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IMPORTANT: Maryland Students Say the F Word.

  • This was an email sent out to the students by KA after a Miami fan complained. While I agree that this incident was terrible if true, gtfo with this BS fabrication that UMD is the only school that has retarded fans. Ever been to WVU or Vtech for a football game?

    ________________________________________
    Dear Students,

    I would like to share with you a troubling email that was sent to me, Head Coach Randy Edsall and University President Wallace D. Loh after our tremendous victory over Miami last week. This is certainly not the first email or feedback that I have received but I felt it was important to share because it describes an interaction between one of your fellow students and an 11 year old boy attending a Maryland Football game for the first time. The type of aggressive and offensive behavior described below paints the University, our teams and every one of us in a bad light and it is not what this world class institution is about. Every coach, student-athlete, fan, staff member and member of our student body has a responsibility to represent our great University with class, dignity and respect. Is this who you really want to be and is this the impression you want the nation to have of us? I know you do not, and now that we are being discussed nationally it is more important than ever to improve our conduct and represent the University of Maryland in the appropriate manner. Please do not prove me wrong, assist us in policing your peers and help us prevent these negative actions from occurring at games in the future. Let your fellow students know that this type of behavior is unacceptable and not how you want to be viewed. On behalf of the hundreds of student-athletes here at Maryland, I ask you to please serve as positive examples for our University and our teams. We want you to cheer loudly, be respectful of others, and show the world what it means to be a Terrapin.

    Fear the Turtle..Respect for All!

    Sincerely,
    Kevin B. Anderson
    Director of Athletics

    All,

    I hope this email finds you well. I want to just take a minute of your time to describe my 11 year old sons first experience of a college football game, the one last night.

    My son turned 11 years old on 9/1/11 and the only thing he asked for was to attend the University of Maryland vs. University of Miami football game. Knowing that Coach Edsal grew up 15 minutes from where we currently live, he was ecstatic to have the opportunity to see what, until now, he has only been able to watch on TV. So, as a surprise to him, I registered on the University of Maryland website and purchased tickets for the game. I did my best to get him close to the action and we were very fortunate to get tickets in Row 22, Section X, seats X and X. I never had the opportunity to see college football games as a child but did travel to FSU, University of Florida, UCF, Penn State and University of Tennessee as an adult to see games. I thought I was making the right decision to show him what intercollegiate athletics was all about; student-athletes playing for the passion of the game, not for the large contracts, etc. Having played at the Division I level myself, I think values taught to students are crucial for life skills.

    Knowing that we live almost 2 hours away and it was raining, we left York, PA at 3:45 PM. We finally arrived on campus at 6:05 PM and were pleasantly surprised on how easy parking was. We parked in Paints Branch. We walked up to the gate to wait for the main gate to open at 6:30 PM. As we walked around to our section, there was a loud roar and the chant "FUCK MIAMI"" was deafening. We waited in line for a few minutes and then entered. We entered the stadium in section 304 (ground level) and the staff personnel asked him "Have you ever been at a game before?". To that he smiled and said no, this is my first. She wished him a good time and smiled as he walked in. The chant, controlled into one area, the student section, was even louder as we walked by. My son looked at me and asked why people were chanting something like this. Not knowing what a father should respond, I stated that it was inappropriate and left it at that.

    We walked over to our seats and took some pictures so he could remember his first collegiate football game. The ushers and game personnel were very helpful in guiding us to the right area and assisted in taking pictures. One engaged in a conversation with him, in a welcoming way, and he was impressed that someone would take the time to discuss sports with him. The stadium started filling up and when the clock hit 73 minutes (til kickoff), the chant started again and got louder as Miami walked out to take the field for warm-ups. Then my son asked me "Dad look at that sign over there"". Looking into the white section, I saw a large poster sign that read "FucK the U". Seeing how ESPN was doing a live report, I was shocked that nobody even addressed the sign (as I still saw it in the 3rd quarter).

    The game started and obviously there was much excitement. Within the first 5 minutes of the game, my son shouted "Yeah"" over a play that had taken place. Since it was hard to see, his "yeah" was for a play that Miami did something well. Immediately, a U of MD student turned around and screamed Fuck You and flicked him the middle finger and almost hit him with it. To that, my response was "How classless. You are using profanity towards an 11 year old boy who just wants to fit in". Ironically within seconds, there was an announcement stated by many Maryland student-athletes requesting positive sportsmanship over the large screens.

    The game continued and was an awesome display of hard work and dedication by student-athletes and coaches. The game itself was incredible to watch and kept everyone in the stadium on the front of their seats. I commend both teams on a hard fought effort.

    The concern, I have, is that last night gave the University of Maryland to show the entire country what you have to offer and this was the best the students could do? Whether it was shirts, signs or chants, I have NEVER seen such a low level of class shown

    Having taught one of Coach Edsall's former players (XXXXXXX) and currently I work with a good friend of his, XXXXXXXX, the one thing I have heard over and over is that he is a man of class.

    Please dont take this the wrong way. I am in no way commenting on the job being done by Coach Edsall or the players. I was extremely impressed with the staff both coaching and event. My goal is that someone takes an opportunity to speak to the student section about acceptable behavior. Situations like last night provide the perfect opportunity to change the culture before it worsens.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my concerns. Best of luck to Coach Edsall and the Terrapins.

    Sincerely,

    XXXXXXXXXXX

  • facepalm on everything here..

    http://bit.ly/marylandcrew

  • RaiseHigh

    He should worry less about E-Mailing the administration of schools for whom he rarely cheers for, and focus on not sheltering his 11-year old son so much.

    Is it really hard to know which team is on offense?

    This post was edited by RaiseHigh 3 years ago

    "It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."

  • RaiseHigh

    Also, how did he know it was a University of Maryland student that told him that? If he's not in the student section, my thought would be that it wasn't a student.

    "It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."

  • Kevin's message isn't heavy handed or over the top. I think we all know college kids are going to curse at a game, but whether we like it or not, there are folks who come to our campus and games that perceive such actions to be classless. Students need to realize this is the type of reaction we get from outsiders.

  • It's pretty sad that this has become a recurring conversation. Are our students really that shallow? Come up with something more original. Past that, it's purely the group mentality because most of the dweebs yelling this stuff are barney's that have zero nuts when outside the pack.

  • goterpss said... (original post)

    Kevin's message isn't heavy handed or over the top. I think we all know college kids are going to curse at a game, but whether we like it or not, there are folks who come to our campus and games that perceive such actions to be classless. Students need to realize this is the type of reaction we get from outsiders.

    I certainly wouldn't expect a college kid to yell F you at my 11 year old at any sporting event. That's insane. Profanity every now and then as a result of some action? Sure. But profane chants even before the game starts? Weak.

  • It's way WAY more than the student section, and it goes both ways. Last game was my first outside of the student section and it was pretty ugly.

  • PantsEnFuego

    goterps77 said... (original post)

    This was an email sent out to the students by KA after a Miami fan complained. While I agree that this incident was terrible if true, gtfo with this BS fabrication that UMD is the only school that has retarded fans. Ever been to WVU or Vtech for a football game?

    I've been to many, many, many Virginia Tech games (more than I have ever wanted to be at) and have never once heard an organized "fuck you" chant. Sure, you have random jackholes that scream fuck you at a bad call or the like but that's about it. Let's try not to bring other schools down when this is clearly our problem.

  • I'd say he should worry about his sons apparent color blindness

  • goterps77 said... (original post)

    e game started and obviously there was much excitement. Within the first 5 minutes of the game, my son shouted "Yeah"" over a play that had taken place. Since it was hard to see, his "yeah" was for a play that Miami did something well. Immediately, a U of MD student turned around and screamed Fuck You and flicked him the middle finger and almost hit him with it. To that, my response was "How classless. You are using profanity towards an 11 year old boy who just wants to fit in".

    This part right here is how you know this guy is full of crap. Did students say fuck? Of course they did, and the same happens at every other college game and professional game. I hear more cursing when I go to NFL games than I think I ever have at a UMD game.

    Let me get this straight, a "student" who for some reason is not sitting in the student section, screamed fuck you to your child and almost hit him with his middle finger (how long was this guys finger that he could almost hit the kid with it?) and the only response this dad had was "How classless."


  • While cursing is nothing unique to MD football, it's still a bit classless to be screaming it to a young kid (though his story seems a bit embelished). There are plenty of ways to create a hostile enviroment without out obscenties, although it the different words are said with the same intent does it really matter...

    Bring Back RR pt.2

    In anycase as with anything stupid a student does at MD I blame the great state of new jersey and those that they ship down here, becasue really who likes new jersey.

  • TerpBE

    goterps77 said... (original post)

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    Whether it was shirts, signs or chants, I have NEVER seen such a low level of class shown.

    Credibility destroyed.

  • 286A

    kid will be a bitch if he coddles him like that.

  • I'm calling bullshit on that dude's story. He's a former division 1 athlete who claims his son was damn near attacked and his literal response was, "How classless. You are using profanity towards an 11 year old boy who just wants to fit in."?? There are like 10 parts of that letter that sound fabricated as hell.

  • Pyroterp said... (original post)

    While cursing is nothing unique to MD football, it's still a bit classless to be screaming it to a young kid (though his story seems a bit embelished). There are plenty of ways to create a hostile enviroment without out obscenties, although it the different words are said with the same intent does it really matter...

    Bring Back RR pt.2

    In anycase as with anything stupid a student does at MD I blame the great state of new jersey and those that they ship down here, becasue really who likes new jersey.

    hilarious!

  • TheGreenBastard said... (original post)

    I'm calling bullshit on that dude's story. He's a former division 1 athlete who claims his son was damn near attacked and his literal response was, "How classless. You are using profanity towards an 11 year old boy who just wants to fit in."?? There are like 10 parts of that letter that sound fabricated as hell.

    agreed 100% this guys story is horseshit. no way a "former d1 athlete" would respond like that and do nothing else while someone curses out your son

  • PantsEnFuego said... (original post)

    I've been to many, many, many Virginia Tech games (more than I have ever wanted to be at) and have never once heard an organized "fuck you" chant. Sure, you have random jackholes that scream fuck you at a bad call or the like but that's about it. Let's try not to bring other schools down when this is clearly our problem.

    where did i ever say anything about an organized fuck you chant? and good for you that you haven't had a bad experience, but i know ppl who have. point is it always seems that umd is singled out in this regard when similar stuff happens everywhere.

  • PaulUMD

    TheGreenBastard said... (original post)

    I'm calling bullshit on that dude's story. He's a former division 1 athlete who claims his son was damn near attacked and his literal response was, "How classless. You are using profanity towards an 11 year old boy who just wants to fit in."?? There are like 10 parts of that letter that sound fabricated as hell.

    I completely agree. As I said in the other thread:

    OK look, I think the sentient beings here agree that the fuck stuff has to stop. So OK, send around the email, Kevin. But this story sounds like a sham, and forgive me for being a bit protective when other fans come into our house and claim we're the worst fans in the world and feels the need to shout it to the heavens.

    First of all dude wasn't sitting in the student section, we don't sell those seats to the public, so it probably wasn't students who flipped off his kid. Secondly, being a father, if some beer muscles douchebag teenager flipped off my son I'd have beaten the shit out of him or gotten my own ass kicked in the effort. This "just trying to fit in?" thing too? WTF

    I don't know, I'm not defending any of the ridiculously stupid things our students do or say, but I also would take this story with a hundred grains of salt. And I get disappointed when everyone inside the athletic department seems too happy to jump at the chance to wag their fingers at our kids.

    You want to stop the fuck you's? Send an email and say if the organized chants keep up, you'll start cutting students tickets by the thousands, and if that doesn't work you'll fill the Duke game student section with old people. Problem solved.

  • My .02 is the group F-bomb cheers are idiotic. You would have to think we can be more clever or creative than just yelling the F-bomb at everything.

    Now, the administration gets a grade of F for this problem. They take away RR PT 2 because of Hey, You Suck and replace it with Zombie Nation which elicits much harsher chants. In fact, they go so far as to warn the students prior to the games and they still keep playing the song even when the students continue the F-bomb chants. This makes ZERO sense. If I am KA, the first thing I say is stop playing Zombie Nation and bring back RR PT 2. Its the lesser of two evils.

  • My greatest fear in life is pretty much that we bring back RR Part II and the students change Hey, you suck to Hey, fuck duke

  • So would it have been better or worse if he and his son ran into one of the roving rape squads?

  • Did this guy ever go to a Miami game at the Orange Bowl? It was practically a war zone.

  • PaulUMD said... (original post)

    I completely agree. As I said in the other thread:

    OK look, I think the sentient beings here agree that the fuck stuff has to stop. So OK, send around the email, Kevin. But this story sounds like a sham, and forgive me for being a bit protective when other fans come into our house and claim we're the worst fans in the world and feels the need to shout it to the heavens.

    First of all dude wasn't sitting in the student section, we don't sell those seats to the public, so it probably wasn't students who flipped off his kid. Secondly, being a father, if some beer muscles douchebag teenager flipped off my son I'd have beaten the shit out of him or gotten my own ass kicked in the effort. This "just trying to fit in?" thing too? WTF

    I don't know, I'm not defending any of the ridiculously stupid things our students do or say, but I also would take this story with a hundred grains of salt. And I get disappointed when everyone inside the athletic department seems too happy to jump at the chance to wag their fingers at our kids.

    You want to stop the fuck you's? Send an email and say if the organized chants keep up, you'll start cutting students tickets by the thousands, and if that doesn't work you'll fill the Duke game student section with old people. Problem solved.

    Agree as well.

  • The letter writer is a dumbass.

    But the Fuck chants have to stop.

    Simple as that.

    This post was edited by fearthenoodle 23 months ago