Wednesday, September 1, 2004


The Maryland band no longer will play the controversial song “Rock and Roll Part II” at football games.

Known more as a traditional pregame chant at basketball games, where the more intimate setting allows students to point toward opponents at the end of the song while profanely describing how the Terrapins would win, “Rock and Roll Part II” also was played in the last three years during the football program’s 31-8 resurgence. However, a student panel overseeing new plans for decreasing profanity and vulgar apparel after an obscene chant was heard on national TV during a Maryland-Duke basketball game in January requested the song’s exclusion after discussing it with coach Ralph Friedgen.

“I love the song,” Friedgen said. “It’s like Dick Clark used to say, ‘It has a great beat, and I like to dance to it.’ It’s just that you play it when something good happens to us and you come out and say, ‘You [stink],’ as a competitor, that would fire me up. … That’s a form of taunting. I don’t think it’s a class thing to do.”

Rick Snider

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