The Washington Times - April 28, 2009, 05:37PM

Nice work by Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer to collect the data on spring game attendance throughout the ACC.

Predictably, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Clemson drew the largest crowds. There’s no reason to think those three schools wouldn’t be at the head of the class.


Meanwhile, Triangle hoops schools Duke and North Carolina were in the back of the attendance pack.

(It should be noted Boston College, Miami and Wake Forest didn’t release attendance figures).

As for Maryland? It announced a crowd of 10,323, which checked in fifth of the nine schools with actual figures (and quite possibly fifth overall).

With a late spring game, the Terps certainly had an advantage over some schools that dealt with cooler weather. And there’s also the matter of luring a couple hundred of the aimless wanderers lured onto campus that day with promises of free t-shirts and pricey funnel cake.

(There was also the chance to blatantly ignore oncoming traffic like students do every day at Maryland. This, of course, is the quintessential CP experience).

Still, the lower bowl on the side opposite the press box was reasonably full, and that’s certainly a positive sign for Maryland, which would like to have Byrd Stadium at capacity for a loaded home schedule.

Visitors in the fall include Rutgers, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College. But since this is Maryland, the Terps would be wise to win some of those bigger early games; you can be sure a 6-5 Maryland team won’t draw anywhere near as well against BC during Thanksgiving weekend as, say, an 8-3 team would.

—- Patrick Stevens