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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2011
Fans who looked closely at Maryland's sideline during the season-opening football game may have been puzzled by what they saw on cards held up by team managers. Was that really a photo of TV talk-show host Regis Philbin, and — if so — what could Philbin, a Notre Dame graduate, possibly have to do with Maryland football? Yes, it was a color photo of the co-host of "Live! With Regis and Kelly. " But why the school chose to display Philbin's image remains as much of a local mystery as which color uniforms the Terps will wear on a given week.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
There are so many Super Bowl predictions out there that it's going to be tough to remember who got their picks right and wrong. (If you're interested, our staff picks are up here and we also polled a number of top area high school coaches .) When it comes to the professional talking heads, ESPN posted a release with the predictions of its vast roster of NFL pundits . Trent Dilfer, who quarterbacked the Ravens to the Super Bowl XXXV title, is among the majority that picks the Denver Broncos to defeat the Seattle Seahawks.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - Scott Van Pelt is joking that he may have gone too far this time, that Maryland may turn on him for his pointed criticism about the droves of fans who abandoned Byrd Stadium's student section before the end of the Terps ' one-point win over rival Virginia on Oct. 12. The ESPN commentator, radio show host and former Maryland student says he expects the stadium to be packed for this Saturday's homecoming game against Clemson, "and...
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November 15, 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. Will the Maryland football team become bowl-eligible for the first time under Randy Edsall? Don Markus: A little over a month ago, it seemed a lock. The Terps were coming off a 37-0 shutout of West Virginia, which a week later beat a ranked Oklahoma State team in Morgantown. They were 4-0 for the first time since 2002 and were ranked in the regular season for the first time since 2008.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
There are so many Super Bowl predictions out there that it's going to be tough to remember who got their picks right and wrong. (If you're interested, our staff picks are up here and we also polled a number of top area high school coaches .) When it comes to the professional talking heads, ESPN posted a release with the predictions of its vast roster of NFL pundits . Trent Dilfer, who quarterbacked the Ravens to the Super Bowl XXXV title, is among the majority that picks the Denver Broncos to defeat the Seattle Seahawks.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
ESPN personality, Terps athletics supporter and noted fan base evaluator Scott Van Pelt was in College Park on Saturday for Maryland's 27-26 win over Virginia . He was happy with the result, of course. He was not happy with the small swath of students who saw it. Starting at the 35:30 mark of Monday's “SVP and Russillo” broadcast, you can hear his rant on what it means to be a fan, and why Saturday's 41,077 attendance figure was such a disappointment. Or you can read the transcript below: Van Pelt: I'm probably going to get in trouble back in College Park for this one, but some things need to be said.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - History will smile on the University of Maryland's move to the Big Ten, and the school's football and other athletic teams can compete in the new conference right away, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in an appearance on campus Tuesday. "We're ready for Maryland," Delany said. "Everyone in the Big Ten is excited. We believe it's going to be a mutually beneficial partnership. " Delany was in College Park for a symposium on the school's move to the Big Ten, held by the university's Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
As they reflect on the scenes from their last seven months, the baseball players of Towson University feel almost as if they're looking in on someone else's life. President Maravene Loeschke, flanked by campus police officers, gathering them so she could pronounce the program dead. Their phones buzzing with texts, heralding a reprieve from the governor. Joyously collapsing on one another after winning their conference tournament and clinching their first NCAA bid in 22 years. "If you saw it on TV, you wouldn't believe it," said Patricia Johnson, one of the parents who fought to keep the program alive.
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By Matt Vensel | June 7, 2011
After a workout with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday morning, former Terps big man Jordan Williams said that ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, a Maryland grad, was among those who advised him while he mulled over entering the NBA draft. Van Pelt “was a big factor in helping me make my decision,” Williams said. “Just giving me feedback, what he thought about it. Just trying to make me make the right decision,” Williams told The Washington Post’s Steve Yanda. “He did a great job, and I give him a lot of credit for going out of his way. … He's a really busy guy, so for him to go out of his way to do that is unbelievable .”  If Van Pelt really did steer Williams to the pros -- even if he was doing it in the player’s best interest -- it won’t go over well with Maryland supporters.
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November 15, 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. Will the Maryland football team become bowl-eligible for the first time under Randy Edsall? Don Markus: A little over a month ago, it seemed a lock. The Terps were coming off a 37-0 shutout of West Virginia, which a week later beat a ranked Oklahoma State team in Morgantown. They were 4-0 for the first time since 2002 and were ranked in the regular season for the first time since 2008.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - History will smile on the University of Maryland's move to the Big Ten, and the school's football and other athletic teams can compete in the new conference right away, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in an appearance on campus Tuesday. "We're ready for Maryland," Delany said. "Everyone in the Big Ten is excited. We believe it's going to be a mutually beneficial partnership. " Delany was in College Park for a symposium on the school's move to the Big Ten, held by the university's Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - Scott Van Pelt is joking that he may have gone too far this time, that Maryland may turn on him for his pointed criticism about the droves of fans who abandoned Byrd Stadium's student section before the end of the Terps ' one-point win over rival Virginia on Oct. 12. The ESPN commentator, radio show host and former Maryland student says he expects the stadium to be packed for this Saturday's homecoming game against Clemson, "and...
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
ESPN personality, Terps athletics supporter and noted fan base evaluator Scott Van Pelt was in College Park on Saturday for Maryland's 27-26 win over Virginia . He was happy with the result, of course. He was not happy with the small swath of students who saw it. Starting at the 35:30 mark of Monday's “SVP and Russillo” broadcast, you can hear his rant on what it means to be a fan, and why Saturday's 41,077 attendance figure was such a disappointment. Or you can read the transcript below: Van Pelt: I'm probably going to get in trouble back in College Park for this one, but some things need to be said.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2013
As they reflect on the scenes from their last seven months, the baseball players of Towson University feel almost as if they're looking in on someone else's life. President Maravene Loeschke, flanked by campus police officers, gathering them so she could pronounce the program dead. Their phones buzzing with texts, heralding a reprieve from the governor. Joyously collapsing on one another after winning their conference tournament and clinching their first NCAA bid in 22 years. "If you saw it on TV, you wouldn't believe it," said Patricia Johnson, one of the parents who fought to keep the program alive.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2011
Fans who looked closely at Maryland's sideline during the season-opening football game may have been puzzled by what they saw on cards held up by team managers. Was that really a photo of TV talk-show host Regis Philbin, and — if so — what could Philbin, a Notre Dame graduate, possibly have to do with Maryland football? Yes, it was a color photo of the co-host of "Live! With Regis and Kelly. " But why the school chose to display Philbin's image remains as much of a local mystery as which color uniforms the Terps will wear on a given week.
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By Matt Vensel | June 7, 2011
After a workout with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday morning, former Terps big man Jordan Williams said that ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, a Maryland grad, was among those who advised him while he mulled over entering the NBA draft. Van Pelt “was a big factor in helping me make my decision,” Williams said. “Just giving me feedback, what he thought about it. Just trying to make me make the right decision,” Williams told The Washington Post’s Steve Yanda. “He did a great job, and I give him a lot of credit for going out of his way. … He's a really busy guy, so for him to go out of his way to do that is unbelievable .”  If Van Pelt really did steer Williams to the pros -- even if he was doing it in the player’s best interest -- it won’t go over well with Maryland supporters.
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October 4, 2011
**Headiing into the contest at Georgia Tech, Maryland's hurry-up offense has held the ball for an average of 24:40 per game -- last in the ACC by far. So might the Terps go slower against Georgia Tech to try to keep the ball away from a Yellow Jackets offense that is averaging 51.6 points and 587 yards per game? "Those are things that we have discussed," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said today. In other words: wait and see, kids. **Is everyone buying into Edsall's system?
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June 8, 2011
Here at Baltimore Sports Blitz, it’s all Bundy, all the time. Well, at least for the rest of the week. But I’m sure you don’t mind me passing along more information on Orioles first-round draft pick Dylan Bundy, a high school pitcher out of Oklahoma that ESPN’s Buster Olney believes was the best prospect in the 2011 draft. “In the eyes of a lot of the scouting directors and general managers around baseball, the best player in the draft was Dylan Bundy,” Olney said in an appearance on “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on Wednesday . “I had one general manager actually say to me that Dylan Bundy, in his eyes, is the best pitching prospect that he has ever seen,” Olney said.
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