The Washington Times - December 26, 2008, 09:12AM

The Maryland football team’s Humanitarian Bowl adventure begins this morning with a charter flight out to Boise.

A month ago, that sentence had no chance to be a crowd-pleaser none. And even after the bowl announcement, some players were a little grumpy about getting sent both west and north rather than just south.

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But eventually, they warmed to the idea (if not the weather), and unsurprisingly cornerback Jamari McCollough found a sensible way to view the situation.

“I know this is probably the only time I’ll ever go to Idaho, and that’s how I look at it,” McCollough said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance. At first, I was kind of angry, but now I look at it as ‘This will probably be the only time I go out there.’ I want to see what it’s all about.”

He will soon enough. Among the items on the itinerary are a bowling for beef event, a welcome dinner filled with BBQ and a winter sports day.

There’s a couple practices mixed in, too, but there should be a little time to explore what Boise has to offer as well.

“I heard the hotel is right in the downtown area, so we’ll see what it’s all about,” McCollough said. “All I can think of right now is a bunch of potatoes.”

Patrick Stevens