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Why Is Maryland Called The Terrapins?


Why Is Maryland Called The Terrapins?

Why Is Maryland Called The Terrapins?

Previously, Maryland teams were known as the “Old Liners”—a reference to the state’s nickname, “The Old Line State.” However, the school newspaper, The Diamondback, wanted a better nickname. Byrd thought “Terrapins” was a good choice because of the diamondback terrapins native to the Chesapeake Bay region.

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