Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Maryland, Navy renewing rivalry

Schools will play each other in '05

The Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland and Navy will end a 40-year gap in their once-contentious football rivalry by launching the 2005 season with a game in Baltimore.

It will be the first matchup between Maryland and Navy since the Midshipmen beat the Terrapins 19-7 on Nov.6, 1965.

At this point, there are no plans to make the meeting an annual event, the two schools said Tuesday at a press conference announcing the game. The schools could receive up to $1.2 million apiece if the 69,000-seat stadium sells out.

"That money is critically important to us," said Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow, who anticipates spending $40million on the program in 2005.

The payout was enticing enough to persuade each school to put aside the ill will that brought an end to the rivalry years ago.

During the 1964 game at College Park, the teams got into a scuffle and a Maryland player made an obscene gesture in the direction of the Navy Corps. The series then concluded with Navy's victory in Annapolis the following year.

FLORIDA: Junior guard Shannon Snell isn't only confident No.5 Georgia will lose once this season - on Saturday against his Gators - he says the Bulldogs will lose twice.

"They've got Auburn after us; they've got Ole Miss," Snell said. "They can put that up as bulletin-board material. I don't care. One of those teams is going to knock them off."

That is, of course, the scenario Florida (5-3, 3-2) needs to pass Georgia (8-0, 5-0) in the Southeastern Conference East standings.

"Our football team is a very confident football team, regardless of what people think," Gators coach Ron Zook said.

INDIANA: Hoosiers coach Gerry DiNardo changed quarterbacks two games into the season and again at halftime last weekend.

But don't expect another switch this weekend. DiNardo said Gibran Hamdan would remain Indiana's starter Saturday at Northwestern.

"I think any quarterback would press in the situation he was in, where we weren't playing well and were behind 14-0," said DiNardo of the Hoosiers' 45-14 loss to Indiana. "He feels like he has to make too many plays."

Hamdan is the Big Ten's leader in yards passing per game (248.4), has led the Hoosiers to two come-from-behind victories and was named the Big Ten's co-offensive player of the week two weeks ago. But his 10 interceptions are tied for the most in the conference.

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