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Trips to Kansas, Michigan and Visit from Oregon State Highlight Towson Hoops Schedule

Posted on 13 September 2011 by WNST Staff


Tigers to Face Six NCAA Tournament Teams

TOWSON, Md. – Contests against six teams that reached the 2011 NCAA Tournament highlight the 2011-12 Towson University men’s basketball schedule, it has been announced by Pat Skerry, the Tigers’ first-year coach.

The Tigers will open the 2011-12 season by participating in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. After opening the season at the University of Kansas on Nov. 11, the Tigers will travel to the University of Michigan for a Nov. 14 game against the Wolverines. The Jayhawks advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Southwest Region final last year while Michigan reached the NCAA Tournament third round.

Towson will continue play at the EA Sports Maui Invitational by facing Belmont, a team that played in the NCAA Tournament second round last year, on Nov. 19. The Tigers will play either UNC Greensboro or Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 20.

The Tigers open their home schedule against Oregon State on Nov. 26. That is the start of a stretch of four of five home games. After a visit to the University of Massachusetts on Nov. 30, the Tigers open their Colonial Athletic Association schedule at home against George Mason on Dec. 3, the first of two meetings against the Patriots. The two teams will also face each other at the Patriot Center on Jan. 21.

The Tigers resume their non-conference schedule by hosting La Salle on Dec. 7 and UMBC on Dec. 10 before visiting Coppin State on Dec. 14. They will finish the month of December with games against Manhattan College (Dec. 20), the University of Vermont (Dec. 23) and the University of Virginia (Dec. 30).

“As you can see, we are playing a national schedule against several of the nation’s top programs,” Skerry said. “The players want to play against the best competition much like they have during their entire basketball careers. We look forward to using these games and experiences to prepare us for a very tough CAA.”

The Tigers resume their CAA schedule on Jan. 2 by hosting Northeastern at the Towson Center in the first of two meetings between the two teams. Towson will also play Delaware, Drexel, James Madison, CAA champion Old Dominion and Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth in a home-and-home series during the 2011-12 season while facing the other four CAA teams once.

In addition, the Tigers will play in an ESPN BracketBusters game on the weekend of Feb. 17-19 against an opponent to be determined.

The CAA Championship will be played Mar. 2-5 at the Richmond Coliseum with the CAA winner receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Note: Schedule follows on next page

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2011-12 Towson University Men’s Basketball Schedule

11 at Kansas ^ Lawrence, Kan. 7 p.m.
14 at Michigan ^ Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
19 vs. Belmont ^ Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
20 vs. UNC Greensboro/Middle Tenn. St. Murfreesboro, Tenn. TBA
26 OREGON STATE Towson Center TBA
30 at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass. TBA

3 GEORGE MASON * Towson Center TBA
7 LA SALLE  Towson Center 7 p.m.
10 UMBC Towson Center 7 p.m.

14 at Coppin State Baltimore, Md. 7:30 p.m.
20 MANHATTAN COLLEGE Towson Center 7 p.m.
23 VERMONT Towson Center 7 p.m.
30 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 7 p.m.

2 NORTHEASTERN * Towson Center TBA
4 at Drexel * Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
7 at Old Dominion * Norfolk, Va. TBA
11 WILLIAM & MARY * Towson Center TBA
14 at Georgia State * Atlanta, Ga. TBA
18 OLD DOMINION * Towson Center TBA
21 at George Mason * Fairfax, Va. TBA
23 at Delaware * Newark, Del. TBA
28 UNC WILMINGTON * Towson Center TBA

1 at Hofstra * Hempstead, N.Y. TBA
4 DREXEL * Towson Center TBA
8 at Virginia Commonwealth * Richmond, Va. TBA
11 JAMES MADISON * Towson Center TBA
17-19 at ESPN BracketBusters vs. TBA TBA TBA
22 DELAWARE * Towson Center TBA
25 at James Madison * Harrisonburg, Va. TBA

2-5 at CAA Tournament Richmond, Va. TBA

Home games listed in BOLD
* – Colonial Athletic Association game
^ – EA Sports Maui Invitational

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Stevenson Tabs Gary Stewart as New Hoops Coach

Posted on 28 June 2011 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – A former Division I head coach with 230 career victories in 18 collegiate seasons, Gary Stewart has been named as the new head men’s basketball coach at Stevenson University, Director of Athletics Brett Adams announced on Tuesday. He replaces Adams who resigned in March after 17 seasons as the school’s first head coach to focus on his role as AD.

“Gary Stewart, at many different levels, is highly recognizable in the basketball community,” said Adams. “Beyond that, Gary Stewart played Division III basketball and was a very successful coach at the Division III level, including an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance. He has a reputation of bringing programs from worst to first.”

Stewart owns the unique distinction of having served as a head coach at each NCAA level. He brings 25 years as a highly-respected college coach to Stevenson, including 11 at Division I, six at Division II and eight at Division III. In 18 seasons as a college head coach, he has totaled four conference championships and six postseason appearances.

“Gary has some Division I experience, but I think his heart and soul is Division III,” commented Adams. “I am very excited about having him come on board. It was humbling to see so many top caliber candidates from over 200 qualified applicants that we had for this position. I think this will be a great triumph for Stevenson University and
Division III basketball.”

Most recently, Stewart was the head coach at the University of California, Davis from 2003-11 where he led the program’s four-year reclassification from Division II to Division I, culminating in the Aggies’ first year as an official member of the Big West Conference during the 2007-08 season.

“I am truly honored and extremely humbled to join Stevenson University as the new head men’s basketball coach,” said Stewart. “Stevenson University is growing at an unprecedented pace. I am enthusiastically looking forward to help build on the tremendous values, history and tradition of this extraordinary university.”

In eight seasons at UC Davis, Stewart mentored five Big West all-conference selections and three Freshman of the Year recipients. He posted his 200th career victory with an 85-74 win over Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 15, 2009 before becoming one of 14 charter appointment to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Ethics Coalition in May 2009.

Stewart made an immediate impact on the Aggie program in 2003-04. Taking over a team that finished three games under .500 the previous season, he guided UC Davis to an 18-9 record and a 15-7 mark in the powerhouse California Collegiate Athletic Association in Division II. In its third year of Division I reclassification, he led the Aggies to a 64-58 upset over Stanford at The Pavilion on Dec. 4, 2005.

Under Stewart, UC Davis won more games than any other four-year transition program, averaging double-figure wins from 2003-04 through the final transition year in 2006-07. In the summer of 2006, he  was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors, joining such coaches as Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Tubby Smith (Minnesota), Bill Self (Kansas), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Mike Brey (Notre Dame) and Bo Ryan (Wisconsin).

“There is an expectation of excellence set forth by the Stevenson administration and athletic department leadership,” added Stewart. “With a wonderful academic reputation, a passionate fan base and some of the nation’s best Division III athletic facilities, Stevenson has a great foundation in place to build a championship basketball program.”

Stewart is no stranger to Division III, earning four All-SCIAC selections at the University of La Verne and serving as team captain for three years from 1980-84 before returning as the Leopards’ head coach from 1987-95 where he guided his alma mater from last place to first place in a matter of three years. He ranks second in school history with 116 victories which includes a 20-8 record and NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance following the 1992-93 season.

“I am committed to the mission of Division III athletics,” said Stewart. “Immersed in strong fundamentals with a team approach, I will run a goal oriented program predicated on the ‘always compete’ philosophy.  While vigorously pursuing athletic success, academic achievement will always be the guiding force of the basketball program. As I continue to formulate and implement a blueprint for the upcoming season, I will put into action the strategic plan for relentless recruiting of accomplished student-athletes needed to build and sustain a championship program.”

Stewart is the only coach in La Verne history to lead his team to a SCIAC title, a feat he accomplished three times, or a berth in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship. In 2002, he was honored as a Distinguished Graduate during the university’s 75th Diamond Jubilee festivities while he was later inducted into the University of La Verne Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Stewart received his bachelor’s of science degree in physical education from La Verne in 1984 and captured the SCIAC’s Ted Ducey Award, bestowed upon one senior who best exemplifies outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, leadership and sportsmanship. In addition, he was selected as the recipient of the Anthony P. Scafani Sportsman of the Year Award.

Stewart, who began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Long Beach State for two seasons from 1984-86, completed his master’s of arts degree in education at La Verne in 1995.

After eight seasons with the Leopards, Stewart spent two as the head coach at Division II Cal State East Bay from 1995-97. The program that had gone 22-79 in the four seasons prior to his arrival, but in just two years, Stewart led the Pioneers to a share of the NCAC title with UC Davis. For his efforts, he was named the 1997 NCAC Co-Coach of the Year and was selected by the Oakland Tribune as the Bay Area Men’s College Coach of the Year for all NCAA divisions.

Following UC Santa Barbara, Stewart spent one season as an assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara under Jerry Pimm during the 1997-98 season and was honored by Dunk Magazine as one of the top assistant coaches in the country.

Stewart was an assistant coach at Washington State from 1999-2002 and was an assistant coach to Michigan State’s Tom Izzo for the 2002 NABC All-Star Game. He assisted former Maryland head coach Gary Williams in 2003 and Hall of Famers Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) in 2004 and Jim Calhoun (Connecticut) in 2005. He also worked with Bruce Weber (Illinois) in
2006 and John Brady (LSU) in 2007.

Prior to UC Davis, Stewart served as the director of basketball services at UCLA under Steve Lavin during the 2002-03 season.

In addition to coaching, Stewart has 16 years of experience as a university lecturer and assistant professor while serving two years as an assistant and associate athletic director at Cal State East Bay. He is a member of the NABC and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Stewart’s service also includes the NABC Ethics Committee and Assistant Coaches Board of Directors and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Regional Advisory Committee.

An active participant in community service, Stewart traveled to the Middle East as part of the United Service Organization’s (USO) “Operation Hoop Talk.” In 2009, after his first visit to Iraq and Kuwait, he was one of four coaches, including Georgetown’s John Thompson III, to serve as a court coach at the USA Basketball  U18 Team Trials in Washington, D.C., featuring former Connecticut star Kemba Walker.

Stewart’s other highlights include the United Way, ALS Foundation, Free Throws For Heroes program for 9/11 relief, which was adopted by the NABC, Special Olympics and raising relief funds for the American Red Cross in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Stewart has twice been honored with the UC Davis Community Service Award and, in 2008, the Diversity and Principles of Community Achievement Recognition Award. In four seasons in the Big West Conference under Stewart, the Aggie men’s basketball team received three consecutive Big West Conference Team Sportsmanship Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011.

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Turgeon Formally Announces Maryland Staff

Posted on 20 May 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of the Terps’ Sports Information Department…


Spinelli, Hill join Ranson as assistant coaches

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Friday that Scott Spinelli, Dalonte Hill and Bino Ranson will be the assistant coaches on his new Terrapin staff. In addition, Dustin Clark has been hired as the director of basketball operations.

“I feel good about the talent of the assistant coaches we have assembled,” said Turgeon. “They all have their own unique abilities as coaches that, as a group, will make us complete. They all have been successful recruiting this part of the country and will be a big part of the resurgence of Maryland Basketball.”

Spinelli will join Turgeon for the sixth straight season, having worked with him during each of Turgeon’s four years at Texas A&M and for one season at Wichita State. He was the Aggies’ associate head coach and helped direct the program to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

Hill, a native of Washington, D.C., will join the Terrapins’ staff after six seasons at Kansas State. Long noted for his recruiting ties to the D.C. area, Hill helped a resurgence in the Wildcat basketball program that had Kansas State hit the 20-win plateau for a school-record five straight years.

Ranson will be retained as an assistant after he spent last season on the staff of retired coach Gary Williams. A native of Baltimore, Ranson has strong recruiting ties in that area and aided in the recent recruitment and retention of shooting guard Nick Faust.

Clark has been an athletics assistant for three years and, last year, moved into the role as team administrator on Turgeon’s staff with the Aggies. A graduate of Texas A&M, he has played an important role in recruiting and in the recent success of the Aggies’ basketball program.

Bios on the new staff members follow:


Hometown: Leominster, Mass.

Education: Boston University ‘89

Following five seasons on various staffs for head coach Mark Turgeon, Scott Spinelli comes to College Park to be part of the coaching staff at the University of Maryland.

“Scott is a bulldog recruiter with tremendous connection up and down the east coast,” said Turgeon. “He is also an excellent coach with a tremendous basketball mind.”

Spinelli sent four seasons with Turgeon as the associate head coach at Texas A&M, and was in the same position with Turgeon at Wichita State in 2006-07.

Prior to that, he was an assistant at Nebraska for three seasons, when he helped land two nationally-ranked recruiting classes. He was the Cornhuskers’ associate head coach in 2005-06. All-Big 12 center Aleks Maric was among the players he signed at Nebraska.

From 2001-03, Spinelli was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Loyola-Chicago. He helped the Ramblers to 32 wins over two seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03) — the program’s most in a two-year span since the mid-1980s — including a berth in the championship game of the 2002 Horizon League Tournament.

Spinelli recruited and developed Paul McMillan, a junior-college transfer who won the Horizon League’s Newcomer of the Year Award in 2003. His first recruiting class for the Ramblers also included Terrance Whiters, who was ranked among the top 70 overall prospects in the country and among the top 20 point guards by ESPN.com.

Spinelli has been recognized by several media outlets as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches. Before joining the Ramblers, Spinelli spent one year as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, evaluating players in the Big East and Atlantic 10 conferences, along with high school players from the Northeast.

Spinelli served as an assistant coach for Cincinnati of the International Basketball League (IBL) in 1999-2000, helping the Stuff to an Eastern Conference regular-season championship.

Prior to his work in the IBL, Spinelli spent two years as associate head coach (1997-99) at American University in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for two nationally-recognized recruiting classes. Spinelli’s first collegiate coaching stop came at Wyoming in 1996-97.

He began his coaching career on the prep level in 1990 at the Milford Academy, where he spent three seasons as head coach. In 1993, Spinelli started the basketball program at The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass., where he produced several Division I players. The school remains one of the top prep school programs in the Northeast.

The Leominster, Mass., native earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1989. As a student-athlete, Spinelli initially walked on with the Terriers before earning a scholarship as a point guard under Mike Jarvis, who went on to a successful stint as head coach at St. John’s.

Spinelli and his wife, Lynn, have three children: Gianna, Gabriel and Joseph.


2007-11 – Associate Head Coach, Texas A&M
2006-07 – Associate Head Coach, Wichita State
2005-06 – Associate Head Coach, Nebraska
2003-05 – Assistant Coach, Nebraska
2001-03 – Assistant Coach, Loyola-Chicago
2000-01 – Scout, Philadelphia 76ers
1999-00 – Assistant Coach, Cincinnati Stuff
1997-99 – Associate Head Coach, American University
1996-97 – Assistant Coach, Wyoming
1993-96 – Head Coach, Winchendon (Mass.) School
1990-93 – Head Coach, Milford (N.Y.) Academy


Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Education: Charlotte ‘01

Noted as one of the top coaches and recruiters nationally, Dalonte Hill is coming home to the Washington, D.C., area to join the staff of head coach Mark Turgeon.

“It was great to be able to bring Dalonte home,” said Turgeon. “He is a terrific recruiter and will be a great addition to our staff. His relationships on the east coast will be huge for the growth of our program.”

A native of Washington, D.C., Hill was hired as an assistant coach at Kansas State by former head coach Bob Huggins in April 2006 after three seasons at Charlotte.  He was elevated to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator just over a year later upon the promotion of Frank Martin to head coach.

Hill played a significant role in helping to revitalize the K-State program, which has tallied five consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history.  With his help, the Wildcats have posted 118 wins the past five seasons, including 50 in Big 12 play, and have advanced to the postseason in an unprecedented five straight seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

The 118 wins are the most in school history in a five-year span, shattering the previous mark of 107 wins set from 1957-62, while the 50 conference victories are the most since the squad posted 56 from 1971-76.  K-State is one of four Big 12 schools (along with Kansas, Texas and Texas A&M) in that span to total five 20-win seasons, while the Wildcats and Jayhawks are the only teams to finish in the top-4 in the Big 12 and receive a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in each of the past five seasons.

Hill has also played a major role in helping Kansas State land some of the country’s best recruiting classes, including the nation’s top-rated class by Scout.com and Rivals.com in 2006, which included No. 1 recruit Michael Beasley and No. 6 recruit Bill Walker.  In 2008, he helped the Wildcats pull down their second top-20 class in the past three seasons, including their fourth McDonald’s All-American (and second in last four seasons) in Wally Judge.  The four-man class was rated 17th by Scout/ESPN.com and 18th by Rivals.com.

Hill spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Charlotte under Bobby Lutz.  He helped guide his alma mater to a 61-30 (.760) overall record and three consecutive postseason appearances from 2003-06, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005).  He also helped the 49ers to a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular-season title as well as runner-up finishes in C-USA in 2004-05 and the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06.

During his tenure at Charlotte, Hill helped coach two All-Americans, one C-USA Player of the Year and seven all-conference players. Two 49ers earned All-America distinction as Eddie Basden and Curtis Withers were named to SI.com’s third team and honorable mention lists in 2005.  Withers was also named to Basketball Times’ All-America third team in 2004.  A two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year, Basden was selected as the 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year as well as the national Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.

Prior to joining the college ranks, Hill served two years as the head coach of the AAU’s DC Assault.

A three-year letterman at Charlotte from 1997-2000, Hill played on three postseason squads for the 49ers under head coaches Melvin Watkins and Bobby Lutz.  As a true freshman in 1997-98, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26 games with one start for the 49ers in helping the squad to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 20-11 record.  As a sophomore, the 49ers captured the 1999 Conference USA Tournament title and once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round with a 23-11 record.  During the 1999-2000 season, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 23 games with 11 starts in helping Charlotte earn a Postseason NIT bid with a 17-16 record.

Hill transferred to Bowie State for his senior season where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in helping the Bulldogs to a 19-9 record.  He returned to Charlotte following the season to complete his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2001.

Hill and his wife, Tish, have three daughters: Danae, Dakotah and Daeja.


2007-11 – Associate Head Coach, Kansas State
2006-07 – Assistant Coach, Kansas State
2003-06 – Assistant Coach, Charlotte
2001-03 – Head Coach D.C. Assault (AAU)


Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

Education: Southern New Hampshire ‘99

Orlando “Bino” Ranson was hired as an assistant coach at Maryland in the summer of 2010, and the halls of Comcast Center immediately lit up with energy. He has been retained on the staff by new head coach Mark Turgeon.

“Bino is a young man I have known for a long time, and I have watched him grow as a coach,” said Turgeon. “He is a grinder when it comes to recruiting and he has many connections all over the east coast.”

Ranson has strong ties to the Baltimore-Washington area, having coached for two seasons at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He came to Maryland after one season as an assistant at Xavier, during which the Musketeers went 26-9 and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. In his lone season on the staff of Maryland head coach Gary Williams in 2010-11, the Terrapins went 19-14.

Ranson said he’s followed the Maryland program for a long time and is familiar with its national reputation and rich history. He spent two years as an administrative assistant at Loyola University on the staff of long-time Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos.

Prior to Xavier, Ranson was an assistant coach at James Madison for one season, helping the Dukes to a 21-15 mark, the most wins by JMU in a season since 1992-93. The Dukes advanced in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since 2003 and their berth in the College Insiders.com Tournament marked their first postseason appearance since 1994.

Ranson also worked for Matt Brady at Marist University for three seasons. The Red Foxes were 62-33 in those three seasons and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season in 2007. That season, Marist won at Oklahoma State in the Postseason NIT.

Considered an outstanding recruiter, he helped bring in excellent classes at James Madison, Marist and Xavier. Ranson helped land Jay Gavin at Marist, who went on to become the MAAC Rookie of the Year.

Ranson coached at St. Frances Academy for two seasons before joining the Loyola staff. He handled St. Frances’ junior-varsity program, directing the 2003-04 team to a 24-5 record, titles in the MIAA and the Baltimore Catholic League. He also founded Team Baltimore, one of the top AAU programs in the Northeast.

Among the players Ranson worked with at the AAU level are Sean Mosley and Juan Dixon of Maryland, Ricky Harris of Massachusetts, Jermaine Dixon of Pittsburgh and Donte Greene of Syracuse.

A 1999 graduate of Southern New Hampshire with a B.S. in sports management, Ranson completed his collegiate career as one of the top players in the history of the school. He ranked seventh in career scoring (1,899 points), fifth in assists (598) and fourth in 3-point field goals (226) after lettering for four seasons. He was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in January 2007.

Ranson and his wife, Shannon, have two sons: Orlando and Bradshaw.


2010-11 – Assistant Coach, Maryland
2009-10 – Assistant Coach, Xavier
2008-09 – Assistant Coach, James Madison
2004-05 to 2006-07 – Assistant Coach, Marist
2003-04 & 2004-05 – Administrative Assistant, Loyola, Md.
2001-02 to 2002-03 – Coach, St. Francis Academy


Hometown: Waxahachie, Texas

Education: Texas A&M ‘07

Dustin Clark comes to the Maryland men’s basketball program as the director of basketball operations on the staff of head coach Mark Turgeon. In that role, Clark will be in charge of the administrative duties in the men’s basketball office, including scheduling, operations and travel.

“Dustin is one of the bright young coaches in this business,” said Turgeon. “He has tremendous passion for his job and will build great relationships with our current players. His understanding and experience of how I want the office and program to run is big in our transition.”

Clark spent five seasons with the Texas A&M basketball program. After serving as an athletics assistant for three years, he was the team administrator in the 2010-11 season. During his five seasons, the Aggies won 124 games, produced three NBA draft picks and had Turgeon earn back-to-back Big 12 Coach of the Year honors.

His duties included on-campus recruiting, coordination of recruiting correspondence, academic quality control and student-athlete affairs. Clark was the director of the Mark Turgeon Basketball Camp, as well as a coordinator for the Texas A&M Elite and Junior Elite camps. He has played a key role in helping the Aggies land multiple nationally ranked recruiting classes.

In 2008, the Aggies won the Preseason NIT and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the closing seconds to top-seeded UCLA. A&M closed the next regular season on a six-game winning streak and again reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2010, Texas A&M reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament despite playing the second-toughest schedule in the nation. A year ago, the Aggies exploded to a 16-1 start, the best at the school in 91 years and earned its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.

A native of Waxahachie, Texas, Clark received his degree from Texas A&M in 2007. Clark graduated from Avalon High School, where he was a four-year letterman in both basketball and baseball.


2010-11 – Team Administrator, Texas A&M
2007-10 – Athletic Assistant, Texas A&M
2006-07 – Student Assistant, Texas A&M

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Turgeon Officially Accepts Offer to Become New Maryland Hoops Coach

Posted on 09 May 2011 by WNST Staff

Texas A&M University head basketball coach Mark Turgeon accepted an offer to become the new basketball coach at the University of Maryland, the school announced Monday night.

Turgeon replaces Gary Williams, who retired last week after 22 seasons as the head coach in College Park.

Terms of Turgeon’s contract were not made immediately available. Turgeon had been making roughly $1.5 million per season in College Station according to multiple reports.

Turgeon’s agreement ended a four day search by Maryland Athletic  Director Kevin Anderson following Williams’ surprising decision to step aside. Sources had told WNST.net’s Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester Turgeon had received an offer Monday and had been leaning towards accepting the deal. That confirmation came early Monday night, and the deal was announced after Turgeon informed his players of his decision.

“We’re thrilled to bring Mark to the University, where I’m sure he will continue to build on the great legacy and success of Maryland Basketball,” said Anderson in a press release. “In Mark, we have brought one of the outstanding young coaches in the country, and one who has a proven record of achievement on and off the court. We couldn’t be more excited.”

“It was just too good an offer for me to pass on” said Turgeon in a statement. “The thing that made it the most difficult was the players. Those guys have done everything I’ve asked for four years and we’ve had a great ride. (Director of Athletics) Bill Byrne has been really good to me too. Those are the hardest parts of the whole thing. It’s been a tough day. I’ve been back and forth many times. I just felt like Maryland was a great opportunity for me and my family.”

“Maryland’s got a great basketball tradition. (These programs are) real similar. It’s a gut feeling. Both programs are great. I’m a blessed person to have the choice that I had to make today. They’re both great programs. The one thing I feel good about is I inherited a good team and I think I’m leaving my best team behind. That made the decision really hard, but I feel good about what I’m leaving behind for the next guy to continue what Billy (Gillispie) and I have started.”

Turgeon-a native of Topeka, Kansas-has been the head coach of the Aggies since 2007, posting a 97-40 record over those four seasons. TAMU has reached the NCAA Tournament in all four of Turgeon’s seasons but has never advanced past the first weekend of the Tournament.

Before coming to College Station, Turgeon split the previous nine seasons between Jacksonville State and Wichita State. He took the Shockers to one NCAA Tournament (and three NIT’s) during that stretch.

Turgeon (46) has a 249-158 overall record as a head coach. He won the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year award in 2006 and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2010.

Turgeon played college basketball at Kansas under Hall of Famer Larry Brown and was previously an assistant with the Jayhawks as well as Oregon and with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Turgeon rumors began after Maryland is believed to have been turned down by Arizona’s Sean Miller, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Butler’s Brad Stevens, Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon and Villanova’s Jay Wright.

Turgeon will be introduced to the Baltimore and Washington, DC media on Wednesday at a noon press conference at Comcast Center’s Heritage Hall.

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Mark Turgeon in Focus as Maryland Continues Search For New Hoops Coach

Posted on 08 May 2011 by WNST Staff

After being jilted at the alter by University of Arizona coach Sean Miller late Saturday night, University of Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson continued his search for a replacement for the retiring Gary Williams Sunday.

WNST.net’s Glenn Clark reported Sunday via Twitter (according to a source) that Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon interviewed for the vacancy. The source told Clark they did not believe Turgeon had immediately been offered the job.

WNST.net’s Drew Forrester also reported he had been given a positive link between Turegon and the Terrapins Sunday.

106.7 The Fan (WJFK-Washington, DC.) talk show host Eric Bickel heated the Turgeon rumors Sunday by Tweeting the following…

“I’m hearing Texas A&M Mark Turgeon is going to be the next coach at MD. I believe it’s done.”

That report has thus far been unconfirmed by WNST.net.

Turgeon-a native of Topeka, Kansas-has been the head coach of the Aggies since 2007, posting a 97-40 record over the four seasons. TAMU has reached the NCAA Tournament in all four of Turgeon’s seasons but has never advanced past the first weekend of the Tournament.

Before coming to College Station, Turgeon split the previous nine seasons between Jacksonville State and Wichita State. He took the Shockers to one NCAA Tournament (and three NIT’s) during that stretch.

Turgeon (46) has a 249-158 overall record as a head coach. He won the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year award in 2006 and was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2010.

Turgeon played college basketball at Kansas under Hall of Famer Larry Brown and was previously an assistant with the Jayhawks as well as Oregon and with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Turgeon rumors come after Maryland is believed to have been turned down by Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Butler’s Brad Stevens, Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon and Villanova’s Jay Wright as well as Miller.

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Monday’s PM Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 22 March 2010 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Terps terminated at the buzzer.  Twenty-four hours later… and still, wow.  Yesterday’s Maryland-Michigan State contest was truly a great game.  It featured two perennially successful programs; the regular season co-ACC Champs against the regular season co-Big Ten Champs, both armed with rabid fan-bases and, oh by the way, national title winning coaches.  Could we really have expected any less?  Expectations are a funny thing, aren’t they?  To be competitive in the NCAA Tournament and make ‘a run,’ different guys need to step up at different times.  But, before the moment comes, you never know who it’ll be.  It could be those you expect, like one of three seniors trying to will their team back from behind to play another day, like Maryland’s Eric Hayes, Landon Milbourne and most particularly Greivis Vasquez… or it could be a guard who himself never would’ve expected the ball to be in his hands for the big shot, like MSU’s Kori Lucious.  Sunday afternoon in Spokane, a spectacular second half was played between two teams ready for their respective moments, and thrilling drama ensued.  In the final four minutes, Maryland’s full court trap was carried out to a textbook equivalent level and Vasquez, playing his last game in a Maryland uniform, was simply incredible.  The only problem was that injured All-Big Ten point guard Kailin Lucas’ backup, Korie Lucious, a sophomore from Milwaukee, had the final opportunity to step up… and he did… as time inevitably expired on Maryland’s 2009-2010 season. Tournament heroes can emerge from anywhere, even Tom Izzo’s bench.  And who could’ve expected that?

Sweet Sixteen.  So how about that?  Absolutely phenomenal opening weekend, huh?  … And please, I really don’t care about how bad your bracket is, everyone’s is down the toilet; earlier today Ryan the Intern told me I stayed out of the “bottom quarter” and that I’m only in the “bottom third” of our WNST In-House Pool.  Yikes.  But anyways, it all started Thursday afternoon with the first three tips of the tourney – ODU over Notre Dame by a point, Richmond taking ‘Nova to OT, and Florida bowing to BYU in double-OT  – and the action hasn’t disappointed anyone since (except for you Terps fans, I guess).  When teams with double-digit little numbers next to their name, and we’ll throw No. 9 Northern Iowa in there too, move on to the Sweet 16 everyone goes nuts; we all love upsets, cheering on the ‘little engines that actually DO.’  That said, I tip my hat – figuratively, of course, I’m not actually wearing a hat – to you: Horizon League, Ivy League, Missouri Valley Conference, and West Coast Conference.  You are a collective 9-1 in this year’s Big Dance.  And that’s pretty awesome.

Tiger speaks to ESPN‘s Tom Rinaldi and the Golf Channel‘s Kelly Tilghman.  A few highlights from Ms. Tilghman’s interview…  On returning April 8th to the Masters: “I’m excited to get back in the game.  I miss playing.  I miss competing, … I’m starting to get my feel back.”  On therapy: “As far as my schedule going forward I don’t know what I’m going to do… I don’t know how it will affect my future.  What I know I have to do is become a better person and that starts with going to more treatment.” On his crash Thanksgiving night and how he crashed his car: “It’s all in the police report… I wasn’t going very fast, but ahhh… unfortunately I hit a few things.” On his father’s death and absence through his time of infidelities: “He’d be very disappointed in me, we’d have numerous long talks… I miss his guidance, I know he’d be able to straighten me up.”  On what he wants his legacy to be: “Just like I ever wanted before, golf is my vehicle to help other people.  My dad always said… ‘in order to help other people, you must first learn to help yourself.  And going into the treatment center for 45 days I’ve learned a lot.   I’ve learned how to help myself and that’s how I can help other people in the future.”

Scanning the Blogosphere

WNST.net:  Glenn Clark says, “Ravens agree to a 2-year deal with Cory Redding.”

WNST.net: Rex Snider says, “What a Weekend.”

FanHouse: Jay Mariotti says, “Tiger Fooling Nobody with 5-Minute Blips.”

Big League Stew: “Done Deal: Joe Mauer signs with Twins for $184 million.”

The Big Lead: They have their 64-subject, “2010 Culture Tournament” almost down to the Sweet 16.

Pro Football Talk:  NFL Draft hopefuls C.J. Spiller and Arrelius Benn may not be ‘smarter than a 5th grader.’

Peter King, SI: “MMQB” Mike Tomlin: “I’m highly concerned for our franchise and for Ben personally.”

SI.com: In photos, “Baseball’s 100 Million Men.”

With Leather:  Sorry Bill Self and all you ‘Rock Chalkers’, “Toto, we’re not in the Tourney anymore!”

SI.com: Extra Mustard alerts us that Pete Rose will host WWE’s Monday Night Raw this evening.

Video of the Day

Tim Brando: “Draymond Green finds Lucious, for the win… He got it!  Spartans move to the Sweet 16!”

Tweets of the Day

— WNST Ravens Analyst, Glenn Clark after he spoke with new Ravens DL Cory Redding – WNST

#Redding: “Love the program, love the facility, love the organization. Respect the men who play there.” #Ravens

— Baltimore Ravens Head Coach, John Harbaugh on the signing of Cory ReddingWNST

#Harbaugh “Sideline to sideline type of player. He’s excited to be a Raven. He fits us. Plays with a high motor, plays with great energy.”

— The Nasty One, Nestor Aparicio, from the NFL Owners’ Meetings in Orlando – WNST

Nestor: #Ravens denied compensatory picks in April draft. Guess when you don’t lose, you don’t gain?

— The Nasty One, Nestor Aparicio, from the NFL Owners’ Meetings in Orlando – WNST

Nestor: No word on #Ravens potential Thanksgiving nite game w/#Jets expected today. #NFL will leak nat’l game sked Tuesday here in #Orlando

— WNST NFL Correspondent, Chris Pika – BlogAndTackle

One anniversary of note today: 1989 – Pete Rozelle announced his retirement as #NFL commissioner after 29 years (via SI.com).

— ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter – Adam_Schefter

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: “At the appropriate time, I’ll be meeting with Ben.”

–ESPN AFC North Blogger, James Walker – espnafc_north

Last year Baltimore lost starters such as LB Bart Scott, S Jim Leonhard and C Jason Brown but got zero comp picks in return. Interesting.

— TheBigLead.com Editor, Jason McIntyre – TheBigLead

bad news, Gus Johnson fans: He’s going to have two more blowouts thursday: Syracuse>Butler, KState>Xavier. http://is.gd/aTpum

The Day’s Final Thought

So just who has been the 2010 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player thus far through the opening weekend of play?

I have three nominations:  Ali Farokhmanesh, G. Northern Iowa; Omar Samhan, C. Saint Mary’s; and Ryan Wittman, G. Cornell.

Ali Farokhmanesh had such a good weekend in Oklahoma City he went from someone I’ve never heard of before to someone whose last name I don’t need to double-check for spelling anymore.  Thursday night with the game tied 65-65 against UNLV, he nailed the game winning 3-ball from where seemed like Stillwater with 5-seconds left to knockout the Runnin’ Rebs… and that wasn’t even his most dramatic dagger of the weekend.  His ‘you take it, you better make it’ three pointer Saturday evening to push UNI up 4 over Kansas with 34 seconds to play sent shock-waves through college hoops and eliminated the No. 1 overall seeded Jayhawks.  In his pair of games, Farokhmanesh was in total 9-19 from beyond the arc and tallied 33 points in Northern Iowa’s unlikely run to the round of 16.

Omar Samhan from Saint Mary’s is not Blake Griffin, 2009 College Basketball Player of the Year.  However, if you just look at Samhan’s numbers from victories over No. 7 Richmond and No. 2 Villanova, you’d think he’s every bit the All-American Griffin was.  The brash 6’11, 260 pounder rang up 29 points and 12 rebounds in the first round and 32 points, on 13-16 shooting, and 7 boards against in the second.  His domination of Jay Wright’s Wildcat big men prompted Samhan to question why his opposition didn’t double team him, he said in the post-game presser, “I get it, I’m a slow white guy, and I’m overweight. So maybe you don’t respect me because I have good numbers. But after I kill you the first half, what are you waiting for. I don’t know what he [Coach Wright] wanted. Did he want me to have 40?”  I respect you Omar.

And last, but certainly not least,

I’ll bet Ryan Wittman knew a week ago his team would be headed to Syracuse for the East Regional Semifinals.  C’mon, he’s a smart guy; he goes to Cornell.  Wittman’s also a really good basketball player, surrounded at all times on the floor by four other really good basketball players.  Getting to see Cornell play against Temple and Wisconsin over the weekend you really begin to recognize why the 3-time defending Ivy League champs have been considered a threat since November.  Ryan Wittman is dangerous.  He’s a true triple-threat player playing in a system that complements his repertoire and with teammates who feed off his versatility.  He’s averaged 22 ppg in 36 mpg so far on basketball’s biggest stage.  Cornell and Ryan Wittman will have to throw everything they have at new field-favorite Kentucky in the next round… SAT scores and all.

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Live from College Park: No. 4 Maryland to play Houston in brutal Midwest

Posted on 14 March 2010 by Luke Jones

9:15 p.m. — The Terps and Cougars have played each other twice, including once in the NCAA tournament.

Top-seeded Houston defeated No. 8 Maryland in the second round of the 1983 tournament, 60-50. Of course, that was the Phi Slama Jama team that included Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler—and lost to N.C. State in the championship game in one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history.

In the schools’ first ever meeting, Maryland won 69-68 in the Sugar Bowl Tournament in 1965.

Again, the winner of the Maryland-Houston game will face either fifth-seeded Michigan State or No. 12 seed New Mexico State on Sunday in Spokane.

The Midwest Regional semifinals will be played the next weekend in St. Louis.

The postseason appearance will be the 17th straight for the Terrapins. Maryland has won nine straight NCAA first-round games, dating back to 1998 and has reached at least the Sweet 16 in four of its last nine NCAA appearances.

The Terps have now reached the NCAA tournament in three of the last four years after failing to earn bids in 2005, 2006, and 2008.

9:00 p.m. — This marks the fourth time the Terps have been designated as a No. 4 seed, the others coming in 1998 (losing in the Sweet 16 to Arizona), 2004 (falling in the second round to Syracuse), and most recently in 2007 (a second-round casualty to Butler).

Maryland will try to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003.

8:55 p.m. — Williams clearly had kind words for Houston head coach Tom Penders who became the eighth coach to take four different schools to the NCAA tournament. Other notable names on the list include Rick Pitino, Lon Kruger, and Eddie Sutton.

Penders also took George Washington, Rhode Island, and Texas to the Big Dance.

8:30 p.m. — Gary Williams also spoke to the media following the news of Maryland being selected as the No. 4 seed in the Midwest.

Opening Statement:
“To make the NCAA tournament is always a great honor. It’s a great feeling as a team because you know you’ve worked very hard to get to the tournament. To be the 4th seed, which means the selection committee felt you were one of the top 16 teams in the country. That is something our players should be proud of.”

“We’re looking forward to playing, and it’s a great opportunity for us.”

On what he said to the team after learning their fate:
“I told them I was proud of the team for what they did. It’s so difficult now, as you see the teams that didn’t make the tournament. To make the tournament is significant.”

On his reaction compared to the seniors’ subdued reaction:
“It’s never subdued for me. . .In my first year (1989-90) during the week of the ACC tournament, we found out we couldn’t go to the NCAA tournament for the next two years and couldn’t play on live television [due to NCAA sanctions], so I’ve never forgotten that.”

On Tom Penders and Houston:
“I really haven’t seen them, but obviously we do a good job of taping games during the year. We have plenty of tape, and we’ll get more tape. Tom Penders has done a good job wherever he’s been. Obviously, he knows how to coach.”

Williams also explained his assistant coaches will focus on preparation for potential second-round match-ups with Michigan State or New Mexico State. He will be responsible for preparing for Houston.

On whether he’s been to Spokane:
“Yes, I have. Mark Few has a big Coaches vs. Cancer dinner. I was out there one year. It’s a beautiful place.”

On going out west:
“In 2001, we got to the Final Four going out west. The tough thing is for the parents of the players. It’s very expensive to get out there on short notice, and our fans. In terms of playing, we’ve done well out west before, so we’ll look forward to it.”

On the selection committee’s job:
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever seen to do.”

On Virginia Tech being left out of the field of 65:
“Yeah, I was surprised. I don’t know the reason. I thought Virginia Tech was a good basketball team, but I’m not in [the room with the selection committee].”

Williams also attributed the struggles of defending champion North Carolina as the main reason for the perception of the ACC being a “down” conference. “That was the picture that was created.”

On Maryland’s chances in the tournament:
“Once you get into the tournament, those seeds don’t mean anything.”

“You go in there with a positive attitude, and [the momentum can] snowball very quickly.”

On where this rates compared to Maryland’s bids earlier in his career:
“As you get older, you appreciate it more. You don’t worry about where you’re being sent.”

On Houston star Aubrey Coleman:
“You get 25 [points] per game, you’re doing something right.”

8:05 p.m. — Here are some highlights from this evening’s press conference. Again, check out the WNST.net Audio Vault for the full press conference.

Greivis Vasquez

On whether there was a difference between this year and last year on Selection Sunday:
“Absolutely. It was fun. You don’t have to worry if you’re in or not.”

On this being his last trip to the Dance:
“It’s time to go. We want these types of games. We want to be on this stage. It’s going to be fun. It’s not going to be easy. We’re going to work extremely hard this week and get ready to win games.”

On moving on from the Georgia Tech game:
“In order for us to be a good team, we have to have a short memory.”

Eric Hayes

On the team’s demeanor during the Selection Show:
“We were definitely more relaxed this year. Last year, we were jumping up and down. We all know we were getting in; just anxious to see where and what seed we got.”

On the aftermath of losing in Greensboro:
“I’m sure we’ve probably already forgotten about Georgia Tech already. Seeing how we’re the 4th seed, one of the top 16 seeds, is a pretty good honor for us.”

On whether he’s ever been to Spokane:
“Never been. This is probably the only situation where I’d ever go also.” (This caused the media room to erupt in laughter. That Hayes is quite the dry comedian.)

Landon Milbourne

On the Terps’ familiarity with Houston:
“We don’t know much. Coach explained a little bit about their coach [Tom Penders], saying that they might shoot a lot of threes and play on the perimeter well. We just have to prepare like we normally do and work on our perimeter defense.”

On the need to start strongly:
“The focus has got to be there. Us three seniors have to take a big pride in that, coming on the court when the jump ball goes up everybody’s on the same page.”

7:50 p.m. — Go to the WNST.net Audio Vault right now to hear from Gary Williams, Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes, and Landon Milbourne. Hayes also checked in with Glenn Clark and Chris Bonetti during this evening’s live tournament selection show. It’s all there, so check it out now.

6:38 p.m. — All four regions have been revealed. The ACC sends six teams to the tournament with Duke (1), Maryland (4), Clemson (7), Florida State (9), Wake Forest (9), and Georgia Tech (10).

The Hokies can thank a MISERABLE out of conference SOS for being left out of the field of 65.

6:31 p.m. — Here is my quick reaction to Maryland being a No. 4 seed.

Clearly, a 13-3 record and share of the ACC regular season championship looked very impressive in the eyes of the committee. The quarterfinal loss to Georgia Tech could not have hurt the Terrapins too much in terms of seeding.

That being said, the Midwest is an absolutely BRUTAL region. Kansas, as the No. 1 seed overall, is rewarded by being placed in a region with the likes of Ohio State, Northern Iowa, Michigan State, Tennessee, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, and Maryland.

Easily the toughest region in the field.


6:27 p.m. — Morgan State is the No. 15 seed in the East and will take on No. 2 West Virginia.

6:20 p.m. — As the first two regions are in, it sure looks like Virginia Tech is going to be on the outside looking in. Minnesota and Florida were both on the bubble and received bids in the West region.

6:13 p.m. — Maryland will play as the No. 4 seed in the Midwest, taking on No. 13 Houston in Spokane on Friday. If the Terps can move to the second round, they will take on the winner of No. 5 Michigan State and No. 12 New Mexico State.

6:03 p.m. — Kentucky, Duke, and Syracuse are the other three. Very surprising to see Duke move ahead of Syracuse. I suppose the injury to Arinze Onuaku—and the loss in the quarterfinal—moved Syracuse down a spot.

6:01 p.m. — Kansas is the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. No shock there.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Happy Selection Sunday from College Park as we’ve finally reached the day everyone has been waiting for over the last four months.

Most pundits have played the Terrapins in the No. 4 to 6 range for their tournament seeing, but all of the speculation will be over soon, and we’ll see where Maryland will travel later this week for the first round of the NCAA tournament.

We’ll have reaction from Gary Williams and the Terrapins immediately after they learn their NCAA fate. It’s certainly nice to be comfortably awaiting the news this season after sweating out the verdict over the past few seasons.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) and tune to AM 1570 WNST or live on the web at WNST.net as Glenn Clark and Chris Bonetti are currently hosting WNST’s tournament selection show. Coverage will run until 8 p.m.

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Last-second field goal, turnovers topple Terps

Posted on 19 September 2009 by Luke Jones

The scoreboard at Byrd Stadium showed that Middle Tennessee State defeated Maryland, but the Terps know better.

Trying to avenge a 24-14 loss to the Blue Raiders a year ago, the Terrapins turned the ball over four times and fell 32-31 on a field goal by Alan Gendreau as time expired.

“We made so many mistakes,” head coach Ralph Friedgen said. “I thought our defense played well, but we gave up too many big plays, and that’s what we have to stop doing.”

Despite accumulating 446 yards of total offense, a Chris Turner interception and three lost fumbles turned into 16 points for Middle Tennessee State.

The Terps led 31-29 and had the ball with 4:52 remaining in the fourth quarter but could not run out the clock. A critical play on the drive was a naked bootleg call on first down from the Middle Tennessee 32. Defensive end Jamari Lattimore came through untouched to sack Turner for a 10-yard loss.

“It’s on my shoulders—not the players,” said offensive coordinator James Franklin, claiming it was a bad call in a critical situation and that the loss was the worst with which he had ever been associated in his career.

Even after the sack, Maryland managed to drive to the Blue Raiders’ 25 and had a critical fourth down with three yards to go for the game-clinching first.  Friedgen thought about going for the first down but elected to send freshman Nick Ferrara out for a 42-yard field goal attempt. When the kicker missed wide right, Middle Tennessee State got the ball back at their own 25 with 1:30 remaining on the clock.

The big play of the game-winning drive was a Dwight Dasher 35-yard completion to Chris McClover, beating Cameron Chism on the play. Chism had two interceptions in the game and was getting his first start after replacing injured senior co-captain Nolan Carroll.

“For my first game, I think I played well,” said Chism, who admitted after the game that a hamstring cramp was affecting his play in the second half.

The Maryland defense held Middle Tennessee to only 145 yards in the first half but surrendered 293 yards and 19 points in the second half, making it the third-straight game the Terps have allowed more than 400 yards of offense.  The Terps did, however, force three turnovers after not having any in their first two games.

Chism led the defense with 12 tackles while Adrian Moten and Alex Wujciak each had 11. The Terrapins sacked Dasher four times.

“I know our defense was tired,” Friedgen said. “I thought they sucked it up and got some really good stops, but they needed to have one more and we would have won.”

The star of the afternoon was Torrey Smith who caught two touchdown passes and piled up 165 receiving yards. His scoring plays came from 37 and 64 yards.

“Anytime you can throw the ball down the field and get 30- or 40- yard gains, it is going to excite the offense and give us confidence,” Smith said. “It also gives coach Franklin more flexibility as far as us being out there and trusting us to make plays.”

Da’Rel Scott rushed for 117 yards, but his two fumbles led to 10 points for the opposing offense. Scott was benched temporarily after his first fumble but was benched for the remainder of the game after fumbling late in the third quarter. Davin Meggett played the remainder of the game and finished the day with 51 yards on the ground.

“If he lays the ball on the ground, he [isn’t] going to play,” Friedgen said.

The Terps (1-2) must now look ahead to next week and a matchup against Rutgers (1-1) before beginning the ACC schedule against Clemson in two weeks. Friedgen thought it was time to get tough on his younger group and even questioned how much his players were really into the game during the first half.

“If we didn’t make the mistakes, I could live with it,” he said. “I still have a lot of belief in them as people and as players. I think they are just as upset as I am. We have to figure out a way together…players, coaches, and myself—everybody.”

Check out the box score here and my running blog below.


6:54 p.m. — Two years in a row, and this season is already looking to be a very long one.

No business losing a game like this. Lousy.

6:52 p.m. — It was elementary, as Gendreau bangs it through the uprights.

8 plays, 74 yards, 1:30

Quite frankly, Maryland didn’t deserve to win this one. Too many mistakes.

6:52 p.m. — Gendreau lines up for the kick, and Maryland will use their final timeout.

We need a miracle here.

6:51 p.m. — On 1st-and-10, McClover beats Chism for a huge pass play all the way down to the 10. 45 seconds remaining.

Kyles takes the hand-off all the way to the one.

On 2nd-and-goal, Kyles is STUFFED. MTSU is out of timeouts. They have to spike it, and they do with 2 seconds remaining.

Gendreau will try the field goal, and Maryland will take a time out to ice him.

It will be little more than an extra point with the ball on the left hash.

This is depressing.

6:47 p.m. — Well, here we go.

On first down, Dasher throws to Gee for 12 yards, moving the ball to the Blue Raiders’ 37.

Kyles picks up seven yards on the next play.

Dasher then completes to McClover with Chism covering for 11 yards.

6:46 p.m. — Ferrara tries the 42-yard field goal, and it’s no good.

6:45 p.m. — Following the timeout, Meggett picks up 12 on a short pass from Turner, setting up 3rd-and-8. Huge play here.

And we have a false start on guard Justin Lewis. Perfect.

On 3rd-and-13 from the 35, Meggett gets a huge opening and picks up 10 yards.

MTSU will use a timeout with 1:35 remaining. Maryland faces a 4th-and-2.

Do you go for it here?

6:40 p.m. — On 3rd-and-1, Meggett bulldozes forward for a first down. Once again, no sign of Scott on the field after his last fumble.

On first down from the 32, Lattimore comes around the right corner free and sacks Turner for a loss of 10 yards.

Middle Tennessee State will use a timeout with 2:37 remaining.

6:38 p.m. — On 2nd-and-11, the pass is picked off by Cameron Chism. Wiseman brought the pressure on Dasher.

The Terps take over at the MTSU 43 yard-line. Time to run some clock.

6:36 p.m. — The Blue Raiders try to run some misdirection and give it to Beyah, but the receiver only picks up four yards.

On the next play, Dasher connects with Sancho McDonald for a first down, moving the ball to their own 45.

Dasher tries to run but is driven out of bounds by Wiseman for a loss of one on first down.

6:34 p.m. — Turner rolls right but can’t find anyone, so he throws it away.

On second down, Turner is sacked by Chris McCoy, as it appears he was trying to fake a pass left, but the defensive end was already in the backfield.

On 3rd-and-14, the pass is batted down by McCoy.

It will be a 42-yard attempt for Ferrara, and the freshman kicker makes it despite a terrible snap! Kudos to the holder Travis Baltz on that one.

Maryland regains the lead 31-29 with 6:14 remaining.

6:30 p.m. — The Terps continue to move, as Smith takes a short pass and gains 14 yards. First down for Maryland, and they’re at the 21-yard line with 7:28 remaining.

We’ll have a timeout for an injured Middle Tennessee State.

With that last pass, Turner moves to fourth place all-time in passing yards at Maryland.

6:29 p.m. — On first down, Turner hits Meggett on the quick hitch, and the back takes it 13 yards to midfield.

Turner then connects to Boykins again, the Terps now at the MTSU 35 yard-line.

6:28 p.m. — Turner and the offense start at their own 26.

After throwing it away on first down, Turner’s pass to Cannon is broken up by Alex Suber.

3rd-and-10 for the Terps, and Turner finds Boykins over the middle for a first-down to the 36. Big conversion there.

6:24 p.m. — Ivey jogged/skipped off the field, so he looks like he’ll be alright.

Middle Tennessee goes for it on 4th-and-2, and Dasher throws a slant to Andrews, beating Wiseman. He breaks a tackle and will go into the end zone. Touchdown.

MTSU goes for two, and Dasher rolls right and tries to throw back to the left to Gene Delle Donne (that’s a name!), but it falls incomplete.

9:04 to go: Middle Tennessee State 29, Maryland 28

6:21 p.m. — After two running plays set up 3rd-and-2, Dasher keeps the ball but is brought down by Ivey for no gain.

Uh oh. Ivey is down on the field. We’ll have a timeout.

6:19 p.m. — Wujciak stops Dasher for a loss of one on first down, so no apparent effect from the early injury.

Wujciak almost gets to Dasher again in the backfield before the quarterback broke free. Kyles is flagged for holding, making it 2nd-and-21.

Dasher throws the deep ball to Andrews, and he’s behind Wiseman. 36 yards and a first down. Wiseman continues to look like a weak link on this defense.

6:18 p.m. — The Blue Raiders start from the 24 yard-line as Dasher runs right up the middle for six yards.

Gee then carries for only two yards before he’s stopped by Moten.

On 3rd-and-2, Jefferson takes the short pass but is stopped by Chism and Perez. They’ll measure, and it’s BARELY enough for a first down.

6:12 p.m. — Smith is unstoppable! Turner’s bomb is perfectly thrown to Smith who takes it the rest of the way for a 64-yard touchdown.

A beautiful throw over the outside shoulder on the near sideline!

Ferrara kicks the extra point, and Maryland is back up 28-23.

6:09 p.m. — On second down, Dasher throws high to an open Malcolm Beyah on the slant.

On 3rd-and-10, the Blue Raiders quarterback is sacked by Hartsfield who blitzed around the corner. Dasher held onto the ball way too long there.

Wiseman makes the fair catch at the Maryland 18, and we’ll again see Turner and the offense.  The Terps need a positive drive here, or this crowd will continue to turn against the men in red.

6:07 p.m. — Travis Baltz continues to have a lackluster day, as his punt is only 31 yards and MTSU starts at their own 47-yard line.

Dasher throws incomplete on first down with Moten covering on the play for the Terps.

Middle Tennessee will call their first timeout of the second half.

6:04 p.m. — Maryland begins at its own 16 after Kerry Boykins is called for holding on the return.

Meggett takes a short pitch but only gains one before he’s brought down by Gary Tucker.

No need to panic yet, but you have to be thinking about last season all over again. Turner then throws an incomplete pass on second down.

On 3rd-and-9, Turner works from the shotgun and completes to Meggett but only for five yards. I hear the boos again.

We’ve reached the end of the third quarter, and the Terps will have to punt.

Middle Tennessee State 23, Maryland 21

It’s hard to be a Terps fan right now.

6:00 p.m. — The call is overturned, as it’s ruled that Andrews knee was out of bounds. Huge break for the Terps there.

Gendreau attempts the 27-yard field goal, and it’s good.

With 0:48 remaining in the third quarter, Middle Tennessee State takes the lead over Maryland, 23-21.

8 plays, 28 yards, and 2:07 on the drive.

5:57 p.m. — Again, no television for this game, so we’re not seeing any replays of Andrews’ catch up here in the press box. It happened on the far sideline, so I couldn’t tell if he got a foot down in-bounds or not.

They’re taking a long time looking at this one.

5:54 p.m. — After an incompletion on second down, Dasher throws the touchdown pass to Garrett Andrews for the 11-yard touchdown against Anthony Wiseman.

The play will be reviewed, so don’t jump yet, Glenn Clark.

5:52 p.m. — MTSU is down to the Maryland 24 with a first down, and the defense needs a big stop here.

Kyles takes the carry right and eludes Moten around the corner and picks up 12 yards.

Kyles gets it again but is stopped by Travis Ivey for no gain at the 11.

5:51 p.m. — These fumbles just show a lack of focus.

Honeycutt is back in the game, and he makes the first-down catch for Middle Tennessee State.

There’s an injured player on the field, and it appears to be Alex Wujciak. Not good at all.

5:49 p.m. — Well, here we go again. Scott takes the hand-off and fumbles. Danny Carmichael forced the fumble, and the Blue Raiders recover at the Maryland 39.

5:49 p.m. — On second down, Dasher completes to Honeycutt for 11 and a first down. Dasher definitely poses a bigger threat in the passing game than what we saw last week with JMU’s Drew Dudzik.

Kyles runs on first down but is dropped by Carl Russell for a loss of two.

After an 11-yard completion, the Terps stuff Middle Tennessee on third down.

MTSU receiver Patrick Honeycutt is down on the field with an injury.

Kenny Tate fields the punt, and Gee is called for kick catch interference, giving the Terps an extra 15 yards. Maryland will take over at their 35 with 3:00 remaining in the third quarter.

5:43 p.m. — Maryland did an outstanding job containing Dasher in the first half, but the quarterback burned the defense on that last drive. Let’s hope that doesn’t become a regular occurence here in the second half.

On first down, fullback Cory Jackson gets a rare carry as the Terps begin the drive at their own 26.

Turner then throws an ill-advised swing pass to Scott for a loss of seven yards. Terrible decision to even throw that.

On 3rd-and-11, Tyler catches a pass, but only for a gain of two. The boo-birds are again being heard.

Baltz punts the ball 44 yards, and MTSU will take over at their 29. Not a good offensive series.

5:39 p.m. — On the first play of the drive, Kyles is stopped by Antwine Perez for a loss of two.

Dasher then gets away from the rush on second down and shows off his shifty running ability, gaining 26 yards all the way down to the Terps’ 20. You cannot allow Dasher to get in the open field.

Gee then takes the first down hand-off to the six, setting up 1st-and-goal.  On the next play, Gee takes it into the end zone for the score.

Gendreau makes the extra point, making the score: Maryland 21, Middle Tennessee State 20 with 6:25 remaining in the third.

5:36 p.m. — Today’s attendance is 43,167. It’s a noticeably smaller crowd than what we saw for the JMU game last week.

5:35 p.m. — Baltz’s punt is a 44-yard line drive, returned by Honeycutt for 15 yards down to the Maryland 44.

5:34 p.m. — On first down, Turner finds Galt for a gain of four. The Terps seem commited to getting the tight ends more involved in the passing game.

On 2nd-and-6, Scott runs a draw for no gain.

On third down, Turner is sacked by Lattimore as R.J. Dill is flagged for holding. The penalty will be declined and Baltz must punt.

5:32 p.m. — Tate returns the 26-yard punt eight yards to the Terps’ 17-yard line.

9:15 to go in the third quarter. Maryland leads 21-13.

5:30 p.m. — On 3rd-and-4, Dasher throws deep to Jefferson, but the receiver cannot make the diving catch inside the 10. The Blue Raiders will punt, and the drive stalls at the Maryland 35.

Maryland appeared to have too many men on the field but calls a timeout before the penalty. That would have given Middle Tennessee a first down, so it’s a huge break for the Terps.

5:26 p.m. — Dasher is hit by Wujciak before Kenny Tate wraps him up for the sack. Once again, the pressure gets to the MTSU quarterback.

On 3rd-and-16, Dasher throws to Honeycutt for 17 and a first down. Ugh.

Wujciak looked like he was trying to play leapfrog as he tried to get to the quarterback but was unsuccessful.

5:24 p.m. — The Maryland defense is back on the field, and MTSU’s Dasher runs for six on first down before passing to Honeycutt for a gain of 12 and a first down.

Dasher takes the shotgun snap and runs left for nine yards. The Terps need to keep him bottled up like they did in the first half.

A false start will move Middle Tennessee back to the Maryland 48, making it 2nd-and-6.

5:22 p.m. — Of Turner’s 152 passing yards, Smith has 101 of them. He’s the most dangerous weapon on the field for the Terps.

5:22 p.m. — On 3rd-and-10, Turner finds a wide-open Torrey Smith for a 37-yard touchdown! Huge play!

The defender wasn’t even remotely close to the speedy receiver.

Ferrara’s extra point is good. Maryland leads, 21-13, with 12:22 remaining in the third quarter.

The drive covers 5 plays, 74 yards, and 2:38. Nice start to the half.

5:18 p.m. — Scott gets his first carry since early in the second quarter and only gains two yards.

And there goes Scott for a huge gain around the right corner, all the way down to the Blue Raiders’ 37. It’s nice to see him back on the field, as he’s had much better luck against this defense than Meggett.

5:16 p.m. — The second half is underway, and Smith returns the kick to the 26-yard line.

Scott is back in the game to begin the second half.

5:15 p.m. — The second half will be getting underway shortly.

The Terps’ defense has held Middle Tennessee State to 13 rushing yards and 136 through the air—a much better effort than what we’ve seen in the first two games.

Smith has three catches for 64 yards, including a great 42-yard catch.  Turner has 115 yards through the air and has thrown in interception.

5:09 p.m. — Here are a few thoughts about the first half:

* The defense has actually played a solid game, pressuring Dasher and holding him to -3 yards on the ground.

They’ve surrendered some big plays, but it’s hard to fault Brown’s unit when the Maryland offense has turned it over three times.

* What more do I have to say about the turnovers? You must protect the football, and the Terps are doing a poor job of doing that.

* I’m pleased to see the Terps taking more shots down the field. From my perspective, the offensive line is doing a commendable job so far this afternoon.

* Scott had a sparkling 48-yard touchdown run in the first quarter but fumbled at the start of the second, setting up a Middle Tennessee touchdown.

The starting running back has not returned to the game since then but was standing on the sideline in the second quarter. No word on any injury, so you have to wonder what his status is for the second half.

Meggett has received 12 carries but has only gained 28 yards.

* Robinson has seen the field a couple times at quarterback and has received the Josh Portis treatment.

If you want to give the young quarterback some experience, fine, but haven’t we seen this act before? It certainly doesn’t help that the sophomore QB coughed up the football, either.

4:56 p.m. — Lattimore sacks Turner, and the senior quarterback fumbles, but it’s recovered by the Terps.

That’s a fitting end to an ugly first half of football. Thankfully, the Terps lead 14-13.

Back in a few to offer some stats and thoughts on the first half.

4:54 p.m. — Malcolm Beyah returns the kick all the way to the 40-yard line. The defense will try to keep MTSU off the board in the final minute of the half.

Dasher hits a wide-open McClover over the middle to the Maryland 41. He then connects to McClover again for six more yards.

The second down pass goes through the hands of Honeycutt incomplete.

On 3rd-and-4, Dasher’s passed is picked off by Cameron Chism, Carroll’s replacement in the starting lineup!

MTSU is 0-for-7 on third down, a major plus considering the Terps’ three turnovers.

4:48 p.m. — On 3rd-and-goal, Meggett breaks through for the two-yard touchdown! Just power football right there.

Ferrara makes the extra point, and the Terps go back up, 14-13.

The drive covers five plays and 19 yards.

Maryland is very fortunate to be winning this game after turning it over three times in the first half.

1:19 remaining until halftime.

4:47 p.m. — Turner hits big tight end Tommy Galt over the middle, and he takes it all the way to the 5. The Terps try to go no-huddle, but Meggett is stopped at the 2.

Meggett is tackled for no gain on second down, setting up 3rd-and-goal.

Middle Tennessee State will use their first timeout. Maryland needs to score a touchdown here.

No word on an injury for Scott, but he is standing on the sideline as Meggett continues to get the carries here in the second quarter. I’ll update you if I hear anything here in the press box.

4:44 p.m. — A fumbled exchange by the Blue Raiders is recovered by Maryland at the 19. The defense’s first turnover of the season.

This has been an UGLY football game.

4:43 p.m. — On first down, Turner goes deep and underthrows a ball but Smith brings it in for a huge gain all the way down to the MTSU 19. Great effort by Smith to go up and get that one!

After an incomplete pass, Turner tries to find Adrian Cannon in the end zone, but it’s batted away.

On 3rd-and-10, Turner hits Campbell for only five yards.

Ferrara’s attempt from 31 yards is blocked.


4:38 p.m. — MTSU takes over at its own 45-yard line, and Dasher’s pass is incomplete on first down.

The Blue Raiders continue to spread out in four and five-receiver sets and work from the shotgun.

On second down, Dasher is leveled as he throws incomplete. The defense is doing a much better job getting pressure this week than anything we saw in the first two games.

On 3rd-and-10, Dasher’s pass is batted down by Moten. Great defensive series there, and hopefully, things start to slow down for the struggling Terps here.

Tony Logan is back to return and takes a low punt for a nice return to the Maryland 39-yard line. Good to see the speedy return man back on the field.

4:36 p.m. — At this point, I’d even be satisfied with a punt on this drive. DON’T TURN IT OVER!

Meggett runs for four yards on first down and then picks up five yards, setting up 3rd-and-1.

Meggett is stopped short of the first by Alex Suber and Kevin Brown.

I was actually joking about the punt, but hey, at least it’s not a turnover.

4:34 p.m. — The Terps pressure Dasher as he rolls out to the right, and the Blue Raiders QB throws it away.

On 3rd-and-5 from the Maryland 25, Dasher is sacked by Deege Galt for a loss of 10 yards. HUGE play there for the Maryland defense who has to be frustrated at the complete ineptitude of the offense in the second quarter.

DeFatta pooches one that rolls to the nine-yard line, and Tate falls on it with defenders flying to the ball. Not a wise decision in my opinion, but it worked out in this case.

Maryland takes over at its own 9 with 7:06 remaining in the first half.

4:30 p.m. — Dasher throws a nine-yard completion to McClover, moving the Blue Raiders to midfield.  You have to wonder what’s going through the minds of the defensive players after ANOTHER turnover.

Kyles only picks up two yards, but it’s enough for a first down.

Dasher throws high to Tavarres Jefferson, but the receiver leaps high in the air for a gain 20 yards. Great catch.

4:28 p.m. — The Terps are definitely looking to throw down the field more than we saw in the first two games this season.

Robinson checks in at quarterback on 2nd-and-5 and keeps it…are you serious? He coughs up the ball, and MTSU has it.

The Byrd boos are very audible right now, and who can blame them? Three turnovers in three-straight possessions.

4:25 p.m. — After an offside penalty, LaQuan Williams cannot bring down the deep ball from Turner. It would have been a nice catch, but it was a catchable ball on the sideline.

On 2nd-and-5, Meggett gains five yards, but we have a flag. Another offside call on MTSU, but it’s declined after Meggett picked up the first down.

4:23 p.m. — Meggett gains only one on first down. At least the offense didn’t turn it over, so that’s a moral victory.

On 2nd-and-9, Turner gives the ball to Devonte Campbell on the end-around for a loss of two yards.

On third, Turner throws a bullet to Ronnie Tyler on the far side of the field. A big-time throw of 14 yards and a huge play for the confidence of the offense there.

4:19 p.m. — The ruling is upheld, and Alan Gendreau makes the extra point.

The Terps now trail, 13-7, with 13:06 remaining in the half.

I don’t care how talented you are. You cannot win at any level if you’re going to turn the ball over. When you couple that with the defense’s inability to force turnovers so far this season, it’s a very damning formula for Maryland.

4:16 p.m. — Desmond Gee takes the ball and throws a completion to the 2. Unbelievable.

After a penalty makes it 1st-and-goal, Dasher runs option left and is stuffed by Wujciak for no gain.

Dasher throws a touchdown to Sancho McDonald on 2nd-and-goal, but the officials will review the play.

Quite a turn of events in this one.

4:13 p.m. — After Smith takes a short kick back to the 26, Maryland takes over, and we’ll see how Turner responds after the turnover.

Scott takes the hand-off to the right, and he coughs up the football. The Blue Raiders have it, defensive end Chris McCoy has it.

The Maryland offense needs to wake up, as they’ve given MTSU the ball on the Terps’ 30.

4:12 p.m. — Despite the touchdown, the defense is doing an excellent job containing Dasher. The quarterback has only rushed for eight yards on seven carries.

4:11 p.m. — On 4th-and-inches, Dasher throws deep to McClover, but we have a flag on the play. The Terps’ A.J. Francis was offside, giving them a fresh set of downs.

Dasher then throws to McClover again down to the 4.

Dasher then keeps for a touchdown on the next play, as the defense cannot hold MTSU after the Turner interception.

However, the extra point is blocked, and the Terps still lead 7-6.

4:05 p.m. — After a seven-yard completion, Dasher keeps the ball on third down after faking the hand-off to the running back. He’s inches short of the fourth down, but MTSU will go for it from the 20.

Dasher again works out of the gun, but we’ve reached the end of the first quarter.

Maryland leads Middle Tennessee State, 7-0.

4:03 p.m. — The ruling is upheld, and the Blue Raiders take over at the Maryland 29-yard line. You simply cannot turn the ball over like that.

Dasher runs an option pass on first down but cannot connect with McClover in the end zone.

4:01 p.m. — Maryland is going no-huddle, but a false start is called on Phil Costa, backing the Terps up five yards.

On 2nd-and-10, Meggett is gobbled up in the backfield for a two-yard loss.

On 3rd-and-12, the Terps try the same play to Meggett as they did before, but the pass is picked off by safety Derrick Crumpton.  The pass was poorly thrown.

The play is being reviewed, and hopefully it’s overturned. No TV, so we’re not seeing any replays in the press box.

3:59 p.m. — Davin Meggett has checked in for his first action but only gains one yard on first down.  He’s then stuffed again, running into a wall of tacklers on the right side.

On 3rd-and-8, Turner finds Meggett out of the backfield, giving the Terps a 14-yard gain and a first down.

3:57 p.m. — After the Blue Raiders pick up the first down, Adrian Moten sacks Dasher for a loss of 15 yards. Despite the quarterback’s mobility, you also cannot allow him to just stand back there in the pocket, so it’s nice to see the early pressure.

After another Maryland timeout, Dasher tries to throw over the middle to Honeycutt. Not a good decision as the ball could have easily been picked off.

On 3rd-and-25, Dasher runs for five, ending the threat.

David DeFatta’s punt rolls out of bounds at the Maryland 8.

3:52 p.m. — Desmond Gee returns the kick to the MTSU 32-yard line.

Dasher is working out of the shotgun, and the approach is very similar to what we saw last week.

He throws a hitch for a four-yard gain and then throws a first-down completion to Chris McClover after Alex Wujciak left his man. The Terps will have to find the balance between spying Dasher and locking onto receivers.

3:50 p.m. — The drive covers three plays, 56 yards, and 1:27. The running game is really clicking early on, and the offensive line has been very solid.

3:49 p.m. — The Terps begin their second drive from their 44, and Scott gains eight yards around the right corner.

Jamarr Robinson has just checked in and hands off to Scott for no gain.

Turner comes back in on third down, and there goes Da’Rel Scott for a 48-yard touchdown running off right tackle! Beautiful blocking, and a beautiful start for the Terps!

Nick Ferrara, last week’s hero, adds the extra point, and the Terps lead, 7-0.

3:47 p.m. — The Blue Raiders are going no-huddle, so it’s a little difficult to keep up.

Anthony Wiseman blew up a bubble screen on second down for a loss, and Demetris Hartsfield ALMOST picks off the Dasher pass on fourth down.

Wiseman returns the punt, so it appears we’ll see both Tate and Wiseman back there. Tony Logan was listed as probable, and I saw him on the field during warm-ups, but it appears Friedgen will stick with Wiseman and Tate.

3:41 p.m. — Turner finds Smith on the quick hitch (haven’t seen that before, have we?) for seven yards. Scott then finds very little running room on second down and is dropped for a one-yard loss.

On 3rd-and-4, Turner throws the deep ball to Smith on the far side of the field, but it’s overthrown.

Travis Baltz punts, and it goes into the end zone for a touchback.

Middle Tennessee takes over at their own 20, as the drive sputters after a promising start.

3:38 p.m. — Scott runs for 16 yards after a HUGE hole opened up in the middle of the field. I could have run through that one.

Maryland has it on their own 47, but Turner must use the Terps’ first timeout.

I said earlier this afternoon on Section 410 on WNST 1570 AM that the key would be for Maryland to establish the running game early and jump ahead early. Much like last week with JMU, the longer the Terps leave the Blue Raiders in the game, the more likely an upset becomes.

3:37 p.m. — On first down, Chris Turner throws a 15-yard slant to Torrey Smith. Good start for the passing game there.

Da’Rel Scott is then stuffed after only a one-yard gain. Maryland will need to get the running game going. JMU stacked the box throughout the game last week.

3:36 p.m. — On 3rd-and-2, Dasher keeps the ball but is short of the first down.  The Blue Raiders will punt, so a good start for the Maryland defense.

Kenny Tate is back to return the first punt of the game and makes a four-yard return to the 15.

3:33 p.m. — The Blue Raiders will begin the opening drive at their own 28. The Terps must be aware of quarterback Dwight Dasher’s running ability.

D.D. Kyles gets the start at tailback for the Blue Raiders and picked up a first down after a seven-yard pass to Patrick Honeycutt.

3:29 p.m. — Maryland wins the toss and will defer to the second half. Middle Tennessee State will receive to begin the game.

Torrey Smith is today’s special teams captain for the Terps.

3:27 p.m. — Paul Pinegar carried the Maryland flag while Lamar Young carried the American flag as the Terps took the field.

MTSU has a much smaller representation of fans than what we saw from James Madison last week. No major surprise there.

3:26 p.m. — The Terps are about to take the field, but we have another late-arriving crowd. The student section is almost full, but the rest of the stadium is pretty sparse overall.

3:22 p.m. — As we await the start of today’s game, I’ll quickly go around the ACC:

Through three quarters, Clemson is shutting out Boston College, 19-0, and Duke is getting hammered at Kansas with that game late in the fourth quarter.

North Carolina dropped ECU, and Miami topped Georgia Tech in a convincing win on Thursday night.

3:20 p.m. — The band is out on the field as we’re 15 minutes away from kickoff. Once again, the game is only being shown on ESPN360, so many in the Baltimore area will not be able to watch unfortunately.

We just observed a moment of silence for the passing of NCAA president Myles Brand before the marching band played the Star-Spangled Banner.

3:03 p.m. — New defensive coordinator Don Brown and the defense have been beaten up over the first two games, and it’s hard to overlook over 900 total yards surrendered in two weeks.

The defense continues to adjust to Brown’s new 4-3 defensive scheme and has not forced a turnover in its first two games. Brown’s blitzing tendencies were placed on hold last week with JMU running the spread option. With the secondary banged up, you would think the Terps will try to bring the heat, but again, Dasher is a serious threat to run.

It should be an interesting matchup this afternoon.

3:01 p.m. — The Terps will again wear their red jerseys and white pants for this afternoon’s game, and the Blue Raiders wear silver helmets, white jerseys, and blue pants.

That will be my last fashion update of the afternoon.

2:59 p.m. — Just a few quick pregame notes to ponder, as we’re about 30 minutes away from kickoff.

* Dating back to the end of 2007, the Terps have won eight of their last nine home games. Of course, the one loss was last season’s bitterly disappointing 37-3 loss to Florida State last November. I hope I didn’t bring you down too much by reminding you of that one.

* This will be the fourth meeting between Maryland and MTSU, and the Terps lead the all-time series 2-1. The Terps defeated the Blue Raiders in 2000 and 2006 before dropping last season’s matchup.

* We’ve talked extensively about the inexperience of this year’s team, but the Terps’ 10 returning starters this season are the second-fewest in the Friedgen era.  Maryland had only nine returning starters heading into the 2004 season.

* With Carroll’s season-ending injury last week against JMU, it marks the second-straight year the Terps have lost their No. 1 cornerback. Midway through last season, Maryland lost Kevin Barnes against Wake Forest.

* The Terps did a far better job spreading the ball around to their receivers last week. After only three receivers made catches against Cal in the season opener, five wideouts recorded at least one grab against James Madison.

Torrey Smith led the Terrapins with eight catches, matching a career-high, while Adrian Cannon (five), Quintin McCree (four), Ronnie Tyler (three), and LaQuan Williams (one) also contributed to the passing attack.

2:41 p.m. — For those of you unable to make it to Byrd Stadium for this afternoon’s game, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will air a replay of the game at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Hopefully, it will be worth it to check that out after the Ravens-Chargers game tomorrow night.

2:36 p.m. — Just a reminder that the game will only be shown on ESPN360, so be sure to follow Live from College Park on WNST.net throughout the afternoon. I’ll also be tweeting on WNST’s Twitter feed.

As always, your comments, rants, and questions are always encouraged by posting in the Comments section at the bottom of the page.

2:32 p.m. — I’m live from the press box of Byrd Stadium to watch the Maryland Terrapins (1-1) take on the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (1-1) out of the Sun Belt.

Last season’s 24-14 surprising loss will be fresh on the minds of Ralph Friedgen and his Terps this afternoon.

Maryland will once again be without left tackle Bruce Campbell (toe) and safety Jamari McCollough this afternoon. The Terps must also see if sophomore Cameron Chism can replace senior Nolan Carroll at cornerback, as the co-captain was lost for the season with a broken tibia last week against James Madison.

After JMU quarterback Drew Dudzik rushed for 119 yards last week, the Maryland defense will face another run-first quarterback in junior Dwight Dasher. Dasher is the Blue Raiders’ leading rusher this season, running for 193 yards in the first two games.

Middle Tennessee State will be without starting tailback Phillip Tanner this week, allowing Don Brown’s unit to focus more closely on the running ability of Dasher.

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Wednesday Morning's Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 01 April 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

The rotation is set?!  Maybe Drew said it best with the line, “Hayden Penn’s ink has run out.”  In his last Spring Training start Penn went an abysmal 3.2 innings where he gave up 8 hits and 6 earned runs against the Cardinals.  Afterward, on the heels of saying Alfredo Simon will be in the rotation, manager Dave Trembley announced that Penn is no longer being considered in a starter’s role.  Could we actually be down to 5?  Peter Schmuck says Guthrie, Koji, Simon, Eaton, and Hendrickson.  So after weeding through like 58 pitchers, that’s what’s left to come north!  Be excited Baltimore!  It’s a real shame Cal can’t pitch.

Still waiting on Lance.  Gary Williams and the rest of us will have to wait just a little bit longer to learn where high school standout Lance Stephenson will play his probably one and only season of college hoops.  The Lincoln High School scoring guard from Coney Island, Queens was supposed to make his announcement at the McDonald’s All-American game Thursday night, but instead said yesterday that he and his family were still not ready to make a decision.  His playground nickname is “Born Ready” but I guess that doesn’t apply to picking between St. John’s, Kansas, and Maryland.

Scanning the Blogosphere

Camden Chat has a comprehensive history of the Orioles’ Opening Day starting pitchers since Bill “The Big Show” White in 1957.

The Loss Column says, “More HD O’s On the Way.”

College Hoops Journal has a nice list of all the NCAA Tournament Final Four’s storylines.

The Big Leads asks the question “Is the NHL more physical than the NFL?” And takes a stab at what the NBA Lottery might look like in June.

Awful Announcing informs us that ESPN might be swapping out ESPN Classic for ESPNU in many cable providers’ programming.

Coed Magazine has “The Cheerleaders of the 20009 NCAA Final Four.”

Inside Lacrosse has an in-game blog of UMBC’s 14-4 victory over Towson in Catonsville.

SI’s Fantasy Clicks says Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom is the NHL’s top ‘Dynamic Duo.’

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Friday Morning's Crab Cakes and Light Beer

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Friday Morning’s Crab Cakes and Light Beer

Posted on 27 March 2009 by Chris Bonetti

The Swinging Bunt

Late night hoops.  Well, that was annoying wasn’t it?  The fact that the Missouri-Memphis and Villanova-Duke games both tipped off after 10pm Eastern Time is inexcusable.  I’ll be blatantly honest with a sentiment heard from everyone still awake close to 1am last night… I don’t care AT ALL if people on the west coast have to rush home from work to see the beginning of some of these games.  It’s way more important to have EVERYONE SEE THE ENDS OF THESE GAMES!  Simply put, CBS and the NCAA have screwed this up royally.  It’s especially frustrating that the games were yawners as well… which has probably made me even more ornery this morning.  Something needs to change.  This is my first year out of college as a “professional” – a term I use very loosely – and maybe that’s another reason why I’m more outraged than I’ve ever been about these late night tips.  But c’mon, how in the world does it makes sense that ‘Nova and Duke, schools in Philadelphia and North Carolina for those geographically impaired, are tipping if in Boston, Massachusetts later than games in Phoenix!  I could go on for days, I swear, but I won’t.  Instead, I’ll just resort to a good ol’ fallback of mine… posting pictures of Duke fans being miserable so we can all laugh at their misfortunes!

Friday Must See TV.  More “evening” basketball is slated for tonight, as the NCAA Tournament will be down to the Elite 8 by the end of the night… or I mean the end of the morning, or whatever… by 4am I guarantee we’ll know the final eight!  Action gets underway shortly after 7 with a Midwest Regional Semifinal pitting the Tourney’s #1 overall seed Louisville and the lowest remaining seed in the field, Arizona.  Then at 7:30ish in the South will be Syracuse-Oklahoma.  The night double-dip has Kansas-Michigan State and North Carolina and Gonzaga.  As for the picks, give me the Cards, Orange, Sparties, and Heels.

Scanning the Blogosphere

Camden Chat takes an in-depth look at the Orioles current roster and speculates who might be potential trade candidates and who might actually still be around in the future when they might win in a few years.

Big League Stew tells us the O’s aren’t the only amateur organization in the A.L. East who cares more about “service time” than winning.  This Super Two Status stuff really ticks me off; does anyone outside the front offices of the Rays and O’s think David Price and Matt Wieters aren’t major leaguers… RIGHT NOW!

Rumors and Rants:  If you had Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, San Diego State, and Baylor in your Final Four, you’re right!  The problem for Irish, Gael, Aztec, and Bear fans is that… it’s the NIT Final Four.

Faceoff Lacrosse Blog has three things to watch in the Loyola-Syracuse game tomorrow on the Evergreen Campus in North Baltimore and speculates about the Greyhounds goalie situation.

CMS Video of the Day

CBS has floated out an excerpt of their upcoming ’60 Minutes’ interview with Lebron James.  The spot was filmed at Lebron’s old high school, St. Vincent St. Mary, in Akron, Ohio and will air nationally Sunday evening after the Final Four is all set.

Anyways… the video.  Here’s LBJ nonchalantly flipping up an underhanded half-court shot on a whim, and of course, sinking it.  He’s ridiculous – that’s 75 FEET!

The Morning’s Final Thought

Via The Sporting News and Sports by Brooks, Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks is a pretty funny guy.

Now whether he’s intentionally funny or not… that’s questionable, but either way, funny nonetheless.

In a basic, very simple Q and A session with TSN, Jenks revealed these interesting tidbits… and no they are not Ray Bachman’s answers, they’re Jenks’.

“What I’m reading:  Read?  I don’t even read the newspaper.

Favorite Physical Attribute:  I have a nice butt.

What’s on my I-Pod:  Anything 80’s rock.”

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