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Maryland files $157 million countersuit against ACC

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Maryland files $157 million countersuit against ACC

Posted on 14 January 2014 by WNST Staff

By DAVID GINSBURG  AP Sports Writer
January 14, 2014 – 3:24 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina — The University of Maryland has filed a $157 million counterclaim against the Atlantic Coast Conference, alleging the league tried to recruit two Big Ten schools after Maryland announced its intention to leave for the Big Ten.

The 53-page document was filed late Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina

“Our lawsuit calls the ACC’s ‘exit fee’ what it really is — an antitrust violation and an illegal activity,” Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler said in a statement. “Our motion in North Carolina will ensure that a Maryland court will rule on the case.”

The counterclaim contends that representatives from Wake Forest and Pittsburgh “each contacted a Big Ten university in an attempt by the ACC to recruit at least two Big Ten schools.” The document does not name the two schools allegedly targeted by the ACC.

Included in the $157 million sought by Maryland is $16 million the school says has been improperly withheld since November 2012, when Maryland announced it was leaving for the Big Ten.

On Tuesday, ACC spokeswoman Amy Yakola referred to the league’s previous statements after Maryland’s announcement — the first wishing the school well and a second, eight days later, saying “there is the expectation that Maryland will fulfill its withdrawal payment obligation.”

The countersuit is latest in a back-and-forth duel that began when the ACC filed a lawsuit in North Carolina after Maryland announced its departure, claiming the school was required to pay the full exit fee of approximately $52 million.

Maryland responded by filing a lawsuit in January 2013, calling the $52 million amount an illegal penalty. A Maryland judge has put the school’s suit on hold until North Carolina courts issue a final judgment. As part of his ruling, the judge threw out an antitrust claim. He refused to dismiss three other counts, which he stayed.

In November, a North Carolina appeals court panel rejected Maryland’s bid to dismiss the ACC’s lawsuit. Maryland’s ACC departure is scheduled for July.

The countersuit filed this week by Maryland alleges “the ACC has been an aggressively competitor in attempting to convince universities to leave their respective conferences and to become members of the ACC.”

The document contends such actions “are driven in large part by the ACC’s desire to obtain the maximum revenues possible from broadcasting networks such as ESPN.”

Maryland also alleges that the ACC is confiscating NCAA funds from the school and has no right to do so.

As Gansler noted, the suit contends, “The ACC has committed unfair acts and practices including, but not limited to, the ACC’s adoption and implementation of excessive, unreasonable and punitive Withdrawal Penalty.”

The story was first reported by The (Baltimore) Sun.

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Maryland faces new ACC foe Notre Dame Wednesday at Comcast Center

Posted on 14 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to the friendly confines of Comcast Center after a two-game road trip as it welcomes new ACC foe Notre Dame for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN2. The Terps have lost back-to-back ACC contests since beginning the season 2-0 for the first time since 2002-03.

Watch: ESPN2 – Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play), LaPhonso Ellis (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terrapins last hosted the Fighting Irish on Dec. 31, 1986, when Notre Dame took adavantage of a hobbled Derrick Lewis to earn a 63-50 victory in Cole Field House. Maryland is 9-10 all-time against Notre Dame, and 4-3 at home.

• Maryland has won eight of its last 11 ACC contests at Comcast Center, winning by an average margin of 13.5 points in the victories. The mark includes a 77-61 drubbing of Georgia Tech in the the Terps’ ACC home opener on Jan. 4, when Nick Faust and Evan Smotrycz combined for 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting.

• Junior Dez Wells had one of his most memorable collegiate games when he helped lead Xavier to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 67-63 defeat of Notre Dame on Mar. 17, 2012. Wells had 14 points in the effort, in addition to what still stands as his career-high with 11 rebounds.

• The Terrapins are 8-0 this season when holding opponents under 70 points and 9-0 when holding opponents to under 40 percent from the field. Additionally, they are 8-0 when leading at the half and 10-1 when shooting a higher field goal percentage than their oppoent.

• Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey is a native of Rockville, Md. and graduated from nearby DeMatha Catholic High School, where he also began his coaching career as an assistant.

Maryland Topped by Florida State

  • Ian Miller scored 20 as Florida State knocked down a season-high 16 three-point baskets en route to an 85-61 Atlantic Coast Conference victory against Maryland Sunday night. Dez Wells led Maryland with 15 points while Nick Faust added 14.
  • Despite making just 10-of-50 3-point attempts in its previous four games, the Seminoles caught fire against the Terps as they knocked down 16-of-24 attempts beyond-the-arc. The 16 3-pointers were the most by Florida State in its history of ACC play. The Seminoles entered the game shooting 31.2 percent from three-point range and ranked No. 13 in the ACC.
  • Faust turned in a strong effort for the Terps, connecting on 5-of-7 shots (2-of-4 from 3-pt) to the tune of 14 points.
  • Maryland also set a season-high with 24 made free throws, including nine from Wells and five from Jake Layman.

Scouting Notre Dame

  • The Fighting Irish are off to a 1-2 start in their first season of ACC play, falling to NC State and Georgia Tech in consecutive games. Notre Dame made a splash in its ACC opener, however, knocking off Duke, 79-77.
  • Among common opponents, Notre Dame lost to Georgia Tech, who the Terps defeated on Jan. 4, 77-61.
  • Notre Dame possesses a strong post player in 6-11 center Garrick Sherman, who currently leads the ACC in double-doubles (5). The big man leads the Irish in both points (14.8/g) and rebounds (8.6/g).
  • The Terps will also have to key in on junior sharpshooter Pat Connaughton, who ranks third in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.421) and 3-point field goals per game (2.50).

Statistically Speaking

  • Five Terrapins are averaging double-figure scoring totals at home. Jake Layman leads the way with 15.4 points on 50 percent shooting  (40-80) from the field.
  • Dez Wells has scored double-figures in seven consecutive home games, while Nick Faust is on a four-game streak. Roddy Peters has dished eight assists and commited only four turnovers in his last three home games.
  • Maryland is 8-0 when leading at the half.
  • Maryland is 9-0 when opponents shoot below 40 percent, and 8-0 when holding opponents below 70 points.
  • Maryland is 9-3 when outrebounding opponents. (see pg. 29 for a complete list of tendencies)

Notre Dame: A Series History

  • The Terrapins snapped a two-game losing streak to Notre Dame when they defeated the Irish 78-71 in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center on Dec. 4, 2011. Terrell Stoglin posted 31 points in the effort, while James Padgett posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Current Terp Nick Faust had just three points in 29 minutes, while Eric Atkins had 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting for the Irish.
  • Notre Dame holds a narrow 10-9 advantage in an all-time series that dates back to 1975. The last four meetings between the teams were on neutral courts — including three games in the BB&T Classic.
  • The Irish defeated the Terps 63-50 in the last meeting in College Park between the teams on Dec. 31, 1986. Maryland’s star center Derrick Lewis went down with an ankle injury in the first half and Notre Dame pulled away. John Johnson had 15 points for the Terps.

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Turgeon and Terps: He’s here to stay

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Turgeon and Terps: He’s here to stay

Posted on 13 January 2014 by Drew Forrester

Mark Turgeon is living a charmed life.

“Wait, Drew, didn’t Maryland just get their doors blown off last night?  How can Turgeon be charmed?” you’re asking.

Turgeon is indeed living a charmed life.  If not for Maryland having to cough up $50 million to join the Big Ten — hence, the Athletic Department, like the school, is broke – the Terps might very well be in the beginning stages of a coaching search.

Maryland didn’t lose 85-61 to Florida State last night.  They got smashed 85-61.  It wasn’t pretty.  Worse than that, actually.  Honestly, there are Old Mill High School cheerleaders better looking than the Terps were last night.

I’m not telling you anything new if you’ve watched them play — and I’m also not trying to pile on — but this is starting to get seriously concerning at College Park.  I said from the day Gary Williams left that the first guy in after him would have a tough time of it.  Yes, I know Maryland flirted with Arizona’s Sean Miller before hiring Turgeon, but it might be a good thing that Miller wasn’t first in after Williams departed.  I think the Terps would be better with Miller, yes, but be very careful of that “first person in after the legend leaves” stuff because it’s very real.

Turgeon’s era at College Park would really be in jeopardy if not for the aforementioned check of blood money owed to the ACC.  As it is, now, he’s likely safe no matter what the Terps do.  They simply can’t afford to jettison a guy who still has five years left on his contract, not to mention $10 million or so in guaranteed money.

The black marks against Turgeon extend past the team’s record on the court.  He’s the guy who hired Assistant Coach Dalonte Hill, a highly sought ofter basketball lifer most recently from the Kansas State program.  Hill came along with a list of question marks but Turgeon needed him for a boost in local recruiting and the reputation that Maryland was “back” on the national scene after a sluggish final five years in the Gary Williams era. Hill is no longer with the program after a DUI arrest in 2013.

Last night’s drubbing in Tallahassee was way too familiar.  The team’s two de facto big men, Mitchell and Cleare, teamed up for a total of 3 points on the night.  Florida State took advantage of Maryland’s lack of defensive focus to light it up from outside the arc and the Terps either, A) never figured it out — B) figured it out but didn’t know how to change their defense to stop it  – C) the players were told how to adjust to it but just didn’t care enough to put out the required energy to do it.  Good defense — in any sport — is 90% effort.  You have to be willing to bust your hump more than you even thought you could in order to play really good defense.  I don’t see that kind of effort from Maryland.  Not even close.

There’s more, but I have other stuff to cover here.

Just know this much — the seat at College Park would really be hot on Turgeon’s tush if not for the Big Ten transfer fee.

As it is, he’s not going anywhere soon.

And, it would appear, neither is Maryland basketball.

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Here’s the one thing about Sunday’s AFC title game that should drive you nuts this week.

No matter who wins, either Tom Brady or Peyton Manning will be playing in the Super Bowl on February 2nd.

As a guy covering the big game from New York all week as we continue our tradition of broadcasting live from Super Bowl’s Radio Row, I’m just thrilled beyond belief at the thought of talking about Manning or Brady for five straight days.

OK, I’m not at all thrilled about it, but it is what it is.

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Boy, have two men ever been a better fit for one another than Anthony Bosch and Alex Rodriguez?

Bosch was on 60 Minutes last night and completely sold me on what I already suspected:  He’s a derelict.  Throughout the interview he was fidgety, stuttered and stammered, and looked more like a drug dealer than a nutritionist.

Rodriguez is a cheater and so is Bosch.  He admitted to 60 Minutes he was well aware that his work with A-Rod was “beating the system” and that he didn’t really care.  A-Rod certainly didn’t care that what he was doing was wrong.

Made for each other.  Honestly, a perfect fit.

 

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Maryland makes quick turnaround to visit Pitt Monday night

Posted on 05 January 2014 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND (10-5, 2-0 ACC) at PITT (13-1, 1-0 ACC)

Monday, January 6, 2014 • 7 p.m. ET

Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPNU (Bob Picozzi and Kara Lawson)

Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (275-87); Maryland: Mark Turgeon, 3rd year at UM (52-33), 16th year overall (302-192).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Maryland: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.

Series: Pitt and Maryland meet for the eighth time in school history. Maryland holds a 5-2 advantage in the series which began on Feb. 15, 1977. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 18, 2010 in the 2K Sports/Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden, a 79-70 Pitt win. Pitt has hosted Maryland on two different occasions: Feb. 11, 1978 (89-86 Pitt win in OT) and on Jan. 27, 1981 (69-66 UM win in OT). Both were played at Civic Arena.

 

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH–Pitt (13-1, 1-0 ACC) plays its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball game at home when it hosts Maryland (10-5, 2-0 ACC) for a Monday, January 6 contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Kara Lawson (color analysis) making the call. Matthew Bartley will handle production. The broadcast was moved to ESPNU to accommodate coverage of the FBS national championship game on ESPN2.

Pitt has won its 13 games by an average of 17.9 points per game margin, all 13 wins have come by nine or more points and 10 of its 13 by 17 points or more. Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 76.7 points per game, converting 48.0 percent (379-789) of field goals, 33.0 percent (69-209) of 3-point field goals and an amazing school-record pace of 74.6 percent (247-331) of free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-9.2 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 58.9 points per game and yielding a 39.5 percent (295-747) field goal percentage. Thirteen of Pitt’s 14 opponents have been held to 70 points or less and eight have scored 60 points or less.

Pitt is 9-0 at home this year, on an 11-game home win streak and 19-game consecutive win streak against non-conference opponents at home. Pitt also owns a 110-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has won 131 of its last 135 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.

Pitt hosts Maryland, its second ACC opponent, after registering a 74-62 victory at North Carolina State on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C. The Panthers battled all the way back from an early 17-2 first half deficit to win by 12 points. In the second half, Pitt used 63 percent shooting (17-27) and hit 11-13 free throws in taking control. During a decisive seven-minute stretch after halftime, Pitt converted on 12 of its 13 possessions and outscored NC State 24-6. Lamar Patterson led Pitt with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Talib Zanna added 15 points and nine rebounds and freshman Michael Young contributed a career-high 13 points. Patterson (17) and Zanna (nine) combined to score 26 of their 37 points in the second half.

Maryland (10-5, 2-0 ACC) is on a three-game win streak after consecutive wins over Tulsa, North Carolina Central and Georgia Tech. Head coach Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins are led by four players in double figure scoring including Dez Wells (15.0 ppg./5.3 rpg.), Jake Layman (13.7 ppg./5.1 rpg.), Evan Smotrycz (12.3 ppg./6.9 rpg.) and Nick Faust (10.4 ppg.). This marks Maryland’s third ACC game as it has defeated both Boston College (88-80 on Dec. 12) and Georgia Tech (77-61 on Jan. 4).

 

MONDAY’S TOP STORYLINES

•Pitt plays its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference home game when it hosts Maryland on Monday, Jan. 6 at the Petersen Events Center.

•Pitt coach Jamie Dixon owns a 12-0 record vs. previous ACC teams and a 28-10 overall record vs. current ACC teams (including Syracuse, Notre Dame).

•With its 13-1 record, Pitt has currently amassed the second most wins in the ACC.

•With a 9-0 home record and currently on an 11-game home win streak, Pitt is in its 12th season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 189-22 record (.896) in the arena. The Panthers have won 95 of their last 107 home games and 38 of their last 48 conference home games.

•When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 13 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (332-97, .774), league winning percentage (142-63, .693), homecourt winning percentage (.896) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).

 

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Maryland faces Georgia Tech Saturday in final ACC home opener

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland hosts Georgia Tech in its ACC home opener Sunday at 2 p.m. in Comcast Center. The Terps have won 12 of their last 14 ACC home openers, and hold a 34-26 record all-time in such games.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terrapins have defeated the Yellow Jackets six consecutive times at Comcast Center since 2005 — a streak spanning six games. Maryland last played Georgia Tech in an ACC home opener on Jan. 10, 2009, when current graduate assistant Eric Hayes scored 17 points to lead the Terps to a 68-61 victory.

• Maryland closed non-conference play on New Year’s Eve with a 70-56 defeat of North Carolina Central, holding the Eagles to just 32.7% shooting (2-of-15 from 3-point range). The Terps are 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 40% shooting.

• Junior guard Nick Faust turned in his best performance of the season against NC Central, matching a career-high with 19 points and adding a season-high nine rebounds. Faust is averaging 12.0 points over the last five games, previously averaging 5.4 points in the four games prior.

• The Terps were victorious in their lone ACC game of the season to date, defeating Boston College, 88-80, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Dec. 12. Junior Dez Wells had a career-high 33 points in the effort.

• Nick Faust has the most experience among current Terrapins against the Yellow Jackets, averaging 9.7 points in three career games. He had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in last year’s meeting at Georgia Tech.

• Sophomore forward Charles Mitchell is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and attended Wheeler High School.

Faust Shines in Victory vs. NC Central
Nick Faust equaled his career high with 19 points and had a season-high nine rebounds to lead Maryland over North Carolina Central 70-56 on Tuesday.
Maryland (9-5) began the second half with three 3-pointers, one by Seth Allen and two by Faust. The junior guard scored 14 of his 19 after halftime.
The trio of 3-pointers gave the Terrapins a 37-26 lead with 16:47 to play. The Eagles (7-4), who lost by 11 to No. 8 Wichita State on Dec. 21, were just 2-for-15 from the 3-point line. They were averaging nearly 34 percent before the game.
Jeremy Ingram, who was averaging nearly 25 points, was just 4-for-19 from the field, and led NC Central with 11.
Dez Wells added 10 for the Terps, who extended their lead to 68-45 on Faust’s 3-pointer with 3:20 to play.

Scouting Georgia Tech
Winners of four of its last five games, Georgia Tech rolls into College Park to open its ACC slate sporting a 9-4 record. The Yellow Jackets most recently defeated Charlotte, 58-55, on Dec. 29.
The Yellow Jackets announced on Jan. 2 that sophomore forward Robert Carter, Jr. — the ACC’s leading rebounder (9.2/g) — has been sidelined indefinitely with a tear of the meniscus in his left knee.
Despite the loss of Carter, Georgia Tech boasts the conference’s third leading rebounder in Daniel Miller (8.2/g). Miller is also one of four Yellow  Jackets averaging double-figures in scoring this season. Trae Golden leads the team with 13.2 points/g.

Statistically Speaking

  • Maryland has defeated Georgia Tech six consecutive times at Comcast Center dating back to Jan. 30, 2005.
  • In fact, the Terps have won 15 of their last 16 home meetings against the Yellow Jackets dating back to 1995.
  • Maryland has won 12 of their last 14 ACC home openers, including a 68-61 win over Georgia Tech on Jan. 10, 2009.
  • Junior Nick Faust has averaged 9.7 points in three career games against Georgia Tech — the most among current Terps.

Looking Back
The Yellow Jackets were victorious against the Terps in their lone meeting last season, as Robert Carter, Jr. tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds in Atlanta on Feb. 27, 2013.
Dez Wells led Maryland with 15 points, while Alex Len had 13 points and nine rebounds and Seth Allen had 12 points.
The Yellow Jackets made 16 of 28 shots from the field (57.1 percent) in the first half and finished at 51 percent for the game with 22 assists on their 26 field goals.
Trailing by double-digits for most of the second half, Wells cut the Terps’ deficit to nine points with two minutes to play.

Georgia Roots
Maryland sophomore forward Charles Mitchell is a native of Atlanta, Ga., and attended Wheeling High School in Marietta, Ga. Mitchell grew up less than 20 minutes from the campus of Georgia Tech.

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Maryland G Peters named ACC Rookie of the Week

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Peters Named ACC Rookie of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Freshman Roddy Peters has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week after guiding the Maryland men’s basketball team to a pair of victories against Boston College and Florida Atlantic. This is the first career conference honor for Peters.

The District Heights, Md. native averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 assists in two outings last week. Peters saved his best performance for the Terrapins’ ACC opener at Boston College, scoring a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting. He helped seal the game with a three-point play to put the Terps ahead by nine points with 32 seconds remaining.

Peters has responded well since earning the nod in the starting rotation, shooting 50% from the field and 80% from the free throw line in the last two games. The freshman currently leads the Terps with 38 assists (3.5/g), while averaging just 20.2 minutes/g.

Winners of two consecutive games, Maryland returns to action Saturday against Boston University at 1 p.m. in Comcast Pavilion. The Terps are 3-1 all-time against Boston, last meeting in 1991.

– Terps –

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Maryland WR Diggs, LB Whitfield named to Coaches All-ACC team

Posted on 11 December 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs and linebacker Marcus Whitfield were named to the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference team on Wednesday, as selected by the league’s 14 head coaches.

Both players are honorable mention selections with Diggs (wide receiver) being selected to the team for the second consecutive season despite missing the last half of the campaign with a leg injury. Last season, Diggs was a second-team selection as a specialist in the inaugural coaches’ all-conference team.

Whitfield (linebacker) emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the ACC. The Germantown, Md., native has a team-best 9.0 sacks, which is tied for fifth in the conference, and he is tied for eighth in the ACC with 14.5 TFL. Whitfield has totaled 50 tackles, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles, along with one fumble recovered and a blocked PAT.

Before suffering a season-ending injury against Wake Forest on Oct. 19, Diggs ranked as one of the top wide receivers in the league. Through seven games, Diggs averaged 83.9 receiving yards a game, which would rank fifth in the conference if eligible, and 17.3 yards per catch. He totaled two 100-yard receiving games this season including a career-high 179 yards receiving against Old Dominion (Sept. 7).

Both Diggs and Whitfield were selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) as honorable mention members of the ACSMA All-ACC team last week.

Under the auspices of the ACC, the league’s 14 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year and a Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and ballots were worth three points for each first-team, two points for second-team and one point for third-team selections.

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Four Maryland lacrosse players receive preseason recognition

Posted on 11 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team placed four student-athletes on the 2014Inside Lacrosse Face Off Yearbook Preseason All-America team, while three of those players were also selected to the ACC Preseason All-Conference team.

Senior defender Michael Ehrhardt led the Terrapin honorees with a first team All-America nod, while senior goalie Niko Amato and junior defender Goran Murray were selected to the second team. Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was chosen as a third team All-American.

Maryland and Virginia each placed four combined players on the first, second and third teams, the most of any school on the list.

Ehrhardt, Amato and Murray were named to the preseason All-ACC squad, which was voted on by the conference’s six head coaches.

Ehrhardt, a native of Westbury, N.Y., was a second team USILA All-American in 2013 after leading the Maryland defense to a No. 9 national ranking in scoring defense, allowing just 8.21 goals per game. Ehrhardt finished the season third on the team with 53 groundballs and second on the squad with 15 caused turnovers.

Amato, a native of Conshohocken, Pa., enters his final season as a two-time All-American after ranking seventh in the nation with a .594 save percentage and ninth in the country with a 7.98 goals-against average. Amato finished fourth on the team with 30 groundballs and even added two assists.

Murray, a native of Merion Station, Pa., is a two-time All-American after finishing third on the team with 13 caused turnovers and seventh on the squad with 19 groundballs last season.

Chanenchuk, a native of Poquot, N.Y., was a second team USILA All-American last season after becoming the first Maryland midfielder to lead the team in goals scored since Chris Malone in 2000. Chanenchuk, who is a two-time All-American, finished the 2013 season with a team-best 23 goals and was second in points with 37. The junior shot .315 percent for the season and had a .616 shots-on-goal percentage.

Maryland posted a 10-4 record in 2014 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season, which represents the longest active streak in Division I men’s lacrosse. Head coach John Tillman’s team returns six starters, including all three close defenders and Amato in goal, as well as its top face-off man and one of its leading short-stick defensive midfielders. Maryland welcomes the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, according to Inside Lacrosse, which features nine listed among Inside Lacrosse’s Power 100 Freshmen Rankings.

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Former Terp Esiason honored as ACC legend

Posted on 07 December 2013 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Former Maryland standout quarterback Boomer Esiason was honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Saturday as a member of its Football Legends Class of 2013 in a ceremony at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for the ninth annual Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship.

Esiason also received recognition during the ACC Night of Legends event held Friday evening.

A two-time honorable mention All-American (1982, 1983) and three-year starter from 1981-83, Esiason led the Terps to a perfect 6-0 record in the ACC in 1983 to claim the school’s first conference title since 1976 and a spot in the Florida Citrus Bowl. That season, Esiason and the Terps won seven of their first eight games to climb to seventh in the nation, while Esiason threw for a school-record 2,322 yards.

A member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team, Esiason broke several offensive records during his time in College Park including completions, touchdowns and yards. Over three seasons, Esiason completed 461 of his 850 passes for 6,259 yards and 42 touchdowns, and still ranks second all-time in touchdowns, and third in attempts, completions and yards.

During his junior season in 1982, Esiason threw for 2,302 yards and a school-record 18 touchdowns to lead the Terps to an 8-4 mark and a 5-1 record in the ACC, one win shy of the conference crown, to finish the season ranked 20th nationally earning an invitation to the Aloha Bowl. Esiason led an offense that averaged 31 points a game, the highest average for a Maryland team since 1951.

Esiason played 14 seasons in the National Football League spending 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals in two stints. In 1988, Esiason earned league MVP honors and was named an All-Pro. He was also named to the Pro Bowl four times.

In 14 seasons in the NFL, Esiason completed 57 percent of his passes for 37,920 yards with 247 touchdowns.

The native of East Islip, N.Y., is currently a studio analyst for The NFL Today on CBS, is a color analyst for WestwoodOne’s radio broadcast of Monday Night Football and co-hosts a long-running and top-rated morning radio show, “Boomer and Carton,” on WFAN the Fan in New York City.

In 1993, after his son Gunnar was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Esiason created the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which has raised in excess of $100 million to fund research to find a cure for the disease of the respiratory and digestive systems. In 1995, he was honored with the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his community service.

Esiason is Maryland’s final member of the ACC Football Legends. The Terps transition to the Big Ten in the 2014 season.

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Marshall accepts bid to Military Bowl in Annapolis

Posted on 07 December 2013 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, today announced that Marshall University has accepted an invitation to play in this year’s game. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the Thundering Herd travel to the National Capital Region,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “As evidenced on the field this season, Marshall has a terrific team and we are sure their fans will enjoy our hospitality.”

Marshall (9-4) won the Conference USA East Division title.

The Thundering Herd, which includes 10 players from the Washington area on its roster, will play a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. It will be Marshall’s second game this season against an ACC opponent; the Thundering Herd lost to Virginia Tech, 29-21 in triple overtime, on September 21. The ACC representative in the Military Bowl will be announcedSunday.

Marshall won seven of its final eight regular season games, the only loss coming on a last-play touchdown. The Thundering Herd’s high-powered offense, led by junior quarterback Rakeem Cato, led Conference USA in scoring (44.6 points per game) and total yardage (513.2 per game) during the regular season. Senior Gator Hoskins led all tight ends nationally with 13 touchdown catches. On defense, Marshall made the biggest year-to-year improvement nationally, allowing 21.4 fewer points per game this season.

This will be the Thundering Herd’s 11th bowl appearance, but first appearance in the Military Bowl. Marshall is 7-3 all-time in bowl games.

In its sixth year, the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman brings the excitement of postseason football to the Washington, D.C., area while also supporting the USO and our nation’s military personnel. Once again, the Military Bowl this year will donate at least $100,000 to the USO and provide complimentary tickets for active-duty military personnel and their families.

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