COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Assistant coach Eric Milton has been elevated to interim head coach of the University of Maryland baseball team, director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Thursday.
Milton, who played at Maryland from 1994-96 and had an 11-year Major League career, joined the Terrapin coaching staff as volunteer assistant in September 2011.
“I’m honored to accept this position and look forward to working with our players and recruits in the coming months,” said Milton. “My goal when I came here was to help develop our players for professional careers and build a winning tradition at my alma mater. That goal remains the same.”
“Eric’s knowledge of the game of baseball, as well as this institution, makes him the right person to guide the program at this time,” said Anderson. “In his 11-year Major League career and during his time as an assistant last season, Eric has proven his ability as an elite talent and teacher. We couldn’t be happier to have him serve in this role.”
With Milton serving as interim coach, Maryland will move forward with a national search for a head coach.
Milton was an American League All-Star for the Minnesota Twins in 2001 and won 89 games in his major-league career, also pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and L.A. Dodgers.
In his career, Milton started 270 games, pitched over 1,500 innings and faced nearly 7,000 batters, giving him a wealth of experience at the highest level of baseball.
A first-round draft pick of the New York Yankees in the 1996 amateur draft, Milton made his Major League debut at the age of 22 for the Twins.
From 1999-2001, he averaged 160 strikeouts per season, ranking in the top 11 of the American League each year. He was an All-Star in 2001 when he went 15-7 with a 4.32 ERA and a career-high 220 2/3 innings pitched.
He won 41 games for the Twins from 2000-2002 and helped them reach the American League Championship Series in ’02.
Milton led the Philadelphia Phillies with a 14-6 record in 2004, when he topped the 200-inning mark for the fourth time in his career. He went on to pitch for the Reds for three seasons and finished his career with the Dodgers in 2009.
At Maryland, Milton racked up 236 strikeouts in his three-year career, which ranks third in school history. In his last season, 1996, Milton struck out 118, a mark that stands as the second most in a season in program annals.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland head baseball coach Erik Bakich resigned his post on Wednesday to accept the same position at the University of Michigan.
Bakich, who came to Maryland in June of 2009 after a seven-year stint as an assistant at Vanderbilt, completed his third season with the Terrapins in May. He improved his win total each season at Maryland, leading the program to 32 wins in 2012, its second most in school history. In his three seasons, Bakich compiled a 70-98 overall record, including a 20-70 mark in the ACC.
Deputy athletics director Nathan Pine will immediately lead a committee that will conduct a national search for a new head coach.
“I would like to congratulate Erik and thank him for the job he has done in laying a foundation for success over the past three years,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “While we’re sorry to see Erik go, we are confident we can bring in someone who will represent our values at Maryland and who can continue the positive momentum we have built in our program. I wish Erik and his family all the best in this next chapter of their life.”
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Twelve intercollegiate teams at the University of Maryland posted multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) at or above 975 based on data released Wednesday by the NCAA.
Those programs in the report were led by the men’s cross country team, which earned a perfect multiyear score of 1,000 and was recognized by the NCAA as among the top 10 percent of programs nationally.
Five sport programs – men’s cross country, men’s swimming, wrestling, women’s golf and volleyball – earned single-year marks of 1,000 in 2010-11.
Football, which suffered a reduction of three scholarships for the 2011 season based on previous low APRs, has recovered significantly from a downward trend. Football increased its multiyear score from 922 to 931 and its single-year score from 905 to 972, as reported today.
“Academic performance is a core value of our athletics department at the University of Maryland,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Everyone in our department, including coaches and staff, has made a priority of ensuring our student-athletes achieve their goal of graduating with a Maryland degree.
“Congratulations to our academic support and career development staff for these strong numbers. We’re particularly pleased at the strong improvement in the single-year figure in football. While we always strive for improvement, the data released today shows we’re on the right track.”
Maryland will have no postseason or scholarship-reduction penalties based on this report.
The newly released multiyear APR scores are comprised of data submitted for 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. The APR index was developed by the NCAA to provide a “real time” snapshot on a semester-by-semester basis in order to measure the eligibility and retention of student-athletes in all Division I institutions. The APR is part of a larger package of initiatives, the NCAA Academic Performance Program, which was mandated by the NCAA Board of Directors to improve the academic performance of athletic teams.
In calculating the APR, all student-athletes receiving athletics financial aid are considered “counters” and each semester receive one point for retention/graduation and one point for meeting NCAA and University of Maryland eligibility standards to compete. The maximum number of APR points a student-athlete can earn in an academic year is four (2 in the fall semester and 2 in the spring semester). A team’s APR is the total number of eligibility/retention points earned divided by the maximum number of points possible. This APR number is then multiplied by 1,000. (For example, a team which receives 94 percent of all possible points would have a team APR of 940.)
In creating the APR, the NCAA has established a multiyear benchmark or “cut score,” under which contemporaneous penalties could be imposed in the form of scholarship reductions for those teams which fall below a multiyear score of 925. The NCAA determined 925 as the “cut score” as it was determined that it was equivalent to a 50 percent graduation rate. More recently, the NCAA mandated potential postseason bans for teams that fall below a multiyear score of 930.
Freshman linebacker suspended one year due to violation of Student-Athlete Code of Conduct
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Lukas Foreman has been suspended from the football team for one year due to a violation of the University of Maryland Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, athletics department officials announced Wednesday.
Foreman, a freshman linebacker from Naples, Fla., will serve the one-year suspension from the program beginning immediately.
“Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility,” director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “As much as we appreciate the effort this young man gave to the program this season, he was unable to live up to that responsibility. We’re certainly disappointed, but hope that he will use this as a learning experience.”
Foreman served a redshirt season as a defensive back in 2011. He moved to linebacker prior to spring practice.
Looking primed to return to the NCAA tournament next season with a loaded recruiting class coming this fall, the University of Maryland will suffer a major blow to those hopes.
More details are emerging about the reason for leading scorer and second-team all-ACC guard Terrell Stoglin declaring for the 2012 NBA Draft on Sunday. The university announced Monday morning that Stoglin and Mychal Parker, who recently announced his intention to transfer to another school, had been suspended for a year due to “a violation of the University of Maryland Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.”
Averaging 21.6 points per game to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2011-12 season, the 6-foot-1 Stoglin will exit College Park after his sophomore season.
Stoglin’s relationship with first-year head coach Mark Turgeon was strained at times last season, which included an incident in which the guard publicly questioned the coach’s motives after he was benched in the final minutes of a loss at Duke. Turgeon openly shared his frustration with Stoglin’s willingness to be coached at different points but had recently expressed confidence on AM 1570 WNST that he would be a better coach for the Tuscon, Ariz. native next season.
The mercurial guard — along with Parker — will instead depart after one season under Turgeon.
“Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility,” director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “As much as we appreciate the effort these two young men gave to the program this season, they were unable to live up to that responsibility. We’re disappointed, but hope they use this as a learning experience.”
It is believed that Stoglin’s suspension stems from academic issues.
The deadline to declare for the NBA Draft was Sunday, with the draft itself to be held on June 28 in Newark, N.J
Based on Stoglin’s action on his Twitter account Monday morning, it became more apparent the announcement was not based solely on his desire to play in the NBA.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland women’s basketball sophomore Alyssa Thomas was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford Thursday. The conference’s top individual honor is voted on by the league’s “Blue Ribbon Panel,” which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives.
Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., is just the second sophomore ever to be honored with the league’s top honor in its 29-year history. Duke’s Alana Beard won in 2002 as a sophomore. Beard and Thomas were both named ACC Rookie of the Year in their respective freshman seasons.
She is the fourth Terrapin to win the honor and the third in the last five years. Vicky Bullett won in 1989, Crystal Langhorne was honored in 2008 and Kristi Toliver won in 2009.
“First, I have to thank my teammates and our coaches. They push me every single day and we play hard for each other,” Thomas said. “This is such an honor because there’s so many great players in our league.”
Thomas, the ACC’s leading scorer, is averaging 17.0 points per game and 17.7 points per conference game. Her 8.5 rebounds per ACC game are fifth-best in the league. She was named ACC Player of the Week Monday and recorded a total of four weekly honors this season – more than any other player in the league.
“What a tremendous honor for Alyssa and we’re really appreciative that the voters recognized the incredible season she’s had for Maryland,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We also know that there were other worthy candidates. I think Alyssa’s had more legendary-type moments in one season than most have in a lifetime. Her will to win is unsurpassed and I don’t think anyone plays harder for her team. She’s easy to coach and she responds to being challenged. Of course, this could not have happened without her tremendous teammates and the staff.”
“We feel like we’ve helped her improve, but really, what you see from Alyssa all started back home in Harrisburg, where she was raised by an incredible family and community. As a person and a player, she’s one of the people you want to wear your uniform and to represent your school. We’re incredibly proud and happy for her and our program.”
Thomas proved to be a game-changer for the Terrapins. In their third ACC contest of the season, Thomas scored 18 second half points, including the winning jumper with 17.0 seconds left, to help Maryland come back from a 20-point deficit to top Georgia Tech. Two days later, she made a reverse layup at the buzzer to force overtime at North Carolina. The Terps would go on to win 76-72.
In the Terrapins’ 63-61 win over No. 5 Duke on Feb. 19, Thomas pulled in 12 rebounds but made one of the best defensive plays of the season on the last play. With four seconds left in the game and the Terps with a two-point lead, Thomas helped get a stop in the paint to force the ball outside. As the Blue Devils swung it around the arc to Haley Peters on the opposite side of the court from Thomas, she sprinted to Peters and blocked the potential game-winning shot as the buzzer expired, sealing the win for the Terrapins. It would be Duke’s lone loss in ACC play.
A week later, she scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half to lead Maryland to a 65-50 win at North Carolina State in the regular season finale. In one 10-minute span in the second half, she rattled off 16 straight points for the Terrapins and finished with a career-high 17 blocks and four rebounds.
Thomas has scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games this season with eight double-doubles. The Terrapins won four straight to end the regular season. In that four-game span, Thomas averaged 17.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and four assists per game.
“What Alyssa has done this year against some stiff competition is nothing short of remarkable and has been so much fun to watch,” Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “Alyssa represents all that we are here at Maryland with her incredible work ethic, love for her team and leadership on and off the court. Congratulations to her and her teammates, Coach Frese and the rest of the program for their part in this special award.”
Four members of the fifth-ranked Terrapins squad were named to the All-ACC Teams announced Monday. Thomas earned first team honors, while Tianna Hawkins made the second team. Lynetta Kizer and Laurin Mincy each earned honorable mention honors and Kizer was enamed the ACC’s Sixth Player of the Year. Brene Moseley was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team Tuesday and Alicia DeVaughn was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team Wednesday.
The Terrapins (25-4, 11-4 ACC) will open play in the 35th Annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday evening at approximately 8 p.m. as the No. 3 seed. They will play either sixth-seeded Virginia or 11th-seeded Boston College, depending on Thursday’s result.
All eight games on Thursday and Friday will be broadcast on the league’s regional sports network (RSN), which includes Comcast SportsNet +, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Florida and the New England Sports Network. Friday’s contest can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet +. The entire tournament can also be seen on ESPN3 and Maryland’s games will also be shown online on the Terps’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarylandWomensBasketballFans.
For more information, visit the official site of the 2012 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at www.theACC.com/SheCanPlay. Fans can also follow the upcoming Tournament games on Twitter at @ACCwbb.
Maryland is ranked No. 5 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Division I Top 25 Coaches’ poll and No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press rankings.
The Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg joined me in studio Wednesday on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net. We held a very special year-end awards show that we cleverly titled “The Van Clarkenburgs.” Here is a rundown of our winners…
Glenn Clark: O’s decision to bring Zach Britton up with team from Spring Training
Kevin Van Valkenburg: Britton’s May 18 start vs. New York Yankees
Glenn: Birds’ decision to demote Britton midway through season
Kevin: Mike Flanagan suicide death
Glenn: Terrell Suggs
Kevin: Drafting Torrey Smith
Glenn: Trading for Lee Evans instead of signing free agent Malcom Floyd
Kevin: 12-7 loss to Jacksonville Jaguars October 24
“Best Other Local Sports”-
Glenn: Towson University Football
Kevin: Graham Motion trained Animal Kingdom wins Kentucky Derby
“Worst Other Local Sports”-
Glenn: Randy Edsall’s first season in College Park
Kevin: Kevin Anderson’s handling of Mike Leach, Sean Miller
What topic deserved more conversation in 2011?
Glenn: Novak Djokovic’s incredible season
Kevin: Ugly nature of NCAA/College Sports
What topic received too much conversation?
Glenn: Tim Tebow
Kevin: LeBron James
Who did the best coaching job in 2011?
Glenn: Joe Maddon
Kevin: Rick Carlisle
Who did the worst coaching job in 2011?
Glenn: Norv Turner
Kevin: Norv Turner
What was the best game you attended in 2011?
Glenn: Maryland’s 4-3 2OT soccer win at UMBC
Kevin: Baltimore Ravens’ 23-20 win over Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field
What was the best game you watched on TV in 2011?
Glenn: World Series Game 6 St. Louis Cardinals/Texas Rangers
Kevin: Women’s World Cup Quarterfinal Team USA/Brazil
What about sports were we “better off” for in 2011?
Glenn: NBA starting on Christmas Day
Kevin: Appreciation of Women’s World Cup
What sports media type do you love but hate to follow on Twitter?
Glenn: Gregg Doyel (CBSSports.com)
Kevin: Darren Rovell (CNBC)
I tried explaining to everyone it wouldn’t matter if the Cowboys blew out Oklahoma Saturday night in Stillwater. Every time someone asked a question like “what if the Pokes win by a score of 50-0?” I responded with a simple “it won’t matter.”
I was right. Louisiana State will face Alabama again in the BCS Championship Game and OSU will get to watch after playing Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.
It’s a shame, as Oklahoma State certainly looked like a team capable of making things interesting in New Orleans on Saturday night. The shame is that their Bedlam rivalry win was marred by 13 fans being injured when they rushed the Boone Pickens Stadium field. It’s also a shame the Big 12 Champs aren’t Bayou bound because we’d all like to see more of Mike Gundy dancing…
It’s not that I don’t think highly of Oklahoma State (or Alabama), it’s just that the Tigers have been pretty dominant. See Badger, Honey.
It appears as though Tyrann Mathieu’s punt return TD shouldn’t have counted, and he actually had another return later in the game that didn’t result in a TD that was more impressive. But this was still a lot of fun to watch him run all over the Georgia Dome field in the SEC Championship Game.
It’s awfully early, but I’ll go ahead and call a Tigers win over the Crimson Tide in the title game. Just going out on a limb without having to at all. All balls, that Glenn Clark. At least that’s what my 4th grade teacher always said.
I picked the Denver Broncos to beat the Minnesota Vikings on “The Friday Football Frenzy” this week; but I gave myself an out. “If Von Miller doesn’t play the Broncos lose” I said.
What I didn’t know is that the great Tim Tebow had the “throw a 41 yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas while running out of bounds” in his repertoire…
Tim Tebow is better than you. And thanks to an Oakland Raiders loss we’ll get back to later in the game, he’s in first place in the AFC West.
Some Tim Tebow haters won’t give it up, including Merrill Hoge. He told the New York Post that Tim Tebow hasn’t proven anything because he hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Yep. That’s solid analysis. Well done sir.
Since we’re here, here’s this humorous picture of Matt Willis and Willis McGahee.
And also, this is apparently a photo of a fetus (or unborn child if you will) Tebowing. If you don’t want to look at it, don’t. I have no idea what I’m looking at myself.
CJ2K has gone over 100 yards three times in his last four games, a feat he accomplished just once in in his first eight games.
That would be better if you were confused while playing along at home.
It was 153 yards and two TD’s Sunday as the Tennessee Titans topped the Buffalo Bills, a team I SWEAR had been good at some point during their existence…
Things get a BIT more difficult for the Titans next week, as they battle the Saints in Nashville. They find themselves still alive in the AFC South race but also still in the AFC Wild Card mix. AND they’re in the mix for the Cotton Bowl. Or something like that.
The Jets scored 3 TD’s in the final five minutes of Sunday’s game at FedEx Field and got big plays from Aaron Maybin to avoid the upset.
A few things to giggle about here.
One-If the Skins manage to win two of their last four games this season, Mike Shanahan will manage to tie the great Jim Zorn’s record through the first two seasons! Big stuff!
Two-Washington’s Fred Davis and Trent Williams are suspended for the next four games for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. I don’t think the substance has been officially announced, but I think I have a guess…
Tough first year down there at College Park for Randy Edsall. Even tougher on Terp fans. Two wins – Towson State (it will always be Towson State to me) and “It sucks to be U” (minus 8 players, 4 starters) Miami. Ten losses – accented buy numerous collapses. None worse than the last game of the season, 56 – 41 trouncing by NC State. West Virginia and Clemson were busts. The NC State game was deplorable. Outscored 42 – 0 in the last 20 some minutes, during the last game of the year. Ouch! The Terps may not have had the talent, but to lose those three games the way they did, is lack of leadership and coaching.
Edsall needs to recruit “his type of player”. Forget that out for now. Bottom line – you are not any type of coach, I do not care at what level, to allow your team and university to be embarrassed. There are going to be tough weeks. There is going to be that game when you are totally dominated. Unfortunately for Maryland fans, except for the Miami game, Terp football was seemingly dominated the entire year. At times, it appeared as if the University of Maryland was fielding a good High School or Division III football team and throwing them out there on a field with professionals. Fourth quarter came, Terps went south, opponents surged. Edsall and his coaching staff looked like they were a deer in the headlights. And unfortunately that tranferred down to the players.
We can’t discount Edsall yet. Remember they are not “his” players. There were many injuries. There were changes off the field. I’m sure his “disciplined ball player” approach was and is a tough sell. Most of those “student athletes” weren’t ready to go to class, maintain grades and wear ball caps with the brim facing forward. The cream will rise to the top and the thugs will fall. There were positives amongst the majority of negatives: Joe Vellano – ACC First team DT , Demetrius Hartfield – ACC Honorable Mention LB, Matt Furstenburg TE and Davin Megget RB - effort.
Joe Vellano – one the reasons to catch Terp Football next year.
Edsall isn’t going anywhere, he has a nice contract and the buy out would evidently crumble 8 more varsity sports at UMCP. Uh-oh don’t get me started on that one – definately a subject for another blog. We should give Edsall some time - change is not always welcomed at first. But yo, Randall – bag the 300 different uniform color combinations, gain the respect of your players and if you’re not going to get in the faces of those youngsters, then get some coaches with guts who will.
For the naysayers and goofballs calling for Edsalls head already, all I have to say are two names: Mark Duffner and Ron Vanderlinden. Their first years record (2-9), second year (2-9 and 3-8), third year (4-7 and 5-6). Ok, I’ll stop, I’m getting bad chills. I hope down the line, I do not cringe when I hear the name Randall Edsall. After that NC State game, I was doing a little more than cringing. The Terp football coach isn’t the only one having a tough first year. How about that new AD? Man, he’s running tops in my book. The new sherif in town takes out 2 coaching icons, watches one program tank, the other on the brink of bottoming out and then eliminates 8 varsity sports programs due to lack of funds. You go Kevin Anderson – what’s your scam? What’s your fix? Bottom out and build up? That is one approach. Was it self-inflicted or did you inherit the mess? Time will tell.
“With change, you will find purpose.” Randy Edsall should purposely get his act together. Because right now he definately does not have the “Moves Like Jagger” – (Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera). He has done failed round 1. I believe he has 4 rounds left. Personally, I’m still wondering what happened with Mike Leach? Now there’s “old school”. I’m not one for the “passive” approach. Was hoping Terps would hire Mr. No Nonsense Texas Tech.
Tough to be a Terp sports fan at the moment. But let’s end with postives: Womens Field Hockey, Womens Basketball, Mens Wrestling………………. and don’t forget mens/womens swimming, track and field, mens tennis, etc. whoops there’s that subject for another blog again. Terpland in need of help. Come on Turgeon – another uphill battle.