Terrapins Notebook

Lineman's Father Okay After Pregame Collapse

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Maryland offensive guard Jaimie Thomas looked on, as he had so many times before, as his father Jerome spoke at the team's devotional the night before the Terrapins played Rutgers. The elder Thomas, a minister, has addressed the team several times since his son joined the team.

He had just finished making the most important points of his address to the team: pray first, aim high and stay focused. But as he continued with his address, Thomas, 58, started feeling nauseous.

"He was in the middle of the team devotional, and he started to lose his balance a little bit," Jaimie Thomas said. "They helped him down to the ground and brought the ambulance and the trainers in and whatnot."

After being hospitalized, Jerome Thomas was released Sunday and is resting comfortably after suffering stomach pain. But the incident cast a pall over the Terrapins' 34-24 upset of the Scarlet Knights.

"It shocked me a little bit because I've never seen my dad go through something like that before, so it was a little scary for me," Thomas said.

Tests ruled out a stroke or a heart attack, though doctors are still unsure what caused the episode.

"He's doing pretty good," the younger Thomas said. "My mom put him on house arrest, but he's doing really well."

Still No Game Against Navy

The athletic directors at Maryland and Navy indicated yesterday that time is running out to schedule a game for the 2010 season.

"We will always be open to playing Navy in football," Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow said. "But at this late date, we'll be entertaining options, other teams for 2010."

The regional neighbors last met in 2005, drawing 67,809 for Maryland's 23-20 overtime victory at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Efforts to schedule a rematch have been hampered, partly by hard feelings resulting from the Terrapins' decision to pass on facing Navy in last year's Meineke Car Care Bowl.

"No decisions have been made at this point," Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said. "I can tell you that our season is underway and we've moved on with other things."

Duke's Tape Exchange

Coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday he was disappointed the football staff at Duke violated an informal agreement among ACC schools that addresses exchanging game tape with nonconference opponents.

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