Sea of empty seats at Terps game

Ben Krimmel
November 03, 2018 - 12:44 pm

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Amid the turmoil of the past week, Maryland played Michigan State with a chance to become bowl eligible. But, once again this season, the action on the field at College Park came secondary to the happenings outside the lines. 

The story at Maryland has not been about who was there, but who wasn't. On Saturday it was Matt Canada on the sideline coaching the Terrapins, not D.J. Durkin, who was fired about 24 hours after being reinstated by the Board of Regents.  

READ: Timeline of Maryland football program's demise

The story wasn't the Terps community rallying to see their team go for a sixth win on the season, but the sea of empty seats at Maryland Stadium.


Earlier in the week at a protest on campus, some students called for a boycott of Saturday's game to express their discontent with the handling of the football program. 

Before the game, other players from Maryland teams were on the field to express their support for the football players.

Before the game it was Ellis McKennie running on the field carrying the No. 79 flag, in honor of Jordan McNair. McKennie tweeted earlier in the week his displeasure with the Board of Regents, saying "Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate. Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right." 

Michigan State defeated Maryland, 24-3. The Terps fell to 5-4 on the season (3-3 Big Ten).

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