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Posted on 20 October 2014 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior forward Evan Smotrycz sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot and will miss 4-6 weeks, head coach Mark Turgeon announced Sunday.
Smotrycz suffered the injury at the conclusion of Friday night’s practice prior to Maryland Madness. He is scheduled to have surgery later this week.
“We are really disappointed for Evan, but knowing his high character and tireless work ethic, we have full confidence he will return and finish strong in his senior season,” Turgeon said. “We have confidence that our front court players will step up in Evan’s absence.”
The Reading, Mass., native appeared in 31 games (28 starts) in his first season in College Park in 2013-14. He averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game. A transfer from the University of Michigan, Smotrycz has appeared in 100 career games, making 69 starts and posting 8.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game
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Posted on 12 August 2014 by WNST Staff
Times & Networks Announced for Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge
ESPN has finalized the time and network designations for the 15th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. ESPN networks will combine to cover every game of the event during the first week of December. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise the 14 games of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge – including all 14 Big Ten schools and 14 of 15 ACC teams – from Monday, Dec. 1 through Wednesday, Dec. 3.
The ACC and Big Ten have split the past two events, winning six Challenge games each in 2012 and 2013. In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year, which was the Big Ten in 2011. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008), while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011).
o No. 21 Syracuse travels to No. 24 Michigan on Tuesday, for a 7:30 p.m. tilt on ESPN.
o No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina on Wednesday, also at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
o A Challenge culmination of No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin on Wednesday, at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
o The ACC had seven teams – Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia – earn NCAA Championship berths, while Clemson and Florida State advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) semifinals.
o The Big Ten saw Wisconsin advance to the Final Four, in addition to Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State earning NCAA berths.
o Minnesota captured the 2014 NIT title and Illinois was a second-round participant.
2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods Schedule (subject to change)
Mon, Dec 1
Nebraska at Florida State
Rutgers at Clemson
Tue, Dec 2
Pittsburgh at Indiana
Minnesota at Wake Forest
No. 21 Syracuse at No. 24 Michigan
Illinois at Miami
ESPN2 or ESPNU
NC State at Purdue
ESPN2 or ESPNU
Ohio State at No. 8 Louisville
Wed, Dec 3
No. 18 Michigan State at Notre Dame
Virginia Tech at Penn State
No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina
No. 7 Virginia at Maryland
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin
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Posted on 08 August 2014 by WNST Staff
University of Maryland and Atlantic Coast Conference Reach Legal Agreement
Lawsuits filed in the State of North Carolina and Maryland are dismissed
COLLEGE PARK, MD – The University of Maryland and the Atlantic Coast Conference announced today they have reached a mediated agreement that ends all litigation between both parties.
Maryland has agreed that the ACC will keep the sum of $31,361,788 previously withheld in order to resolve the lawsuits, and the ACC has agreed that Maryland will have no obligation to make any other payments to the ACC. In addition, the lawsuits filed in the State of North Carolina and Maryland will be dismissed.
“The University of Maryland is proud of our long and storied 61-year association with the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland. “Today’s agreement helps usher in exciting new eras for both the University and the ACC. We wish the conference and our ACC university colleagues well.”
“Our student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and alumni will forever hold dear the memories of six outstanding decades in the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said Kevin Anderson, Director of Athletics at the University of Maryland. “Today marks the next chapter in the history of Maryland Athletics, and we look forward to creating new memories in the decades to come.”
“On behalf of the ACC’s Council of Presidents, I am pleased that all parties can move forward, returning our focus where it belongs – on our student-athletes, intercollegiate athletic programs and institutions of higher learning,” said Donna Shalala, Chair of the ACC Council of Presidents and President of the University of Miami. “There is great excitement surrounding the ACC and its 15 member institutions and we extend our best wishes to our colleagues at Maryland as we look ahead to the upcoming academic year.”
“I commend our Council of Presidents and specifically President Donna Shalala for steering us to this resolution,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This agreement allows everyone to fully focus their energy and efforts on prioritizing the student-athletes, especially in this significant time of change within the NCAA restructuring. We wish the University of Maryland well and appreciate their past contributions as we collectively look toward the future.”
The ACC and the University of Maryland consider this matter closed and will have no further comment.
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Posted on 21 July 2014 by WNST Staff
ACC Commissioner John Swofford was asked about the league’s ongoing litigation with the University of Maryland Sunday at the league’s football kickoff media event. The following is a transcription of the interaction, courtesy of TheACC.com…
Q. July 10th was the coordinating day and deadline for Maryland and the ACC to meet with the mediator. Was that deadline met, and
what can you tell us about where that process stands?
JOHN SWOFFORD: David, I’m really not at liberty to respond to your specific question. We generally will not be commenting on that case. It’s still in process, and what I’ve said before is that we wish Maryland well. They were a quality member
of this league for 60 years, and our league feels that it has a responsibility to the Atlantic Coast Conference member institutions to live by our constitution and bylaws as they leave the league. And I’ll leave it at that.
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Posted on 08 July 2014 by Tom Federline
It’s official. As of July 1, 2014 the University Maryland Terrapins are a part of the B1G Ten Athletic Conference. If you didn’t catch the 60 second clip on the evening news that night or the 30 second blurb on sports radio that day, you missed it. I understand there was a “celebration” at Under Armour headquarters for supposedly an afternoon and official announcement on campus the following day for about an hour. Of course, WNST was on this in early June. But did you hear anything more about this from any other local media as the date approached? I do not spend $75+ for a shirt that breathes or $100+ for tennis shoes (UA apparel) and I also do not contribute thousands of dollars to the Terrapin Club – so I guess that’s why I wasn’t invited.
Initial announcement – “Terps are moving to the Big Ten, good-bye ACC. All lifetime Terp fans, if you don’t like it – to bad. Its’ a done deal.” Official move date – “Terps headed west, mid-summer, prior to 4th of July Holiday. It’s a done deal. Tune in Terp fans at the beginning of September to follow the mens football and mens/womens soccer teams hitch hiking on Routes 76 and 80, trying to locate Cedar Rapids, Iowa.” I have heard half the teams will be heading to Raleigh-Durham area, the other half will be attempting to dodge tornado’s on their first road trip to the Midwest.
Wait-a-minute, they won’t be hitch hiking, they’ll be riding in luxury motor coaches. Five players to an RV, equipped with all the luxuries of their dorm rooms for their 3 month road trip. I understand the university is supplying each motor coach with IT personnel that were fired from the “Identity Theft Scandal” last year. They are to help keep up the kids academic obligations, with remote access to their classes and to Facebook. In addition, I believe the University is also providing traveling “tutors” (from the basketball team), to assist in providing guidance to the youngsters for those “remote access” classes. The motor coaches are part of the “financial stability package” the university will be receiving as part of this transfer to the midwest.
Remember the words from UMCP’s current athletic director, (not verbatim) – The move to the B1G Ten will help the University of Maryland academically, as well as financially. Really Kevin Anderson? Academically? Please provide those fabricated “academically enhanced” documents in order to safe face. What I read was – “Maryland is set to make $100 million dollars more in the next 6 years by joining the B1G Ten as opposed to if they had stayed in the ACC.” Really Kevin Anderson and President Loh? Does that include the $52 million dollar penalty for transferring out of the ACC and joining the B1G Ten? Does that include re-instating the sports programs that were dropped because of “misappropriation” of funds within the Athletic Department? Good ahead blame it on Debbie Yow – she’s gone. Does that include paying off Turgeon when he blows another basketball season? It’s all about the money and only about the money. Isn’t it Mr. AD and Mr. Pres.? Academics? Really? Maryland established itself as a top notch academic college many moons ago. Don’t embarrass yourselves, keep the athletics and academics totally separate. Ya ain’t foolin’ no one, no mo’.
College athletics are a changing. Traditions – gone. Rivalries – gone. Geographical accommodation – gone. Student athletes – gone. Fan base – diminishing and/or transitional. “Show Me the Money” – IN. The re-arrangement of college conferences apparently are a necessary evil. As you know by now – I’m old school and that I believe – “Its All Fixed.” It does pain me when the almighty dollar wins out. I can accept there will be new traditions, new rivalries new fan bases. It’s just gonna take awhile. “O” and it’s going to take more gas money for the RV when we are picking up the kids hitch hiking across the country. FYI – here’s a look at the new B1G Fourteen:
This whole Terp transfer from the ACC to the B1G Ten has been like one huge “Firework” – (Katy Perry). One right after the other. We got blasted on the initial announcement over a weekend in the Fall. Blasted again, when the official move was done a couple of days before the 4th of July pyrotechnics. I know, I know – “It will work out in the end…….and if it doesn’t……. it’s not the end.” Or someone could just introduce the university on another scam to get some mo’ money and BAM – more fireworks.
Good luck Terps, we’ll be watching you on the B1G Ten Network (that is a plus). Good luck Terps, with local fan support during the second year of your Midwest run. The faithful will probably stay with you this initial year -it’s a novelty. Then watch the numbers dwindle. Let’s hope for the best. Go Terps – see you up in Madison. BTW -that is a cool college town. “Time to face the strange.”
Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff
GREENSBORO, N.C.– Maryland women’s basketball All-American and three-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas has been named ACC Female Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 academic year, as voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
Florida State football Heisman Trophy winner and baseball pitcher Jameis Winston was named ACC Male Athlete of the Year.
“What a tremendous honor for Alyssa to close out her career being named athlete of the year in the ACC,” said head coach Brenda Frese. “There were so many memorable games and highlites in her career that she demonstrated what it took to perform at the highest level each and every night. She was a special player that impacted everyone. She is a player that will be remembered forever.”
Thomas claimed the 24th Mary Garber Award as the conference’s finest female athlete after becoming the second player in conference history to be voted the ACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for a third straight season and leading the Terrapins to the 2014 NCAA Final Four.
“It’s quite an honor to be named ACC Female Athlete of the Year,” Thomas said. “I was grateful to be athlete of the year in my sport and this is just amazing. I want to thank everyone at Maryland for helping me get better and better all four years. They helped me achieve some of my biggest goals and I couldn’t be more proud to be a Terp.”
Maryland’s Thomas led her team in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 per contest as the Terrapins posted a 28-7 record. In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Thomas passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading basketball scorer (male or female). She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading career rebounder with 1,235.
The 6-foot 2 Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games played in 2013-14 and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native also ranked fifth among ACC players in assists (4.1 per game) and shot 51.3 percent from the floor.
In April, Thomas was selected fourth overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft and traded to the Connecticut Sun minutes later in a blockbuster deal.
Thomas received 15 votes in the Garber Award balloting. Virginia soccer All-American Morgan Brian placed second with 10 votes, and Duke golf All-American Celine Boutier was named on eight ballots.
The awards are given in memory of distinguished journalists from the region. McKevlin was a sports editor in Raleigh, N.C., and Garber, of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, was a pioneer as one of the first female sports journalists in the nation.
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Posted on 25 June 2014 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Four members of the University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team were named to the 2014 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team as announced by Commissioner John D. Swofford.
Leading the way for the Terps is sophomore Matt Dunn, who made the team for the second time. Joining Dunn on the team from Maryland are junior Casey Ikeda, sophomore Henry West and freshman Connor Cannizzaro, the 2014 ACC Freshman of the Year.
Duke senior Jordan Wolf, a history major, was named the conference’s men’s lacrosse scholar athlete of the year.
Duke led the way with seven student-athletes on the team. Notre Dame followed with six and North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia each had five representatives on the team.
To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.
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Posted on 24 June 2014 by WNST Staff
2014 MILITARY BOWL® PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN SET FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 27 AT NAVY-MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL STADIUM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Military Bowl® presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, today announced that its 2014 game will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. ET at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. It will be televised nationally on ESPN.
This year’s game is the first in a six-year cycle that will match a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference. The Military Bowl now has long-term partnerships in place with both conferences, ESPN and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
“With a new conference matchup and many new exciting Bowl Week events in the works, we are certain that the 2014 game will be our best yet,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “A Saturday afternoon kickoff is great not only for football fans in the local community but also for those traveling to the region. We look forward to hosting the teams and fans in the National Capital Region this December.”
This past year, for the fourth consecutive bowl season, the Military Bowl provided $100,000 to the USO and thousands of complimentary tickets to military personnel and their families. As part of the 2013 Military Bowl gameday activities, Northrop Grumman donated a specially equipped van to the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for wounded warrior transportation.
The 2013 matchup between Maryland and Marshall attracted more than 30,000 fans to the festivities at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Thundering Herd defeated the Terrapins 31-20 in Annapolis.
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Posted on 25 May 2014 by WNST Staff
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech scored six runs over the final three innings including a three-run eighth to defeat Maryland, 8-4, Sunday afternoon in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game at NewBridge Bank Park.
The Terps, who were making their first ACC tournament final appearance since 1976, finished 2-2 at the event with wins over third-ranked Virginia and fourth-ranked Florida State. Maryland will learn its NCAA postseason fate on Monday when the field of 64 is announced on ESPNU at noon.
“Obviously, not the result we were looking for and it’s kind of a pretty disappointing day in general for our guys and for the program,” said head coach John Szefc. “Tough one to deal with, but, you know, the other side of the coin as I tried to explain to our guys, as tough as this one is, tomorrow we will be sitting in a restaurant in College Park hopefully getting a good feel as to where we might be playing next weekend in the NCAA Tournament. That’s been kind of a goal for us for a long time, since I got here. Certainly since a lot of these other guys have been here well before I got here.
“Hopefully, we will get something out of this, and I think we have a chance to do well in the NCAA Regional coming out of this tournament.”
Maryland (36-21) ran into a hot Yellow Jacket (36-25) lineup that totaled 13 hits including seven doubles, which tied a season high for Georgia Tech. The number three, four and five hitters in the Tech lineup were a combined 10-for-13 and drove in five of the Yellow Jacket’s runs.
For the Terps, Blake Schmit hit his first home run of the season and scored three times, while Anthony Papio finished 2-for-4 with two, two-out RBI.
Three Terps were named to the all-tournament team. Kevin Martir earned all-tournament honors at catcher, LaMonte Wade earned the honor at first and Schmit took all-tournament honors at shortstop.
Georgia Tech opened the game up in the eighth scoring three runs on three hits. A leadoff double by Daniel Spingola and a bunt single that resulted in a throwing error on reliever Kevin Mooney scored the first run of the inning. A two-RBI single from Connor Justus put the game away for Tech.
The Jackets struck first posting the first two runs of the contest on back-to-back doubles by Thomas Smith and A.J. Murray. Maryland starter Jake Drossner retired the first two batters of the inning on ground balls, but Matt Gonzalez tallied the first hit of the afternoon on a single through the right side. Thomas Smith’s run-scoring double put Georgia Tech in front. A.J. Murray then followed with a double to center and the Jackets had a 2-0 lead after a half of an inning.
Maryland cut the deficit to one in the home half of the second. Schmit led off the inning with his first home run of the season. The blast hit the top of the wall and bounced over trimming the Jacket lead to 2-1.
Tech answered in the fourth and regained a two-run advantage. Smith hit his second double of the afternoon to start the inning and scored one batter later on a single by Murray. Drossner settled down and got the next three batters including the final two on strikes to keep the deficit at two.
The Terps got it right back in the bottom of the inning. After a one-out walk to Schmit, Nick Cieri delivered a two-out single to center moving Schmit to third. Papio picked the Terps up with a flair to right scoring Schmit to cut the deficit back to one.
After two shutout innings from Drossner and reliever Bobby Ruse, the Terps grabbed the lead in the bottom of the sixth. A walk and back-to-back singles by Lewis and Cieri loaded the bases. Papio once again came through for the Terps with a run-scoring single, this time to center to tie the game. The Yellow Jackets got a double play on the next at-bat, but it brought Cieri in as the go-ahead run.
The Yellow Jackets tied it right back up in the seventh and took the lead with a three-run eighth. A leadoff double for the second straight inning came back to bite Maryland in the seventh. A sacrifice bunt moved Brandon Gold to third later scoring on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Earnest.
Justus brought two runs home in the eighth with a single to center capping a three-run inning. The Yellow Jackets added a run in the ninth on a run-scoring double by Gonzalez.
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