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The University of Maryland Terrapins call College Park, Maryland home. Participating in athletics in the famed Big-10 Conference, the Terrapins wear an array of red, white, black and gold coloring in their uniforms and the football program, in particular, has donned some very neat alternate uniform and helmet combinations in those colors. The crowds at Terrapin, or Terps, events get pumped up by their mascot Testudo the Turtle.
The most esteemed athletic program at the University of Maryland is the Terrapins men’s basketball team. Brought into prominence in 1969 when Lefty Driesell took over head coaching duties, the program is often featured in the yearly March Madness NCAA basketball tournament and their success culminated in 2002 with a national championship. Playing at the Xfinity Center in College Park, almost 18,000 Terps fan can pack in and cheer the Maryland teams onto victory.
The men’s football team is also highly regarded in College Park. Packing Maryland Stadium with just under 52,000 crazed fans on football Saturdays, Terps fans are always raring to cheer on the home team. The football program earned national titles in 1951 and 1953. The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are also very popular and successful on campus, with the men holding three national championships and the women holding 13 national titles.
The Terrapins have several conference and regional rivals. In hoops, the Maryland-Duke rivalry is strong and in football, rivalries with the Penn State Nittany Lions, Virginia Cavaliers and West Virginia Mountaineers are strong. At any event, the crowds can be heard singing the “Maryland Victory Song” and incorporating their own home-made lyrics “Hey, You Suck!” into Gary Glitter’s infamous “Rock and Roll Part Two” song. At football games, Terps fans shake their car keys in the air to mirror a key play coming up. At basketball, the fans enhance the ritual of the Midnight Madness first practice on the first available date that practices can be held according to NCAA rules. Hoops fans also traditionally attempt to read the newspaper while the opposing teams are being introduced to the crowd, with the crowd shaking the newspapers in the process.
Famous Terrapin athletics alumni that went on to careers in the NFL include Boomer Esiason, Shawne Merriman, Randy White, Stefon Diggs, Vernon Davis, Torrey Smith and Kris Jenkins.