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MM 9.25: NCAA recommends bowl eligibility requirements be waived for 2020

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

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Maryland’s abbreviated 2020 football season could still end with a spot in a bowl game, as the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee recommended Thursday that normal eligibility requirements be waived.

In a normal college football season, only teams above a .500 winning percentage are deemed bowl eligible, with the Terps missing the mark each of their last five seasons dating back to a 6-6 finish in 2014. Maryland will play a total of nine games this fall, all within the Big Ten.

The decision to get rid of the .500 rule awaits approval by the Division I Council, but if pushed through it could be a huge help for the Terps’ postseason chances.

In other news

Former Terp goalkeeper Zack Steffen debuted between the posts for Manchester City in the club’s win over Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup Thursday.

Maryland football is happy to be back.

Maryland men’s basketball shared Greivis Vasquez’s long list of accolades earned during his time in College Park.

Former Terp Alyssa Thomas wouldn’t be stopped by a dislocated shoulder as she played through the pain to help the Connecticut Sun get one win away from going to the WNBA Finals.

Maryland women’s lacrosse hit the practice field Thursday.

A throwback to Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ stunning time at Maryland before his breakout NFL career.