- George Zimmerman signs autographs at Orlando gun show
- GOP lawmaker faces fire for NBA crime tweet
- Taliban vow to ‘use all force’ to disrupt Afghan elections
- Atheists sue to remove ‘Ground Zero Cross’ from 9/11 museum
- Bishop in Aleppo: ‘We Christians live in fear in Syria’
- Oscar Pistorius vomits during graphic testimony
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford flubs daylight saving time advice: ‘Turn your clocks back’
- Americans don’t support sending U.S. troops to Ukraine
- Florida lawmakers move to wipe corrupt ‘Boss Hogg’ town from map
- N.C. math whiz to unveil secret of March Madness picks
Gloster’s higher education
The simple way to identify Maryland football players as they scamper around the Gossett team house is to scan the numbers stitched onto their backpacks.
But it’s not a foolproof system thanks to Drew Gloster and his No. 86 bookbag.
The junior will wear No. 15 for the first time in a game when Maryland visits California for its season opener Sept. 5. But he also has a new position - linebacker - and a fresh outlook after academic ineligibility shelved him all of last season.
“I just wear my No. 86 bookbag as a remembrance that that was the last time I was on the field,” Gloster said. “I still haven’t stepped foot on the field with No. 15 yet.”
When he does, it will provide a slice of closure to a difficult chapter for himself and his family.
Gloster arrived as one of the jewels of Maryland’s 2006 recruiting class, an athletic tight end who evoked some thoughts of Vernon Davis. He redshirted and played 11 games as a redshirt freshman, but a week after spring practice ended in 2008, he sat down with the coaches and learned he wouldn’t play in the fall.
He was three credits shy of the total needed toward his degree after two years. With one more class somewhere along the way, he could have escaped serious punishment. Instead, an entire season was lost, all because of what Gloster called a lack of maturity. The wrong places and the wrong people combined to drag the Germantown native down.
The roughest part wasn’t facing a year without games. It was calling his father, Terry, to break the news.
“When I had to call him and tell him I was ineligible academically - and academics was something he always pushed on our family, and I’ve always got good grades from elementary school to high school - to tell him I was ineligible because of my grades, that was pretty much a slap in their face,” Gloster said.
It was especially hard on Terry Gloster, who is nearing his 25th anniversary with the Montgomery County Police Department. In that time, he worked extra jobs to create opportunities for Drew and his two brothers.
So when Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen called the Glosters in for a meeting with Kevin Glover, Maryland’s director of character education, a stunned Terry Gloster cried as he faced his son.
“I was so hurt that it just came out,” Terry Gloster said. “I said, ‘I can’t believe you’d do this to yourself. Forget about your mother and I. How about yourself? All this potential wasted.’ ”
Not entirely. Friedgen permitted Gloster to remain with the team but not in ideal circumstances. Gloster wasn’t invited to camp, and when he finally arrived he was a scout-team fixture. Depending on the week, he played quarterback, running back, receiver or tight end.
It was the sort of jolt Gloster - a self-described “oldhead” after turning 21 on the first day of camp this year - probably needed. In the past, he would slog through practice and go through the motions. Now it’s a matter of handling his assignments and moving on to the next play.
“He is maturing,” Friedgen said while knocking on a wood table in his office. “Let’s just say Drew and his dad and I have had a lot of conversations. Nothing really terrible. Just male procrastination. I was the same way. That’s probably why I relate to him.”
About the Author
Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at email@example.com.
- George Mason's defense dissipates in 84-74 loss to Northeastern
- Maryland's Pe'Shon Howard willing to let others put ball in the basket
- At 7-5, George Mason looks on the bright side entering CAA play
- Terps beat IUPUI, set for ACC after final tuneup
- Maryland's Jake Layman shows signs of progress in freshman season
Latest Blog Entries
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- CURL: Today's GOP really is Reagan's 'Big Tent' party
- As Crimea falls, Obama takes Key Largo golf vacation, Biden hits Virgin Islands
- Mitch McConnell on beating tea party: 'We are going to crush them'
- Arrest made in Ohio bar shooting that killed 3
- SAUERBREY: Taxing Marylanders until they flee
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Florida lawmakers move to wipe corrupt 'Boss Hogg' town from map
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again