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Terps officially sign top junior college guard Brantley

Posted on 12 November 2014 by WNST Staff

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland men’s basketball staff welcome guard Jaylen Brantley to the Terps for the class of 2015.

“Jaylen has high character and his personality will fit what we are building here at Maryland,” said Turgeon. “He’s a great facilitator with outstanding vision, and he’s also a very talented shooter. Jaylen wanted to be at Maryland, and we’ve very excited to welcome him to our program.”

A 247sports.com four-star recruit out of high school, Brantley was ranked the 12th JUCO Player in America by Next Up Recruits.

“I’m going to have the opportunity to work with a great coaching staff and attend one of the best universities in the country,” said Brantley. “Coach Turgeon is a great person – very honest and upfront. He wants to put his players in the best position to be successful. Coach Turgeon and the coaching staff made me feel very welcomed. There’s great trust between us and I also really connected with all the guys on the team.”

The 5-foot-11 Springfield, Mass., native comes to Maryland from Odessa (Tex.) Community College. Brantley will have three years of eligibility at Maryland.

“We recognized early on that Coach Turgeon and the University of Maryland would be a great fit for Jaylen,” said Angela Cayode, Brantley’s mother. “I could see that Coach Turgeon would really invest in Jaylen’s future. He believed in Jaylen as a person, a player and a student-athlete. Coach Turgeon is not only a great coach, but he’s a great man. Jaylen felt he could contribute to Maryland immediately and that he would thrive and respond well to playing under Coach Turgeon. Our whole family is very excited that Maryland has welcomed Jaylen with open arms.”

Brantley played AAU basketball for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club alongside current Terp forward Jake Layman. Brantley helped BABC to two AAU national championships, and he was also a member of the 2011 Elite Youth Basketball League championship team.

“I’ve known Jake Layman for a long time and we played together,” said Brantley. “He’s been like family to me. Maryland felt like the perfect place for me.”

JAYLEN BRANTLEY (5-11, 175, PG, Springfield, Mass.)

Leo Papile, Boston Amateur Basketball Club: “Jaylen’s a throwback. He gets the ball in the right people’s hands and he has a high basketball IQ, which leads to winning. He’s a productive point guard and a threat from three-point range. He has a great pace to his game.”

Tra Arnold, Odessa Community College: “Jaylen has great character and is a really hard worker. He will be a great addition to the University of Maryland. Jaylen helps teams win. He’s been a consistent winner throughout his high school career, and he does all the things a leader needs to do to win on and off the floor.”

Jerry Mullen, Mullen’s Roundball Review: “Jaylen’s a great selection for Maryland. He can score if he needs to, but he doesn’t have to score to be effective. He’s got the ability to get others involved and has the ability to make his other teammates better. I envision him as a combo guard who can make the right decisions and is also a talented shooter.”

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Terps cruise over Bowie State in final tune-up before season opener

Posted on 08 November 2014 by WNST Staff

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Jake Layman scored a game-high 18 points and added seven rebounds as Maryland defeated Bowie State 89-47 in its final exhibition contest Saturday at XFINITY Center.

The Terps shot 58 percent from the field and limited Bowie State to a 22 percent clip. Maryland posted a stout 45-29 advantage on the boards.

Freshman Dion Wiley scored 13 points and senior Dez Wells added 11, including a tomahawk dunk with 10:16 remaining to give Maryland a commanding 69-32 lead. Senior Jon Graham, who earned a starting nod, was two-points shy of a double-double, recording eight points to go along with a team-best 11 rebounds.

The Terps led from start-to-finish with the signature moment of the first half coming on a Wells’ cross-court pass to a streaking Layman for a transition dunk to give Maryland a 30-7 lead with 8:07 to play in the period.

“I enjoyed the game and I thought our kids played well,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Jake got us going early by making some shots and rebounding the ball and I thought Jon got us going defensively. He was terrific defensively. We played a lot of minutes, shared those minutes and played a lot of guys. Dez played well in those limited minutes, but we played the game without Dez really being a part of the rotation. It was a good sign. I thought we were much better today than we were last week on both ends of the court.”

Maryland returns to action for its first regular-season contest Friday at 7:30 p.m. when it welcomes Wagner to the XFINITY Center.

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Maryland frosh Trimble named to Bob Cousy Award watch list

Posted on 04 November 2014 by WNST Staff

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Trimble Named to Bob Cousy Watch List

Freshman one of 35 candidates tabbed to list, honoring top point guard in college hoops

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Maryland freshman guard Melo Trimble has been named to the watch list of candidates for the 2015 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.

Trimble, a 6-3 guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., was a McDonald’s All-American and the No. 1-ranked player in the state of Maryland before arriving to College Park. Trimble averaged 23.1 points at Bishop O’Connell High School as a senior and was tagged the 2014 Washington Post All-Metro Player of the Year.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball. Over 35 candidates have been nominated for the 2015 Bob Cousy Award.

“The Hall of Fame is honored to work with Mr. Cousy and to recognize some of the nation’s top collegiate point guards,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall ofFame. “This year’s list showcases student athletes that have all of the intangibles that would make them great candidates for this prestigious award.”

“The Cousy Award has become one of the top awards in college basketball,” said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “We look forward to another season of watching the best point guards in college basketball compete for this elite award.”

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation’s top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Indianapolis at the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 Announcement and Press Conference.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year’s recipient Kendall Marshall (North Carolina), Trey Burke (Michigan) and Shabazz Napier (Connecticut).

For more information on the 2015 Bob Cousy, log onto www.CousyAward.com.

2015 Bob Cousy Award Candidates

Olivier Hanlan – Boston College

Quinn Cook – Duke

Tyus Jones – Duke

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera – Georgetown

Kevin Pangos – Gonzaga

Siyani Chambers – Harvard

Yogi Ferrell – Indiana

Monte Morris – Iowa State

Kenneth Smith – Louisiana Tech

Cameron Payne Murray State University

Chasson Randle – Stanford

Will Cummings – Temple

Alex Caruso – Texas A&M

T.J. McConnell – Arizona

Ryan Boatright – Connecticut

Kasey Hill – Florida

Andrew Harrison – Kentucky

Tyler Ulis – Kentucky

Terry Rozier – Louisville

Melo Trimble – Maryland

Angel Rodriguez – Miami

Derrick Walton Jr. – Michigan

Jarvis Summers – Mississippi

Marcus Paige – North Carolina

Pierria Henry – North Carolina (Charlotte)

Jordan Woodward – Oklahoma

EC Matthews – Rhode Island

Isaiah Taylor – Texas

Julius Brown – Toledo

Delon Wright – Utah

London Perrantes – Virginia

Keifer Sykes – Wisconsin-Green Bay

Ryan Arcidiacono – Villanova

Briante Weber – Virginia Commonwealth

Juwan Staten – West Virginia

Fred VanVleet – Wichita State

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Terps announce game times for 2014-15 basketball schedule

Posted on 18 September 2014 by WNST Staff

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon has announced date and times for the 2014-15 men’s basketball coach, including at least 15 games on the ESPN family of networks and CBS. In addition, up to 19 games will also be available on the Big Ten Network and BTN Plus.

The Terrapins’ schedule features 10 NCAA Tournament teams from last season, with a possible 11th depending on the outcome of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Maryland is also scheduled to host perennial powers Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Virginia at the XFINITY Center.

“We are excited to begin our inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference,” Turgeon said. “The Big Ten has been one of the best conferences over the past few years. We have a tremendous Big Ten schedule and a great home schedule for our fans. In addition, we’re looking to hosting one of our longtime rivals Virginia in non-conference play.”

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2014-15 Maryland Men’s Basketball Schedule

Sat., Nov. 1          2 p.m.                    San Francisco State (Exhib.)                                        BTN Plus

Sat., Nov. 8         Noon                     Bowie State (Exhib.)                                                         BTN Plus

Fri., Nov. 14         7:30 p.m.             Wagner                                                                                ESPN3

Mon., Nov. 17      7:30 p.m.              Central Connecticut State                                             ESPN3

Thu., Nov. 20     7:30 p.m.                Fordham                                                                              BTN Plus

Mon., Nov. 24       7 p.m.                     vs. Arizona State (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)               ESPNU

Tue., Nov. 25        TBD                        vs. Iowa State/Alabama (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)   ESPNU/2

Fri., Nov. 28         7 p.m.                    Monmouth                                                                          BTN

Sun., Nov. 30     6 p.m.                    VMI                                                                                         ESPN3

Wed., Dec. 3       9:15 p.m.              Virginia (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)                               ESPN2

Sat., Dec. 6          2 p.m.                     Winthrop                                                                             ESPN3

Wed., Dec. 10      7 p.m.                    NC Central                                                                           BTN

Sat., Dec. 13       11 a.m.                    USC Upstate                                                                       BTN

Sun., Dec. 21        2 p.m.                   at Oklahoma State                                                                ESPN2

Sat., Dec. 27       5 p.m.                   Oakland                                                                                 BTN

Tue., Dec. 30       5 p.m.                   at Michigan State                                                                  ESPN2

Sat., Jan. 3           Noon                     Minnesota                                                                           BTN

Wed., Jan. 7        9 p.m.                      at Illinois                                                                                BTN

Sat., Jan. 10        2:30 p.m.                 at Purdue                                                                              BTN

Wed., Jan. 14     7 p.m.                    Rutgers                                                                                BTN

Sat.,  Jan. 17       4 p.m.                     Michigan State                                                                   CBS

Thu., Jan. 22        9 p.m.                     at Indiana                                                                              ESPNU

Sun., Jan. 25       7:30 p.m.              Northwestern                                                                     BTN

Thu., Jan. 29        7 p.m.                   at Ohio State                                                                           ESPN

Wed., Feb. 4       8:30 p.m.              Penn State                                                                           BTN

Sun., Feb. 8          3:15 p.m.               at Iowa                                                                                   BTN

Wed., Feb. 11      9 p.m.                    Indiana                                                                                 BTN

Sat., Feb. 14        8:30 p.m.                at Penn State                                                                        BTN

Thu., Feb. 19      7 p.m.                     Nebraska                                                                             BTN

Tue., Feb. 24      7 p.m.                     Wisconsin                                                                           ESPN

Sat., Feb. 28       TBD                       Michigan                                                                                ESPN/2

Tue., Mar. 3        7 p.m.                       at Rutgers                                                                             BTN

Sun., Mar. 8       1 /4:30 /7:30 p.m.   at Nebraska                                                                           CBS or BTN

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Maryland announces 2014-2015 basketball schedule

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Maryland announces 2014-2015 basketball schedule

Posted on 21 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Announces 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Schedule

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced the Maryland men’s basketball team’s 2014-15 schedule today.

The Terrapins’ schedule features 10 NCAA Tournament teams from last season, with a possible 11th depending on the outcome of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Maryland is also scheduled to host perennial powers Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Virginia at the XFINITY Center.

“We are excited to begin our inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference,” Turgeon said. “The Big Ten has been one of the best conferences over the past few years. We have a tremendous Big Ten schedule and a great home schedule for our fans. In addition, we’re looking to hosting one of our longtime rivals Virginia in non-conference play.”

Maryland opens its inaugural Big Ten Conference season with a trip to Michigan State on Dec. 30, followed by its first-ever home Big Ten match Jan. 3 against Minnesota at the XFINITY Center. It will mark the Terps’ first non-ACC conference game since they were members of the Southern Conference in 1952-53.

After a pair of road games against Illinois and Purdue, the Terps return home for contests against Rutgers (Jan. 14) and Michigan State (Jan. 17). The Spartans have visited College Park just one time in history, when they defeated Maryland, 95-75, in Cole Field House on Dec. 29, 1955. Michigan State memorably knocked the Terps out of the NCAA Tournament on a buzzer-beater in 2010.

The Terps will then visit Indiana in historic Assembly Hall on Jan. 22 for just the second time in history (2009), in addition to a road date with Ohio State on Jan. 29. Following four games to open February, Maryland will host three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams at the XFINITY Center: Nebraska (Feb. 19), Wisconsin (Feb. 24) and Michigan (Feb. 28).

Maryland closes its regular season with a pair of road matches at Rutgers (Mar. 3) and Nebraska (Mar. 8).

Highlighting Maryland’s non-conference schedule is a home bout with Virginia on Dec. 3 in the 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge as the longtime rivals meet for the first time as conference foes. The Terps closed out their tenure in the ACC last season with a thrilling 75-69 overtime victory over the fifth-ranked Cavaliers at the XFINITY Center.

Maryland has played Virginia more times (171) than any other team throughout its history, and holds a 107-74 advantage dating back to 1912-13.

The Terps’ non-conference schedule also features a first round matchup with NCAA Tournament qualifier Arizona State on Nov. 24 at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Iowa State and Alabama are featured on the other side of the bracket, with the winners and losers facing off Nov. 25.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Gary Williams will also be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 23 in Kansas City.

The Terps will also travel to Stillwater, Okla., for the first time in program history as it faces NCAA Tournament qualifier Oklahoma State. Maryland won the lone meeting between the teams, 50-49, on Dec. 16, 1966, at the Memphis Invitational.

Maryland will face defending MEAC champion and 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifier NC Central for the second consecutive season at the XFINITY Center on Dec. 10. The Terps were victorious, 70-56, in the inaugural meeting between the teams last season.

In addition to the aforementioned games above, the Terps’ non-conference schedule includes nine contests at the XFINITY Center and exhibitions against San Francisco State (Nov. 1) and Bowie State (Nov. 8).

The Terrapins open the season on Fri., Nov. 14 against Wagner, followed by games on Nov. 17 against Central Connecticut State and on Nov. 20 versus Fordham.

After traveling to Kansas City for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Maryland returns to the XFINITY Center for a match against Monmouth (Nov. 28).

The Terps will then restore an old rivalry with former Southern Conference foe VMI on Nov. 30. Though Maryland and VMI have met just once since 1953 (Maryland won, 99-68, in 2005), the teams met 51 times dating back to their inaugural matchup in 1911. The Terps lead the all-time series, 42-10.

Sandwiched between Maryland’s matchups with Virginia and NC Central is a Dec. 6 game against Winthrop, which has qualified for the NCAA Tournament five times in the last 10 years. The Terps are 4-0 all-time against the Eagles.

Maryland then closes out its non-conference schedule with first-time meetings against both USC Upstate (Dec. 13) and Oakland (Dec. 27). The Terps will also face Bowie State on a date yet to be determined.

 

2014 Maryland Men’s Basketball  Schedule

Non-Conference Schedule

Sat., Nov. 1         San Francisco State (Exhib.)

Sat., Nov. 8         Bowie State (Exhib.)

Fri., Nov. 14       Wagner

Mon., Nov. 17    Central Connecticut State

Thu., Nov. 20     Fordham

Mon., Nov. 24    vs. Arizona State (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)

Tue., Nov. 25     vs. TBD                (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)

Fri., Nov. 28       Monmouth

Sun., Nov. 30     VMI

Wed., Dec. 3       Virginia (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

Sat., Dec. 6          Winthrop

Wed., Dec. 10    NC Central

Sat., Dec. 13       USC Upstate

Sun., Dec. 21      at Oklahoma State

Sat., Dec. 27       Oakland

 

Conference Schedule

Tue., Dec. 30      at Michigan State

Sat., Jan. 3           Minnesota

Wed., Jan. 7        at Illinois

Sat., Jan. 10         at Purdue

Wed., Jan. 14     Rutgers

Sat., Jan. 17         Michigan State

Thu., Jan. 22       at Indiana

Sun., Jan. 25       Northwestern

Thu., Jan. 29       at Ohio State

Wed., Feb. 4       Penn State

Sun., Feb. 8         at Iowa

Wed., Feb. 11    Indiana

Sat., Feb. 14        at Penn State

Thu., Feb. 19      Nebraska

Tue., Feb. 24      Wisconsin

Sat., Feb. 28        Michigan

Tue., Mar. 3        at Rutgers

Sun., Mar. 8        at Nebraska

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Four Terps named to Senior Bowl watch list

Posted on 21 August 2014 by WNST Staff

MOBILE, ALA. (August 20) — The 2014-15 college football season kicks off next week, which means the Reese’s Senior Bowl will be scouting hundreds of players around the country to invite to its 66th game.

The core list of players the Reese’s Senior Bowl staff will evaluate appears on the Reese’s Senior Bowl’s annual ‘watch list,’ which was released today. The initial list includes 350 of the top players in the country. Players could be added to the list during the season.

“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”

A handful of Mobile-area players are on the game’s radar this season: Auburn center Reese Dismukes, Alabama fullback Jalston Fowler, Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt and South Florida offensive tackle Quinterrius Eatmon.

Dismukes, a former Spanish Fort High School standout, is a preseason All-American and All-SEC center who has 37 career starts in three seasons with the Tigers. Fowler, a graduate of Vigor High School, has scored 10 touchdowns as a running back/H-back and is a devastating blocker for the Crimson Tide. Tartt, a Davidson High School graduate, is a hard-hitting safety and one of several small-school prospects the game will keep an eye on this season. Eatman starred at Vigor High School, where he won a state title as a junior in 2008.

“Mobile is such a hotbed for football talent and once again there is quality representation on this list from the surrounding area,” Savage said.

Also among the 350 players on this year’s watch list is a pair of fourth-year junior graduates who are projected to be top-10 selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, if they choose to leave school early: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.

“With both of these players already graduated from college, we hope the opportunity to invite this duo will present itself through their play on the field in the Pac-12,” said Savage, who noted that Mariota and Hundley are two of the five Pac-12 signal callers on the list.

The SEC, which had the most players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft (49), has the most players on the 2015 watch list with 75, comprising  nearly one-quarter of the list. The ACC (56), Pac-12 (40), Big 12 (36) and Big Ten (35) are all well-represented on the Watch List.

Clemson led the way with 12 players on the list, edging Auburn (11), Alabama (10), Mississippi State (9), Georgia (8) and Louisville (8).

Some of the nation’s top players on the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List include Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, Florida State offensive tackle Cameron Erving, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Clemson outside linebacker Vic Beasley, Iowa left tackle Brandon Scherff, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker.

The entire watch list is available at seniorbowl.com, where you can sort the players by position, conference and/or school.

The 66th Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played on January 24, 2015 at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium in front of a national television audience on NFL Network.

Four Maryland Terrapins were named to the watch list. Sixth-year QB C.J. Brown, WR Deon Long, LB Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil and CB Jeremiah Johnson all received recognition.

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Tip time, network announced for Maryland/Virginia matchup

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).

  • ·         Nine teams in the ESPN.com men’s preseason top 25 poll: No. 2 Duke, No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Virginia, No. 8 Louisville, No. 18 Michigan, No. 21 Syracuse, No. 24 Michigan and No. 25 Iowa.
  • ·         The potential of three top-25 matchups:

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.

  • ·         No. 8 Louisville – in its first year as an ACC member – hosts Ohio State on Tuesday, at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
  • ·         Also competing in the Challenge, No. 7 Virginia plays at former ACC opponent Maryland at 9:15 p.m. on ESPN2.
  • ·         Wednesday night also features No. 18 Michigan State at Notre Dame at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN2.
  • ·         Nine ACC and eight Big Ten teams participated in the 2014 postseason:

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)

Date
Time (ET)
Game
Network

Mon, Dec 1

7 p.m.
Nebraska at Florida State
ESPN2
Rutgers at Clemson
ESPNU

 

Tue, Dec 2

7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Indiana
ESPN2
Minnesota at Wake Forest
ESPNU

7:30 p.m.
No. 21 Syracuse at No. 24 Michigan
ESPN

9 p.m.
Illinois at Miami
ESPN2 or ESPNU
NC State at Purdue
ESPN2 or ESPNU

9:30 p.m.
Ohio State at No. 8 Louisville
ESPN

Wed, Dec 3

7:15 p.m.
No. 18 Michigan State at Notre Dame
ESPN2
Virginia Tech at Penn State
ESPNU

7:30 p.m.
No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 North Carolina
ESPN

9:15 p.m.
No. 7 Virginia at Maryland
ESPN2
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
ESPNU

9:30 p.m.
No. 2 Duke at No. 4 Wisconsin
ESPN

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Maryland marks start of 2014 season with Big Ten Media Days

Posted on 29 July 2014 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO, Ill. – With the start of preseason camp a week away, head coach Randy Edsall and Maryland seniors C.J. Brown and Jeremiah Johnson, and junior Stefon Diggs took part in the unofficial kickoff to the 2014 season with the 43rd edition of the Big Ten Football Media Days Monday at the Hilton Chicago.

Edsall and the student-athletes met with the media and Big Ten Conference television partners for the first time to discuss the upcoming season on day one of the two-day event. The annual event features all 14 head coaches and three student-athletes for each institution.

“We’re very thrilled to be a part of the Big Ten Conference and everything that it represents and stands for,” said Edsall. “We know we have a tremendous challenge that’s ahead of us this year as we enter the Big Ten, but one that we’re really looking forward to.”

One of the challenges Maryland will face this season is preparing for a new set of opponents, a challenge Edsall and the coaching staff have embraced.

“The biggest focus I think that we’ve had to have for us making this move is really just finding out who the other teams are and studying what they do,” said Edsall. “But also what we have to do is make sure that we continue to do what we do and continue to make sure that we get better.”

Big Ten Media Days continue Tuesday with the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. Fans in attendance will take part in an autograph session with all 14 head coaches and one former player from each school, while current players will take part in brief, live interviews highlighted by questions from fans on-site and through social media channels. The luncheon itself begins at 12:30 p.m. ET.

For over four decades, the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon has featured some of the biggest names in college football. Legendary players like Desmond Howard, Eddie George, Ron Dayne and Drew Brees, as well as storied coaches like Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, Duffy Daugherty and Hayden Fry, have all attended this historic event. In all, more than 850 of the conference’s finest players, over 60 head coaches and nearly 50,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Washington Mystics @ New York Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from New York live on WNBA Live Access), Washington Mystics @ Chicago Sky (Sunday 6pm from Chicago live on NBA TV); MLL: Denver Outlaws @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Thursday 7:30pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS Sports Network); Boxing: Brandon Rios vs. Diego Chaves (Saturday 9:45pm from Las Vegas live on HBO)

10. Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Charm City); Shore Leave 36 (Friday-Sunday Marriott Hunt Valley); Mickey Cucchiella (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory), Steve Byrne (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Get On Up” out in theaters (Friday); The Other Woman” and “Noah” available (Tuesday)

I’m REALLY excited about Guardians. But I also wouldn’t mind just watching Chris Pratt in P&R for an entire weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF6jADQ4ozY

9. The Offspring/Bad Religion/Pennywise (Wednesday 6pm Pier Six Pavilion), Jurassic 5 (Friday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Mad Decent Block Party feat. Sleigh Bells/Diplo (Friday 2pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Summer Spirit Festival feat. Ms. Lauryn Hill/Janelle Monae/Talib Kweli (Saturday 3pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); James Taylor (Thursday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Rascal Flatts/Sheryl Crow (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Mayhem Festival feat. Avenged Sevenfold/Korn/Asking Alexandria (Sunday 1pm Jiffy Lube Live), Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden (Monday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Taking Back Sunday (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Umphrey’s McGee (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Black Stone Cherry (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); Cris Jacobs and Friends (Friday 9pm 8×10 Club), Cara Kelly and the Tall Tale (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Dick Dale (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Keyshia Cole (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ashanti (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); The Disco Biscuits (Thursday & Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Marc Cohn (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Heart (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap); Smash Mouth (Thursday 8pm State Theatre), Ed Kowalczyk (Friday 8pm State Theatre); Eric Clapton & Friends “The Breeze”, Theory of a Deadman “Savages”, Marc Broussard “A Life Worth Living” and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Hypnotic Eye” available (Tuesday)

God I miss Jurassic 5.

Mock me all you want-this clip IS MUSIC.

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Edsall not concerned about what Franklin is doing at Penn State

Posted on 28 July 2014 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND COACH RANDY EDSALL

THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Coach Randy Edsall. Coach, an opening statement.

COACH EDSALL: It’s a pleasure to be here on behalf of our University of Maryland, our athletic department, and we’re very thrilled to be a part of the Big Ten Conference and everything that it represents and stands for. And I know that the three young men that I brought here today with me  have been very, very impressed with what they’ve seen so far. And three outstanding guys that you’ll get a chance to talk to and visit with.

And C.J. Brown, our professional student, who is back for his sixth year, leader of our team as a quarterback, outstanding young man from Pittsburgh who hopefully has all the injuries behind him now. Had a good year last year, and we expect big things out of him this year as we look forward to this season.

We also have Jeremiah Johnson, a young man who is a defensive back for us, that is coming back off an injury from a year ago, fully recovered now, and has been a great leader for our team since he’s been at Maryland and somebody that’s 100 percent healthy now and ready to go.

And then also Stefon Diggs, our wide receiver, a junior wide receiver who has come back off his injury, and ready to go this year and fully recovered and really has done a good job this offseason.

But three outstanding young men. C.J. is into his master’s degree. J.J. has his degree, and Stefon’s doing an outstanding job in the classroom.

Just to give you a little bit about who we are at Maryland and what we’re all about. One of the things that we really believe in, and I think it fits into what the Big Ten is all about, we’re a program that really believes in developing our kids holistically, and that means that we’re going to develop them as students, as athletes, and as people, and to make sure that we provide them with all the things necessary so they can go on and be successful once their academic career is over, athletic career is over. And that’s something that we take a lot of pride in and it’s something that we’re able to attract young men to come to Maryland.

The one thing that we want to do also is we want to be able to win at the highest level and win the right way and to make sure that we’re
providing these young men with opportunities that maybe they didn’t think they could get, but also what we want to do is we want to provide them with better opportunities than what myself and our coaches have had for ourselves.

So we know we have a tremendous challenge that’s ahead of us this year as we enter the Big Ten, but one that we’re really looking
forward to.

We have 10 new opponents that we have to prepare for. So the spring and the summer has been a whirlwind for us as coaches from the
standpoint of getting to know the teams here in the Big Ten that we’re going to be going against and understanding their personnel, understanding their schemes and what they like to do.

But, again, we’re also looking forward to the fact that being a member of this conference, because of what this conference stands for
academically, the collegiate model that it represents in terms of helping the student-athletes grow as students and as athletes. With that, I’ll open it up to any questions.

Q. Have you sought any advice from other coaches about making a move to a new league?
COACH EDSALL: We’ve talked to some of the other coaches, but the good thing for me is the fact that I’ve been involved with this quite a few times in my career, having gone to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the expansion team, going into the league there as an assistant coach, and then also made the jump from 1-AA to the Big East.

So again, the biggest focus I think that we’ve had to have for us making this move is really just finding out who the other teams are and
studying what they do, but also what we have to do is make sure that we continue to do what we do and continue to make sure that we get better.

So that’s been our whole focus is continuing to work on making ourselves better and enhancing what we do, but getting an understanding and getting a feel for all the teams in this outstanding league. And I think we’ve done a good job with that throughout the spring and summer.

Q. I’m not asking you to look past your first game, but your first five. I want you to describe what’s that atmosphere going to be like at your place when Ohio State comes in the first Big Ten home game?
COACH EDSALL: Well, I think it will be electric. I think it will be a sold-out crowd. It will be something that I know our fans are looking forward to. Ohio State is a program with great tradition and history and one that has done very, very well. And it will be something that I think everybody that’s in attendance and everybody that gets a chance to watch on TV wished that they were there, because I think it will be a ton of excitement, one that I know we’re looking forward to as well as all the other games we’re going to play.

Q. Wondering, coming from the ACC, is there a certain type of player that you recruit when you’re in that conference, and is there
another type of player that you have to turn your attention to towards recruiting in the Big Ten now?
COACH EDSALL: The thing that, from a recruiting standpoint, we have a philosophy of who we are offensively and defensively and what we want to do special teams. We’re not going to change the type of young man that we want to recruit to the University of Maryland just because we’re coming to the Big Ten.

We have things that we believe in and what we want to do and all’s we’re going to do is we’re going to continue to recruit that model and
continue to recruit the business student-athletes that we can that fit what we want at the University of Maryland.

And again, we want to recruit the biggest, the fastest, the strongest players that we can in order to give us a chance to be able to compete for championships here in the Big Ten. And the one thing that we have seen by being a part of the Big Ten now is it’s really enhanced our recruiting.

We’ve expanded a little bit from our foothold that we were in, and kids want to be a part of being in the Big Ten in terms of the exposure
that you get through the Big Ten Network. The opportunity to play bowl games in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Detroit, that’s something that’s very, very appealing.

And so again, we’re already seeing those benefits from a recruiting standpoint, but we’re not going to change the model that we have based on maybe what everybody else does.

Q. I asked Coach Flood this question, I’ll ask it to you as well: The move for your two schools came very quickly, it seemed at least
publicly, from one league to the other. From a football standpoint, what was your initial reaction to this and just overall maybe the
story behind the scenes about how quickly this all came about?
COACH EDSALL: Well, I just think it’s an outstanding move for our institution. Not only from a football standpoint, but also from an academic standpoint, to be a part of the CIC and the consortium, those things.

I think everybody’s a winner, and I think that’s what, really, college athletics is all about and what institutions are all about, that everybody benefits from this, not just our student-athletes, but our students in general and our faculty.

And it was something that I wasn’t privy to. I just know that I had a discussion with my athletic director, Kevin Anderson, and he asked me about the possibility — what I thought about the possibility of going to the Big Ten. And I just told him I was all for it. I think it would be a really good move for us and one that I would embrace, and I’m sure that I know our players would embrace, to be part of the history and the tradition and what the Big Ten stands for.

So the thing is, I’m just glad that we’re finally to the point now where we can go and play games. It has been a long time, it seems, to get to this point. But I’m glad we’re here, and I’m glad it’s getting close to August and starting practice and getting the opportunity to compete against these outstanding programs and institutions that we’re going to compete against.

Q. Just curious, your first go-around here with the Big Ten Media Days, did you keep an eye what was going on in Greensboro last week with the ACC Media Days? Was it tough for you to let that go, so to speak?
COACH EDSALL: No. I was in St. Thomas and I was enjoying the heck out of St. Thomas.

So, again, change is inevitable in life, and what you do is you embrace change. And at the end of last season, we pretty much put it forward that this is where we’re going and this is what we have to concentrate on. And this is what our future is.

And, again, I’ve got to make sure that I keep everybody doing those things and looking straight ahead and concentrating on what we have to.

So it’s great to be here in Chicago, to see everybody here and be part of this. It’s really a lot of fun.

Q. Penn State had some success recruiting in your area for those faster, stronger players they talk about. How do you compete against a program that James Franklin brings?
COACH EDSALL: Well, I think when it comes to recruiting, there’s always a philosophy that you have a profile that you’re going to recruit.

And a lot of times, some of those guys that maybe go elsewhere don’t fit the profile that you’re looking for. And we know that we’re in an area where there’s going to be a lot of schools come in and recruit where we’re at. The thing we just stay focused on is just recruiting that profile and recruiting that young man that fits what we’re looking for.

And recruiting is a very competitive, very competitive game, and we’re going to go other places into people’s states and recruit people from there.

So again, I think the biggest thing with recruiting is getting the guys that fit what you’re looking for. And it also comes down to this: I think you have to be a staff that is good at developing those players, because there’s no player that comes into the program as a finished product.

And I think I have a great coaching staff. I know I have a great coaching staff of being able to bring young men in and to be able to develop them and them to be better than what people thought they would be or better than what maybe they thought they could be.

So getting kids on your campus is one thing. But it’s what you do with those kids once they’re on your campus that truly makes a difference in your program. And that’s one of the things that we’re starting to see at the University of Maryland, is we have 20 starters coming back and we have a lot of depth as these kids are getting better.

And to me, that’s the real thing about recruiting. It’s not only getting the kids there, it’s getting them developed and making them better
once they’re in your program and they’re there for the four or five years.

 

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