This is pathetic.

Maryland has a giveaway for students.

Here’s how the giveaway works: Students can attend football games for free thanks to the student fees they pay each semester. They scan personalized tickets when entering the stadium, and in the fourth quarter, a random student’s name is selected from those who arrived before kick-off. That student has five minutes to claim $5,000 in scholarship money. If no one appears at the designated spot after five minutes, a second name is announced. If that student doesn’t claim the money, a third name is called. On the third try, if no one comes forward, the scholarship is carried over to the next home game, when a student will have a chance to win $10,000.

Believe it or not, that’s not the pathetic part.  This is.

But $10,000 is the maximum. In the case of the game against Ohio State this coming Saturday, two home games have passed without anyone claiming the scholarships. The money on Saturday, however, will remain at $10,000 instead of rising to $15,000.

So far, there have been five home games, and only two students have been present to win the money, which came from a $30,000 private donation divided between the six home games.

That’s like the old joke about the guy who left two Falcons tickets under his windshield wiper blade when he went in to shop at the mall, only to come back out and find four there.

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12 responses to “This is pathetic.

  1. AusDawg85

    The Big Whatever…it doesn’t really mean much.

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  2. illinidawg

    I thought this was about Gameday at UCF!

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  3. Does anyone know if Papa John’s delivers to Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium in College Park? Asking for a .

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  4. Tronan

    The Maryland fanbase is much more into basketball than football. It’s the opposite of UGA. If they win a football game, Maryland fans are about as pleased as most of us are when the hoop Dawgs beat Tennessee. It’s nice, but it’s unlikely to ruin too many folks’ weekend if the game wound up being a loss instead.

    Still, UMD is pretty expensive even in state, so kids not taking advantage of the scholarship offer is sad commentary on the football program. And on the kids to a degree, but it’s not like they’re going to feel much compulsion to support a woefully incompetent and alienating athletic department.

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  5. Hobnail_Boot

    It’s fun. What’s the harm?

    I’ll get off the lawn, now.

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  6. PTC DAWG

    Maryland blew it

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  7. Parent

    Crab cakes and….., well, just crab cakes, that’s all Maryland does now.

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  8. SWGADAWG

    I piut this in the “created problem” pile. Obvious attempt to get students to come and stay till the end. Honestly, the rage
    is as outrageous as the “rage”.

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  9. Bulldog Joe

    Maryland students would show if the scholarship money was for another school.

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