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Maryland Terrapins React To Michigan Football Scandal

Ahead of today’s game, this is how the Maryland Terrapins are reacting to Jim Harbaugh suspension and the Michigan football scandal.



Michigan football, Jim Harbaugh, Maryland, sign-stealing

This afternoon, amid the Michigan football scandal, sign-stealing allegations, and even a three-game Jim Harbaugh suspension, the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (10-0,7-0 Big Ten) will face the Maryland Terrapins (6-4, 3-4) in College Park, MD, in hopes of staying perfect heading into next week’s bout against Ohio State. Leading up to the game, a few Terps were asked about the allegations that U-M is facing, and it sounds like the team is pretty locked in on the same thing that Michigan is: just getting the win this weekend.

Michigan football scandal takes another twist ahead of Maryland game

The latest developments in the Michigan football sign-stealing scandal are quite interesting, with ex-linebackers coach Chris Partridge being fired on Friday and a U-M football booster being linked to Connor Stalions’ scheme, which he denies. We covered both extensively on Friday, though our best summary and thoughts on the latest reports can be found in the tweet below.

What are Maryland players and coaches saying about U-M’s sign-stealing allegations?

The Terps just need a win this weekend, and there is no team in the Big Ten that Maryland wants to beat more than Michigan football — sign-stealing or not.

“It definitely would be a program-changing win, for sure,” Maryland wide receiver Thai Felton said ahead of today’s game. “It would be the breakthrough I feel like we needed. That’s something that Coach Locksley talked about — it would be the breakthrough this program has needed.

“We try to pay little or no attention to that at all,” he added, talking about the sign-stealing allegations.

Little attention is being paid to Michigan football scandal

The sign-stealing scandal is impossible not to hear about — it is all over the news, social media, and word of mouth travels fast, especially within a conference. Additionally, former Michigan football offensive coordinator Josh Gattis — who was the Wolverines’ OC in 2021 — is now with Maryland, so there are some ties to Jim Harbaugh and his staff in College Park right now.

“You see stuff online, but you don’t really want to pay too much attention to it,” said Maryland defensive back Tarheeb Still. “But this week, they’re our next game, so really just focused on things that are going to help us win the game and not so much the outside noise, outside stuff they’ve got going on in their program.”

Sign-stealing will be a non-factor, per Maryland Terrapins head coach Mike Locksley

According to Maryland head coach Mike Locksley, there are no excuses for the Terrapins tomorrow — he says that his team has already changed its signals and done whatever else it needed to do over the past few weeks in preparation for Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines. Obviously, Harbaugh will no longer be with his team on game day today; however, he has still traveled to College Park with the rest of the staff and players.

“Once we heard (the sign-stealing allegations) two or three weeks ago, we made a lot of the necessary adjustments because if one has them, as you read and hear, anybody can have them,” Maryland head coach Mike Locksley said. “And so we’ve taken necessary precautions to just make sure that again, what we can control. On offense, defense, we’ve definitely mixed up our communications and how we’re able to do it, and so we don’t feel like that will have any effect on our game.”

Maryland really needs this win, as does Michigan

Still, the Terrapins’ head man knows that  — with or without the signals — beating Michigan football would be massive, yet that is far easier said than done.

“We know that they’re talented, but I can tell you we’re talented too,” he said. “We don’t always play smart, and that’s my job to get us to play better and to play smarter, to be more efficient and execute at a higher level.”

Michigan football and Maryland will face off at noon (ET) this afternoon in College Park, MD — the team’s final test before hosting No. 2 Ohio State at the Big House next weekend in a game that will decide the Big Ten title race and more for the conference as a whole.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.