- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 4, 2001

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Maryland will accept a bid to the Orange Bowl today, a source in the athletic department confirmed to The Washington Times yesterday. The announcement will come during a news conference this afternoon.
The seventh-ranked Terrapins will play against an undetermined opponent Jan. 2 in Pro Player Stadium in Miami. The most likely foe is sixth-ranked Florida, which was upset by Tennessee Saturday. Nebraska and Illinois are also possibilities. And there could be other possibilities if Tennessee is upset by LSU in Saturday's SEC title game.
Maryland had a spectacular 10-1 regular season, complete with its first ACC title since 1985. The Terps finished 7-1 in the ACC under first-year coach Ralph Friedgen. Maryland earned a Bowl Championship Series berth with a win in its final game against N.C. State to earn the league title outright.
This will be the first bowl appearance for Maryland since 1990. Maryland had five consecutive losing seasons and had not won more than six games in a season prior to this one. The Terps have not played in a New Years bowl since 1976.
Friedgen and several Terps were in Atlanta last night accepting awards. Friedgen was named ACC Coach of the Year, while linebacker E.J. Henderson was selected overall and defensive Player of the Year. Tailback Bruce Perry was named top offensive performer.
The trio will be in Orlando later this week as Friedgen is one of three finalists and the favorite for national Coach of the Year. Henderson is a finalist for the Butkus Award, which goes annually to the nation's top linebacker. Perry is one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the country's best running back.
Jon Siegel

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