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"If we win we're going to riot. If we lose we're going to riot. The police will just have to accept that." These words, from a University of Maryland student to a TV reporter,
hardly exemplify healthy school spirit. Last week's images of UMD students building bonfires and destroying property following losses in the NCAA tournament are lasting negative
impressions that don't enhance University recruitment or reputation. In a move to control the damage, University President Dr. C.D. Mote called on Terrapins coach Gary Williams
and U of Maryland players to promote good sportsmanship and speak out against post-game rioting. Will the move succeed? National media reports cite the fact that after-game
violence is "on the rise." It may be left to college basketball coaches to reverse what could be a growing PR nightmare for Ivory Towers everywhere.