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MM 7.31: NCAA allows student-athletes to share social justice statements on uniforms

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

The NCAA announced Thursday that student-athletes across all sports will be allowed to wear patches on their uniforms for social justice issues, as well as commemorative and memorial purposes.

Student-athletes may wear two patches, one on the front of their uniform and another on the back.

The front patch, which must be identical for all team members that choose to where one, will be used to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes. With approval from the school or conference, student-athletes can replace their last name on the back with a message of their choosing, and this does not have to match other players on their team.

The NBA initially said the same thing, but players later found out they had to choose from a list of set messages. It is unclear whether that will be the case in this instance, though schools and conferences will oversee approving the messages.

In other news

Matt continued our 2020 Maryland football season preview series by profiling transfer quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa.

Maryland football landed in the top-seven for local four-star wide receiver Jalil Farooq.

Maryland football shared some highlights of Terp legend Shawne Merriman.

Maryland men’s basketball also honored its alumni, sharing a throwback Thursday post featuring Joe Smith.

Maryland men’s lacrosse alum Joe Walters had a huge game in the Premier Lacrosse League.

And on Thursday night, more former Maryland men’s lacrosse players showed out.

Maryland women’s lacrosse honored its tradition of championships.