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University of Maryland to Make Amends for 1937 Racial Slight

Former Syracuse QB Wilmeth Sidat-Singh to be honored by University of Maryland

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    The University of Maryland will honor former Syracuse Orange quarterback Wilmeth Sidat-Singh at Saturday’s game in College Park.

    Sidat-Singh was forced to sit out the Syracuse-Maryland game in 1937 because Maryland refused to compete against black players. The Terps refused to take the field against the Orange unless they benched Sidat-Singh, citing segregation laws.

    Syracuse agreed and the Terps won 13-0. No mention was made of his benching by the media.

    Maryland officials say a brief ceremony will be held between the first and second quarters.

    Sidat-Singh was killed during a training mission with the U.S. Army Air Corps' Tuskegee Airmen in 1943.