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Maryland basketball is bringing back the ‘Midnight Mile’

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

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Maryland men’s basketball is resurrecting an old tradition to celebrate its 100th season.

On the night of Oct. 15 and the morning of Oct. 16, the team announced Thursday it will run the “Midnight Mile” to honor Lefty Driesell’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and its 100th season.

The event will take place at the Jim Kehoe Track & Field Complex at 11:30 p.m., when the gates open for a meet-and-greet with the players. The mile run will begin just after midnight, nearly 47 years to the day after the first midnight run by Driesell in 1971 at then-Byrd Stadium on the first possible day to practice.

That event morphed into a midnight scrimmage at Cole Field House in 1973, which came to be known as “Midnight Madness.” Schools around the country adopted Midnight Madness-type events to get fans excited for the upcoming season, and Maryland’s own event will take place on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET.

In other news

Running back Lorenzo Harrison will undergo season-ending knee surgery this morning for an injury suffered in practice this week.

Harrison will be eligible for a medical redshirt under college football’s new redshirt rules. You can check here to see which of his teammates are also eligible.

It’s not all bad news for Maryland football, as Wade Lees was named the Ray Guy Punter of the Week.

Here’s Ryan on how explosive plays are sustaining Maryland offense as well as some other thoughts at the bye week.

Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese announced three staff updates for this season. Kaitlynn Fratz has been promoted to interim assistant coach, Sean Ehlbeck will be the Director of Video and Scouting and former Michigan State guard Tori Jankoska will serve as the Director of Player Personnel and Recruiting Operations.

Here are some highlights from the team’s first day of practice.

Field hockey head coach Missy Meharg’s new ice cream flavor debuted at the Maryland Dairy yesterday. If you’re on Instagram, be sure to check out our story for the highlights.