Maryland Socks It To Them

January 28, 1995|By Don Markus

COLLEGE PARK -- It must be the socks.

The eighth-ranked Maryland Terrapins have made a number of fashion statements during the course of this season, but they are undefeated since All-American Joe Smith went to black ankle socks for last Sunday's game at North Carolina State.

A few more players wore the socks in Wednesday's victory at Clemson -- including Johnny Rhodes, who pulled them up to just below the knee -- and the rest of the team is expected to unveil the new look for today's game against Duke.

"It was supposed to be a team thing [against N.C. State], but everyone didn't get them," said Smith, who has hit 18 of 20 field-goal attempts since putting on the socks, and is one short of tying former Maryland guard Greg Manning's Atlantic Coast Conference record of 15 straight. "Now everyone's going to wear them."

Maryland coach Gary Williams has allowed his team to change every aspect of its playing wardrobe this season, adopting sort of the Michigan look: the Terps began wearing baggy shorts as part of new uniforms last month against Colgate, and went to black sneakers earlier this month at Florida State.

Williams, though, is a little hesitant about the socks.

"It's OK with me as long as we're winning," he said as he pulled up his white socks before practice yesterday. "If we lose, you won't be seeing those socks too long. I guarantee it."

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