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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Maryland @ North Carolina (Sunday 3pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on ESPNU); Boxing: Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Bartholemy (Friday 9pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); MISL: Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Tuesday 5:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube), Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube)

10. Jeezy (Tuesday 10pm Baltimore Arena); Keller Williams (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Slightly Stoopid (Tuesday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Wale (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 11pm Howard Theatre); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Tuesday 9pm 9:30 Club); Rusted Root (Sunday 8pm State Theatre)

People I know enjoy Keller Williams. That’s the extent of the discussion I have to offer here.

Wale is a Washington Football Club fan, yet somehow I don’t hate him. It’s really odd.

Remember when I posted a video of Trombone Shorty last week? This one is decidedly different.

Rusted Root is that band that never thought they’d be best known for a rental car commercial.

9. Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Tuesday 9pm Inner Harbor); Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” out in theaters (Friday); New season of “Community” debuts (Thursday 8pm NBC); Don Jon” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I mean…I’m so more than ready.

Also, what’s the age when you can stop pretending like you hate the sauerkraut your family serves with pork on New Year’s Day and admit you actually REALLY like it? 30 okay?

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The 15-7-0 is snowed in & drunk. And still more functional than the Washington Football Club.

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The 15-7-0 is snowed in & drunk. And still more functional than the Washington Football Club.

Posted on 09 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

The 15-7-0 won’t be right with every football observation we make. In fact, our goal is simply to be right roughly 75% of the time. Or in other words, about 70% more often than your local meteorologist of choice.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Matt Prater’s kick was so amazing that Nick Saban texted him afterwards to ask him if he had any plans Saturday. Of last week.

This was actually kinda awesome.

Seriously, Peyton Manning?

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms did this game for CBS. And then did this weird promo.

2. Auburn is playing for the National Championship. Fans gathered in Toomer’s Corner to celebrate, but after realizing the SEC title game didn’t involve a Hail Mary or a last second field goal return they decided it wasn’t really even worth reveling and instead spread out through the city to clean up liter and ask old ladies if they could use some help getting across the street.

Dressing up like some sort of angelic figure is probably a bit much-but I’ve seen the Tigers’ season. It fits.

This is your potential national champion?

THIS?

But then again, this guy won money for “throwing” footballs at halftime of this game-so there probably isn’t really any such thing as God.

3. Towson channeled their inner Jay-Z and treated their first FCS playoff game by going “On To The Next One”. They gave Fordham “99 Problems” and will now be “Big Pimpin’” in the quarterfinals. The Rams were essentially “D.O.A.” in the second half after the Tigers were able to “Change Clothes” and go. QB Peter Athens proved that he would “Run This Town” for at least another week and Terrance West got another chance to “Show Me What You Got”. And since there’s no way to organically work “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” into this post, I’m just gonna wrap up. I’ll just go ahead and assume you “Can’t Knock The Hustle”.

Eastern Illinois next. The Fighting Romos. At least I assume.

4. Drew Brees has now surpassed 50,000 passing yards for his career. Sadly he’s still stuck at 49,876 commercials for jeans and laundry detergent in the same span. But he’s close!

Jed Collins introduces himself on Sunday Night Football by saying “Jed Collins. Washington State. Class of 1862.”

Greg Hardy one-upped him.

You thought he made it up, but here’s Wikipedia.

Your thoughts, Rob Ryan?

5. Holy crap Frank Gore is still a thing? What’s next? You’re going to tell me Willis McGahee is still playing in the NFL? Haha…I’m kidding-I swear. Just having fun. Because we all know McGahee retired years ago obviously. Obviously.

Why is this GIF so great?

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Unlike the government (or the Steelers), the 15-7-0 cannot be shut down

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Unlike the government (or the Steelers), the 15-7-0 cannot be shut down

Posted on 30 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

The original script for the “Breaking Bad” finale actually had Jesse yelling “read the 15-7-0, bitches!” in a dramatic last scene. Why they cut it I haven’t the foggiest…

15 Positive Observations…

1. Peyton Manning and the Broncos are doing what you did on Madden ’97 when you switched the quarter length from five minutes to ten.

In the process, Knowshon Moreno put together the least interesting touchdown celebration of all time.

Trindon Holliday is fun.

Let’s check in for Chip Kelly’s reaction.

But in the loss, Brandon Boykin did something a lot of football players have always DREAMED of doing.

And now, Matt Birk.

2. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 25. Everything will be alright if Maryland beats FSU to keep BCS hopes alive.

But that test doesn’t seem so tough, right? I mean, all you have to do is slow down Jameis Winston…

Elsewhere in the ACC, Miami beat USF thanks in large part to the worst punt you’ll see in your life.

Further elsewhere in the ACC, North Carolina got embarrassed by East Carolina but what the hell they were wearing these so AWESOME.

3. Wait a second. West Virginia beat Oklahoma State? SAME WEST VIRGINIA?

Their performances are so polarizing that Dana Holgorsen is PISSED!

The Pokes might have lost, but they had swell helmets.

Elsewhere in the Big 12, Oklahoma got a big win over Notre Dame and Tommy Rees’ “mustache”.

4. The Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders, which means that we can say with certainty that the Redskins are…better than the Jacksonville Jaguars?

The Raiders might have lost, but Naya Rivera from Glee (I’m not proud that I knew that either) is both really attractive and a big fan. She’s WAY more attractive than the Skins’ biggest fan-Dr. James Andrews?

At the game and not smoking hot? Him.

5. Speaking of “better than the Jacksonville Jaguars”, Matt Hasselbeck played in a professional football game Sunday.

The happiest three words in Indianapolis Sunday? No, not “showers not required” Merton. “Blaine Gabbert returns.”

This is a banner that says “I don’t enjoy my life.”

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Friday Night Fights: Rances Barthelemy vs. Arash Usmanee (Friday 10pm from Miami live on ESPN2); Women’s College Basketball: Florida State @ Maryland (Sunday 1:30pm from Comcast Center live on ESPNU); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Dundalk (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Chesapeake-Anne Arundel County (Friday 7pm)

10. Badfish (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Ryan Cabrera/Teddy Geiger (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Wale (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Delta Rae (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Pat McGee Band (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere)

I wish I could say I wasn’t familiar with Ryan Cabrera. I wish more that I could say I didn’t enjoy this song.

Wale is a Redskins fan. As much as that bothers me, I still enjoy this tune.

Delta Rae likely the best band you weren’t listening to in 2012…

I genuinely enjoy Pat McGee.

9. “Looper” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Texas Chainsaw 3D” out in theaters (Friday); Cirque Eloize iD (Saturday 8pm Sunday 1pm & 5:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Glenn Clark’s New Year’s Day plans (Tuesday parts unknown)

Honestly, you really don’t want to know what I do to celebrate the New Year. I’ll give you a hint. It doesn’t involve pants.

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The 15-7-0 is made up of 60% water, 40% leftover turkey and cranberry relish

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The 15-7-0 is made up of 60% water, 40% leftover turkey and cranberry relish

Posted on 26 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football that are ELITE, 7 that are “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

Here we go.

“The Elite 15″…

1. I have to assume that at this point they don’t need to keep trying to wake up the echoes in South Bend.

Remember when the Trojans were down two scores late and went for it on 4th down anyway? I bet that worked out well…

I can’t tell if Fighting Irish LB (and likely Heisman Trophy finalist) Manti Te’o was excited about the win, though…

Also, what do you think Lane Kiffin was thinking here…

Of course, the Trojans are NEVER losers…

2. Now that Jay Cutler has returned to save the Chicago Bears’ season, we can all get back to talking about how much Jay Cutler sucks.

He’s unlikeable, but he’s a hell of a QB…

Back to that “unlikeable” thing. Ask AJ Jefferson…

J’Marcus Webb might disagree though…

3. Jesus. Weren’t the Bengals just completely dead a couple weeks ago?

Mohamed Sanu had a busy day (on my fantasy football bench)…

Credit to NFL Red Zone’s Scott Hanson-who saw Raiders DL Tommy Kelly in a fight and IMMEDIATELY noticed he was a doppelganger for Suge Knight…

4. There might be a LITTLE bit of drama headed to New York this year, but I’m pretty confident Johnny Manziel has locked up the Heisman Trophy.

His big game Saturday against Missouri happened AFTER Johnny Football overcame this troublesome looking injury…

Manziel will finally speak to the media for the first time Monday. He’ll have to play catch up to the all out blitz the Irish have gone through with Te’o…

5. Now Alabama plays Georgia next week for the right to be favored to win the BCS Championship Game.

Georgia’s Alec Ogletree prepared for the SEC Championship showdown by going all Kurt Angle on Georgia Tech…

Elsewhere in the SEC, I give you Jarvis Landry!

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Maryland football gets long odds to win ACC

Posted on 20 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).

Odds to win the 2012-2013 BCS National Championship         

USC                             3/1

Alabama                       11/2

LSU                              11/2

Oklahoma                     10/1

Florida State                  12/1

Oregon                          12/1

Georgia                         14/1

Arkansas                      20/1

Michigan                       20/1

Notre Dame                   28/1

Texas                           28/1

Virginia Tech                 30/1

West Virginia                 30/1

South Carolina               30/1

Clemson                       33/1

Nebraska                      40/1

Wisconsin                     40/1

Florida                          50/1

TCU                              50/1

Auburn                          60/1

Michigan State              60/1

Boise State                   65/1

Kansas State                75/1

Miami (Florida)               75/1

Oklahoma State             80/1

Mississippi State           100/1

Missouri                        100/1

Texas A&M                   100/1

Tennessee                    125/1

Cincinnati                      150/1

Iowa                              150/1

Louisville                        150/1

Penn State                    150/1

Arizona                         200/1

Boston College              200/1

BYU                             200/1

California                       200/1

Georgia Tech                 200/1

Pittsburgh                     200/1

Stanford                        200/1

UCLA                            200/1

Washington                   200/1

NC State                       250/1

South Florida                 250/1

UCLA                            250/1

Oregon State                 300/1

Conference Odds

ACC – Odds to Win      

Florida State                  1/1

Virginia Tech                 3/1

Clemson                       5/1

Miami (Florida)               9/1

Georgia Tech                 15/1

North Carolina                     15/1

Virginia                              18/1

NC State                       20/1

Wake Forest                       35/1

Boston College                   50/1

Duke                             100/1

Maryland                              100/1

 

ACC Atlantic Division – Odds to Win    

Florida State                  1/2

Clemson                       11/4

NC State                       9/1

Wake Forest                       16/1

Boston College                   22/1

Maryland                              30/1

 

ACC Coastal Division – Odds to Win    

Virginia Tech                 10/11

Miami (Florida)               9/2

North Carolina                     11/2

Georgia Tech                 6/1

Virginia                              13/2

Duke                             30/1

 

BIG 12 – Odds to Win   

Oklahoma                            1/1

Texas                                4/1

TCU                              11/2

West Virginia                  11/2

Kansas State                12/1

Oklahoma State             22/1

Texas Tech                   30/1

Baylor                           40/1

Iowa State                     65/1

Kansas                             100/1

 

Big East – Odds to Win

Louisville                               9/4

South Florida                      7/2

Cincinnati                             5/2

Pittsburgh                            13/2

Rutgers                         13/2

Syracuse                      20/1

Temple                              20/1

Connecticut                         25/1

 

Big Ten – Odds to Win 

Michigan                               2/1

Wisconsin                            5/2

Nebraska                              7/2

Michigan State              15/2

Penn State                    12/1

Illinois                                20/1

Iowa                                   20/1

Northwestern                 35/1

Purdue                          50/1

Indiana                              65/1

Minnesota                            100/1

 

Big Ten – Leaders Division Winner (Without Ohio State)        

Wisconsin                            1/2

Penn State                    3/1

Illinois                                15/2

Purdue                          10/1

Indiana                              15/1

 

Big Ten – Legends Division Winner    

Michigan                               11/10

Nebraska                              9/4

Michigan State              4/1

Iowa                                   8/1

Northwestern                 12/1

Minnesota                            40/1

 

PAC 12 – Odds to Win  

USC                             5/8

Oregon                              2/1

Washington                         12/1

California                              18/1

Stanford                        25/1

Arizona                         35/1

Utah                             35/1

UCLA                            40/1

Arizona State                50/1

Washington State          50/1

Oregon State                 60/1

Colorado                               100/1

 

PAC 12 – North Division Winner          

Oregon                              2/5

Washington                         5/1

California                              17/2

Stanford                        10/1

Washington State          15/1

Oregon State                 22/1

 

PAC 12 – South Division Winner          

USC                             1/6

Arizona                             10/1

Utah                             10/1

UCLA                            15/1

Arizona State                18/1

Colorado                               30/1

 

SEC – Odds to Win      

Alabama                               11/5

LSU                              11/5

Georgia                             11/2

Arkansas                              7/1

South Carolina                    10/1

Florida                               12/1

Auburn                          22/1

Mississippi State           30/1

Missouri                                35/1

Tennessee                    35/1

Texas A&M                   40/1

Vanderbilt                      60/1

Kentucky                              100/1

Mississippi                          100/1

 

SEC – East Division Winner     

Georgia                             17/10

South Carolina                    5/2

Florida                               3/1

Missouri                                11/1

Tennessee                    11/1

Vanderbilt                      16/1

Kentucky                              25/1

 

SEC – West Division Winner    

Alabama                               8/5

LSU                              8/5

Arkansas                      4/1

Auburn                          12/1

Mississippi State           15/1

Texas A&M                   20/1

Mississippi                          50/1

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Traditionalists (perhaps) beware, changes coming to Terps football field

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Traditionalists (perhaps) beware, changes coming to Terps football field

Posted on 23 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

The University of Maryland is making some changes to the playing surface at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park. This much we know for sure.

How much more we don’t fully know yet. I reached out to a spokesperson at the school and was told this…

“Construction has started on a new surface at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The project is being funded with private donations and will be completed in time for the upcoming season. Further details will be available soon.” 

Via Facebook/Twitter/message boards, a rumored look at what the field could look like has been making the rounds…

I have to stress that this is only a RUMOR at this point. I’ve poked around with a few other sources in College Park and have received responses like “I’m pretty sure there’s going to be turtle shells on the field” and “they’ve definitely talked about changing the color of the field.”

The most famous football field perhaps in the world belongs to Boise State University, as Bronco Stadium’s blue turf would be recognized just about anywhere…

BSU isn’t the only school to do something significant with their turf. Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field is known as “The Inferno” thanks to this color…

The NFL has actually implemented a “Boise State rule” preventing teams from changing turf colors from the traditional green.

The Terrapins would not be making their first cry for attention, as they garnered PLENTY of buzz on Labor Day last year when they introduced these Under Armour duds in a win over Miami…

For the record, I don’t much care what the Terps wear or what kind of field they play on. As I told former Maryland/Baltimore Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth in an interview last year, if the Terps were competing for a BCS Championship I’d sign off on them wearing Duke uniforms for the game.

But…what do you think? Is the rumored look of the field too much?

-G

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Is the BCS Conquering the College Bowl System?

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Is the BCS Conquering the College Bowl System?

Posted on 27 April 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

At the risk of going down the road that Ozzie Guillen recently trekked by acknowledging admiration for someone that most find to be despicable, I have to say that I have a lot of admiration suddenly for the BCS, and the process by which they have infiltrated and taken over college football.

 

For years we’ve argued about the process by which college football decides its national champion, and how to fix it. And for years we’ve come away disappointed, ultimately submitting to the realization that the money making juggernauts that are the current college bowls were simply too powerful and too influential to supplant. Then along came the BCS…

 

Instead of simply conceding that the broken system that controlled college football would always trump cries for a truer process, the BCS instead infiltrated that corrupt system, capitalized on the greed that defined it, and ultimately used that greed to create a niche for themselves and to entrench themselves in firm control of the process.

 

First, the BCS did away with the formulary approach to matching bowl participants strictly by conference affiliation, and separated the haves and have-nots. The Orange, Sugar, Rose and Fiesta Bowls were deemed the most important, and by way of the new process they were given the power to decide the “true” national champ and to host the game in their respective bowls once every four seasons.

 

What happened next was the smartest and I suppose most ironic part of the whole equation. Given the money that they were making in hosting the national championship on a rotating basis while also still running their own prestigious bowls during the in-between years selling the big four on a 5th BCS game was probably much easier than it should have been. Now the bowls could still rotate the title game year-by-year and continue to host their regular bowl games too, essentially double dipping every fourth season. What the “bowl gangsters” likely failed to realize at the time, is that in accepting the extra game format they essentially gave full control of the national title game to the BCS and totally compromised their position of power as a result.

 

At the end of last season, the BCS announced their intentions to consider taking their show on the road, and entertain locations other than the big four bowl sites. It didn’t get a lot of attention at the time, but maybe it should have. As reports indicate that the BCS is now in the process of creating their own 4-team tournament to decide the title, the bowl commissioners are likely on the brink of panic, and possibly the brink of irrelevance too…and all I can say is that it serves them right and they had probablt better play nice with the BCS. They’ve relinquished the driver’s seat.

 

A couple of interesting side-conspiracies come to light as well. First is that shortly after “Jerry World” was built in Dallas, the Fiesta Bowl came under heavy scrutiny for bad financial business. Some would suggest that it’s more than a coincidence that one of the big four would come under fire at a time when the Cotton Bowl would look awfully appealing to everyone. Wherever the controversy actually came from, it has only served to remind everyone of just how corrupt and flagrant the bowl system is and has been. It also seems to be only a matter of time before a BCS title game is played in that magnificent building.

 

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Towson Hoops Adds Two to Recruiting Class

Posted on 11 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Tigers Add Guthrie & Marshall To Recruiting Class
Rafriel Guthrie and Marquis Marshall Sign National Letters Of Intent To Play For Towson

TOWSON, Md. - Towson head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry has announced the addition of Rafriel Guthrie and Marquis Marshall to the Tigers’ 2012-13 recruiting class. Guthrie, a Washington, D.C. native, is a 6-3, 200-pound physical wing and Marshall is a 6-5, 170-pound versatile sharp-shooting guard from Reading, Pa.

Guthrie, who spent this past season playing for the College of Southern Idaho, will be a junior at Towson and can play immediately with two years of eligibility remaining. Marshall committed to Towson during the late signing period after starring for Berks Catholic High School.

“Rafriel Guthrie provides us with a level of tenaciousness that we sorely need,” said Skerry. “He can score, rebound and defend, but most importantly he plays extremely hard at all times. Marquis Marshall comes from great genes and is a terrific long-range shooter. He has a tremendous upside as he develops physically.”

During the 2011-12 season, Guthrie played in all 36 games with 34 starts at Southern Idaho, helping the Golden Eagles to a 31-5 overall record, a SWAC and Region 18 Championship and an eighth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament. The sophomore averaged 15.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and had 47 steals, all ranking second on the team. He also shot 49.0 percent from the floor and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc en route to being named an honorable mention National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American.

Guthrie came to CSI from Seward County Community College where he started 27 of the team’s 34 games as a freshman in 2010-11. He averaged 13.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while helping the Saints to a 27-7 overall record.

Prior to his time at Seward County CC, Guthrie starred at Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C. During his senior year, Guthrie averaged 28.2 points and 8.0 rebounds for the Clerks. He also was a member of the Cardozo football team where he played outside linebacker and wide receiver.

Marshall led his high school team to a 28-3 record and the Berks County and District III championship in 2012. He was named All-County and Third Team All-State (Pa.) after averaging 16.0 points per game during his senior season.

Marshall is listed as a two-star recruit and has been rated as one of the Top 20 players coming out of the state of Pennsylvania this year.

Marshall’s father, Donyell, played in the National Basketball Association for 18 years. An All-American at the University of Connecticut, he finished his collegiate career by being selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Year in 1994. Donyell was drafted after his junior year at UConn by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the fourth overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft. He played for eight different NBA teams from 1994-2009 and averaged double figures in scoring in a season on 10 separate occasions.

Guthrie and Marshall join Towson’s early signees  Barrington AlstonJerome HairstonFrank Mason and Timajh Parker-Rivera to make up the Tigers’ six-man 2012-13 recruiting class. Towson’s recruiting class was listed as the best in the Colonial Athletic Association and No. 6 among non-BCS schools by CBS Sports during the early signing period. Towson will also gain the services of BIG EAST transfers Jerrelle Benimon and Mike Burwell, who both sat out the 2011-12 season per NCAA transfer rules.

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Your Monday Reality Check-Turgeon Deserving Of Praise With Work To Do

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Your Monday Reality Check-Turgeon Deserving Of Praise With Work To Do

Posted on 12 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

On Friday’s edition of “The Reality Check”, Ryan Chell and I decided to put together a Maryland Terrapins season ending report card. After the Terps’ loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament, it was easy to assume the basketball season was over in College Park.

That assumption proved accurate Sunday night, as the NIT failed to extend an invite to the Terps as expected. The University of Maryland declined to participate in the lesser known postseason CBI Tournament due to the financial model that forces schools to pay for participation. (Three schools from BCS conferences-Washington State, Pitt and Oregon State all accepted CBI bids.)

It’s a long winded way to say the season is over. The Terps finished 17-15 in Mark Turgeon’s first season since taking over for the retired Gary Williams, surpassing the expectations of many while still falling short of the expectations of others.

In our Report Card segment Friday, I graded Turgeon’s job in year one as a “B”. I noted the lack of both quality and quantity in Maryland basketball players that Turgeon was forced to deal with partly due to the late timing of Williams’ retirement announcement. Not only did Maryland lose All-ACC Center Jordan Williams to the NBA, they also lost F Haukur Palsson to a pro turn in Europe. Turgeon was only able to retain one from Williams’ three-man recruiting class (G Nick Faust) although he made up for that in part with a late commitment from C Alex Len.

(I point all of this out because some Maryland fans have decided to “blame” Gary Williams for the state of the program. They’re only telling half of the story.)

Len’s 10 game suspension to start the season and PG Pe’Shon Howard’s 18 missed games due to injury made an already difficult situation nearly impossible. Entering the season, there was legitimate reason to fear a “bottoming out” of sorts for the Maryland program.

While those fears never came to fruition, the team never fully came together. Sophomore G Terrell Stoglin at times carried the Terps during a 6-10 Atlantic Coast Conference campaign, but often proved to be as much of the problem as the solution. Len never showed progress during his freshman campaign, Senior G Sean Mosley offered valuable leadership but never overwhelmed with his play on the floor. The only player that showed marked progress was Faust, who was named to the league’s All-Rookie team.

All of these were contributing factors in grading the job Turgeon did this season. It was a tough campaign, but it could have been significantly worse. Turgeon deserves credit for keeping the program afloat and avoiding any true embarrassment. (Only a late season loss at Georgia Tech stands out as a head shaker due to the opponent and Maryland’s most lopsided defeats came at the hands of NCAA Tournament participants like UNC, Duke, Virginia, Florida State, Alabama and Iona.)

Nearly five hundred words in, it’s time to look to the future. While Turgeon is absolutely deserving of praise for how he kept this Maryland team together in his first season, the coach offered a noteworthy thought Sunday night via Twitter.

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