The University of Maryland, College Park is a public university located in the city of College Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. The university fields varsity athletic teams in 17 men’s and women’s sports. The teams, nicknamed the “Terrapins”, represent Maryland in NCAA competition. Maryland became a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1952. As of December 2010, Maryland’s athletic teams have been awarded 38 national championships. In 2008 and 2010, The Princeton Review named the University of Maryland’s athletic facilities the best in the nation. The Terrapins nickname (often shortened to “Terps”) was coined by former university president, football coach, and athletic director H. C. “Curly” Byrd in 1932. The mascot is a diamondback terrapin named Testudo, which is Latin for “tortoise.” Since the early 20th century, the school athletic colors have been some combination of those on the Maryland state flag: red, white, black, and gold.Men’s basketball is one of the most popular sports at the university. Long-time head coach Lefty Driesell began the now nationwide tradition of Midnight Madness in 1971.