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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Maryland's uniform swag to skyrocket?

By Eamonn Brennan

This is not something I'd ever noticed, because it's the sort of thing you probably don't notice unless you're actually looking for it, but the Gary Williams-led Maryland Terrapins never wore any sort of style-related basketball accessory. No wristbands, no arm sleeves, no undershirts, no headbands. It was one of Williams' widely understood but rarely discussed basketball caveats: If you come to play for me, you cut that nonsense out.

I'm not sure it's nonsense, but you can see some of the old-school appeal there.

Now that Williams is gone, will Maryland players finally reclaim their swag? Is a rush of arm sleeves coming to College Park, Md.? It certainly seems that way. As the Terps fans at Testudo Times point out, new coach Mark Turgeon's history points to a gentler, more stylistically lenient era in Maryland basketball:
And if what he did at TAMU is any indication, he seems perfectly fine with all kinds of accessories. That includes shooter sleevest-shirts under the jersey, even dual shooter sleeves, arguably the least-classy accessorization possible, though I'm sure some will disagree (see pic). I haven't seen anyone wearing a headband, but let's be real: if he's cool with dual shooter sleeves, I think he'll be fine with a headband.

If Turge keeps his policy the same, then Maryland might finally see its players in some hot new Under Armour gear. Primary candidates for jersey accessorization are probably Terrell Stoglin, Nick Faust, and Pe'Shon Howard. Stoglin rockedheadband in most of his high school pictures, while both Faust and MVPe' were snapped in everything from t-shirts to shooter sleeves in their high school days - Faust wore a headband on at least one occasion, too.

There are some promotional opportunities there, yes; one imagines Under Armour representatives licking their lips at having a place to put their variety of random, unnecessary, but still-kind-of-cool basketball accessories in front of viewers' faces. Does the consumer need dual shooter sleeves? She does now!

More than anything, though, there's an opportunity to create a more modern, updated version of Williams' program, one that relies on hard work and sacrifice and collective effort ... but one that also realizes headbands aren't mutually exclusive from that effort. Let the kids get a little style on, Mark. What's the worst that could happen?