OK, a late start to a busy day.
Well, a late start because of servers, not personally. I’ve been to an airport and Wal-Mart already, so it’s not like I’m slacking.
Anyway, the goodies coming later are a basketball scrimmage and a 3:30 football game. Plus probably one more Wal-Mart trip while trying to track down a couple more digital tape recorders for tomorrow’s up and back to the ACC basketball media day.
By the way, you can fill out this formula however you’d like: Greivis Vasquez + ACC reporters + holding court = x.
Finding out what “x” is should be a blast.
Anyway, here’s some of this morning’s headlines:
* In keeping with my usual tradition of writing about emerging players rather than established stars, here’s a look at Maryland defensive back Jamari McCollough. The junior really wasn’t in Maryland’s plans when camp started in August —- so much so that worries about his effectiveness prompted Maryland to move Kenny Tate over to safety.
Well, McCollough has turned into one of the Terps’ biggest surprises this season, and he’ll be a guy to keep an eye on because he’s shifting back to cornerback starting this week.
* Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post looks at Maryland’s attendance issues, which is quite valid since Ralph Friedgen complained plenty about two empty sections in the upper deck last week when “only” 46,000+ showed up.
Here’s a neat stat for you: Maryland had a crowd of 40,000 or more after the start of October exactly twice between 1994 and 2000 (both in the glorious autumn of 1995, when the Terps went 6-5). They’ve gone under that total in either October or November exactly twice since 2001.
So in short: The holes in the upper deck look bad —- but nothing like you might have seen 10 years ago.
* The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Barker writes about senior wide receiver Danny Oquendo, who looked pretty shifty on his touchdown reception late in last week’s game.
—- Patrick Stevens