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GameThread: Maryland football vs. Michigan State

Follow along as the Terps look to become bowl-eligible after an emotional week.

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Maryland football hosts Michigan State at noon Saturday, with both teams 5-3 and one win away from bowl eligibility. The game kicks off at noon ET on ESPN2.

But for Maryland, this is about so much more than a football game. The pair of months-long investigations into Jordan McNair’s death and the team’s culture are complete, and decisions came down this week. The Board of Regents recommended the reinstatement of head coach DJ Durkin, and he returned to the team for just over 24 hours before president Wallace Loh (who announced this week he’s retiring in June) fired him anyway. Board chairman James Brady has resigned as well.

Through it all, the players have appeared to stick together. We’ll see if that continues this afternoon. As always, this is your space for observations, commentary and more throughout the game. Be respectful, and go Terps.