- The Washington Times - Monday, December 10, 2001

Seen and heard last night at Cole Field House:
FOOTBALL GETS ITS DUE Normally at this time of year, Maryland fans are focused solely on the basketball, with the football team headed home for the offseason. Of course, all that has changed since the football squad won the ACC crown and finished the season 10-1.
The Orange Bowl-bound football team was recognized at halftime as all the players took the Cole Field House floor, jumping around giddily and chanting, "We're ready" something they also chanted before every game during the season to the roars of the crowd. The noise grew when coach Ralph Friedgen took the court. Friedgen and his players also had cheers showered on them when they first entered the building in the first half.
"They've allotted us 15,000 tickets, and I want to bring another 12,000," Friedgen told the crowd. "And I want to kick Florida's [butt]."
NO RESPECT As NCAA tournament participants in 1998 and 1999 and NIT semifinalists last season, Detroit brought a certain degree of swagger into the game. Detroit players paid no mind to the Terps' venerable home, coming together en masse squarely on top of the center-court "M" before the game while jumping up and down.
SITTING OUT Freshman Mike Grinnon did not dress for the game and will sit out tomorrow night's game against Monmouth.
Duff Durkin


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