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Chapter 14: Family beefs and “Care”frontation

Posted on 25 January 2018 by Nestor Aparicio

“I’ve got a rule. I never, ever hold a grudge. And I kind of a have a rule that nobody else is allowed to hold a grudge, either. There are no grudges. We’re a bunch of guys. We don’t hold grudges. Right? We move on.”

– John Harbaugh (November 2012)




On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 the Baltimore Ravens reported to work in Owings Mills with a 9-2 record. No matter how unimpressive the results or statistics were on either side of the ball or how fortunate their fate seemed, it would be hard not to make the playoffs. One more win and the Ravens would have a seat in the tournament and a shot at the confetti for the fifth year in a row.

And in a strange quirk of NFL scheduling, once again the Pittsburgh Steelers were next up, the second meeting in 14 days between the bitter rivals. Once again it appeared that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would be unavailable with his shoulder injury but instead of Byron Leftwich, this time it would be 15-year veteran Charlie Batch lining up under center at M&T Bank Stadium for the black and gold. All of the obvious discomfort that Leftwich had 10 days earlier was the result of two broken ribs he sustained at the hands of the Ravens defense in Pittsburgh. Batch started for the Steelers in Cleveland and lost 20-14 while throwing three interceptions just a few hours prior to the Ravens’ 4th & 29 miracle in San Diego. The Steelers were fading at 6-5. The Ravens were 9-2 and on a four-game winning streak, including back-to-back road wins.Silver had been at the Ravens game on Sunday in San Diego and was a seasoned reporter who knew a good story when he heard one. Iconoclastic, inquisitive, and fully cognizant of all aspects of the coach-player-media privilege, as well as sourced throughout the NFL, Silver knows the difference between on the record and off the record.

Good journalism is all in the eyes of the beholder. One veteran sports reporter’s account of a behind-the-scenes confrontation a month earlier holds a lot of weight when no one is issuing denials, and everyone agrees it was unique and productive. Even when some personnel don’t want to put their names to quotes or information, it was clear there was substance and clarity in the story.

All was happy in Owings Mills during Steelers Week until Wednesday morning when a fascinating story appeared at Yahoo Sports. NFL columnist Mike Silver authored a piece that was widely shared via the web and social media.

Headline: “John Harbaugh kept Ravens on track despite near mutiny at meeting in October”

Harbaugh wasn’t necessarily pissed off that the story was written – Silver approached him after the joyous win and

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UMBC returns home Saturday to face Maine

Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff

The home court has been sweet for the Retrievers as UMBC (4-11, 0-2 America East) are 4-1 at the RAC Arena in 2013-14. Aki Thomas’ squad hosts an exposive Maine (3-11, 1-1) squad that leads America East in scoring on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off time is set for 3:30 p.m. and is the nightcap of a league doubleheader at the RAC. Live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is coming off two road America East setbacks (in a four-day span) by a total of six points. Most recently, defending champion Albany outlasted the Retrievers, 73-72, in double OT on Wednesday. FR G Rodney Elliott continued his brilliant play, leading the visitors with 22 points. Elliott, a three-time league Rookie of the Week, is now seventh in the conference with 14.8 points per game. JR F Devarick Houston (19 pts.) and FR G Bryan Harris (18 pts.) also had seaosn-highs versus the Great Danes.

 BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine is 2-2 in its last four outings, including a 82-66 victory over Binghamton in its league opener on Jan. 5. JR F Kilian Cato scored 17 points to lead Maine in that victory. The Bears traveled to Baltimore after an 80-65 loss at Hartford on Jan. 9. UM led the Hawks, 31-30, at the half. SO G Dimitry Akanda-Coronel leads UM with 14.6 points per game, while Zarko Valjarevic leads America East with 39 treys.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC continues its rigorous stretch with a Jan. 15 contest at UNH. UMBC’s first six league games occur in a span of 16 days.

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Four more headed to UMBC including Elliott’s son

Posted on 26 April 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC head men’s basketball coach Aki Thomas is pleased to announce that four additional prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent with the Retrievers’ program for the fall of 2013.

Coach Thomas and his staff have added guards Rodney Elliott, Jr. and Bryan Harris and posts Devarick Houston and David Kadiri to the roster. They will join fall 2012 signees Will Darley and Charles Taylor, Jr. and walk-on Ben Grace to give the Retrievers seven new faces for the 2013-14 season.

“It is a very large group,” Thomas said. “We tried to fill every position and were successful in doing that. I think they should mesh well with the guys we have returning.”

Rodney Elliott, Jr. is a 6’2”, 175-lb. point guard who competed on the varsity squad for four years at John Carroll High School and resides in Bel Air, Md. He led the No. 7 Patriots with 16.6 points per game and  also averaged 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals in his senior season.

Ellliott, Jr. closed out his high school career with 1,116 points, 287 assists and 171 steals and earned First Team All-Metro honors from The Baltimore Sun.  His father, Rodney Elliott, Sr., earned four letters at the University of Maryland and competed for Gary Williams’ Terrapins from 1994-98.

Harris, who stands at 6’2” and weighs in at 180 lbs., starred for Southern (Anne Arundel) High School  and graduated in 2011. The Oxon Hill, Md. native earned First Team All-MIAA honors in his junior and senior campaigns. He was a two-time team captain and Most Valuable Player and averaged a career-best 20 points per game and six assists per game in his senior campaign.

Harris attended and competed at Massanutten Military Academy in 2011-12 and averaged 24.0 points per game. He earned a scholarship at Wofford University in the fall of 2012, but left after the fall semester due to health concerns and to be closer to home.

Junior college transfer Devarick Houston comes to UMBC after two campaigns at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Ga. A native of Jonesboro, Ga., the 6’7”, 190-lb. power forward averaged 12.8 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per contest this past season. He also blocked 2.9 shots per outing and was ranked ninth in the nation in that category.  His squad ended the 2012-13 campaign at No. 14 in the nation with a record of 26-4.

Houston prepped at Mays High School and averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals a game as a senior. Houston was a key player for a top-notch Mays program and helped the Raiders reach the Class AAAA championship game in 2010.

Kadiri attended Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. in his senior prep campaign. The 6’8”, 190-lb. Beltsville, Md. native’s squad finished 25-6 and won both the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association and D.C. State Athletic Association titles in 2013.

Kadiri averaged 13.7 points per game this winter and garnered 19 or more rebounds in three occasions. He earned DCIAA First Team honors and was tabbed to the Third Team All-Metro squad by The Washington Post.

Kadiri will become the first future Retriever to compete in the prestigious Capital Classic All-Star game. The 40th annual game is set for this Sunday, April 28 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va.

Darley competed a post-graduate season at Fishburne (Va.) Military Academy, while Taylor did the same at Mount Zion in Baltimore.

The sharp-shooting Grace is also a Baltimore native and the 5’10” guard competed at The Gilman School.

“I feel it is very important to have players from this area attend UMBC,” Thomas said. “Local recruiting is something that I wanted to hone in on as soon as I took over.  There are a lot of really good basketball players in the area.”

We recruited some guys that go non-stop, love the game of basketball and are students of the game of basketball. We are happy with the outcome- we got all of our first choices. I am looking forward to working with them and getting them acclimated and moving forward.”


Name                            Pos.     Ht.      Wt.   Yr.   Hometown/HS/Previous School

Will Darley                    G         6-8      200    Fr.   Timonium,Md./Dulaney/Fishburne Acad.

Rodney Elliott, Jr.         G          6-2      175     Fr.    Bel Air, Md./John Carroll

Ben Grace*                   G         5-10    175     Fr.    Baltimore, Md./The Gilman School

Bryan Harris                  G         6-2     180     Fr.    Oxon Hill, Md./Southern/Massanutten Acad.

Devarick Houston          F          6-7      190     Jr.      Jonesboro, Ga./Mays/Chatttahoochee Tech

David Kadiri                  F/C       6-8      190     Fr.     Beltsville, Md./Coolidge

Charles Taylor, Jr.         G          6-4      185     Fr.     Haymarket, Va./Springbrook/Mount Zion

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