Harry Clifton "Curley" Byrd was an American university administrator, athlete, coach and politician. Byrd began a long association with the University of Maryland as an undergraduate in 1905, rose to the position of university president from 1936 to 1954. In the interim, he had served as the university's athletic director and head coach for the football and baseball teams. Byrd amassed a 119–82–15 record in football from 1911 to 1934 and 88–73–4 record in baseball from 1913 to 1923. In graduate school at Georgetown University, he became one of football's early users of the newly legalized forward pass, he had a brief baseball career including one season as pitcher for the San Francisco Seals. Byrd resigned as university president in order to enter politics in 1954, he ran an unsuccessful campaign as the Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor against Theodore McKeldin. Byrd received appointments to state offices with responsibilities in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. In the 1960s, he made unsuccessful bids for seats in each chamber of the United States Congress.
Byrd was a proponent of a "separate but equal" status of racial segregation in his roles as both university administrator and political candidate. In 2015, the Student Government Association agreed to a resolution in support of changing the name of Byrd Stadium because Byrd was, in their words, "a racist and a segregationist" who "barred blacks from participating in sports and enrolling into the University until 1951". On September 28, 2015, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh appointed a task force to develop viewpoints and options; the University President made a recommendation to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents — the governing body of Maryland state universities — to change the name to "Maryland Stadium". The ultimate decision on any name change rests with the Board of Regents. On December 11, 2015, the Board of Regents voted 12-5 to remove the "Byrd" from the stadium's name, renaming it Maryland Stadium for the time being. Harry Clifton Byrd was born on February 1889, in Crisfield, Maryland.
He was one of six children of oysterman and county commissioner William Franklin Byrd and his wife Sallie May Byrd. In his youth, Byrd worked in the Chesapeake Bay fishing industry, where he saved most of his money to finance his college education, he attended Crisfield High School, where he excelled on the baseball diamond, was known as his hometown's first recreational jogger. A source described how he appeared in 1905 He was tall, as the saying goes, built like a whip, he had a startlingly handsome face, with big, flashing eyes, a splotch of florid red on each cheek, a mane of black curly hair... He looked like Rupert of Hentzau, had all of that worthy's cold, sinister resolution about everything that he did. In 1905, Byrd graduated from Crisfield High School and enrolled at the Maryland Agricultural College, now known as the University of Maryland. Byrd was a star college athlete and participated in varsity football and track, he served as the football team captain in 1907, as the pitcher on the baseball team, set a school record 10.0-second 100-yard dash in track.
Before leaving Crisfield, Byrd's father warned him not to "try to play that thing called football." He ignored the advice and reported for football practice where head coach Fred K. Nielsen told the undersized Byrd to "play with the kids" and that "football's a man's game." He was allowed, however. After sitting out the first three games, Nielsen sent Byrd in as a substitute against Navy, his play was impressive enough to earn a position on the first team. After the elder Byrd read of his son's newfound stardom in the newspaper, he wrote, "Since you're going to play football, I'm glad to see you're doing it well." During the summers and on weekends, Byrd supplemented his income by continuing work as a fisherman. He graduated second in his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1908. After graduation from Maryland, Byrd spent the next three years doing graduate work in law and journalism at George Washington University, Georgetown University, Western Maryland College. In a time before eligibility limitations, he played football at George Washington and Georgetown and ran track at Western Maryland.
At Georgetown in 1909, he was called the first quarterback in the East to master the forward pass, several years before Gus Dorais of Notre Dame did so in 1913. According to The Georgetown Hoyas: A Story of A Rambunctious Football Team, Dorais's "end-over-end'discus' throw was an exact copy" of Byrd's passing technique, the Irish "got the headlines because they had a press agent and Georgetown didn't."Byrd played for Maryland-based semi-professional baseball teams while pursuing his graduate studies. In 1910, the Chicago White Sox signed Byrd, but he was soon traded to the San Francisco Seals, a semi-professional Pacific Coast League baseball team with whom he pitched in 1912, he returned to Maryland that year, in 1913, married Katherine Dunlop Turnbull. Before they divorced twenty years the couple had three sons and a daughter: Harry, Sterling and Evelyn. In 1911, injuries claimed enough Maryland Agricultural football players that the team could no longer field a practice squad to scrimmage against.
The college turned to Byrd, serving as coach at Western High School in Georgetown, he was willing to help his alma mater with scrimmages. Byrd replaced head coach Charley Donnelly, who resigned mid-season after accumulating a 2–4–2 record. Byrd led the Aggies to wins in both of their final games of the season, a
Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin was an American politician. He was a member of the United States Republican Party, served as mayor of Baltimore twice, from 1943 to 1947 and again from 1963 to 1967. McKeldin was the 53rd Governor of Maryland from 1951 to 1959. McKeldin was born in Baltimore, his father had worked as a stonecutter and was a Baltimore City police officer. He had 10 other siblings. McKeldin attended the noted academic all-male third oldest public high school in America at The Baltimore City College at night in the "Evening High School of Baltimore" program by the Baltimore City Public Schools while working as a bank clerk during the day; the City College was located at the southwest corner of North Howard and West Centre Streets since 1875 in the late 1910s when McKeldin attended until it moved in 1928. He graduated from the University of Maryland Law School on the west side of downtown in 1925 and passed into the Maryland Bar. Two years he began his political ascent when worked as a secretary to Mayor William F. Broening, one of the few Republican mayors of the city.
McKeldin was a vice president of the local chapter of the U. S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. In 1934, he was a founding member of Santa Claus Anonymous, a charity organization started during the "Great Depression" of the 1930s to support children in need, showing his early sense of social consciousness. McKeldin challenged the Democratic incumbent Mayor of Baltimore, Howard W. Jackson, in the municipal election of 1939, but McKeldin was defeated in the election, he went on challenging incumbent Maryland Governor in the State House three years - Herbert R. O'Conor in the state election of 1942, again was defeated at the polls in this leaning Democratic controlled state. McKeldin persisted, he was elected mayor of Baltimore in 1943; as mayor, he oversaw the construction of Friendship Airport. However, Baltimore saw hard times during this period following the Second World War, with the inner city decaying, ghettos forming, racial prejudice still present in government policy-making. McKeldin ran a second time for governor in 1946, challenging William Preston Lane Jr. but was defeated yet again.
McKeldin ran for governor a third time in 1950 defeating Lane in a rematch. As governor, McKeldin endeavored to improve the state highway system, namely by establishing the Baltimore Beltway, the Capital Beltway, the John Hanson Highway, he was a staunch supporter of interstate cooperation, saying once: "I rode by train over several state borders. I carried no passports. No one asked me to identify myself. No one had the right to; this is America." He was an advocate for civil rights for African Americans and was awarded the Sidney Hollander Award. In 1952 McKeldin was a major figure in the moderate Republicans of the East Coast who were instrumental in gaining the Republican nomination for president for former five-star General and World War II Commander in Europe and briefly president of Columbia University in New York City - Dwight D. Eisenhower of Kansas. Speaking in the stentorian tones that were common for the time, McKeldin delivered the principal nominating speech for the former general at the July 1952 Republican National Convention in Chicago.
In 1954, he was re-elected against Democratic nominee former "Terrapins" football player and coach becoming University of Maryland at College Park President Harry C."Curley" Byrd by 54.46% to 45.54% who had attracted white segregationist support for his resistance to Black student enrollment at UMCP. After his second term in Government House, McKeldin retired in 1959 from the governorship and returned to his law practice in Baltimore, succeeded by lower Eastern Shore Democrat J. Millard Tawes of Crisfield. Four years in 1963, he returned to public service after again being elected to a second non-consecutive term once again as mayor of his beloved hometown of Baltimore, focusing on the urban renewal of the Baltimore Inner Harbor, he saw the city council vote to condemn 700 homes of the Rosemont neighborhood in 1966 to build the East West Expressway "Highway to nowhere" that he started as a project with Robert Moses in 1941. McKeldin served his second term as mayor until 1967, he is to date the last Republican to be elected mayor of Baltimore.
He is the first of only two Republican governors in Maryland to be re-elected, the other being Larry Hogan, reelected in 2018. Theodore McKeldin was born in Baltimore, attending Maryland public schools and graduating from Baltimore City College, he furthered his education by earning his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1925 and with some graduate work at Johns Hopkins University. McKeldin married Honolulu Claire Manzer on October 17, 1924, they had Theodore Jr. and Clara. He died on August 10, 1974, is buried in Greenmount Cemetery. McKeldin Center at Morgan State University McKeldin Library and McKeldin Mall at the University of Maryland, College Park Theodore McKeldin Gymnasium at Bowie State University McKeldin Building at Springfield Hospital Center McKeldin Beltway, though still known as the Baltimore Beltway or Interstate 695 McKeldin Area, Patapsco Valley State Park McKeldin Planetarium at St. John's College. Theodore R. McKeldin biography from the Maryland State Archives.
Accessed Oct 25, 2004. Papers of Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin, University of Maryland Libraries. A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with Theodore K. McKelden " is available at the Internet
Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia to its south and west. The state's largest city is Baltimore, its capital is Annapolis. Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, the Chesapeake Bay State, it is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary. Sixteen of Maryland's twenty-three counties border the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay estuary and its many tributaries, which combined total more than 4,000 miles of shoreline. Although one of the smallest states in the U. S. it features a variety of climates and topographical features that have earned it the moniker of America in Miniature. In a similar vein, Maryland's geography and history combines elements of the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic regions of the country. One of the original Thirteen Colonies of Great Britain, Maryland was founded by George Calvert, a Catholic convert who sought to provide a religious haven for Catholics persecuted in England.
In 1632, Charles I of England granted Calvert a colonial charter, naming the colony after his wife, Queen Mary. Unlike the Pilgrims and Puritans, who enforced religious conformity in their settlements, Calvert envisioned a colony where people of different religious sects would coexist under the principle of toleration. Accordingly, in 1649 the Maryland General Assembly passed an Act Concerning Religion, which enshrined this principle by penalizing anyone who "reproached" a fellow Marylander based on religious affiliation. Religious strife was common in the early years, Catholics remained a minority, albeit in greater numbers than in any other English colony. Maryland's early settlements and population centers clustered around rivers and other waterways that empty into the Chesapeake Bay, its economy was plantation-based, centered on the cultivation of tobacco. The need for cheap labor led to a rapid expansion of indentured servants, penal labor, African slaves. In 1760, Maryland's current boundaries took form following the settlement of a long-running border dispute with Pennsylvania.
Maryland was an active participant in the events leading up to the American Revolution, by 1776 its delegates signed the Declaration of Independence. Many of its citizens subsequently played key military roles in the war. In 1790, the state ceded land for the establishment of the U. S. capital of Washington, D. C. Although a slave state, Maryland remained in the Union during the U. S. Civil War, its strategic location giving it a significant role in the conflict. After the war, Maryland took part in the Industrial Revolution, driven by its seaports, railroad networks, mass immigration from Europe. Since the Second World War, the state's population has grown to six million residents, it is among the most densely populated states in the nation; as of 2015, Maryland had the highest median household income of any state, owing in large part to its close proximity to Washington, D. C. and a diversified economy spanning manufacturing, higher education, biotechnology. Maryland has been ranked as one of the best governed states in the country.
The state's central role in American history is reflected by its hosting of some of the highest numbers of historic landmarks per capita. Maryland is comparable in overall area with Belgium, it is the 42nd largest and 9th smallest state and is closest in size to the state of Hawaii, the next smaller state. The next larger state, its neighbor West Virginia, is twice the size of Maryland. Maryland possesses a variety of topography within its borders, contributing to its nickname America in Miniature, it ranges from sandy dunes dotted with seagrass in the east, to low marshlands teeming with wildlife and large bald cypress near the Chesapeake Bay, to rolling hills of oak forests in the Piedmont Region, pine groves in the Maryland mountains to the west. Maryland is bounded on its north by Pennsylvania, on its west by West Virginia, on its east by Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean, on its south, across the Potomac River, by West Virginia and Virginia; the mid-portion of this border is interrupted by District of Columbia, which sits on land, part of Montgomery and Prince George's counties and including the town of Georgetown, Maryland.
This land was ceded to the United States Federal Government in 1790 to form the District of Columbia.. The Chesapeake Bay nearly bisects the state and the counties east of the bay are known collectively as the Eastern Shore. Most of the state's waterways are part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with the exceptions of a tiny portion of extreme western Garrett County, the eastern half of Worcester County, a small portion of the state's northeast corner. So prominent is the Chesapeake in Maryland's geography and economic life that there has been periodic agitation to change the state's official nickname to the "Bay State", a nickname, used by Massachusetts for decades; the highest point in Maryland, with an elevation of 3,360 feet, is Hoye Crest on Backbone Mountain, in the southwest corner of Garrett County, near the bo
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university in Austin, Texas. It is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System; the University of Texas was inducted into the Association of American Universities in 1929, becoming only the third university in the American South to be elected. The institution has the nation's eighth-largest single-campus enrollment, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff. A Public Ivy, it is a major center for academic research, with research expenditures exceeding $615 million for the 2016–2017 school year; the university houses seven museums and seventeen libraries, including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art, operates various auxiliary research facilities, such as the J. J. Pickle Research Campus and the McDonald Observatory. Among university faculty are recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, the Primetime Emmy Award, the Turing Award, the National Medal of Science, as well as many other awards.
As of October 2018, 11 Nobel Prize winners, 2 Turing Award winners and 1 Fields medalist have been affiliated with the school as alumni, faculty members or researchers. Student athletes are members of the Big 12 Conference, its Longhorn Network is the only sports network featuring the college sports of a single university. The Longhorns have won four NCAA Division I National Football Championships, six NCAA Division I National Baseball Championships, thirteen NCAA Division I National Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, has claimed more titles in men's and women's sports than any other school in the Big 12 since the league was founded in 1996; the first mention of a public university in Texas can be traced to the 1827 constitution for the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. Although Title 6, Article 217 of the Constitution promised to establish public education in the arts and sciences, no action was taken by the Mexican government. After Texas obtained its independence from Mexico in 1836, the Texas Congress adopted the Constitution of the Republic, under Section 5 of its General Provisions, stated "It shall be the duty of Congress, as soon as circumstances will permit, to provide, by law, a general system of education."On April 18, 1838, "An Act to Establish the University of Texas" was referred to a special committee of the Texas Congress, but was not reported back for further action.
On January 26, 1839, the Texas Congress agreed to set aside fifty leagues of land—approximately 288,000 acres —towards the establishment of a publicly funded university. In addition, 40 acres in the new capital of Austin were reserved and designated "College Hill." In 1845, Texas was annexed into the United States. The state's Constitution of 1845 failed to mention higher education. On February 11, 1858, the Seventh Texas Legislature approved O. B. 102, an act to establish the University of Texas, which set aside $100,000 in United States bonds toward construction of the state's first publicly funded university. The legislature designated land reserved for the encouragement of railroad construction toward the university's endowment. On January 31, 1860, the state legislature, wanting to avoid raising taxes, passed an act authorizing the money set aside for the University of Texas to be used for frontier defense in west Texas to protect settlers from Indian attacks. Texas's secession from the Union and the American Civil War delayed repayment of the borrowed monies.
At the end of the Civil War in 1865, The University of Texas's endowment was just over $16,000 in warrants and nothing substantive had been done to organize the university's operations. This effort to establish a University was again mandated by Article 7, Section 10 of the Texas Constitution of 1876 which directed the legislature to "establish and provide for the maintenance and direction of a university of the first class, to be located by a vote of the people of this State, styled "The University of Texas."Additionally, Article 7, Section 11 of the 1876 Constitution established the Permanent University Fund, a sovereign wealth fund managed by the Board of Regents of the University of Texas and dedicated for the maintenance of the university. Because some state legislators perceived an extravagance in the construction of academic buildings of other universities, Article 7, Section 14 of the Constitution expressly prohibited the legislature from using the state's general revenue to fund construction of university buildings.
Funds for constructing university buildings had to come from the university's endowment or from private gifts to the university, but the university's operating expenses could come from the state's general revenues. The 1876 Constitution revoked the endowment of the railroad lands of the Act of 1858, but dedicated 1,000,000 acres of land, along with other property appropriated for the university, to the Permanent University Fund; this was to the detriment of the university as the lands the Constitution of 1876 granted the university represented less than 5% of the value of the lands granted to the university under the Act of 1858. The more valuable lands reverted to the fund to support general educat
Angelo State University
Angelo State University is a public university in San Angelo, Texas. It was founded in 1928 as San Angelo College, it gained university status and awarded its first baccalaureate degrees in 1967 and graduate degrees in 1969, the same year it took on its current name. It offers over 34 graduate programs, it is the second-largest campus in the Texas Tech University System. In 2018, Angelo State University ranked among the top 20 fastest-growing public master’s degree-level universities in the country according to The Chronicle of Higher Education in its “Students: Almanac 2018.” The history of ASU can be traced to 1928, when San Angelo College was established following a municipal election held in 1926. Organized as part of the city school system, for many years, the two-year college occupied a site on North Oakes Street near the commercial center of the city; the voters of Tom Green County in 1945 created a county junior college district and elected the first board of trustees. In 1947, the first building was constructed on the present university site.
The university has experienced a rapid transition from the status of a regional junior college to that of an accredited senior institution of higher learning. Pushed through the legislature by State Senator Dorsey B. Hardeman, a former mayor of San Angelo, the former San Angelo College was transformed into Angelo State College in 1965 by an act of the 58th Session of the Texas State Legislature in 1963; the transfer of authority from the Board of Trustees of the junior college to the Board of Regents, State Senior Colleges, became effective on September 1, 1965. In May 1967, the first baccalaureate degrees were awarded. Shortly after Hardeman retired from the Senate, the name of the institution was changed to Angelo State University in May 1969; the graduate program was initiated in 1970 with the start of the university's College of Graduate Studies. During a major realignment of the Texas University systems, Angelo State University was designated as a member of the Texas State University System in 1975, along with Sam Houston State University, Southwest Texas State University, Sul Ross State University, when the 64th Texas Legislature changed the name of the governing board to Board of Regents, Texas State University System.
In the fall of 2007, the Alumni Association voted to request a movement to the Texas Tech University System from the Texas State University System. The merger received widespread support in San Angelo and Lubbock, where Texas Tech University is located; the bill was approved, signed by Gov. Rick Perry and voted into the Texas Constitution by the electorate making Angelo State University accountable to the Texas Tech System Board of Regents in late 2007; the first doctoral program, the doctorate of physical therapy through the College of Nursing and Allied Health was offered in 2009. Angelo State completed its first capital campaign in 2013, raising $35 million for facility construction and academic support. After reaching the original goal of $25 million in the first 15 months of the campaign, the goal was raised to $35 million, reached in June 2013. Angelo State's students come from all across Texas, 46 states and 22 other countries are represented in the university's total enrollment; the University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, is classified as a national space-grant institution.
Of the over 3,000 universities nationwide, Angelo State University ranked 85th in endowment funds per student. The interest earned from the endowment goes towards academic support. Angelo State University offers over 100 bachelor's, 33 master's, one doctoral degree program; the graduate school at Angelo State was authorized by the Board of Regents, State Senior Colleges, on May 15, 1970, approved by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on October 19, 1970. In 2009, the university was authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer doctoral level degrees, starting with a doctorate in physical therapy. Angelo State University is divided into six colleges, including the Norris-Vincent College of Business, College of Education, College of Arts and Humanities, Archer College of Health and Human Services, College of Science and Engineering, College of Graduate Studies and Research. Angelo State University has been recognized for its academics nationally in many academic and public journals.
It has been named one of the "Top 10 Up and Coming Regional Universities" by U. S. News & World Report. For the 10th consecutive year, it has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, an honor that goes to only about 15 percent of the nation’s more than 2,500 four-year colleges. ASU is one of 13 Texas institutions and one of only five Texas public universities to make the 2019 “Best Colleges” list. Princeton Review and GamePro ranked the Computer Science Department's program in game development as one of the “Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs”. U. S. News & World Report ranked Angelo State's online graduate education program 36th in the nation and its Graduate Degree in Nursing ranked 39th in the nation for 2016 by the Best Colleges report; the Military Times ranks Angelo State as the 42nd-best university in the nation for veterans and the university is ranked seventh in the nation on the Air Force's list of "Enlisted-Friendly Schools".
US Veterans Magazine ranked Angelo State University as a "Best of the Best" in its 2015 listing of top veteran friendly schools. SourceMedia and its magazine On Wall Street named Angelo State University one of the nation’s “75 Leading Schools for Financial Planners” for 2016; the Chronicle of Higher Education, the major nati
A quarterback, colloquially known as the "signal caller", is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is considered the leader of the offensive team, is responsible for calling the play in the huddle; the quarterback touches the ball on every offensive play, is the offensive player that always throws forward passes. In modern American football, the quarterback is the leader of the offense; the quarterback touches the ball on every offensive play, his successes and failures can have a significant impact on the fortunes of his team. Accordingly, the quarterback is among the most glorified and highest-paid positions in team sports. Prior to each play, the quarterback will tell the rest of his team which play the team will run. After the team is lined up, the center will pass the ball back to the quarterback. On a running play, the quarterback will hand or pitch the ball backwards to a halfback or fullback.
On a passing play, the quarterback is always the player responsible for trying to throw the ball downfield to an eligible receiver. Additionally, the quarterback will run with the football himself, which could be part of a designed play like the option run or quarterback sneak, or it could be an effort to avoid being sacked by the defense. Depending on the offensive scheme by his team, the quarterback's role can vary. In systems like the triple option the quarterback will only pass the ball a few times per game, if at all, while the pass-heavy spread offense as run by schools like Texas Tech requires quarterbacks to throw the ball in most plays; the passing game is emphasized in the Canadian Football League, where there are only three downs as opposed to the four downs used in American football, a larger field of play and an extra eligible receiver. Different skillsets are required of the quarterback in each system - quarterbacks that perform well in a pass-heavy spread offensive system, a popular offensive scheme in the NCAA and NFHS perform well in the National Football League, as the fundamentals of the pro-style offense used in the NFL are different from those in the spread system.
While quarterbacks in Canadian football need to be able to throw the ball and accurately. In general, quarterbacks need to have physical skills such as arm strength and quick throwing motion, in addition to intangibles such as competitiveness, leadership and downfield vision. In the NFL, quarterbacks are required to wear a uniform number between 1 and 19. In the National Collegiate Athletic Association and National Federation of State High School Associations, quarterbacks are required to wear a uniform number between 1 and 49. In the CFL, the quarterback can wear any number from 0 to 49 and 70 to 99; because of their numbering, quarterbacks are eligible receivers in the NCAA, NFHS, CFL. Compared to captains of other team sports, before the implementation of NFL team captains in 2007, the starting quarterback is the de facto team leader and well-respected player on and off the field. Since 2007, when the NFL allowed teams to designate several captains to serve as on-field leaders, the starting quarterback has been one of the team captains as the leader of the team's offense.
In the NFL, while the starting quarterback has no other responsibility or authority, he may, depending on the league or individual team, have various informal duties, such as participation in pre-game ceremonies, the coin toss, or other events outside the game. For instance the starting quarterback is the first player to be presented with the Lamar Hunt Trophy/George Halas Trophy and the Vince Lombardi Trophy; the starting quarterback of the victorious Super Bowl team is chosen for the "I'm going to Disney World!" campaign, whether they are the Super Bowl MVP or not. Dilfer was chosen though teammate Ray Lewis was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV, due to the bad publicity from Lewis' murder trial the prior year. Being able to rely on a quarterback is vital to team morale. San Diego Chargers safety Rodney Harrison called the 1998 season a "nightmare" because of poor play by Ryan Leaf and Craig Whelihan and, from the rookie Leaf, obnoxious behavior toward teammates. Although their 1999 season replacements Jim Harbaugh and Erik Kramer were not stars, linebacker Junior Seau said "you can't imagine the security we feel as teammates knowing we have two quarterbacks who have performed in this league and know how to handle themselves as players and as leaders".
Commentators have noted the "disproportionate importance" of the quarterback, describing it as the "most glorified -- and scrutinized -- position" in team sports. It is believed that "there is no other position in sports that'dictates the terms' of a game the way quarterback does, whether that impact is positive or negative, as "Everybody feeds off of what the quarterback can and cannot do... Defensively, everybody reacts to what threats or non-threats the quarterback has. Everything else is secondary". "An argument can be made that quarterback is the most influential position in team sport
Wallace Dzu Loh is the president of the University of Maryland, College Park, a position he has held since November 1, 2010. He intends to retire from the presidency in June 2020, following a controversy related to the death of football player Jordan McNair. Loh was born in Shanghai to an elite family, his grandparents owned five blocks' worth of downtown Shanghai property, his father was a diplomat. In 1949, when Mao Zedong took over China after the Communist Revolution, the Loh family sought asylum in Lima, Peru, he went to the United States for college. He earned a master's degree from Cornell where he was elected for membership in the Telluride House, a doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan, a law degree from Yale. Before becoming the president at University of Maryland, College Park, Loh spent three decades in higher education, he has been dean of the University of Washington Law School, vice chancellor of the University of Colorado, a dean at Seattle University, most provost at the University of Iowa where he oversaw budgets and personnel for the state university's eleven colleges.
During his career in academic administration, Loh has led campaigns to curb underage drinking at University of Iowa, more to diversify the University of Washington Law School. In his position as President of the University of Maryland he has led many initiatives that have benefited the campus as a whole; some of his most notable work has been on building diversity at the University of Maryland. Under his direction, the university has seen a 13.8% increase in underrepresented minority graduation rates, a decrease in the gap between white and underrepresented minority students by 6.1%. He wrote an editorial in Time magazine discussing the importance of an open dialogue on cultural differences between the student population, he participated in the planning and development of a memorial square to Frederick Douglass to honor his contributions to America's quest for freedom and equal rights. Under Loh's leadership, the University declined in US News rankings, saw its athletic program destroyed through a series of poor personnel choices, beginning with the selection of Kevin Anderson as athletic director and Randy Edsall as head football coach, endured a scandal related to the death of a football player, Jordan McNair.
Furthermore, Loh chose Damon Evans – the employee, responsible for oversight of the football program at the time of the tragedy – to be the school's next athletic director. Loh announced on October 30, 2018, that he would retire as president of the University of Maryland on June 30, 2019, due to the results of the investigation into McNair's death; the following day, October 31, after public uproar over the decision to retain head football coach D. J. Durkin Loh fired Durkin, contrary to the desire of the University's Board of Regents. Loh said that he had conducted his own consultations with students and other interested parties and had concluded that an overwhelming majority were concerned about Durkin's return to campus. Loh said that he would focus on reforming the school's athletics department so that student safety was paramount for the remainder of his time at the helm of the university. On January 30, 2019, Loh moved his retirement date from June 2019 to June 2020. Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Board of directors of American Council of Education Advisory Board of Comptroller General of the United States Recipient of American Immigration Council's 16th annual Immigrant Achievement Award Biography at University of Maryland, College Park