The returns still aren't in yet, but athletic director Andy Geiger feels "good" about Maryland's Independence Bowl venture from a financial standpoint.
"We're pretty much going to break even, $20,000 either way," Geiger said. "I feel good about that because that was our goal, to break even. The ticket data and the trip expenses aren't in yet, and won't be for a while."
Maryland's share of the bowl pie is $600,000. Out of that the school has to pay its bowl travel expenses and give the Atlantic Coast Conference a $100,000 slice.
The Terps were committed to buying 15,000 tickets at $25 for a total of $375,000. But they sold only about 2,000 and donated most of the rest to the Boy Scouts and personnel at Barksdale Air Force Base near the bowl site in Shreveport, La.