Examining Maryland's exams

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As a Maryland alum, I can tell you all about screwy Saturday final exams for classes that met at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Been there, done that.

A lot of folks without experience with the school might not quite understand that, but it’s the sort of thing that is worth keeping in mind as the prospect of the school’s exam schedule forcing the Terrapins to go to the Humanitarian Bowl sinks in a little more.

Obviously, it’s not an ideal time to be trying to practice. But since the only late-afternoon and evening exams on Maryland’s official exam schedule are for late-afternoon and evening classes – precisely the sort football players can’t take because of practice – it would certainly be possible to find a time to prepare for Navy for the Dec. 20 EagleBank Bowl.

Now, would it be ideal to take exams and practice at the same time? Not likely. But even though the sum of practice time and study time and exams would be pretty significant (and a lot, obviously, would be at stake academically), would it be any more than a typical week of 12 hours in class, plenty of study hall and plenty of practice?

That’s debatable.

So let’s suppose Maryland could sort out that issue. It leaves only a handful of classes that could be affected with game day exams. Here’s the full list:

8 a.m. (Dec. 20)

* MWF 10 a.m.
* MW 9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. (Dec. 20)

* TuTh 3:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. (Dec. 20)

* MWF 4 p.m.

Well, those afternoon classes won’t affect any players, since they conflict with regular practice time anyway. So that leaves the 8 a.m. exams to figure out a resolution for – which might not be easy, but could still be somewhat limited.

Obviously, there’s little reason to believe just yet that Maryland could remain inside the Beltway for a regional matchup with Navy. But it probably would not take all that much compromising to make it happen given the nature of the roadblocks that exist.

Patrick Stevens

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