- The Washington Times - Friday, September 23, 2005


Maryland is taking the midnight out of Midnight Madness.

Maryland is taking advantage of a new NCAA rule that permits basketball teams to begin practice as early as 7 p.m. on Oct. 14, the day before the traditional start of practice. Maryland plans to begin its men’s intrasquad scrimmage shortly after 10 p.m. on Oct. 14.

The schedule change, reported yesterday by Maryland’s student newspaper, the Diamondback, would be a shift for the school where the concept was invented in 1970. That’s when former coach Lefty Driesell’s team ran into Byrd Stadium on Oct. 15 just after midnight.

This year’s event will run from 8 to 11 p.m. and includes an alumni game and men’s and women’s scrimmages. The switch will allow the teams to be better rested for practices the next day and provide an earlier finish for fans bringing children to the event.

Brian Ullmann, the Maryland athletic department’s director of marketing, said the department is also having discussions with Comcast SportsNet to televise the event live.

Patrick Stevens

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