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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
The announcement Tuesday that Maryland Madness will be held at Cole Field House for the first time since the building was closed to basketball in 2002 was welcomed by two former coaches who spent a lot of time there and whose teams won many big games there. Both Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams said they hope to be in College Park on Oct. 18, when third-year men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon and longtime women's basketball coach Brenda Frese hold a ceremonial practice there for their respective teams.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
Former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams first walked into Cole Field House 50 years ago. A high school senior at the time, Williams had been invited to College Park from his home in South Jersey by coach Bud Millikan to watch the 1963 NCAA tournament East Regional. "I had seen the Palestra in Philadelphia, which was 9,000 [capacity], but this was 14,000," Williams recalled this week. "I walked in from the street on the top level. It kind of took your breath away. " As much as Williams liked the school and its coach, he fell in love with what was then an 18-year-old building that was among the best and biggest college basketball venues in the country.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
Former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams first walked into Cole Field House 50 years ago. A high school senior at the time, Williams had been invited to College Park from his home in South Jersey by coach Bud Millikan to watch the 1963 NCAA tournament East Regional. "I had seen the Palestra in Philadelphia, which was 9,000 [capacity], but this was 14,000," Williams recalled this week. "I walked in from the street on the top level. It kind of took your breath away. " As much as Williams liked the school and its coach, he fell in love with what was then an 18-year-old building that was among the best and biggest college basketball venues in the country.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - A nearly 60-year-old basketball arena called Cole Field House was transformed into a hot, crowded, ear-deafening time capsule Friday night. It could have been 1969, the year Lefty Driesell arrived from Davidson filled with bluster and bravado and determined to make Maryland into "the UCLA of the East. " It could have been 1989, the year Gary Williams returned to his alma mater from Ohio State, vowing to rebuild a scandal-ridden, down-on-its-luck program. It could have been 2002, when the Terps won their first national championship a few weeks after closing the building with an unbeaten home season.
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March 11, 1991
East Regional games will be played at College Park Thursday and Saturday. Tickets are on sale only in a 6-game package at $75 each. They are available at the Maryland ticket office in Cole Field House or by calling (301) 314-7070 or (800) 462-TERP. About 3,000 remained as of late last week.North Carolina StateRecord: 19-10 (8-6 in ACC, tied for third with Wake Forest)Entry into tournament: at-large berthTop players: Rodney Monroe, 6-3 sr. G (27.5 ppg), Chris Corchiani, 6-1 sr. G (16.0 ppg, 9.8 apg)
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January 11, 2002
7 Games remaining Jan. 27, 1979: Maryland upsets No. 1 Notre Dame, 67-66, on Larry Gib son's free throw with one second left. Cole finale: March 3 vs. Virginia He said it "I've seen every player miss free throws. I think it's called being a human being." Mike Krzyzewski, Duke coach, on Jason Williams' trouble at the line
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | January 25, 1994
COLLEGE PARK -- This is about memory. It's about a former basketball star named Bob McDonald, who was introduced to a big crowd here over the weekend and found himself remembered by almost nobody, and it's about a ghost named Len Bias, who is finally, perhaps, beginning to be exorcised from the premises.When Bob McDonald played for the University of Maryland back in 1961, he led the team in scoring and rebounding. For this, they made him an honorary captain last Saturday and let him stand at midcourt and wave to the crowd.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1996
Gov. Parris N. Glendening and some key legislators say they support using state funds to help replace or rebuild Cole Field House at the University of Maryland College Park, a project estimated to cost at least $60 million.The governor said yesterday that he would back the use of state funds for a new or rebuilt arena, but that the details of when the project could be completed and how much the state should contribute must be worked out with legislators and university officials."We must make some major improvements, whether it's renovation or a new arena," Glendening said.
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By Ken Murray and David Folkenflik and Ken Murray and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1996
The concourse is a tight squeeze on game nights and the lines at the concession booths unwieldy. There is no air conditioning, office space is cramped and bathrooms are barely adequate.Cole Field House, the home of Maryland basketball, is 41 years old. "It's an aged building," said Debbie Yow, Maryland director of athletics. "We've painted seats, done some cosmetics. But any structural changes, like widening the concourses, become very expensive."Working with university president Dr. William E. Kirwan, the Department of Engineering and Architecture on campus, the athletic staff and outside consultants, Yow is attempting to solve the issues of age, inconvenience and safety at the tradition-rich facility.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | November 21, 1997
University of Maryland president William E. Kirwan said yesterday that a recommendation to replace or renovate Cole Field House will be made in a campus report to the state general assembly by Dec. 1."Things are at a preliminary stage right now," said Kirwan, who began discussions about Cole in a meeting with the Board of Regents' finance committee yesterday morning. "There are no final decisions. It's a very complex project."But one campus source said Kirwan is favoring the recommendation of two advisory committees to build a $90 million, 17,000-seat basketball arena to replace the 42-year-old Cole.
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October 18, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How significant is it that former Terps coaches Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell are both expected to be at Cole Field House for Maryland Madness tonight? It's very significant. For a long period, there wasn't much unity between Driesell-era players and Maryland during William's tenure as coach. Driesell was forced out after the 1986 death of star player Len Bias, and many of his players and supporters believe he never got his due. Some kept their distance from the school.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
If you haven't been to College Park in, say, a decade, this is what Cole Field House looks like. No, really, for the most part, it does. But ... how could that happen, you ask? Simple: Once Comcast Center debuted in 2002, Cole Field House became something of an athletic relic. It is still a stage for sporting battles, as you can see, but now they get only as must-see as inter-fraternity soccer games. Not exactly Maryland-Duke. But with Maryland Madness moving to Cole Field House for Friday's unofficial season kickoff, the Terps' old home is getting the extreme makeover it deserves (and needs, too, I suppose)
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon has done his best to embrace the past while building for the future. He has forged relationships with his two most celebrated predecessors, Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell. He has done the same with many former players. Now the Terps will be stepping back in time for Maryland Madness - and, in coming years, perhaps more. On the same day the athletic department announced that the preseason event will be be held at Cole Field House on Oct. 18, Turgeon said Tuesday that he hopes to hopes to play at least one regular-season game at the building every year.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
The announcement Tuesday that Maryland Madness will be held at Cole Field House for the first time since the building was closed to basketball in 2002 was welcomed by two former coaches who spent a lot of time there and whose teams won many big games there. Both Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams said they hope to be in College Park on Oct. 18, when third-year men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon and longtime women's basketball coach Brenda Frese hold a ceremonial practice there for their respective teams.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
Ron Benton-Klein and his 6-year-old son, Elijah, went to get some popcorn and water. When they returned to their University of Maryland tailgate party near the Riggs Alumni Center on Saturday, they heard a commotion. A particularly enthusiastic fan perhaps? Actually, it was an uninvited guest -- a deer -- that decided to join tailgaters before the Terps' football game with Old Dominion. “It was a big doe,” said Benton-Klein, a season-ticket holder from Laurel. “The deer had run into the glass partition right next to the [Riggs Center's]
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2013
Jan. 23, 2004: P.J. Wakefield's goal in overtime gives the surging Blast its seventh straight victory, 5-4 over the Monterrey Fury at 1st Mariner Arena . It's the 16th win in 21 games for Baltimore, which will win the Major Indoor Soccer League championship. Jan. 20, 2002: Elvis Grbac throws three interceptions and the Ravens muster just 22 rushing yards in losing, 27-10, at Pittsburgh in the AFC divisional playoffs. "You ride it as long as you can ride it, but you know it comes to an end sometime," linebacker Ray Lewis said of the defending Super Bowl champions, who trailed 20-0 before making a first down.
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By JOHN SHIFFMAN | March 22, 1998
The University of Maryland has big plans. It wants to replace aging Cole Field House with a $100 million-plus basketball arena in five years.In his current capital budget, the state's First Fan, Gov. Parris N. Glendening, proposes spending more than $4 million this year to begin planning a replacement for Cole. The total cost of the project is estimated at $106 million. University administrators are said to be shopping for a corporate sponsor willing to pay $25 million to get its name on the arena.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2002
COLLEGE PARK - North Carolina State has its most promising team since coach Herb Sendek took over in Raleigh six years ago, yet the Wolfpack still can't solve Maryland at Cole Field House. For a while yesterday, the No. 3 Terps looked a little hung over from their dramatic, come-from-behind victory at Virginia three days earlier. But behind senior guard Juan Dixon, senior small forward Byron Mouton and a smothering defense, Maryland caught fire late in the first half, then took control over the final 10 minutes and dismissed North Carolina State, 89-73, before an announced sellout crowd of 14,500.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | December 25, 2008
COLLEGE PARK - Gloria Friedgen's most immediate goal was to provide a memorable, spirit-boosting outing for a Howard County boy with kidney cancer. The wife of football coach Ralph Friedgen believed that Cole Sterry - an ebullient, sports-loving 7-year-old named for Maryland's Cole Field House - would get a charge out of hanging out with Terrapins football players during a sunny afternoon practice in September. She didn't know the relationship between the boy and the team would extend beyond a single day's practice and into the regular season and beyond.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,Sun reporter | September 12, 2007
A diverse crowd of several hundred students gathered last night in College Park to express still-raw emotions after the discovery last week of a noose hanging on the campus of the state's flagship public college. "We reject intolerance," said Barrie Adleberg, 21, a senior majoring in African-American and Jewish studies. "Instead of empowering the complacent attitude that racism will exist, we unite as a united voice of resistance." Police are looking for whoever dangled a 3-foot rope with a small loop at its end from a tree outside a campus cultural center that is home to several black organizations.
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