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Testudo Makes His Feelings Very Clear!
FEAR THE TURTLE

The slogan that became immensely popular with the men's basketball team's 2001 trip to the NCAA Final Four.

Drew Elburn from Timonium, Md. thought up the slogan.

BASKETBALL

Midnight Madness

Charles "Lefty" Driesell, Maryland's men's basketball coach from 1969 to 1986, is generally credited with coining the term "Midnight Madness."

Midnight Madness was created in 1970, when at midnight on the first official day of team practice, Coach Driesell had his players take laps around the track that used to encircle the field at Byrd Stadium.

Midnight Madness has become a highly anticipated, highly charged, annual event, often featuring fireworks and even a laser light show. Widely covered by the local and national press, the University of Maryland's "Midnight Madness" celebration has even served as a broadcasting site for Dick Vitale, the world-famous college basketball television broadcaster.

  • Maryland To Celebrate Midnight Madness On October 15

    Maryland Basketball Coach Gary Williams Pumps His Fist for Terp Fans
    Coach Gary Williams Pumping His Fist

    Goach Williams begins every game by pumping his fist for the Maryland fans.

  • Click here to watch Quicktime Movie of Coach Williams puping his fist for Maryland fans

    Fans' Newspaper Shaking

    At home basketball games, the students pretend to read the paper as the visiting team is introduced.

    FOOTBALL

    Maryland Football Coach Ralph Friedgen Leads the Team in the Maryland Fight Song.
    Coach Friedgen and the Football Team Sing the Maryland Victory Song

    "During two-a-days, Friedgen approached the Maryland marching band. They challenged him to sing the fight song. "I told them the next time I would sing it would be at 4 o'clock after we beat North Carolina," Friedgen said. ''Now they expect that every week. I take the players over there and tried to stand in the background, but they keep begging me to come back up."
    Quote from Augusta Chronicle Friedgen has Terps singing new tune (10.11.01)

  • Click here to watch Quicktime Movie of Coach Friedgen and his team sing the Maryland Victory Song

  • Friedgen's Dazzling Debut (Diamondback article 9.04.01)

  • Maryland Traditional Songs

    Line Terp Alley

    It's become a tradition! Join Testudo, the Spirit Squad and Marching Band approximately two and a half hours before kickoff on every home game Saturday as the football team walkS down Terp Alley on its way to Byrd Stadium.

    Terp Alley runs from the top of Field House Drive (at the traffic circle near the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Ludwig Soccer Field) to the steps leading down to the Gossett Football Team House on the south side of Byrd Stadium. It is a short, but very important walk for our team as they mentally prepare for the challenge ahead.

    "Get Your Keys Out"

    Students jingle their keys rather than cheer to keep the noise down on key offensive plays for the Terrapin football team.

    "Move Those Chains"

    When the Terps make a first down, fans remind the sideline chain crew of what they need to do, beginning with a long loud "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh", followed by three "Move Those Chains!," while giving the first down signal.

    Cannon
    During home games, a small cannon is fired off each time the football team scores.

    SOCCER

    The Crew at soccer games

    The soccer team's loyal subset of Maryland soccer fan is known as "The Crew."

  • 'The Crew' draws attention on road (Diamondback 11.17.03)