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Five things Maryland will miss from the ACC

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Five things Maryland will miss from the ACC

Increased financial stability ultimately led University of Maryland President Wallace Loh to pursue membership in the Big Ten athletic conference. For Maryland, almost 60 years of ACC tradition was tossed aside for the greener pastures of the Midwest and the revenues delivered by the Big Ten television network.

As Maryland fans grapple with the conference shift, CSN examined some of the aspects of life in the ACC that Maryland fans might miss most.

Tradition -- For multiple generations of Terp fans, a prominent place in the ACC was a source of pride. Maryland was a founding member of the conference in 1953, and for almost 50 years Maryland served as the northern most point in the ACC. While many in the Terp crowd claimed that the conference held a bias for its North Carolina teams, Maryland won multiple championships in basketball and football. Non-revenue sports in the ACC are another strength; Maryland enjoyed much success in ACC men's and women's lacrosse, soccer and field hockey amid some of the best competition in the country.

College basketball experts still speak of the famous N.C State-Maryland 1974 ACC Tournament championship game.

The matchup featured 10 players that would go on to the NBA, and N.C. State's 103-100 overtime win led to big changes for the NCAA. In 1974, only conference champions made the NCAA Tournament. After that Maryland team failed to make the tournament, despite finishing the year ranked the No. 5 team in the country, the NCAA expanded the tournament from 32 to 48 teams.  

Duke Rivalry -- While Maryland enjoyed many great years in men's basketball throughout its time in the ACC, when the Terps were at their best in the early 2000s, Duke often played the role of heel.

No rivalry in the ACC was as intense at that point as the Jason Williams and J.J. Redick Duke squads facing up with the Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter Maryland teams.

Many would argue that the most heartbreaking loss a Maryland team ever suffered came in the 2001 Final Four, an epic collapse against a Duke team that would go on to win the national championship. But that loss also propelled the Terps to their first and only national title the following year.

 A bitter memory for Maryland fans, Duke also registered an absurd win in Cole Field House in the infamous "Miracle Minute" game. 

In January 2001, Maryland led Duke by 10 points, 90-80, with about a minute to play, only to lose the lead, lose their composure, and eventually lose the game in overtime 98-96.

The game will forever live in College Park folklore, and former Duke star Shane Battier acknowledged that the intensity of those Duke-Maryland games from that era were the most intense he ever faced in college. 

Maryland also won some monumental games over Duke.

One of the best wins came when the Lady Terps delivered a victory over Duke in the 2006 national title game. Duke was a heavy favorite in the game, but coach Brenda Frese and star freshman Kristi Toliver brought home the title in a 78-75 overtime win.

All ACC Rivalries -- For a period of time, no rivalry played like Duke against Maryland. But for the almost 60 years Maryland competed in the ACC, every game was intense. Every rivalry mattered, especially in the pre-expansion days when all teams in the conference played a home-and-home round robin basketball schedule.

Maryland knew it would play NC State, North Carolina and Virginia twice every year. The crowds at Cole Field House were some of the best in the country, and famous Terp coaches like Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams battled ACC legends like Dean Smith, Jim Valvano, Bobby Cremins, and later Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams. 

Tobacco Road -- Despite all the cries of "Carolina refs" heard from the Cole Field House crowd, there was a lore and excitement to visiting the famed programs along North Carolina’s “Tobacco Road.”

Duke, N.C. State, North Carolina and to a lesser-degree Wake Forest gave the Terps great competition, while Maryland coaches could use the Tobacco Road trips as a selling point to recruits. Nothing will replace playing in Cameron Indoor Stadium or the Dean Dome.

Geography -- Though for most of the ACC’s existence Maryland served as the northern-most team, many of the Terps' foes were within an easy car ride for fans to attend away games.

From College Park, Md., driving to Charlottesville, Va., would take about two hours, while a trip to Duke, N.C. State or North Carolina would take roughly four hours. Add another hour to get to Wake Forest.

In the Big Ten, the road trips will get much longer. 

Both Penn State and Rutgers are roughly four hours from College Park, but the next closest team plays 400 miles away in Columbus, Ohio. To arrive at Ohio State will require a seven-hour car ride, the next closest school is Michigan, a mere nine-hour trip.

Much will change as Maryland shifts to the Big Ten, but there is plenty to miss from the ACC. 

 

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Maryland QB Perry Hills ‘day-to-day’ with shoulder injury

Maryland QB Perry Hills ‘day-to-day’ with shoulder injury

BY KEVIN CONNELL (@_KevinConnell)

Maryland quarterback Perry Hills is “day-to-day” with an apparent shoulder injury, Terrapins coach DJ Durkin said Monday.

Hills, a fifth-year senior, sustained the injury during Maryland’s 30-24 double-overtime road win over UCF on Saturday.

“Perry is about as tough as they come. Obviously, its timed well having a bye and time to recover and get healthy,” Durkin said, according to the Washington Post. “That’s a day-to-day thing. We’ll continue to monitor it all the way up to our preparation (for Purdue).”

Hills left the game after injuring his shoulder on a 1-yard run during the Terps’ second overtime period against the Knights.

On the next play after he left the game, backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, a true freshman, weaved his way to the end zone on a 24-yard run for the game-winning score.

Against UCF, Hills completed 10 of 23 passes for 127 yards. Through three games this season, he’s thrown for 463 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Hills was the starter in eight games last season and started seven games as a true freshman in 2012, as well. He redshirted as a sophomore in 2013 and appeared in just three games the following year.

Maryland has its bye this Saturday before hosting Purdue in its Big Ten opener on Oct. 1. The game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET, also will be the Terps’ homecoming game.

RELATED: FORMER TERRAPIN STEFON DIGGS TRYING TO START A SHORT SHORTS TREND IN NFL

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Former Terrapin Stefon Diggs trying to start a short shorts trend in NFL

Former Terrapin Stefon Diggs trying to start a short shorts trend in NFL

Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs is turning heads on game days. In fact, his 285 receiving yards through two weeks leads the NFL. 

But the former Maryland football star is turning heads in practice for a different reason: his teeny, tiny shorts. A few photos to illustrate the point:

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In a great writeup in the Ringer, Diggs explains how hiked up hems became part of his signature style. 

Ironically, it all goes back to the NBA. Specifically its golden generation of stars in the '80s.

Diggs said he'd been in the habit of ordering retro basketball shorts for use off the field, but in the spring of 2015, he decided to bring the style to practice. 

“I kept rolling my shorts up, shorter and shorter,” Diggs said. “By training camp, [equipment managers] came up to me and said, ‘Uh, we can hem them. I guess.’”

In addition to the style element, the receiver appreciates less fabric for freer movement. Fast forward more than a year and his practice shorts are as short as anatomy will allow. 

Diggs is not alone in his affinity for showing some leg in practice and around town. Just check out Wizards forward Kelly Oubre. 

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But Diggs does stick out in the NFL world, which may not have seen shorts that miniscule since Chris Cooley rocked these in the mid-2000s. 

“My mom sees it and makes fun of me constantly; she calls me John Stockton,” Diggs said. And she isn't the only one to reference thigh-bearing NBA stars. 

“Coaches name basically every ’80s basketball player. I’m paying respect to ’80s basketball players, even if I don’t know every player they are talking about. Sometimes I don’t even hear what coach it is, I just hear someone yelling some ’80s player.”

As far as Diggs is concerned, that's a compliment. But his teammates don't exactly agree. 

“His shorts are unreasonable,” fellow Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said. “He’s the first guy I’ve ever seen do that on a football field, but you can’t be mad at him, because he’s owning it.”

“I just look at it and say, ‘What is he doing?’ This is not going to catch on," cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “I don’t even know what Stef is trying to show off. He has skinny legs.”

The teasing only makes Diggs double down. “Everyone on the team has been making fun of me, so I’m not going to change now." 

But the former Maryland star isn't just a short shorts enthusiast. He's an evangalist as well. 

“Short shorts are cool. It should catch on," he said. Diggs told the Ringer that he hopes to talk to athletic wear companies about making them specifically for football. 

The equipment managers hemming his practice shorts would surely appreciate the help. 

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