Thank you Brit Kirwin. You established Umd as the one flagship University in the state. Most states have multiple large schools and can't concentrate all the resources into one. Right now UMD dwarfs the other ACC schools in research funding at 500 million+ per year due to our close proximity to DC. We have the most nobel peace prize and pulitzer winning graduates of any ACC school (also the most academy award winners of any ACC school). The impending merger with the Baltimore professional campus will raise our research funding to 1 billion+ per year making us a top 5 research University. We have the top athletic facilities on campus according to the Princeton review. We have passed Uva in many world rankings and we will are closing in on UNC. Once the merger is complete, we will leave UNC in the dust. Even before all this, UMD alumni have created the following...The Muppets, Seinfeld, The miniature insulin pump, coronary stents, The Wire, Broke Watergate, Google, The hybrid engine, The Universal Price Code, Pulse Doppler Radar, UnderArmour, The Boondocks, The Octane System, The automatic parachute, Retractable landing gear, Linear programming, Launched Sirius Satellite, founded Nautica and Outback Steakhouse, Designed the first large screen stadium television, created frequent flyer programs, sydicated Baywatch, wrote Apollo 13 Check our ACC competition....They haven't created one thing that is more significant than these cited. Without UMD alumni the US CULTURE would be drastically altered. Additionally, people complain about College Park but is is getting a lot nicer down there. Did you know that Charlottesville has 6 times the violent crime as VERY SAFE college park...LOOK IT UP ! When I went to Umd it was much easier to be accepted. Of course now it is practically impossible. P. S. Umd also has the most nobel and pulitzer winners on the faculty of ANY ACC school.
Thank you Gary Williams. Without you none of this would have happened. Through sweat and love you restored our school after the Len Bias tragedy. The Len Bias tragedy is one of the reasons I love Umd. Everybody loved Lenny and his death was like a death in the family. It was a tragedy that I still think of all the time because it was a human story of lost potential. Compare that to the ugly tragedys at Virginia Tech and Uva(lacrosse homicide) they were so awful and had no redeeming qualities that they cannot even be discussed. Gary did it the right way and is such a emotional and flawed person (like all of us) that we just love him. I've misted up quite a few times over the last few days and that is a testament to what makes Umd the best. I can't think of any other big-time coach I could cry for....this is Gary's greatest legacy.
Thank you Debbie Yow....(just hear me out). When you came tp Umd. you took over after TWO supposed "home run" hires , Andy Geiger and Lew Perkins who couldnt handle the pressure at Umd and quit. They left the Athletic dept in shambles financially and spiritually. Yes we know you can be a hard ass and have your issues but the bottom line is ...you and Gary saved our athletic department and made it financially stable. You also built Comcast, Expanded Byrd, built the teamhouse, soccer stadium, field hockey stadium, softball stadium and added 17 national championships to Umd's ACC leading 38. If we win mens/womens lax this year we will have 40. We also now have 202 acc championships.
I cannot believe what a great deal this whole UnderArmour thing is turning out to be ....along with Biscotti (note to Administration...give this guy a honorary degree ASAP!). We are poised to stomp our competition into the dust. Trotting out these guys is even a better advantage than Unc and Michael Jordon. Edsall was a GREAT hire, you just wait. If we sign Miller or any other great coach we are going to be hated by our rivals for a long time.
In closing, even though we have passed our ACC rivals in research , impact and tangble results areas. And although we are about to put a boot on their throats athletically, its important that we remain the insecure , self depreciating scrappers that we are. Its what makes us lovable, and superior to the Dukie/Uva type.