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Terps C Len Suspended 10 Games But Can Practice

Posted on 02 November 2011 by WNST Staff

Len Practicing, But Suspended for 10 Games

NCAA rules on amateurism status

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland center Alex Len has been cleared to practice with the men’s basketball team and will be eligible to compete with the condition that he must be withheld from 10 regularly scheduled contests.

This decision was rendered by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Staff based on amateurism guidelines.

“We appreciate the NCAA’s cooperative review of Alex’s case,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “However, it has been a difficult situation in light of Alex’s educational pursuits. Alex and his family have been very patient and honest throughout this process, which speaks well of his character.”

“Alex has been working very hard to prepare himself for this opportunity,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “We look forward to having him on the court and to see how he’ll fit into what we want to do offensively and defensively.”

Maryland plays an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 4 against Northwood and is preparing for its season-opener against UNC Wilmington on Sunday, Nov. 13.

– Terps –

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Maryland, Loyola, Navy Report Good News on Graduation Rates

Posted on 25 October 2011 by WNST Staff

Terps’ Graduation Rate Hits Record for Second Straight Year

GSR hits best-ever 82 percent

The University of Maryland posted an all-time high institutional Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 82 percent in figures released today by the National Collegiate Athletics Association. It marks the second time in the seven-year history of the metric that Maryland has been above 80 percent and the second straight year the campus set a school record.

Maryland’s four-year Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes was 75 percent, the second time in the last five years the figure has been above 70 percent.

The Graduation Success Rate is a four-year measure of freshmen who entered Maryland between the fall of 2001 and the fall of 2004. It does not penalize the institution for those student-athletes who transfer from Maryland in good academic standing, as the FGR does. In addition, the GSR includes student-athletes who transfer into the institution and receive athletics aid, unlike the FGR.

Maryland’s previous-best GSR of 80 percent came last year.

“Succeeding academically is of primary importance to everyone in our athletics department,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “This core value is something we take seriously. Although we’re proud of these record-setting numbers, we will strive to continually improve in this area.”

“Kevin made it very clear to me when he brought me here that our student-athletes’ academic success was a top priority for him,” said Chris Uchacz, associate A.D. for academic services and career development. “Our staff has worked very hard over the last year to improve our processes and support. We are starting to see the positive results of these changes manifested in the GSR scores released this week.”

Nineteen teams at Maryland earned GSRs at or above 80 percent. Women’s swimming and water polo had 100 percent GSRs in the cohort. The wrestling team achieved a 92 percent GSR and was the highest-scoring men’s team at Maryland.

Football, which received contemporaneous penalties for this year due to low Academic Progress Rates, earned a 59 percent GSR for this cohort. Anderson said the football team had made significant academic progress this year and does not anticipate further penalties from the NCAA.

Men’s basketball posted a 46 percent GSR this year, which is up from 31 percent in 2010. Since 2006-07, the basketball program has successfully graduated 15 of 17 student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility. A perfect 11 of 11 student-athletes exhausting eligibility have graduated since the Fall 2007 semester. These numbers will have a significant impact on the coming years’ FGR, GSR and APR.

The GSR and FGR are separate from the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rates, which will be released in Spring 2012.

GSRs and four-year FGRs for freshmen and transfers receiving athletic aid and who entered the University of Maryland between Fall 2001 and Fall 2004:

Men’s Sport

GSR

4-Yr Fed.

Baseball

81

59

Basketball

46

33

CC/Track

90

89

Football

59

56

Golf

90

100

Lacrosse

91

81

Soccer

84

64

Swimming

80

73

Tennis

33

33

Wrestling

92

79

Women’s Sport

GSR

4-Yr Fed.

Basketball

81

71

CC/Track

92

85

Field Hockey

94

94

Golf

88

88

Gymnastics

90

82

Lacrosse

92

83

Soccer

94

100

Softball

94

92

Swimming

100

72

Tennis

88

63

Volleyball

83

77

Water Polo

100

67

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Reaction From Maryland President, AD on ACC Expansion

Posted on 18 September 2011 by WNST Staff

Statement from University of Maryland on ACC Expansion

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Comments from University of Maryland President Dr. Wallace Loh and director of athletics Kevin Anderson regarding the addition of the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University into the Atlantic Coast Conference:

President Loh:

“As one of the founding members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the University of Maryland is proud of its long tradition of academic and athletic excellence. Today, we welcome two distinguished universities – Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh – that are a very good fit with our conference. They join a group that includes some of the finest institutions of higher learning in the country. We look forward to collaborating with them in our educational and research enterprises and competing with them across a broad range of sports. The University of Maryland is proud to be a part of a conference that spans the entire eastern seaboard, with a continuing and vibrant future of national leadership in higher education and intercollegiate athletics.”

Director Anderson:

“It’s rewarding to think that there are a number of prestigious institutions like the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University that want to become a part of what the ACC has become both on and off the field. These two institutions are a great fit for the league based on the quality of the athletics programs and based on the quality of their academic reputations.

“We already compete against Pitt and Syracuse in a number of our sports and have appreciated the quality and sportsmanship of those teams. The competition against quality programs in a number of sports will certainly enhance the experience for our student-athletes.

“From a regional standpoint, adding these two high-quality schools will enhance the marketing footprint of the league. Both Pittsburgh and New York City will offer the conference new opportunities to attract fans in all our sports. We look forward to discussions about the future of the league and would encourage a future expansion.”

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Maryland To Dedicate Gary Williams Court at Comcast Center in December

Posted on 13 September 2011 by WNST Staff

Comcast Floor to be Named in Honor of Gary Williams

Dedication will take place in December

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The floor of the basketball court at Comcast Center will be named in honor of Gary Williams, former head men’s basketball coach. The dedication will take place in a formal ceremony on December 9, 2011.

The recommendation was made by University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh, and unanimously approved by the university’s Facilities Naming Committee, the Chair of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and Chair of the Board of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. The recommendation was then approved by University System of Maryland Chancellor William “Brit” Kirwan.

“Gary has been a faithful alumnus, a highly successful and iconic figure in men’s college basketball across the nation, a fierce competitor, and a tireless fundraiser on behalf of student scholarships,” said Loh. “He has been the face of Maryland men’s basketball for more than 22 years. Gary led the Terps out of historic Cole Field House into the Comcast Center. I can think of no better way to recognize his success and his contributions to the University of Maryland than by naming the floor of the basketball court in Comcast Center in his honor.”

“I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” said Williams, who announced his retirement in May. “It’s important to remember that the success we achieved at Maryland was a team effort and all the coaches, student-athletes and staff who were here are a big part of this. I’m very appreciative of the effort by Kevin Anderson, President Loh, Chancellor Kirwan and everyone else who has been a part of making this happen.”

The naming of the court honors Williams’ prolific 22-year career as head coach of the University of Maryland men’s basketball team.  Since he assumed the post of head coach in 1989,

§ Williams led his alma mater’s basketball program from last place in the ACC to both national and conference success.

§ As of March 2011, Coach Williams was the fifth winningest active coach in the country and the third winningest coach all-time in the ACC.

§ Williams has amassed an impressive 461-252 record during his time at Maryland and, in 2006, surpassed the legendary Lefty Driesell as Maryland’s winningest coach.

§ Williams led the Terrapins to 14 NCAA Tournament berths in the last 18 seasons, including seven Sweet 16 appearances, a pair of consecutive Final Four showings, and the 2002 National Championship.

§ In 2010, Williams was named the ACC Coach of the Year, and Maryland shared the 2010 ACC Championship. In addition, Williams has received numerous honors and awards, including being inducted into the University’s Alumni Hall of Fame, Greater Washington Sports Hall of Champions and the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum Hall of Legends.

In his 22 years of service both on and off the court, Williams has embodied the Terrapin spirit of “giving back.”

§ As a scholarship co-chair for the University’s Great Expectations: The Campaign for Maryland, Williams has traveled across the country to raise money for student scholarships at a time when the need for scholarship funding has been particularly great.

§ He is a generous donor to the University of Maryland himself. Williams also supports numerous charities in the community and throughout the state.

§ He is also a leader in the nationwide Coaches vs. Cancer initiative and serves as member of the Coaches vs. Cancer Council.

“Gary is a respected alumnus, coach and leader in the college basketball community nationally,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “His student-athletes are tremendously loyal, which speaks of Gary’s care and support of those on his teams. One of the fiercest competitors to have coached, Gary has always felt a similar passion for his alma mater.”

“Gary started his career as a high school teacher. It’s fitting that we honor him with the naming of the Comcast Center court – a place where he achieved unparalleled success in his own classroom.”

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Thanks to Kevin Anderson, this new era of Terrapins sports looking better and better

Posted on 05 September 2011 by Peter Dilutis

I’ll admit it. When Kevin Anderson seemingly lost out on his first choices to fill the football and basketball head coaching positions in a four month span, I was down on him. I was very down on him.

In late December/early January, Terps fans across the area were sure Mike Leach was going to come to Baltimore. Leach had his question marks, but he was going to bring excitement and most importantly ticket sales to College Park. Even if it took a couple years to get back to consistent Top 25 status, Leach’s brand was immediately going to appeal to those potential season ticket and suite buyers.

When Kevin Anderson ultimately hired the consistently good but not great Randy Edsall, the vast majority of Terrapin nation was disappointed.

Fast-forward to May when Gary Williams surprisingly stepped down from his longtime position as Terps basketball head coach and the face of Maryland athletics.

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Anderson, or “KA” as he is referred to on Maryland message boards, was going to act swiftly and bring Sean Miller to College Park. Those surfing the Internet for rumors were positive that Kevin Plank, Kevin Anderson, and Steve Bisciotti were all on a plane to Las Vegas with suitcases and sales pitches in an effort to bring the Arizona head coach back to Maryland.

Sean Miller would consistently have Maryland in the top 10 with his amazing but somewhat sketchy recruiting. Miller would lead the Terrapins to the peak of their potential. Why wouldn’t he? They have a top notch arena, one of the most fertile recruiting bases in the world, and they play in arguably the most storied and historic conference in college basketball.

In short, Maryland needed Sean Miller. Anderson wasn’t going to leave Vegas without him.

But he did. And his next phone call went to Mark Turgeon, the guy who was on a camping trip with his family and almost didn’t get service in time to take Kevin Anderson up on his interview offer.

The rest is history. Mark Turgeon, the widely respected but relatively unknown coach from Texas A&M, was taking over for the legend of Gary Williams.

Two coaching searches in four months, both being the revenue sports of basketball and football, is a dream for any new athletic director. Anderson had a perfect situation. He was the new man in charge at one of the most prominent athletic universities in the world. This was his chance to establish himself as one of the top AD’s in the country.

Personally, I thought he whiffed on both searches. I felt he secured two quality coaches, but not the elite hires that I wanted and that I felt the Terrapins deserved.

Boy was I wrong.

As I’m writing this, we are about eight hours away from the most anticipated Terps football game in a long time.

The hype is unreal. Byrd Stadium is going to be sold-out. The Terps are in prime time on Labor Day on ESPN.

And for a guy in Edsall who wasn’t going to bring excitement or swagger to College Park, that fashion show of a uniform unveiling was pretty sweet…at least in my “young guy’s” opinion.

Mike Leach would have brought a jaw-dropping offense to College Park. He would have been a dream for members of the media around here who live off of interesting/outlandish quotes and press conferences.

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For Maryland, new uniforms change more than just their look

Posted on 24 August 2011 by Peter Dilutis

I’ve heard numerous different opinions about the new Maryland football uniforms.

Awesome. Horrific. Way too much going on. Sweet! What were they thinking?

For me, it isn’t so much the actual designs of the uniforms that I am concerned with, although I do think they look pretty sweet.

Rather, it is the new brand that the athletic department at Maryland is trying to create that excites me as a longtime fan of all things Terrapins sports.

Forward-thinking people or groups usually come out on top in today’s society. Take a look out west to Oregon. Oregon is one of the top 10 most recognizable programs in the country right now. Why is that?

When someone says Oregon football, what is the first thing you think of?

For me, the first thing is their uniforms. The second thing that comes to mind is an image of Autzen Stadium on a Saturday night, widely considered one of the best home field advantages in all of college sports.

When I broaden the thought to Oregon Ducks athletics in general, I also think about the new basketball court that they debuted last year.

Check out the title of this piece: Oregon’s crazy new basketball floor is quintessentially Oregon.

Crazy = Quintessentially Oregon.

Grandpa on his couch might not care about crazy. He might say that he doesn’t care about looks, only wins. Drew Forrester might be too much of an old man to like these new uniforms. He might say “Screw that, just win baby!”

But you know who does care? You know what group of people aren’t too old?

Recruits.

You know how you win in college sports?

RECRUITS!!!!!!!

How many of you reading this play Madden or NBA Live on Xbox 360 or PS3?

How many of you same people play around with the different uniform combinations or switch to the alternate jerseys before playing?

Why do you do it? Because it’s cool. Unique is attractive.

To these teenagers, the show that Kevin Anderson, Kevin Plank, and the rest of the university orchestrated on Monday night was awesome. It was cool.

It set Maryland apart from the N.C. State’s and Virginia’s and Boston College’s of the world that the Terps are competing with.

Again, Maryland is now unique.

Just like Oregon’s Nike branding and partnership with Phil Knight has set them apart from the Oregon State’s and Stanford’s of the world, Under Armour and Kevin Plank are working to set Maryland apart from the rest.

This is a new era of Maryland football. Kevin Anderson. Mark Turgeon. Randy Edsall…

One of the biggest marks of a new era is a new look. A new feel. New houses might be really nice inside, but without a new coat of paint, no one is going to want to buy it.

I love Gary Williams, but Mark Turgeon has been the anti-Gary Williams on the recruiting trail. The athletic department gave Turgeon the budget to go after Dalonte Hill and bring him to College Park.

Randy Edsall is set to lead what should be one of the best Maryland football teams in quite some time.

Times are changing in College Park. Personally, I feel they are changing for the better.

Maryland’s new look not only represents that change, but continues branding the Terps with Under Armour.

And it starts branding Maryland, in the eyes of future recruits, as a cool place to go play sports.

This a cool brand. And the recruits that Randy Edsall and Mark Turgeon are chasing want cool.

N.C. State isn’t cool.

Right now, Maryland is cool. The Terps have the swag.

The true test will come on the football field and basketball court when Randy Edsall and Mark Turgeon have to prove that actions speak louder than looks. I get that. We all do.

But the looks, even if you think they’re horrific, are going bring action to these new coaches.

Just ask Chip Kelly.

Props to Kevin Anderson, Kevin Plank, and the entire athletic department and university for thinking ahead, being proactive, and making a clear effort to brand Terrapins sports in a newer and better light.

The new uni’s are cool, at least in my opinion. But they represent more than just a change in looks.

How far that change takes Terrapins nation remains to be seen…

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University of Maryland Self-Reports Secondary Violations in Football

Posted on 02 July 2011 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has self-reported secondary NCAA violations in football from last season under the previous coaching staff that will limit practice time for this year’s fall semester and limit involvement by interns for fall practice.

The athletics department reported violations in regards to the number of countable athletically-related hours that student-athletes had during the 2010 fall semester. In addition, some administrative interns involved with football were in attendance during non-mandatory summer workouts prior to last season.

“We’re disappointed that this happened,” said first-year head coach Randy Edsall. “It’s important to me that we always abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA. We have put a plan in place to deal with this situation, and I’m glad we can now begin to put this behind us. We’re looking forward to August 9 when we get on the field for the first day of preseason practice.”

In the process of self-reporting the violations to the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference, the athletics department suggested self-imposed penalties and remedies that will be in place for the upcoming season. The athletics department learned Friday these penalties were accepted by the NCAA.

“We have already put processes and controls in place to better ensure things like this don’t happen in the future,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “It’s fundamental to me and to the department that we operate with integrity and do things the right way as we move forward. Our view is that we need to deal with the past so we can be better tomorrow.”

In response to exceeding the countable hours last year, the football team will be limited to 17-1/2 hours of athletically-related activities per week during the semester. This is a 2-for-1 penalty imposed since the department reported that an extra 1-1/4 hours per week were used last season over the 20 allowed. This penalty will be imposed only during weeks when fall classes are in session.

Because the majority of coaches and staff involved are no longer employed by the institution, letters of admonishment will be sent to the two retained football coaches and all non-coaching staff members still employed.

In regards to summer activities, the football administrative interns will be restricted from observing and participating in on-field activities during the preseason practice period in August. The graduate assistants will be prohibited from participating in the first 16 practices in August, also a self-imposed 2-for-1 penalty.

Rules-education sessions regarding playing and practice-season regulations, as well as rules involving permissible and non-permissible summer activities, will be conducted with all football student-athletes, coaches and football-related staff.

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Playing football games in Baltimore is a poor decision for Maryland

Posted on 26 June 2011 by Peter Dilutis

I am a Maryland Terrapins fan. I also live in Baltimore. Let’s get that out of the way.

Many Terps’ fans in Baltimore were excited when they heard the news that Maryland football would be playing games at M&T Bank Stadium in 2013 and 2014 against West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Not me.

I understand that Kevin Anderson and Randy Edsall want to appeal to their Baltimore fans. There is nothing wrong with that. I just do not agree with playing what are likely to be two very big rivalry games, including a conference game against VT, away from Byrd Stadium.

The Terrapins should be working to create an elite homefield advantage. Opposing teams should fear coming to College Park to face Maryland.

What kind of message does it send about Byrd Stadium and the atmosphere that surrounds it when Maryland gives away two marquee home games to M&T Bank Stadium?

Maryland and Texas recently agreed to a home and home series. That is great for the program…it really is. They will be playing a significant game against one of the most popular, historic, and relevant programs in college football. Maryland had to do what they had to do to in order to secure those games against Texas.

The difference between the Texas series, and playing the two games in Baltimore, is that Maryland already had those games. Maryland could be playing West Virginia and Virginia Tech at Byrd Stadium, but they are choosing not to.

Why choose to give up playing in your home stadium in two huge games? Why not do everything possible to make Byrd Stadium a better place to play a big game, rather than just packing up and moving to Baltimore instead?

The Terps have a lot going for them right now. I was as disappointed as anyone when Maryland did not hire Mike Leach, but it is tough to argue with the credentials that Randy Edsall had built up at Connecticut. I do not have much doubt that Edsall can win, and win big, at Maryland.

This is a new era of Terps football. Edsall is having turf installed at Byrd in 2012. There are plans to build an indoor practice facility.The Terrapins are going to be joining with Under Armour in hopes of becoming the eastern version of Oregon/Nike. Kevin Anderson has told me that the Terps will likely wear different uniform combinations every week.

Some may scoff at something as trivial as uniforms, but to recruits, flashy is never a bad thing. Just look at Oregon.

Obviously, the program is making every effort to become more relevant on a national level.

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Terps football to play games in Baltimore in 2013, 2014

Posted on 22 June 2011 by Luke Jones

Following the excitement of 69,348 gathering to watch Maryland defeat Navy in Baltimore last Labor Day, the University of Maryland has agreed to play two more games at M&T Bank Stadium in the coming years.

The Terps will welcome rival West Virginia to the Charm City on Sept. 21, 2013 and ACC foe Virginia Tech in 2014. The date for the contest against the Hokies will not be announced until the Atlantic Coast Conference releases its schedule in the early portion of 2014.

The announcement is encouraging for the many Maryland supporters clamoring for the Terps’ need to have a stronger presence in Baltimore.

“We’ve been successful in our recent games in Baltimore in every aspect,” said Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson to the university website. “The feedback from our players and fans has been overwhelmingly positive. Since our arrivals, [head coach] Randy Edsall and I have traveled throughout Maryland. In those travels, it’s become clear that since our University represents the entire state, we must have a strong presence everywhere, particularly in Baltimore.”

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Maryland renewed its rivalry with the Mountaineers last season and will host West Virginia at Byrd Stadium this Sept. 17 before traveling to Morgantown in 2012.

Growing up in nearby Glen Rock, Pa., Edsall was a Baltimore sports fan who rooted for the Orioles and Colts in addition to Maryland, the school he called his “dream job” upon being hired earlier this year to succeed longtime coach Ralph Friedgen.

“This is a great opportunity for our student-athletes and the entire state of Maryland,” Edsall said to the school’s website. “We get a chance to increase our fan base, as well as reach out to our alums and followers in the Baltimore area. Playing in M&T Bank Stadium also helps in our recruiting efforts since Baltimore is one of our prime areas. In addition, our current players are always excited to play in an NFL stadium.”

Maryland opens its 2011 season in a nationally-televised matchup on Monday, Sept. 5 against the University of Miami at Byrd Stadium.

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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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