game between Maryland and West Virginia to be a total sellout. But the Gator Bowl forgot to ask the Terrapins. In fact, Maryland had 6,000 seats still available for the Jan. 1 game in Jacksonville, Fla. Sports Information Director Doug Dull announced Terps fans had purchased 11,000 as of Monday afternoon, but there was still work to be done.
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by BOB PARASILITI | November 29, 2002
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With one pull of a handle in Jacksonville, Fla., Maryland's bowl hopes started to spin like the dials of a slot machine. Peach, Tangerine, sour grapes. It was tough for the Terps to feel like winners after the Gator Bowl jumped the invitation gun, went against protocol and elected to take North Carolina State as the Atlantic Coast Conference's representative to the New Year's Day game. Peach, Tangerine, sour grapes. The mix doesn't even resemble a good fruit salad.
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by BOB PARASILITI | December 31, 2003
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Ralph Friedgen was starting to feel like the captain of a ship that had run aground. The University of Maryland football coach enjoyed virtually smooth sailing his first two season at the helm of the Terrapins. Just his mere presence turned the troubled Terps' program starboard, qualifying for major holiday bowls in his first two seasons. But this year, it was much different. Maryland entered the season with high expectations.
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by BOB FLEENOR | December 31, 2003
It can now be revealed that Maryland's 34-7 victory over West Virginia on Sept. 20 in College Park was not the slobberknocking it appeared to be. The Terps went Torquemada on the Mountaineers that night, putting them through two hours and 45 minutes of medieval torture. Ashton Kutcher couldn't have punk'd WVU more thoroughly. Or so we thought. Who could have imagined that, three months later, West Virginia would be on its way not only to a New Year's Day bowl, but a Jan. 1 rematch with the very same Maryland team?
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by BOB PARASILITI | November 21, 2003
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It's time to face the music. It the University of Maryland football team wants to wrap up a New Year's Day bowl invitation, it once again has to become Destiny's Children. There's no way around it. The Terps (7-3, 4-2) have to win their two remaining games - starting this weekend at North Carolina State - to take away the guess work on whether they weather the storm to earn a fair weather trip for the holidays. "I told the players that destiny is in our hands," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | September 17, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. If the University of Maryland football team had the memory of an elephant, things would be just fine. Usually when the Terrapins think back on their yearly battles with West Virginia, they have lasting, fond memories. But this year, it's the game to forget that's in Maryland's mind. The Terps own a 4-1 record against the Mountaineers in the first four years of the Ralph Friedgen era at Maryland. The first four were all fun and games, including a 34-7 romp against WVU in the 2004 Gator Bowl.
NEWS
January 5, 2005
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia cornerback and return specialist Adam "Pac Man" Jones said Wednesday he plans to forgo his senior year to enter this spring's NFL draft. Jones, the Big East's special teams player of the year, became the second Mountaineer to make the decision. Wide receiver Chris Henry announced his intentions Saturday following West Virginia's 30-18 loss to Florida State in the Gator Bowl. Jones led the Mountaineers in tackles this season, had three interceptions, and averaged 14.8 yards on punt returns and 23.2 yards on kickoffs.
NEWS
August 27, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Soon after Maryland completed its very disappointing 2004 season, Ralph Friedgen switched on the VCR and turned back the clock. The Terrapins went 5-6 last year, ending a run of three consecutive stellar seasons in which they won at least 10 games and played in a bowl game. Quarterback issues and a sputtering offense were certainly a factor in the regression, but Friedgen took full responsibility for the slide. After Maryland completed a 10-3 season in 2003 by crushing West Virginia in the Gator Bowl, Friedgen was convinced that the blueprint for success was in place.
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by BOB PARASILITI | November 18, 2003
I live in the world of firsts. First place. First person. First base. I'm usually first in a buffet line (like you couldn't tell). I'm the first out the door in a fire drill (bravery is overrated). I'm first to know when I've done something wrong (everyone loves to tell me). So, in my last column before the first part of the holiday season, I'm the first of a myriad of guys to write about things for which to be personally thankful. n I'm thankful for the North Hagerstown football team ... but not for the conventional reasons.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | August 26, 2007
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Throwing a football was one of the most complicated things Nate Sowers ever tried to do. Sowers devoted countless hours studying plays, watching film, honing his timing and sharpening his focus to become one of the best quarterbacks ever to come out of Martinsburg High School. In fact, he was so good, he won the Kennedy Award, which signifies the best high school football player in West Virginia. Now, three years later, everything has changed. Sowers is now catching the football ... and it might be one of the simplest things he's ever done.
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By BOB PARASILITI | August 26, 2007
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Throwing a football was one of the most complicated things Nate Sowers ever tried to do. Sowers devoted countless hours studying plays, watching film, honing his timing and sharpening his focus to become one of the best quarterbacks ever to come out of Martinsburg High School. In fact, he was so good, he won the Kennedy Award, which signifies the best high school football player in West Virginia. Now, three years later, everything has changed. Sowers is now catching the football ... and it might be one of the simplest things he's ever done.
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By BOB PARASILITI | September 17, 2005
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. If the University of Maryland football team had the memory of an elephant, things would be just fine. Usually when the Terrapins think back on their yearly battles with West Virginia, they have lasting, fond memories. But this year, it's the game to forget that's in Maryland's mind. The Terps own a 4-1 record against the Mountaineers in the first four years of the Ralph Friedgen era at Maryland. The first four were all fun and games, including a 34-7 romp against WVU in the 2004 Gator Bowl.
NEWS
August 27, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Soon after Maryland completed its very disappointing 2004 season, Ralph Friedgen switched on the VCR and turned back the clock. The Terrapins went 5-6 last year, ending a run of three consecutive stellar seasons in which they won at least 10 games and played in a bowl game. Quarterback issues and a sputtering offense were certainly a factor in the regression, but Friedgen took full responsibility for the slide. After Maryland completed a 10-3 season in 2003 by crushing West Virginia in the Gator Bowl, Friedgen was convinced that the blueprint for success was in place.
NEWS
January 5, 2005
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia cornerback and return specialist Adam "Pac Man" Jones said Wednesday he plans to forgo his senior year to enter this spring's NFL draft. Jones, the Big East's special teams player of the year, became the second Mountaineer to make the decision. Wide receiver Chris Henry announced his intentions Saturday following West Virginia's 30-18 loss to Florida State in the Gator Bowl. Jones led the Mountaineers in tackles this season, had three interceptions, and averaged 14.8 yards on punt returns and 23.2 yards on kickoffs.
NEWS
by BOB PARASILITI | December 31, 2003
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Ralph Friedgen was starting to feel like the captain of a ship that had run aground. The University of Maryland football coach enjoyed virtually smooth sailing his first two season at the helm of the Terrapins. Just his mere presence turned the troubled Terps' program starboard, qualifying for major holiday bowls in his first two seasons. But this year, it was much different. Maryland entered the season with high expectations.
NEWS
by BOB PARASILITI | December 31, 2003
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. -It's a good thing for Scott McBrien that he doesn't hold a grudge. If he did, the University of Maryland's quarterback might be turning green and ripping out of his No. 7 jersey about now. Here it is. His last game as a college player is coming up at the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla. And instead of the questions revolving around how he wants to go out, they revolve around the...
NEWS
by BOB FLEENOR | December 31, 2003
It can now be revealed that Maryland's 34-7 victory over West Virginia on Sept. 20 in College Park was not the slobberknocking it appeared to be. The Terps went Torquemada on the Mountaineers that night, putting them through two hours and 45 minutes of medieval torture. Ashton Kutcher couldn't have punk'd WVU more thoroughly. Or so we thought. Who could have imagined that, three months later, West Virginia would be on its way not only to a New Year's Day bowl, but a Jan. 1 rematch with the very same Maryland team?
NEWS
by BOB PARASILITI | December 12, 2003
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland is hoping Terrapins fans aren't believing everything they read. Officials at the Gator Bowl proclaimed the New Year's Day game between Maryland and West Virginia to be a total sellout. But the Gator Bowl forgot to ask the Terrapins. In fact, Maryland had 6,000 seats still available for the Jan. 1 game in Jacksonville, Fla. Sports Information Director Doug Dull announced Terps fans had purchased 11,000 as of Monday afternoon, but there was still work to be done.
NEWS
by BOB PARASILITI | November 21, 2003
bobp@herald-mail.com COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It's time to face the music. It the University of Maryland football team wants to wrap up a New Year's Day bowl invitation, it once again has to become Destiny's Children. There's no way around it. The Terps (7-3, 4-2) have to win their two remaining games - starting this weekend at North Carolina State - to take away the guess work on whether they weather the storm to earn a fair weather trip for the holidays. "I told the players that destiny is in our hands," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said.
NEWS
by BOB PARASILITI | November 18, 2003
I live in the world of firsts. First place. First person. First base. I'm usually first in a buffet line (like you couldn't tell). I'm the first out the door in a fire drill (bravery is overrated). I'm first to know when I've done something wrong (everyone loves to tell me). So, in my last column before the first part of the holiday season, I'm the first of a myriad of guys to write about things for which to be personally thankful. n I'm thankful for the North Hagerstown football team ... but not for the conventional reasons.
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