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MM 12.21: Maryland football declines bowl invite, ends 2020 season

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 12 Rutgers at Maryland Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Maryland football will not accept a bowl invitation amid the program’s pause in team activities, a team spokesperson told Testudo Times Sunday.

Maryland joins Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska as the Big Ten schools that will be declining bowl invitations. In the conference, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 11 Indiana, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 15 Iowa and Wisconsin were selected for bowl competition.

Twelve bowl games — including the Pinstripe Bowl (Big Ten-ACC), Quick Lane Bowl (Big Ten, ACC, MAC), Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Big Ten-Pac-12) and Redbox Bowl (Big Ten-Pac-12) — have already been canceled due to COVID-19, financial, venue and sponsorship issues.

The Terps saw four of their nine scheduled games be called off this year, leading them to a 2-3 finish.

In Other News

Lauren recapped Maryland women’s basketball’s 101-59 victory over James Madison on Saturday.

Dylan gave his three takeaways from the Terps’ win.

The University of Maryland held its virtual winter 2020 commencement ceremony yesterday afternoon.

Matt called the game solo on BTN Plus.

Former Maryland football receiver Stefon Diggs continued his dominant NFL season with the Buffalo Bills.

Former Terps running back Ty Johnson picked up his first career receiving touchdown in the New York Jets’ first win of the season.

Former Terps defensive back J.C. Jackson snagged his eighth interception of the year for the New England Patriots off Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the older brother of the current Maryland signal caller.