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Interim Maryland AD Randy Eaton: “I Want Everyone to Know…We’re Going to Keep the Ship In the Same Direction”

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Interim Maryland AD Randy Eaton: “I Want Everyone to Know…We’re Going to Keep the Ship In the Same Direction”

Posted on 30 June 2010 by Ryan Chell

Former Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow had received offers from other schools during her 16-year run at College Park to be their athletic director. Each time, she declined because she loved Maryland and she said the same thing. It would have to be the perfect opportunity for her to leave.

And that’s what Yow just did last week, as she left for her sister, Kay Yow’s, school, NC State, to be their athletic director. Left with a void now in College Park, Dr. C. D. Mote and the Maryland administrative staff had to fill that void in order to keep everything running smoothly.

The staff wants more time to interview potential candidates, but the position needed to be filled on an interim basis. So in comes Randy Eaton, who had been the senior associate athletics director and the department’s chief financial adviser.

He has been involved with intercollegiate athletic the last twenty years, and Eaton, 49, has been at Maryland since 2003.

Eaton said he literally blinked over the last two weeks and now he is in the position as the college’s interim athletic director.

Eaton had a few minutes between sending out thank you messages to talk with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction.”

“This has all happened so fast within four of five days of Debbie announcing her departure. My main focus was to reach out to everyone who reached out to me with well-wishes and ‘how I can helps?’.”  It’s taken me about two days to return little more than 600 emails I’ve received.”

But even though it was a surprise to see him now sitting in the AD’s chair, they did hear some rumors over the last couple weeks about Yow leaving to pursue a dream.

“We started getting ripples about it two weeks before the official announcement down at Raleigh. But as we got closer and we knew Debbie had the opportunity…it just made more and more sense for her to go home.”

“Her family is rooted in North Carolina, and with the loss of her sister, Kay, Debbie was stepping in as the patriarch of the family.  The more you thought about it, the more it made sense for her…still being an athletic director, still being in the ACC, and getting to have her personal life being a bigger part of her daily life. It ended being a win-win for Debbie.”

And now, not only is Eaton living the dream right now as well, he thanks Eaton for not being the athletic director who leaves behind a mess for the new AD to clean up after.

“We were left in a great situation,” Eaton said. “Typically those programs have some issues…and we aren’t facing any of that here at Maryland. I’m not walking into a mess.”

And Eaton said that it helps having been here since he doesn’t have to spend time getting to know a bunch of new people.

“Ive been here for seven years. I’ve been in my current role for the last two years. I know the lay of the land if you will. I’m excited and I’m looking forward to the next couple of months while we’re in the search for a new athletic director.”

And Eaton said things really aren’t going to change any from when Yow was in charge.

“I just wanted everyone to know that we’re going to keep the ship in the same direction that it is,” he said.

And even though he is listed as the interim AD, he has been handed the keys to Maryland’s 27 athletic programs, which he said the school should have no problem supporting and keeping for the next several years.

“Dr. Mote made it clear to me that I have full authority as athletic director. It may be an interim tag, but if major decisions come up during my tenure, it would be no different than Debbie’s was prior to her departure.”

Eaton, like every other administrative assistant in athletics, it is their dream to become an athletic director and to have a program of their own to lead. Now there are a couple questions coming Eaton’s way…would he leave Maryland for a permanent position at another school, like Yow, or if he produces well enough, could be become the athletic director here at Maryland, losing the interim tag?

Eaton answered the question regarding the chances of him going elsewhere.

“Part of it it has to be the right situation, and I think everyone views it that way when they take their first AD job. But I’ve enjoyed my time here at Maryland.”

“Do I think that my time as interim will generate more desire than there already is? Probalby not. I do want to be an athletic director. I do want to lead my own athletic program someday.  But its got to be the right situation. It’s got to be a better situation than I have right now. I’ve got a good position here at Maryland..this is a great athletic program.”

So, it looks like College Park may have Eaton here for awhile, and hopefully he can live up to the expectations that Yow left behind. And unlike Yow quickly jumping for NC State over the last week, Eaton is going to take things slow.

“I’m not in a hurry to leave here. It would have to be something very special to make me want to look at it, pursue it, and to leave Maryland.”

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Ex Maryland AD on Leaving Maryland: “It Had to be NC State…With The History My Family Has Here”

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Ex Maryland AD on Leaving Maryland: “It Had to be NC State…With The History My Family Has Here”

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Ryan Chell

Debbie Yow, new AD at NC State
Debbie Yow is going home.

Last week, Yow, the University of Maryland‘s athletic director the last 16 years, announced that she will be leaving Maryland to take the vacant athletic director position at NC State University, the school where her family has a long and prestigious history.

Yow will look back on her time at College Park with great memories.

“I’ve been grateful to have been there. I’ve been blessed to be Maryland’s AD for 16 years.”

Since she made the decision last week, Yow has been flooded with responses wishing her the best on a new endeavor.

“Terrapin Nation’s been pretty awesome. I’ve received probably between 150 and 200 kind and gracious notes about the 16 years together. Im very apprecitative of that and their understanding about my need to get closer to my roots and the family.”

Yow said it will be hard for her to adjust, given how much time, effort, and heart she has put into rebuilding the athletic program for the Terrapins.

“But you don’t do what I do for a living sustaining for 16 years walking away for without any emotion,” Yow told Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” Tuesday morning.

Yow said that this chance was a once in a lifetime opportunity and she couldn’t pass it up. She even said that she has had these offers come her way before, and she turned them down. But not NC State.

“I’ve already had these opportunities [with] Kentucky and Baylor. I couldn’t because of how I feel about the Terps. It had to be NC State. That was pretty much it with the history my family has here.”

Debbie’s sister, Kay, was the coach of the Wolfpack’s girls basketball team for 34 years, winning over 700 games in her career.

A Naismith Hall of Famer, Kay became diagnosed with breast cancer in the late 80′s and battled the disease for over 20 years. With it recurring within the last couple years, Kay Yow finally succumbed to the disease last January, 2009.

Debbie's sister Kay

Her younger sister, Susan, was the first All-American on the girls basketball team in the school’s history. And her cousin, Virgil, is the coach at nearby High Point University.

Yow also felt like NC State needed her, and with Yow’s demeanor, she felt like she had done enough at Maryland and it was time to move on to another administration that needed her help.

“Some of us like to do this for a living…we get a lot of joy out of trying to find out what the needs are, and trying to provide for thse needs,” Yow said. “That’s probably the art of trying to achieve at the highest levels.”

During Yow’s time at UMD, the school won twenty national championships.

And already, she likes the atmosphere she is in with the new staff she is working with, and she said that with some new people coming into Maryland’s administration, that could have had an impact on her making the jump to Tobacco Road.

And when asked if she sees any similarities between NC State and when she took over a sanction-laden Maryland program years ago, Yow said that there really isn’t a correlation between the two, and if there was, she wouldn’t know it yet.

“I don’t think I’ve been here long enough to draw comparison like that. It’s like comparing two jobs of anybody. The traditions are different, the culture is different, so is the history. So its not apples to apples. It’s not going to be an event..it’s going to be a process.  Maryland was a process and still is a process.

When Yow took over at Maryland, the school had a deficit of over 50 million dollars in its athletic department.

16 years later? It’s down to 5.5 million, and Yow says that they have balanced the budget every year in the last ten.

Yow really didn’t see it as a big deal. It was just another hurdle that had to be jumped in order for her to do her job well, and to help the coaches do their jobs just as good or better.

“I didn’t have a choice. If your going to do the job, you have to do the whole job. It was the thing that I had the least interest in, and the least passion for, but was the thing that mattered the most initially.”

“But it was a prerequisite to building the program is to prove that we could manage ourselves fiscally. As those years ran by…it really changes peoples’ willingness to cooperate with you.”

Now that she is leaving Maryland, if you had to nitpick her time at College Park, there isn’t a lot to point out. But the elephant in the room would be her relationship-or lack thereof-with the one coach that was before her time at Maryland-head basketball coach Gary Williams.

Williams and Yow had their back-and-forth relationship drag on the past several years. The two have butted heads over graduation rates and the success of the program, and when it came to education in particular, Yow said that she won’t ever apologize for making education a priority.

“Gary is Gary. I think the thing we talked the most about was graduation rates. I cant apologize for wanting good graduation rates.”

And while she had a battle with Gary in the Washington Post several years back in which it appeared Yow called Williams out on several issues, Yow says that she has to give Williams credit for turning the program around this year on the court and in the classroom, where Williams’ program graduated 100% of its players and is poised to do it again next year.

“We turned the corner last year. Now that’s a change. I’m very proud of it, and it really had something to do with my decision to nominate him for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame…and to submit paperwork to the campus to put his name on the court at Comcast.”

“Do you do that for someone you don’t respect especially when you’re on the way out?”

Now Yow will have new problems to deal with, but she still feels at home. And she will continue to feel that way until the next time her old employer plays her new one in any sport.

“I’m very familiar with all this. It wont seem odd to me at all. Unless NC State is playing the Terps, that’s who I’m going to be pulling for.”

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because someone found a YouTube video of a guy holding an AK-47 and lip-syncing or singing a karaoke version of “Hello” by Lionel Richie. There’s absolutely no reason for me to enjoy this video, but yet I do…

I have no idea WHY I’d enjoy this video so much, but for some reason…yeah…this…this is just fine.

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Jason Berken, Ty Wigginton, Nick Markakis likely All-Star Game candidates for Orioles, Juan Samuel supports Adam Jones

And with that, congratulations to the Birds’ interim manager for winning his first ever “Apologist of the Morning” honor, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. I’m well aware that Adam Jones is on an absolutely TORRID pace right now, but hitting well for a few weeks does not a season make. (How was that for poetry?)

Jones’ OBP is just .296. I know he’s hit 12 home runs this season, but he has just 8 walks. Those are NOT All-Star numbers. If the team had done anything before the last 5 days, I’d say he should be a candidate for American League Player of the Month; but getting hot quickly doesn’t qualify you to be an All-Star. Sorry Juan Samuel. Wigginton is in a similar boat. Hitting well to start the season and then falling off the face of the planet doesn’t qualify you as an All-Star either.

The reality is that if the player who has been the best for the O’s all season were to go to Anaheim, it would be Berken. He’s given up 8 earned runs all season, with just 12 walks and 32 strikeouts. He’s absolutely been fantastic. Does he have the pedigree of an All-Star? Of course not. But has he been the team’s “best” player this season from Opening Day until June 29th? I think there’s no doubt about that.

My choice to go to Angel Stadium remains Markakis. As far as someone who “belongs”, Markakis fits the bill. He’s been consistent throughout the season, although he clearly has lacked in the HR and RBI department. The fact remains that this team SHOULDN’T have an All-Star representative, but rules dictate that someone has to go. If someone has to go, I would certainly feel most comfortable with that player being Markakis.

2. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Garrett Atkins not interested in accepting AAA assignment to Norfolk

And as Drew stated so well via Twitter last night (follow us @WNST), the Tides reportedly responded by saying “Somehow, we’ll survive…”

In fairness, Norfolk already has a few Garrett Atkins’ on their roster in Nolan Reimold and Brandon Snyder. I’m not sure that this organization really needs another Garrett Atkins around. It just didn’t work here. For all parties involved (especially one Andy MacPhail), it’s probably best that the sides part ways cleanly.

As a note, I saw the Sun report that Brady Anderson is working with Nolan Reimold. I don’t know that it will make Nolan Reimold a major league baseball player again this season; but I certainly see no reason why it wouldn’t be a good idea. Having the likes of Brady Anderson, BJ Surhoff, Mike Bordick, etc. around is a perfectly good idea in my eyes.

3. The AP/STATS’ Mike Lipka previews O’s-A’s series starting tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

First pitch tonight at OPACY is at 7:05pm, with Dallas Braden facing Brian Matusz. If you’re like me and not really interested in dealing with the heat; you can check the game out on MASN2. As Drew and I discussed this morning; the amazing thing here is that despite the fact that we’ve already seen Oakland 6 times this season-I still can’t name more than 5 or 6 position players off the top of my head.

Rajai Davis can ground out into a triple, I know him. Kevin Kouzmanoff has as many letters in his last name as he does significant hits in his career. Daric Barton is the only human being on the face of the planet with the name Daric. Kurt Suzuki is a worse option to hit cleanup than anyone Baltimore has trotted out this season. I’m pretty sure they have a Sweeney as well…Ryan Sweeney if I remember right.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. Is Mark Ellis still on the roster? I know Eric Chavez got hurt, I used to be able to name him. I know the A’s pitchers have been pretty good this season. But in reality, the Birds still have a realistic shot at winning a few more games this week.

Of course, I’ve found myself thinking that before.

4. Virginian-Pilot says Chris George rocked in Tides’ loss to Louisville Monday night on farm

You know what else got rocked? MY MIND when I heard WWTDD had pictures of Kelly Brook from her vacation…

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5. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens 6th round pick (Morehouse State OT) Ramon Harewood agreed to 3 year deal

This now leaves the Ravens with more SIGNED picks (Harewood, Dennis Pitta, Arthur Jones and David Reed) than they do UNSIGNED (Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody, Ed Dickson). Nothing surprising here; as I’ve stated before that there’s no reason to think the team will have any trouble getting their picks signed this year.

As far as where Harewood fits in with the Ravens; he’s going to have an uphill climb to be on the roster Week 1 when the Ravens face the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Michael Oher and Jared Gaither (who I’ve said before is expected to be on the roster come Week 1) are entrenched at the starting tackle positions. Behind them, Oniel Cousins has shown himself to be the #3 guy. Marshal Yanda’s flexibility kept Tony Moll from dressing much last season, but he was on the roster all season after being acquired from Green Bay.

The simple answer would for me to say that Harewood is competing with Moll for a roster spot. That’s not entirely true. Moll has some ability to go inside, which makes him more valuable on Cam Cameron’s offense-even if his natural ability isn’t at the same level as some others on the roster. Harewood is also going to be coming off a knee injury suffered in minicamp when he reports to Westminster. There is ABSOLUTELY a chance that the team could try to store him on IR or the practice squad.

Stefan Rodgers and Joe Reitz are also options at Tackle, and Harewood would have to stay ahead of them to have a shot at making the 53 out of Training Camp. I had him JUST off the bubble on my initial mock roster, I doubt that will change as we get closer to reporting to McDaniel College.

6. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Greg Mattison thinks Tom Zbikowski playing like Ed Reed

And there isn’t much of anyone better in the world for Zbikowski to model himself after. Similarly, I try to get my girlfriend (you may be familiar with her-”The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet”), to try to be more and more like Mallilany Malin (Thanks Guyism!)…

malin

7. Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole says Ravens have 2nd best D-Line in NFL

With the Minnesota Vikings at Number 1, I can’t possibly argue with either of the rankings. Clearly the line with Kevin Williams, Pat Williams and Jared Allen HAS to be considered the best in the National Football League; but the Ravens have built something that deserves recognition as well.

Clearly the Ravens’ D-Line is anchored inside out; with the likes of Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody and Kelly Gregg holding down the middle. The depth the team has built inside with the likes of Kelly Talavou, Brandon McKinney, Arthur Jones and Lamar Divens behind that.

The reason the Ravens couldn’t really even be CONSIDERED ahead of the Vikes is the lack of a true premier rush end. There was a time that Trevor Pryce WAS that guy, but he isn’t anymore. The team believes that Pryce and Cory Redding can combine to anchor the position moving forward; and I don’t doubt that they can. There’s still a hope that Paul Kruger can develop into a true rush end; but obviously he isn’t there yet.

8. UMTerps.com says Randy Eaton named interim Athletic Director at Maryland

Which is a MUCH too logical decision for the University to make. Eaton has been VERY involved with the program in the role of CFO in recent years, and has been hands on in important decisions with finances, scheduling and personnel. There is no question that if there is someone on staff who at least deserves CONSIDERATION for the job permanently, it would be Eaton.

If you’re interested, Eaton will join Drew Forrester tomorrow morning at 9:00am to talk about his new role. I think Eaton will do a great job in the role, which he could have to fill for some time. With no timetable to complete the search to replace C.D. Mote as University President, the search to find a new Athletic Director could certainly extend into the academic year.

9. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Debbie Yow will make basically same salary at NC State as she did in College Park

If you missed Debbie Yow’s appearance this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, it is absolutely worth the listen. You can head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net now to check it out.

Maryland soccer coach Sasho Cirvoski joined the show to go around the World Cup, and Washington Capitals GM George McPhee recapped the NHL Entry Draft as well. It’s all there in the Audio Vault if you want to check it out.

Also, the new weekly episode of the “D1scast” with myself and Patrick Stevens is also available now in the Audio Vault. We talk at length about Debbie Yow, Randy Eaton, Greivis Vasquez, the NBA Draft, and the great 4th of July scene in “The Sandlot.” It’s must listen…if you must.

10. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says former Terrapins lacrosse coach Dave Cottle has interviewed at Harvard

I have no idea if Cottle would be a good fit in the Ivy League. Regionally, he has no coaching experience in New England-but he IS a hell of a coach.

As sad as he was to leave his players, do you get the feeling Dave Cottle felt WORSE about leaving when he found out that the girls in the Undie Run were hanging out with Testudo???

undierun

And finally, I leave you with this.

If you haven’t picked up Drake’s new disc “Thank Me Later”, I suggest you do. I’m FEELING “Miss Me”, even if I’d fight Drake over his desire to marry Nicki Minaj…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Yow Reportedly to Leave Maryland for NC State

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

There have been multiple different reports regarding the future of Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow tonight, and I will do my best to pass along what we know.

According to a source, Yow IS on her way to North Carolina Friday to meet with North Carolina State officials. She is expected to accept the Athletic Director position in Raleigh, where she will replace outgoing AD Lee Fowler.

The Washington Post cited Maryland associate AD Kathleen Worthington in saying that no contract has been signed. That being said, sources have indicated to WNST that the decision has been made.

According to InsideMDSports.com, Yow offered an “emotional” address to Terrapin Club members at a previously scheduled meeting Thursday night.

Rumors regarding Yow’s potential interested in the position at NC State began immediately after Fowler announced his resignation. Yow has clear emotional ties to NCSU, as her late sister Kay Yow coached the Wolfpack Women’s basketball program from 1975 until she died of breast cancer in 2009. Yow had previously denied interviewing for the NC State position to the Baltimore Sun, but was rumored to have interviewed earlier this month.

Yow’s departure would come at an interesting time in College Park. The University is still in the process of finding a replacement for school president C.D. Mote. A new president would likely want to be involved in the selection of a new athletic director. Ralph Friedgen is entering a year in which Debbie Yow had stated publicly she expected the football team to finish the season over .500; or his future would be in jeopardy. There is still a $1 million buyout in place should James Franklin NOT be named the next Terrapins football coach.

Yow’s legacy with the Terps will ultimately show that she presided over a very successful tenure in athletics history. Some would argue that Gary Williams won the 2001-2002 NCAA Basketball Championship in SPITE of Yow, while Yow was unarguably a crucial part of Brenda Frese’s women’s team winning the 2005-2006 NCAA Basketball Championship.

The InsideMDSports.com report indicates that Connecticut AD Jeff Hathaway would be considered a “prime target” to replace Yow, as Hathaway is a Maryland graduate. No timetable is expected for what will be a national search for a replacement.

-G

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Official Release Announcing John Tillman as New Maryland Lacrosse Coach

Posted on 16 June 2010 by WNST Staff

June 16, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – John Tillman has been hired as the University of Maryland’s head men’s lacrosse coach, Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow announced today, becoming the ninth coach in the 85-year history of the program. Tillman comes to College Park after three years returning Harvard lacrosse to national prominence and twelve seasons as the top assistant at Navy, during which the Midshipmen experienced some of the best years in their storied history. He has signed a seven-year contract.

“It is a great honor to take over the Maryland men’s lacrosse program,” said Tillman. “Maryland is a premier university with a rich history of success in lacrosse. I’d like to thank Dr. Yow and the search committee for extending the wonderful opportunity to be Maryland’s head coach. It will be the goal of our staff to be the kind of lacrosse program, the kind of lacrosse team that you can be proud of, that will complement the tradition that this institution has been so proud of through the years. What makes this lacrosse program special is its importance to the school and the State of Maryland. The tradition here is phenomenal. I am looking forward to this challenge.

“I would also like to thank Bob Scalise for giving me the opportunity to coach at Harvard University the last three seasons. I enjoyed working with the student-athletes there and will look back fondly on my time with the young men at Harvard.”

Widely considered one of the top young coaches in the country and a dynamic recruiter, Tillman has been the head men’s lacrosse coach at Harvard the past three seasons. His last recruiting class for the Crimson was rated No. 3 in the nation, according to Inside Lacrosse.

“We are delighted that Coach Tillman will become our leader of Maryland men’s lacrosse,” said Yow. “Senior Associate AD Michael Lipitz chaired this successful search. He and his committee identified Coach Tillman early and worked diligently to secure him for the Terps. John is a man of integrity and a tireless worker who has the ability to attract the very best student-athletes to College Park. He has a `can do’ attitude that is contagious. We look forward to this exciting new era in Maryland lacrosse.”

During his three seasons at Harvard, Tillman compiled an overall record of 20-19, including an 8-5 mark in 2009, which was the Crimson’s highest win total since 1999.

Tillman’s time at Harvard produced a number of the most memorable wins in the program’s history. This past season, during which Harvard climbed as high as No. 11 in the national polls, Tillman guided the Crimson to an 11-8 victory over No. 6 Princeton, which was the first time Harvard had defeated the Tigers in 20 years. In 2009, Tillman led the Crimson to a season-opening 9-6 upset victory at No. 5 Duke.

Tillman improved his teams in every aspect over the past three seasons. Prior to his arrival in Cambridge, Mass., the Crimson ranked 40th and 42nd, respectively, in total offense and defense. Tillman’s defense ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation, while his offense rose to No. 15 in the country. He also dramatically improved Harvard’s extra-man offense, from the 51st-ranked unit before he arrived, to a perennial top 15 unit.

Prior to Harvard, Tillman spent 12 seasons at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. After six seasons as an assistant coach, he was promoted to head assistant coach and offensive coordinator prior to the 2002 season. From 2004 through 2007, Tillman helped lead the Midshipmen to the some of the most successful seasons in program history, including four straight NCAA tournament berths, four consecutive Patriot League tournament titles and four straight Patriot League regular season championships.

In 2004, with Tillman at the helm of the Navy offense, the Mids made a remarkable run through the NCAA tournament, defeating three Ivy League teams (Penn, Cornell and Princeton) en route to a spot in the national championship game. Tillman’s offense was a key component of Navy’s success that season, ranking third in the nation in scoring offense. Following the Mids’ tremendous 2004 season, Tillman was awarded the first of his two Collegiate Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year Awards by the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association.

During his 12 season at the Naval Academy, Tillman was responsible for helping develop first team All-America midfielders Graham Gill and Billy Looney and second team All-America attackman Jon Birsner. In his 12 seasons in Annapolis, the Mids compiled an overall record of 104-63.

Tillman started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Ithaca College. He spent four seasons (1992-95) with the Bombers, helping lead them to the Division III national semifinals in 1992.

In addition to his extensive coaching experience, Tillman also serves as a member of the Tewaaraton Award Men’s Selection Committee.

A 1991 graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Tillman was a three-year member of the school’s Dean’s list. He had the opportunity to play for legendary coach Richie Moran and was a member of the 1989 squad that earned a berth in the NCAA tournament. Tillman was a goalie when he entered college, but played a number of positions for the Big Red, giving him a great appreciation and understanding for the overall game of lacrosse.

Tillman played professionally for the Baltimore Thunder and the Washington Power of the National Lacrosse League. During his final two seasons in Baltimore, he helped the Thunder reach the NLL Championship and Semifinals. Tillman also played for the Toyota Lacrosse Club, who won five-consecutive Southern Division Championships, including a world championship in 2000.

A native of Corning, N.Y., Tillman was previously commissioned into the U.S. Navy as a fleet support officer and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.

John Tillman Facts
Full Name: John Tillman
Age: 41
Hometown: Corning, N.Y.
Alma Mater: Cornell `91
Years Coaching: 19

Coaching Experience
2010- Maryland (Head Coach)
2008-10 – Harvard (Head Coach)
2002-07 – Navy (Head Assistant Coach)
1996-2001 – Navy (Assistant Coach)
1992-1995 – Ithaca College (Assistant Coach)

What Others Are Saying About John Tillman
Richie Meade, Navy, Head Coach
“I think John is one of the brightest Division I coaches out there and will do an outstanding job at Maryland. He’s an outstanding person; very dedicated with a great work ethic and will be a positive influence on the players, his coaching staff and the University.”

Dave Pietramala, Johns Hopkins, Head Coach
“I have great respect for John Tillman and the approach he brings to the game. He is a tireless worker, outstanding coach and even better human being.”

Kevin Plank, Maryland Football ’95, founder and CEO of Under Armour
“Coach Tillman brings a strong track record of success and an incredible work ethic to College Park. A tireless recruiter and an expert motivator, he maximizes his players’ talents and is poised to lead Maryland’s program to new heights.”

Dick Corrigan, Maryland Lacrosse ’59, Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame
“John will be a tremendous asset to the University of Maryland, as he is very much a class act.”

Brian Burlace, Maryland Lacrosse ’92, All-American
“I’m thrilled to have John Tillman as Maryland’s head coach. He’s had high standards for himself and his teams throughout his successful career at Harvard, Navy and Ithaca. He’ll make all lacrosse alumni proud of his selection. The future is bright for the Terps.”

Joe Walters, Maryland Lacrosse ’06, All-American & School’s All-Time Leading Scorer
“Coach Tillman is an outstanding person and a credible guy, who I believe can lead Maryland to a national championship. He is a great competitor and was always very respectful when we played against his Navy teams. Maryland is fortunate to have a guy like Coach Tillman as its next head coach. I think he’s a guy that all of the alumni can get behind and rally around as the Maryland head coach.”

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In Tillman Hire, Terps Hoping Results Greater Than Buzz

Posted on 16 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

It wasn’t exactly the sexiest of hires.

The University of Maryland officially announced the hiring of John Tillman as the 9th head lacrosse coach in school history Wednesday, replacing Dave Cottle-who parted ways with the program following an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame in May.

While Cottle’s departure was called for by many amongst the alumni base and overall fan base of the Terrapins, there was a sense that the school would have their choice of any candidate to replace the coach who took the Terps to the Final Four three times in nine seasons.

Yet as the coaching search unfolded, it became clear that College Park might not be the destination some lacrosse fans thought it was. High profile coaches like Cornell’s Jeff Tambroni and Bryant’s Mike Pressler (the head coach at Duke prior to the 2006 incident in which all parties were ultimately exonerated) removed their names from consideration. Syracuse women’s coach Gary Gait also took his name off the list-although there was no real reason to believe Maryland was interested in him this time after passing over him to hire Cottle in 2002.

Other candidates Maryland supporters had hoped would be connected to the opening were never contacted, including Notre Dame’s Kevin Corrigan, UMBC’s Don Zimmerman, Albany’s Scott Marr,  Stevenson’s Paul Cantabene and Syracuse assistant Leland Rogers. In fact, the only other known interview was Virginia assistant Marc Van Arsdale.

As I said earlier this week on Twitter of Van Arsdale and Tillman-I’ve seen sexier groups on “The Biggest Loser.” There were no “Bring Tillman to Maryland” domain names registered or Facebook groups started, not that lacrosse hires always go viral. Yet the news of who had interviewed appeared to be greeted with more of a “oh…okay” than an “OKAY!” response.

In John Tillman, Maryland gets a coach with three years head coaching experience at Harvard. Prior to that, Tillman spent 12 years in Annapolis as the top assistant at Navy. He knows the area and he’s worked with higher class kids to try to bring them to the Ivy League. In that way, Maryland appears to have made a solid choice, as they need someone to go into the homes of top MIAA talent in Baltimore and try to keep them in state.

Of course, Tillman has no NCAA Tournament experience at went just 20-19 as head coach of the Crimson; meaning the label “unproven” would not be unfair for a fanbase to attach.

I get the feeling the folks in the Maryland athletic office didn’t field too many phone calls Wednesday from fans looking to find out how much it would cost to lease a suite at Byrd Stadium for the 2011 lacrosse season.

Tillman will every chance to prove himself early in his tenure, as the Terps return the majority of the players that lead them to the 3rd seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. In fact, an early poll for 2011 from Inside Lacrosse this week had Maryland ranked 5th before a head coach was ever hired. The Terps retain the bulk of their offensive talent, with their biggest loss being goalie Brian Phipps.

Tillman’s hire appears to reflect a bigger need within the lacrosse program at Maryland. Simply put, it seems to reflect the need to win. Maryland officials could have tried to change the mind of one of the bigger names in the college game by offering a bunch of money, knowing that a splashy hire could help to generate buzz around the program.

Instead, they simply hired the man they felt could the team win. That may be even more significant.

When Maryland hired Dave Cottle from Loyola in 2002, Athletic Director Debbie Yow spoke immediately of NCAA Championship expectations in the University’s press release. As D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens pointed out today via Twitter, the only Championship reference from a Maryland source in the John Tillman press release was from former Terps attackman Joe Walters (“Coach Tillman is an outstanding person and a credible guy, who I believe can lead Maryland to a national championship”), possibly the best player of the Dave Cottle era in College Park.

Maryland isn’t looking for buzz in this hire. They’re clearly looking for results. It has become apparent that the fans in this area simply want to see the team compete at a very high level-as frustration had mounted over not making the Final Four in the last four seasons and a NCAA Championship drought that dates back to 1975.

Maryland needs to win to generate excitement. They feel like they have a chance to do that under John Tillman. If they do, no one will remember the names that were overlooked or the names that looked past Maryland before Tillman was hired.

If they don’t, “should have been Paul Cantabene” could become an even more popular rallying cry than “they should have never skipped over Gary Gait” has been.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 14 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because this happened yesterday…

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Need I explain more? The “Luckiest Dang Little Sister on the Face of the Planet” had a birthday, and I reaped the benefits.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Kevin Millwood roughed up as Orioles swept by Mets

I decided to peek at Stephen Strasburg for a bit yesterday over on MASN2 as the Nats played in Cleveland-just because I didn’t want to be the only guy in the world NOT talking about him.

By the time I realized I had forgot to flip over and watch the start of the Birds game, it was already 5-0 in the first. At least it made it easier to stop watching and head outside for crabs and Moosehead.

I’m well aware that the game got back to 5-3 at one point; but the Orioles really DIDN’T ever have a chance. A special thanks to Mark Hendrickson for making sure it wasn’t AT ALL interesting at any point after he came in.

I’d like to say something poignant here to wrap this up. I think I’ll go with “The Orioles stink.” How’d that sound?

2. WNST.net/The AP provide numerical evidence of sweep

The crazy thing is that the team has been getting some hits recently. Over the last 6 games, they’ve collected 62 hits. Sadly, they’ve rarely turned into runs.

Of course, when you let the one RBI producer you have go (Aubrey Huff) and don’t replace him with someone who’s an acceptable replacement (like Matt Holliday or Jason Bay); this is what you get. It’s been piss poor all season. I don’t know why I’d bother being frustrated by it now.

I don’t know if you can tell by my tone early on, but this wasn’t exactly fun this weekend. I was hoping the World Cup would help to improve my spirits towards sports in general-but I got a bit too much sun Saturday, and then my allergies came racing back yesterday.

I still blame the Orioles. Why wouldn’t I?

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says with sweep, O’s now continue historic poor pace

There is no doubt that over the next few months, there will be plenty of attention paid to the Orioles’ potential assault of the 1962 New York Mets’ record for futility. I’m not the type of person that hopes they DO pursue the record down the stretch just to keep the season entertaining-as I don’t really want to have any part of that. The Mets have that record. I hope they keep it.

That being said, those that support the Orioles going on to finish with the worst record in baseball so that the team can finish with the #1 overall pick in next year’s MLB Entry Draft-I can probably get behind that. I won’t root for them to lose (of course, I can’t bring myself to watch the games at ALL half the time anyway), but I understand that losing games could help the team more than winning can after the All-Star Game.

This just keeps getting more and more depressing. Let’s take a look at a picture of January Jones (who may or may not have been involved in a car crash?) from over at WWTDD and then we’ll regroup and move forward.

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4. MLB.com’s Noah Rosenstein says Birds activated Alfredo Simon, sent down Brad Bergesen

So we’ve got that much going for us, which is nice. Juan Samuel says he’ll use Alfredo Simon primarily as the closer. I’d probably prefer to keep using David Hernandez myself, but I think I’ll just accept EVER having another save situation again first.

As far as Brad Bergesen goes; this is a numbers game. Of the 4 young pitchers in the “cavalry”, he’s got the lesser pedigree of the bunch. It probably goes Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta then Bergesen. With the other 3 up and both Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie having not been dealt yet. That’s 6 guys for 5 spots. While Hernandez is probably best suited for the bullpen in the long term, Bergesen should probably remain a starter. In order to do that, he has to go to Norfolk, at least for now.

5. Baysox.com says Pasadena native Chorye Spoone matched MLB pitcher Ross Detweiler in Bowie’s win over Harrisburg on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a couple of things…

-A reminder that the Birds are back in action tonight, facing the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. First pitch between Chris Tillman and Jonathan Sanchez is at 10:15pm. The other starters for the Orioles this week are Arrieta and Guthrie; the Giants counter with Joe Martinez and Tim Lincecum. The hopes for a Madison Bumgarner-Jake Arrieta showdown were nice, but appear to be all but gone.

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, a former winner-”Neal S.” from The Loss Column. Neal was selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. For a change, today’s winner didn’t win because of “apology”, but instead for being an apologist yet having the stones to say the right thing. Neal said…

“I’m getting frustrated with Andy MacPhail’s ultra-conservative, deliberate approach. I’m not getting at any larger point, necessarily, it’s just what it is. Frustration with an approach that seems to be growing less effective by the day.”

It’s time the uber-defenders of “The Plan” wise up and accept facts. The fact is, the manager has been fired but the team still stinks. Either that means there are two bad managers, or the general manager put a bad club together. I think I know which one it was in this case.

I don’t think Peter Angelos should FIRE Andy MacPhail, but I ABSOLUTELY believe his feet need to be held to the fire to MAKE THE TEAM BETTER.

I hope others will join Neal S. in having the courage to stand up and say “this isn’t okay.”

-While Bobby Valentine and Eric Wedge remain the only managers known to have interviewed for the job, I think there’s an obvious choice for the next interview. As I posted Saturday on Facebook, the recent meltdown from one time would-be Arizona Diamondbacks manager Wally Backman HAS to earn him an interview, correct?

(Edit from GMC: This video is ABSOLUTELY NSFW. Unless you work at a place that has the F word in the name of the company. If that’s the case, I would imagine the video is probably okay.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PJJUc2u0bs[/youtube]

6. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens S Nakamura ‘well ahead of schedule’ in return from injury

The organization has to be happy with the quick returns from injury not only for Nakamura-but also for Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb. Washington & Webb still aren’t 100 percent, but all of these players have remained ahead of schedule. That’s good news for ALL Ravens fans.

A reminder that we will NOT be out at 1 Winning Drive for Passing Camp this week-because the NFL took away Passing Camp this week. The Ravens are still doing formal work with their rookies, but there is no availability for us. But as any news comes from Owings Mills, we’ll be sure to get it to you via Twitter (follow us @WNST), WNST.net and on air at AM1570.

7. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says only ‘money’ would make sense in potential Terrapins move to Big Ten

This is a great read from Patrick regarding the entire conference situation. I have said a few times that I don’t think it helps the Terps to go to the Big Ten, and I won’t waiver on that. That being said, if Big Ten commish Jim Delaney has $20 million a year to throw at the University for free, it would have to be considered by C.D. Mote or whoever replaces as him-even if it ends up going against the wishes of Debbie Yow.

We talked some college sports this morning on “The Morning Reaction”, as Morgan State Bears head coach Todd Bozeman joined the program to respond to the news of recent scholarship losses. If you missed the chat, you can head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to listen, as Drew and Todd also discussed the Boston Celtics’ 3-2 lead on the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Other guests this morning were Baseball Prospectus’ Jay Jaffe and UMBC Soccer Coach Pete Caringi-who recapped the United States-England match, as well as all other things World Cup.

8. Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns has Maryland 5th, Johns Hopkins 11th, Loyola 15th in ‘way early’ 2011 lacrosse poll

The Dave Cottle defenders of the world pointed out that he deserved the chance to coach one more season, as this Maryland team is arguably the best he would have had.

Maybe so, but that’s of course not an option anymore. Speaking of which, nothing new on the Maryland lacrosse search front this weekend.

Speaking of which-if we’re going to put together ridiculous lists at the wrong time, I want to make a list of “gals from Australia who made the cover of Ralph Magazine and I would like to get to know better.” Gianna Pattison is number 1. (Thanks Guyism!)

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9. The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Baltimore County World Soccer Festival part of “World Cup fever” coming over Charm City

If you didn’t come out to Patriot Plaza in Towson for the event Saturday, it was a GREAT time, even if the match ended in a fairly fortunate draw. Here’s a look courtesy of WNSTv…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJQ6uakWUQs[/youtube]

We will be out at Amicci’s in Little Italy this afternoon for Italy-Paraguay. The food is GREAT, the beer is cold, it’s going to be an awesome day. Forza Azzurri!!!

10. BaltimoreMariners.com says Mariners topped Erie on last second FG

Thankfully their long snapper isn’t named Matt Katula.

I’m kidding!!!! Matt’s a good man, and hopefully has moved past his elbow issues. Hopefully.

You know, I completely forgot to mention this when we were discussing World Cup, but have you seen Cristiano Ronaldo WAG Irina Shayk? Thanks Busted Coverage…

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And finally, I leave you with this.

If you haven’t been paying attention to WWE Raw, you might not have noticed that they’ve been having guest hosts on the show every week. Some of been great (notably Shaquille O’Neal and Bob Barker), others have been Ashton Kutcher. My buddy Brandon Holthaus started a group on Facebook to try to get Kevin Smith to host the show. Check the group out here.

And how can THIS guy NOT make a good host? (Edit from GMC: Once again, this video is ABSOLUTELY NSFW. Unless you work for Kevin Smith. Or the WWE presumably.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-xKUU5sWS4[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 10 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because the World Cup starts tomorrow, which gives us one more thing to pay attention to besides baseball. Some folks don’t think Spain should be favored to win the Cup. Apparently those people haven’t wandered over to Deadspin to see the UNBELIEVABLE way they moved the ball for a goal against Poland…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPNjELcdyUw[/youtube]

They’re…ummm…good.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Sabathia’s arm, Cano’s glove, Luke Scott’s glove helped Yankees top Orioles again

Another inspired performance last night at OPACY, and by “inspired” I mean ZZZZZZZ….

As if beating CC Sabathia wasn’t tough enough, Chris Tillman and Cesar Izturis (as well as Luke Scott) thought defense blunders might help the cause. Of course, Tillman threw pretty well and Izturis had two hits (if he gets 3 tonight, I owe Drew Forrester a dollar!), but sadly-you have to do more than one thing well in baseball to win.

Last night was really one of those “unwatchable” types of games we’ve grown so accustomed to. The weather sucked, the stadium was empty, there was no excitement, there was no interest, there was no passion, there was no way to enjoy watching the game.

16-43 now. Why shouldn’t the team be under .300? All of the hitters in the lineup are…

2. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of another loss

16,451 tickets sold to a game against New York???

This is BAD.

I certainly didn’t go to the game last night, so I can’t even begin to estimate how many folks might have actually been in the building-but if they can’t sell tickets when the Yanks are in town, they’re in real trouble.

And by “real trouble”, I mean that if future games against the Bronx Bombers and Boston Red Sox are attended at an equally poorly level; this franchise could be in trouble.

They have to make money. The MASN TV deal will help them a great deal over the next few years, but it can’t save the future of the franchise. Only winning can do that.

For the record, Garrett Atkins had a hit and a RBI last night. Take that, haters.

3. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Rick Dempsey ‘wants to’ manage, hasn’t talked to Andy MacPhail or Peter Angelos

And apparently he’s only ever had one formal discussion with Andy MacPhail during Andy’s tenure in Charm City. Hard to believe.

I’m not as much in the Rick Dempsey camp as some others in town are. I think his relationship with Peter Angelos is one of the reasons why he’s NOT an ideal candidate. This team doesn’t need a manager that will work as a “yes man” for a DREADFUL owner. I don’t know that Rick Dempsey IS that guy, but I know he’s came off that way in interviews.

Speaking of potential managerial candidates, if you missed former Milwaukee Brewers/Detroit Tigers/Houston Astros manager Phil Garner this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, make sure you head on over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to check it out. Other guests this morning included our own O’s reporter Luke Jones; as well as our World Cup analysis with Loyola coach Mark Mettrick and Maryland soccer coach Sasho Cirovski.

4. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Arrieta to make first start of MLB career tonight for O’s vs. Yanks

Well…no pressure.

Not exactly the way you’d want to make your major league debut, but I guess you have to make your debut against someone. When you’re debuting for the worst team in baseball, no matter who you go up against-they’re going to be better than you.

Of course, according to the man selected by “The Great Arbitrator” as “Apologist of the Morning” today-James Baker from Oriole Post-it isn’t fair. Baker says….

“Strasburg gets the Pirates; Arrieta gets the Yankees. If that doesn’t illustrate the gaping difference between the AL East and the NL East then I don’t know what will.”

Well James, I know this much. The NL East doesn’t have a single team in the division that has just 16 wins.

5. MLB.com’s Noah Rosenstein says John “T-Bone” Shelby’s son Jeremy Shelby amongst those selected by Birds on Day 3 of MLB Entry Draft

A lot of great players have been found on the final day of the Draft. Mike Piazza is of course the name that jumps out at everyone.

I’d break down more about the team’s picks in the 40th or 47th Rounds, but none of you would care. So instead I’ll pass along the picture of Alessia Ventura that was posted at Busted Coverage…

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6. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Armanda Gabino, Rhyne Hughes had big night on farm

And before we move on from the Orioles, a reminder that the Birds ARE back in action tonight-Jake Arrieta faces AJ Burnett with first pitch at 7:05pm from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. You can see the game on MASN, where Eddie Murray has actually really added something to a series that would otherwise be dreadful to watch.

I’d say I think the Orioles could win tonight…if I thought the Orioles could win tonight. I really just hope Arrieta can go 6 innings. I’m just not necessarily expecting it.

7. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says veteran DB’s Ken Lucas, Walt Harris, Ken Hamlin trying out with Ravens during Passing Camp

What we know about these three:

-Lucas is a 6 foot, 31 year old veteran who has split his career between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers-having returned to the Emerald City last season. He compiled 6 interception seasons in both 2004 and 2005, but tallied just 1 a season ago.

-Harris is a 5’11″, 35 year old veteran who has played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. He made the Pro Bowl in 2006, but missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

-Hamlin is a 6’2″, 29 year old veteran safety who has split his career between the Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys. He was a Pro Bowler in 2007, but played in just 12 games in 2009.

None of the players in this bunch is “the answer” in the secondary, but they could offer some help.

8. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says team will wear black alternate uniforms October 10 vs. Denver Broncos, November 28 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, December 19 vs. New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium

A lot of people really care what color jerseys the team wears at home. While I think the black really IS a sharp look, I’m not the type of person that feels like it really matters that much.

You know who really DOES look good in black? Winnie Cooper herself, Danica McKellar. Thanks Maxim!

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9. The Sun’s Ken Murray says Le’Ron McClain signed one year tender

The Ravens are back in action today at 1 Winning Drive, Luke Jones and I will be over in Owings Mills to cover everything going on-and if the team signs one of these veteran DB’s, we’ll get it to you via our WNST Text Service. Also make sure you’re following on Twitter, you can follow us @WNST.

It will be interesting to see whether or not Jared Gaither has returned to practice. My guess is no, but we’ll find out.

10. UMTerps.com says Xavier assistant Bino Ranson officially hired to join Gary Williams’ staff

We missed him this morning because he actually has a JOB to do, but we’ll have Bino with us tomorrow morning at 8:05 on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST.

In the meantime, a congratulations both to him and to the University, as this appears to be a tremendous hire. Bino’s connections to Juan Dixon clearly played a major role in getting the St. Frances Academy alum to College Park, and he’ll be expected to help keep Baltimore talent in-state.

I can already tell you he won’t get it all. No one could have swerved Josh Selby to Maryland instead of Kansas. But if he gets more than they HAVE been getting in College Park, it will make a lot of us happy.

11. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland to open with Seattle, College of Charleston at Comcast Center in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Both of these are tricky teams, as the Redhawks got wins over Utah and Oregon State last season, while the Cougars managed to pick up wins over Davidson and North Carolina.

Should either of these games be trip-ups for a young Maryland team? No. Should I be tripped up by sexy pictures of Rachael Cordingley ahead of Team USA’s showdown with England Saturday? Well, maybe…

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12. The Diamondback/Terrapin Trail’s Jeremy Schneider says Debbie Yow still doesn’t see Maryland leaving ACC for Big Ten

Don’t even get me started. I don’t like anything about the conference re-alignment situation, and I’m not convinced that Maryland would be helped by moving into the Big Ten in EITHER sport. Yes, it means they get Big Ten Network money, and games against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State every few years at Byrd Stadium. But they lose hoops games against Carolina and Duke.

It might be good for money. It might be good for competition in basketball.

I’m just not sure I like anything about it.

13. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Morgan State lost 2 basketball scholarships, 3 football scholarships due to academic progress

Rumor has it that by “academic progress”, they actually meant “disturbing fans”…

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This is SOMEWHAT serious, but a difficult situation for Todd Bozeman and Donald Hill-Eley. To get talent in the MEAC, you have to take a shot on some kids that have less than desirable academic standards. It’s a tough spot.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Here’s the video of Jeremy Roenick crying after the Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup last night. I know he’s a tough guy and all, but isn’t there no crying in NHL Hockey???

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yNmnViwZ7U[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Here Are Your 20 Candidates In “A Month Of Jerks”

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Here Are Your 20 Candidates In “A Month Of Jerks”

Posted on 28 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Over the past month, Drew Forrester and I have nominated a local sports “jerk” from the state of Maryland each day on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. Now that we’ve reached the end of the month, we want to know your thoughts on our list and we hope you’ll help us whittle the list down to the Top 10 over this Memorial Day weekend.

(Edit from GMC: Please remember-we did this in fun. If you’re offended by this, you’re not getting the point. This was lighthearted.)

Here are my 10 nominees…

Maryland Basketball Coach Gary Williams

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Sun Columnist Mike Preston

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Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk

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Ravens QB Troy Smith

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WJZ’s Damon Yaffe

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Orioles Owner Peter Angelos

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Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh

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Orioles Manager Dave Trembley

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Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow

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Aegis Columnist Randy McRoberts

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(Edit from GMC: I do not believe that to be Randy McRoberts. But Randy McRoberts IS a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and that was the picture I found when I Google Image Searched “Steelers fan.”)

And Drew’s 10 Nominees…

WBFF’s Bruce Cunningham

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WNST’s Nestor Aparicio

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Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps

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WVIE’s Jerry Coleman

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North Harford Football Coach Ken Brinkman

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(Edit from GMC: I assume the kid in the picture ISN’T a jerk. This was just the only picture I could find. Moving on…)

WNST’s Glenn Clark

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WNST’s Drew Forrester

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Ravens LB Terrell Suggs

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WNST’s Ray Bachman (on behalf of all Orioles fans who booed Mike Gonzalez on Opening Day at Camden Yards)

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Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Michael Busch

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There you have it. If you’re not sure of why a certain nominee made it to the list, an explanation of each is available in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net, just click the “Audio” tab at the top of the page. The reasons range from:

-Chet Gladchuk trying to stop the Navy/Maryland series because the Terps played a bowl game in Orlando

-Ken Brinkman thinking it was appropriate to bring the Pittsburgh Steelers to Harford County and Randy McRoberts promoting it

-Debbie Yow undermining her basketball coach and engaging him in a public feud with the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post; despite the fact that he’s a bit of a jerk himself

-Michael Phelps’ legendary run-ins with other human beings, including a famous incident in Ann Arbor where he allegedly said he was “majoring in” female anatomy at Michigan

-John Harbaugh bristling at the idea of being asked…well…anything at all…

-Jerry Coleman and Bruce Cunningham being…Jerry Coleman and Bruce Cunningham…

-Damon Yaffe enjoying the role of “jerk” so much he decided to be known as “The Bulldog”, while Nestor Aparicio enjoyed it so much he decided to be known as “Nasty”

-Michael Busch working to make sure slots wouldn’t come to the state of Maryland

It’s all there.

While Drew and I don’t know a whole lot about every subject in sports, this is certainly something we know all about. There’s an argument that no one in Baltimore knows more about being a jerk than we do. In fact, that’s why we’re both nominated on the list.

And by no means do we think that being a jerk is necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to head coaches and athletics directors, you sometimes NEED to be a jerk to get the job done.

We feel the same way about morning radio personalities.

Think about it, and let me know who your top choices are. We’ll announce the Top 10 after we return from our Memorial Day break.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 May 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Happy Tuesday for me because while everyone else in the world is down on the lineup announcement for the comeback of the HFStival…I actually think the event was made just for me, as I’m pretty sure I’ve seen ALL of these bands at Merriweather Post Pavilion before…

Third Eye Blind? Check.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaVs21uV5-0[/youtube]

Everclear? Check.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1vQJFF2TKQ[/youtube]

Fuel? You know it.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0QMfK9hzgA[/youtube]

Look, there’s NO chance this is a festival worth paying $25-$40 and service charges to go see-and it’s a little embarrassing that they’re trying to pass it off as if it is, but if they decide they want to do it for free like Virgin Fest did last year, I’m all in! I LOVED the 90′s!

Hell, I might even call my 10th grade girlfriend to see if she wants to go with me again. Or at least to see if her husband is out of jail yet and if she knows where her kids are.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Dave Trembley survived off day, continues as O’s manager

And as of 8:30 Tuesday morning, he was STILL the manager.

Are we going to do this all season? Every time the Orioles come home, or every time they have an off day we speculate about the future of Dave Trembley?

I understand the team is 14-31. I wouldn’t be the LEAST bit upset if they decided to dismiss Dave Trembley and let Juan Samuel handle things the rest of the way. But I wouldn’t sign off on bringing in Tom Kelly right now and keeping the team from doing a FULL managerial search in the offseason.

Word is that Andy MacPhail and Peter Angelos met yesterday to discuss the team, and according to The Sun’s Dan Connolly, they’ve been meeting a bit more often recently. So, at least we have that going for us. Who knows, maybe one day all of the meetings will result in some sort of progress?!

But at least they’re meeting, which means…..Peter Angelos is still aware he owns the ballclub? I checked in with UnPeterAngelos on Twitter for his update…

“Heated meeting today. McPhail keeps fighting me on my idea to outsource Dave Trembley’s position to India. They can do anything over there.

Meeting.Of.The.Minds.

2. The AP/STATS’ Mike Lipka previews Orioles-Athletics series starting tonight

Yeah, THIS is the guy who’s starting for the A’s tonight…

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Apparently Dallas Braden is very proud of his background in Stockton, California. He, his tattoo AND his thumb will all be on display tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, when he faces Jeremy Guthrie and the Birds. First pitch on MASN is at 7:05pm.

I’m guessing announced attendance at OPACY will be about 15,000. The weather is nice. So nice that Drew Forrester and Nestor Aparicio are trying to convince me to go to the game with them tomorrow night. They might even get me to go.

3. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Chris Tillman, Steve Bumbry had big night on farm for Birds

And apparently the Nofolk Tides did NOT use Frank Mata in a save situation last night, leading many people to believe that he may be on his way to Charm City to replace Alfredo Simon, who is likely DL bound. Koji Uehara is also likely DL bound, and it looks more and more likely that David Hernandez will head to the bullpen, and either Tillman or Jake Arrieta will be coming up to replace him in the rotation.

Hernandez is scheduled to face Gio Gonzalez Thursday, and obviously Chris Tillman wouldn’t be ready to make that start. Given yesterday’s off day-the Birds could move up Brad Bergesen to Thursday, and slide in Tillman this weekend.

Doesn’t this all just sound so exciting?!?!?!

And before we move on from the Orioles, congratulations to Peter Schmuck, whose “you win some and you lose some” blog about Koji Uehara yesterday made him a RUNAWAY winner for Apologist of the Morning. “The Great Arbitrator” didn’t have much of a selection this morning, as Peter’s offering was a RUNAWAY winner.

4. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Ravens CB Lardarius Webb ‘on schedule’ after visit to Dr. James Andrews

Which means we remain at status quo. “On schedule” doesn’t mean he can take the field at McDaniel College in late July necessarily, but it MIGHT mean he can take the field September 13th in East Rutherford.

Of course, if he misses the August 12th exhibition opener against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium, he might not be alone. O.A.R. and Citizen Cope are playing Merriweather that night, so I’ve been thinking about tagging out to Luke Jones.

Don’t judge.

5. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Fabian Washington also visited Birmingham, says he’ll be ready for Training Camp

Which is a shame for him, because if he was at home-he’d have more time to check out the pictures of Candice Swanepoel over at Guyism…

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Of course, having Fabian Washington back will be good news for the Ravens, as they will have him, Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr for sure-as well as POSSIBLY Lardarius Webb; and some mix of Cary Williams and/or Travis Fisher, and maybe even Marcus Paschal and/or Prince Miller-and you’d THINK there’s a COMPETENT group of corners in there.

I say competent because it obviously still looks like the team’s biggest area of weakness. Not that I’m trying to be a buzzkill or anything.

6. USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ravens won’t support Super Bowl in New York

And neither does Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com and NBC Sports, which he told Drew this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. If you missed it, make sure you check it out in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.

Other guests this morning included Terry Hasseltine (The Executive Director of Sports Marketing in Maryland), Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher (and former Orioles 1st round pick) Matt Hobgood, Deadspin founder Will Leitch, and WNST’s own Luke Jones. Check all of it out in the Audio Vault as well.

For the record, I’m NOT in favor of a New York (New Jersey) Super Bowl either, for much of the same reason as Steve Bisciotti. If a storm hits The Garden State that weekend the way a storm hit Baltimore on Super Bowl weekend this year, we’d be looking at playing the most significant sporting event in the world in “state of emergency” conditions.

It’s a cool idea, but I’m siding with Steve Bisciotti on this one. And not just because he has better hair than me.

7. NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan says Ravens in 2nd tier of NFL teams

I’d probably be in agreement with him, but he also has the Dallas Cowboys in Tier 1. I understand they look good on paper, but I’m not ready to include them in that group yet.

Before we move on from the Ravens, a reminder that I’ll be out at 1 Winning Drive today for Ravens Passing Camp. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (@WNST) for news from Owings Mills, including whether or not Jared Gaither is back on the field. I’ll also be on this afternoon with Rex Snider and Ray Bachman, so stay tuned to AM1570.

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Division 1 coaching experience ‘is not going to be a requirement’ for new Maryland lacrosse coach

I personally don’t think Paul Cantabene is the coach Debbie Yow and Michael Lipitz are looking for, but I think it would be smart for them to give Stevenson’s head man a phone call.

Kevin Corrigan (Notre Dame), Jeff Tambroni (Cornell), Mike Pressler (Bryant, former Duke), Scott Marr (Albany) and Don Zimmerman (UMBC) seem like they have to be the TOP guys on the list-but I’m telling you that without having had the chance to chat with any of the decision makers with the department since Dave Cottle resigned. I could be WAY off on what it is that the school is looking for.

I just don’t get the feeling that after letting a coach go for not making the Final Four in the last four years, hiring a coach who doesn’t know a thing or two about the NCAA Tournament would probably be a mistake.

9. Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy says Tom and Matt Palasek granted release from Johns Hopkins, will transfer

The weird thing about this story is that growing up in New York, apparently the Palaseks were OBSESSED with becoming Blue Jays. There isn’t much known about why the Palaseks are departing the program, but there’s a thought that it might have something to do with Dave Pietramala’s coaching style.

Since I don’t know that for sure, I won’t pounce on the kids. But if it is, it’s absolutely amazing that two kids would leave a program because they didn’t like the style of a coach who has won two NCAA Championships.

We’ll see.

10. ESPN.com Scouts Inc’s Paul Biancardi gives Gary Williams ‘A-’ for basketball recruiting class

You know who else is an A- at worst? Dutzen Kroes… (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

As someone who celebrates Championships in every variety, a Tip of the Cap to the Philadelphia Flyers for winning the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. This one’s for Drew!

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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