'Terps' could give way to 'Maryland' on new football uniforms

School officials say they want to emphasize the state more prominently

March 14, 2011|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland's football uniforms and field markings — which in recent years have highlighted the word "Terps" — are being redesigned and will more prominently display "Maryland," school officials said in interviews Monday.

The makeover means that the team will not only have a new coach — Randy Edsall — but a new look.

The changes come as the athletic department considers updates to the marks and logos used on teams' uniforms and at campus athletic facilities.

One of the aims is to emphasize "Maryland," much as Texas football features "Texas" on its uniform fronts or the Orioles now have "Baltimore" on their road jerseys.

The university believes it will aid recruiting to have an updated, clearly identifiable brand. Maryland is working with Under Armour, the official outfitter for Maryland athletics, on the designs. No announcement has been made yet, and the school said it was too soon to share the specifics of new uniforms or designs.

"Under Armour has helped us come up with new images to highlight the State of Maryland and the university," athletic director Kevin Anderson said Monday. "I truly believe that when we come out with a Maryland brand, it will be second to none. It will directly compete with Nike and what Nike does for Oregon."

Last season, "Terps" appeared in script at the middle of the field inside Byrd Stadium. That might change.

Terps fans have begun to hear about the changes. One fan sent an e-mail to The Baltimore Sun expressing concern that "Terps" was being phased out.

Anderson said that is not the case.

"We're always going to be Terps," he said.

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