It’s been a little over a year since construction workers broke ground on the University of Maryland’s $155 million renovations to Cole Field House. As of Wednesday night, the inside looks pretty close to done—and really cool.
The project, which is both privately and publicly funded, appeared to be moving rather slowly earlier this spring, but over the past few months, the indoor practice field portion of the project has moved at a relatively rapid pace. For reference, here’s what Cole looked like on May 15.
Maryland football's future is getting closer to being the present. pic.twitter.com/6Xx7XfdJRk— Jared Goldstein (@_jgoldy17) May 16, 2017
This looked cool on its own. But then three days later, there was a fully completed field in there.
Exactly one month later, the inside was mostly complete.
And now the thing looks as cool as can be. DJ Durkin, his staff members, players and recruits alike have all raved about New Cole and how incredible it looks and will be.
"When you walk in, it takes your breath away. It's unbelievable. It's the largest in the country when you talk about the height of it. We can punt, kick off, do everything in there," Durkin said a few weeks ago in an interview with The Sports Junkies. "It really will be hard to find a better one.”
Two recruits have already posted pictures of themselves in New Cole while announcing their commitments to Maryland on Twitter, which lends credence to the old Field of Dreams line: “If you build it, they will come.”
In other news
It’s Linebackers Week here and some Maryland players had some high praise for Antoine Brooks.
Those are some great compliments from his teammates, but he did do this in the spring game, which was just ridiculous.
Speaking of Maryland linebackers, Shane Cockerille’s status is still up in the air.
Speaking of Shane Cockerille, Iowa State’s Joel Lanning is trying to emulate his successful quarterback-to-linebacker switch—otherwise known as the Anti-Shawn Petty, or as our friend Alex Kirshner deemed it:
The Reverse Maryland, as it's called https://t.co/gdJ9EMmeJB— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) July 20, 2017
The Las Vegas Summer League came to an end Monday night, and though Jake Layman and the Trail Blazers lost in the finals, he still had the best summer league of all the former Terps who participated. Here’s Lamar with a summer league recap.
Keeping it with basketball, Jon Rothstein had some pretty nice things to say about Maryland’s Anthony Cowan.
Maryland's Anthony Cowan also shining at UA AA Camp. Won't be next Melo Trimble, but could lead Big Ten in assists for next three years.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 20, 2017