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|No Ordinary Turtle
The school mascot is a costumed
|Like many others, Maryland fans cheer for the tortoise instead of the hare. Along with that, Terrapin fans are
excited about the future with the program's planned move to the Big 10 Conference.
TTestudo is the centerpiece of our campus, and the act of
rubbing his nose for good luck is our most-enduring tradition,
going strong since 1933!
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Location: College Park, Md.
School Colors: Red, White, Black & Gold
Fight Song: "Maryland Victory Song"
Maryland Nickname: Terrapins
When the suggestion rang out from Maryland football coach Dr. H.C. Byrd in 1932 that the school adopt the
"Diamondbacks" as a school symbol he wasn't accused of having snakes in his head. The Diamondback that the
future university president was referring to was not a serpent, but were instead the snapping turtles he had
encounters with during his childhood in Crisfield Md.
The turtle was already represented on campus with the student newspaper that was named
the Diamondback. The turtle soup got thicker the next year when the Class of 1933 donated a giant bronzed
Diamondback. When the student yearbook, The Reveille, became The Terrapin in
1935, Maryland officials were ready to stick their necks out for their new symbol.
Since the university was consolidated from different state schools in 1920, it had lacked an identity that its supporters
could comfortably hang their hat on. Initially the nickname "Old Liners" had been used, but doubts about its meaning
and origination brought it to the end of the line. Some said the term honored a troop of Maryland soldiers who fought
bravely in the Revolutionary War, while others said that the "Old Liners" reflected a border squabble with Pennsylvania.
Another name that at one time was used by many schools was also embraced by Maryland. The 1893 football team
sported the name "Aggies" on their way to a 6-0 season.
Maryland Mascot: Testudo
Maryland's Terrapin mascot represents the university in the form of a bronze statue and a
costumed character. The statue as discussed earlier arrived during the Great Depression
while the more mobile mascot first stalked the sidelines in the 1970s.
While large in stature, the 300-pound Testudo was a constant target of rival fans. His
location in front of the school's Richie Coliseum offered pranksters easy access and the
turtle's golden skin was painted enemy colors. Without notifying Maryland officials, a group of
Johns Hopkins abducted the mascot in 1947, nearly causing a riot in the process. When an
effort was made to retrieve the statue, 200 police were alerted to the Baltimore campus to
control the situation.
Despite not having an appetite for grass, Testudo was discovered on the lawn of a University
of Virginia fraternity house. The frat members called Maryland President Dr. H.C. Byrd and
told him to get the turtle off their lawn. After the incident Testudo was packed away in the
campus carpentry shop for safe keeping. In an effort to curb the statue from gaining frequent
flyer miles, 700 pounds of cement were added to the Testudo's base.
Through the years Testudo has changed nesting spots and despite his inability to flirt, he has
produced offspring. In addition to his Richie Coliseum location, the statue has taken
residence in front of Byrd Stadium, and McKeldin Library when it was decided he could be
more enjoyed in the center of campus. A duplicate ofTestudo was made from a wax mold in
1992 and placed outside the football locker room. Maryland football players touch the bronze
Terrapins nose for good luck as the team takes the field. Testudo was reincarnated once
again in 1995 and was placed in the Cole Field House.
Maryland Football Championships and Terps Football Legends
Many images of the 1950s have been recounted by the movie American Graffiti and the
television show Happy Days. However, when Maryland fans reminisce about the golden
age, Fonzie, Richie and Mr. C are probably far from their minds. They are instead
focusing on a group of National Football Foundation College Hall of Famers that helped
bring happy days and championships to College Park in the ‘50s.
Leading the Maryland charge was head coach Jim Tatum whose teams posted a 51-8-2
record from 1950-55. A perfect 10-0 record and Sugar Bowl victory in 1951 was followed
by a national championship for the school in 1953.
Running Coach Tatum' s new Split T offense with great precision helped Terp
Jack Scarbath finish second in the 1952 Heisman Trophy race. Earning All-American
and 1949 Gator Bowl MVP honors helped Bob Ward become Maryland's Bob Ward
become the school's first College Hall of Famer. Dick Modzelewski won the Outland
Trophy as the nation's top lineman in 1952, while lineman Bob Pellegrini followed with
an All-American career that resulted in his being picked first in the 1956 NFL draft.
While defensive tackle Stan Jones didn't receive as many college accolades, he was a
major force on the 1953 squad that only gave up 3 I regular season points. Jones would
later become the school's first NFL Hall of Famer, an honor he now shares with 1974
Lombardi and Outland Trophy winner Randy White.
"Get Your Keys Out"
Students jingle their keys
rather than cheer to keep the
noise down on important
offensive plays for the Maryland
"Move Those Chains"
When the team makes a first
down, fans remind the sideline
chain gang of what they need to
do, beginning with a long loud
by three "Move Those Chains!,"
while UM fans give the first
|Maryland's Football Stadium: Fit For a Queen
The Terps football stadium is named for a Byrd and has hosted a
queen. The 54,000 seat stadium was constructed in 1950 and was
named for Dr. H.C. Byrd, a man who had a great impact on the
university. After being a multi-sport athlete at the school, Byrd would
become Maryland's all-time winningest football coach during his 24-year
coaching career (1911-34) that was followed by his becoming the
While many of Byrd's victories caused many celebrations, the "royalist"
of them all was when Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip attended a
game in 1957.
After losing to Episcopal High at the conclusion of their first football season in 1892, Maryland set the
tone for future greatness by posting an undefeated campaign the next season. Since then the football
program achieved a national championship in 1953, numerous postseason trips including Cotton,
Sugar and Orange bowl berths. Maryland players have won Outland and Lombardi Trophies while
another came Terrapin came within a hair of winning the Heisman. The school has produced two NFL
Hall of Famers while Boomer Esiason and Neil O'Donnell led their NFL squads to the Super Bowl.
The university also served as the starting point for a coach that is considered by many to be the
greatest ever. Even though he faced a bear of a task, Paul Bryant took a squad that had won only one
game the prior year to a 6-2-1 record in 1945. The Bear would stay in the Maryland den for only one
season before accepting assignments with Kentucky, Texas A&M and Alabama. H.C. Byrd, Jim Tatum,
Jerry Claiborne, Bobby Ross and Ralph Friedgen have also helped the Terps forge many wins through
After competing in the Southern Conference for many years, Maryland became a charter member of the
Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953. The Terps claimed two conference championships in the 1950s,
along with three in the 1970s and 1980s. Maryland's most recent conference crown was gained in
2001 when the Terps became the first team other than FSU to win the outright ACC crown since the
Noles had joined the league and started competing for the ACC championship in 1992.
|Favorite expression at
"Fear the Turtle!"
The Terps star finished second in the
1952 Heisman Trophy race. Scarbath
was edged out by Oklahoma's Billy
Vessels by a 525 to 367 vote margin.
Not only did Esiason have a tremendous
career in College Park, but the former Terps
|1974 Outland Trophy and
Lombardi Award Winner
and NFL legend
Following his incredible career at
Maryland, White was the overall No.
2 pick of the 1975 Draft. After joining
the Cowboys, White became a 9x
First-Team All-Pro selection and a
Co-Super Bowl MVP. White was
named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade
Team as was inducted into the Pro
Football Hall of Fame in 1994.