Terps finish off ACU with 29-0 run
COLLEGE PARK--President Barack Obama will be in attendance Sunday evening when Maryland takes on Oregon State at Comcast Center in College Park, White House press secretary Jay Carney announced at a briefing with the media on Friday afternoon.
Obama, publicly acknowledged as an avid fan of basketball, is the brother-in-law of Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson.
“I don’t know what’s happening. They don’t tell us anything. Obviously there’s speculation that he could be here,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon told the media Friday morning before Carney confirmed the news. “I think it would be great. It would be pretty cool for everybody, for our team and for their team.
“Hopefully it makes the teams play even harder than they were going to play. We’ll see. We’ll see what happens.”
Robinson has coached at Oregon State since 2008 and is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. During Robinson’s time with the Beavers, he has amassed a record of 77-88 and has yet to make an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
The president has made public appearances at college basketball games in the past, even taking in the First Four games in Dayton, Ohio alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012.
He has also filled out a well-publicized NCAA tournament bracket each year he has been in office.
“Probably pretty hard to get into,” Maryland forward Evan Smotrycz said of Comcast Center. “The loading dock will probably be shut down, high security. But it’ll be cool. I’m sure people are excited.”
But Obama's visit on Sunday does not mark the first time politics have intersected with basketball for Turgeon.
“At Texas A&M we had the former president at a lot of practices, 41. George Bush was there,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “His library was there. He’d come to practice, come to games. We’d see him quite a bit.”
Maryland tips off against Oregon State on Sunday at 6 p.m. The university has put out a release encouraging fans to "arrive as early as possible," with doors opening at 4 p.m. Also included is a list of prohibited items. These include bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, and liquids.
Parking arrangements will also be altered. For fans with permits for Lot 4b, the lot will be closed after 5 p.m. Parking permits will for Lot 4b will be honored in any lot on Sunday, the school said in a release.
Additionally, "vehicles parked in Lot 4B will not be allowed to exit until the conclusion of the game and after the President’s motorcade has left campus," the school said.