- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 11, 2003

Seen and heard last night at O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.:

COLLINS LEAVES — Guard Andre Collins left the Terps and will transfer. The early-season move allows the junior to play in January 2005 and gives the Terps another scholarship next season.

Collins couldn’t be reached for comment, but appeared unhappy with nominal playing time and little hope for more. Collins averaged 8.8 minutes and 2.5 points this year. He played in 47 games and started one in three seasons, averaging 2.2 points.

Collins’ departure leaves junior forward Mike Grinnon as the only player remaining from the 2002 national championship team.

NOT THE SWAMP — The infamous “Swamp” is across the street, but O’Connell Center is still an imposing arena. The student section overflowed two hours before the game in a sea of orange and blue with hecklers taunting the Terps during warmups.

ESPN announcer Dick Vitale was the crowd favorite, drawing huge cheers when faking a hook shot into the crowd. One large sign asked “Can I rub your head, Dickie V.?”

PROUD PAPA — Darryl Strawberry watched his oldest son, Terps guard D.J. Strawberry, for the second time in eight days. He also attended Maryland’s 73-67 overtime victory over Wisconsin at Comcast Center last week.

Rick Snider

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