Fred Sington, a former Washington Senator outfielder who is chairman of the first-year Hall of Fame Classic football bowl game, said yesterday, "We are highly interested in the Maryland team."
Sington, noting that invitations cannot be issued to prospective teams before Saturday, said by telephone from Birmingham, Ala., "I can tell you this - we're going to have some of our folks in the press box for the Maryland-Virginia game.
"Look for them," he suggested," they'll be wearing blue blazers with the Hall of Fame Classic emblem on them."
It was mentioned to Sington that his selection committee also scout games matching Washington-Washington State, Stanford-Calfornia, Texas A&M-Texas Christian, Iowa State-Oklahoma State, Colorado-Kansas State and Minnesota-Wiwconsin.
"Well, if it will help your thinking, we're thinking in terms of an intersectional aspect. We're really high on this," said Sington who played for the Senators in the '30s.
Maryland will have a 7-4 record if it defeats Virginia at College Park Saturday and would be making its fifth straight bowl appearance if selected.
A spokesman for the Terrapins said they would be receptive to a bid and noted that no other bowl asked for accommodations at the game, as of yesterday.
Earlier this week it was reported the Tangerine and Independence bowls also were interested in the Terps.
There was conjecture that Maryland had an edge with the Hall of Fame group because Alabama coach Bear Bryant is interested in the promotion of the new bowl. Terp coach Jerry Claiborne played and coached under Bryant.