The Washington Times - March 27, 2008, 11:10AM
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“$51 million expansion broke ground in December. 64 luxury suites, 500 mezzanine level seats and a presidential suite and a state of the art scoreboard you can see is already up. \ \ Out of the top 25 crowds in Maryland football history, 20 have occurred in the last seven years. If you take the top 25 crowds EVER in Byrd Stadium or Chevy Chase Field, 20 of them have happened in the last seven years. Our home attendance last year was 51,280, third highest in school history. Our Maryland Gridiron Network, in 2001 we were 200 members raising $40,000. Now we’re 1,200 members raising $500,000 which goes to football.\ \ Our class, we had 14 Terps participate in winter graduation this year. Three of the Terps had eligibility remaining. Two of the Terps are currently enrolled in graduate school. Graduation rates and academic honors. In 1986 to 2000, 32 all-ACC academic honors in that time period. [From] 2001 to 2007, 32 all-ACC academic honors. Graduated 131 players, 19 players per year. 60.3 percent graduation rate is higher than the normal student population. 19 of our 23 2004 freshmen class will graduate, three of which transferred.\ \ Thirteen All-American selections since 2001, OK, 26 first-team all-ACC choices since 2001, 28 current Terps on NFL rosters, including 14 local products. Seven first-day draft picks in the last five years, including No. 6 overall Vernon Davis and including No. 12 overall Shawne Merriman.\ \ On the field, from 1986 to 2000, 15 years, four head coaches with zero ACC championships and one bowl game. Highest finish was fourth place. From 2001 to 2007, one ACC championship, five bowl appearances with three wins, three victories over top 10 teams, three second-place finishes and one of four ACC schools to play in a BCS bowl ever.\ \ Those are just some of the things I think this regime has accomplished. We haven’t even talked about facilities and things we’ve been able to improve in that area. I think we’ve grown a lot in seven years, but I still think we’re only scratching the tip of the iceberg of what can be accomplished here.
Patrick Stevens