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Posted on 08 October 2015 by WNST Staff
With support waning and Maryland football off to a 2-3 start in 2015, head coach Randy Edsall is reportedly expected to be fired after Saturday’s trip to No. 1 Ohio State.
According to InsideMDSports.com, the school intends to dismiss the fifth-year head coach during next week’s bye. The 57-year-old originally signed a six-year, $10 million contract upon being hired, but Maryland gave him a three-year extension earlier this year with just $500,000 guaranteed.
The university issued the following statement in response to the report on Thursday afternoon:
“Randy Edsall is our head football coach, and he’ll be on the sidelines Saturday against Ohio State.”
Edsall is just 22-33 as head coach of the Terps after previously being credited with transitioning the University of Connecticut into a bona fide Division I FBS program.
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Posted on 30 September 2015 by WNST Staff
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Posted on 26 June 2015 by Luke Jones
Two prospects of local interest saw mixed results during Thursday’s NBA draft as Maryland forward Dez Wells went unselected while Orioles pitching prospected Pat Connaughton was taken in the second round.
Despite going undrafted after a strong senior season in which he averaged 15.1 points per game, Wells is expected to join an NBA summer league team and will be given an opportunity to make a roster. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Wells lacks the ideal size to play forward and will need to continue developing his perimeter ability to make it as a guard at the NBA level, but his athleticism and competitive drive still figure to attract a potential suitor for summer workouts.
(Update: Wells has agreed to join the Wizards’ summer league roster, according to Comcast SportsNet.)
Connaughton’s story is more intriguing as he was selected by the Brooklyn Nets before his draft rights were sent to the Portland Trailblazers in a deal that also involved former Maryland point guard Steve Blake. After being taken by the Orioles in the fourth round of last year’s MLB amateur draft and reportedly receiving a $428,000 signing bonus, Connaughton appeared set to pursue a career as a top 10 pitching prospect in the organization after completing his senior year playing for the Notre Dame basketball team.
However, Connaughton had a strong season for the Fighting Irish, which left the door open to professional basketball. The 6-foot-5 forward’s draft stock climbed during the scouting combine when he showed off his perimeter shooting and a 44-inch vertical leap, the best of any prospect who participated.
In six appearances for short-season Single-A Aberdeen last season, Connaughton pitched to a 2.51 ERA in 14 1/3 innings.
It remains uncertain if — or when — the Orioles will attempt to recover Connaughton’s bonus money as they continue to hold his baseball rights and could allow him time to see how his potential NBA career plays out in the coming months before taking any action.
In other local news, former Maryland great and Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez was reportedly traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
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Posted on 07 April 2015 by Luke Jones
Even as the final tones of “One Shining Moment” were ringing in your head early Tuesday morning, the college basketball world was wasting no time looking ahead to next year.
And if the “all-too-early” looks at the 2015-16 season are any indication, the Maryland Terrapins could be entering territory they haven’t seen in more than a decade. With the confirmation that point guard Melo Trimble will return for his sophomore year and the arrival of five-star center Diamond Stone, the Terps are on track to be a consensus top 5 preseason pick in the minds of several experts.
The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy envisions Maryland as the No. 3 team in the nation, citing less dependence on perimeter shots with Stone and Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter manning the frontcourt next season.
CBS Sports projects the Terps at No. 4 behind two old ACC foes — No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 North Carolina — in the “ridiculously early” preseason top 25. Gary Parrish sees a “Final Four-caliber roster” for head coach Mark Turgeon.
Not to be outdone, ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan likes Maryland as his No. 5 squad and the preseason Big Ten favorite “by a wide margin” because of the core four of Trimble, senior Jake Layman, sophomore Jared Nickens, and Stone.
Do these absurdly-premature preseason rankings mean anything? No, but it’s another reminder of how far Turgeon’s program has come over the last calendar year.
And it allows you to daydream about the possibility of the Terps headlining next year’s “One Shining Moment” package after having to watch Mike Krzyzewski and Duke do it again on Monday night.
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Posted on 04 April 2015 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Matt Rambo led all scorers with five points on three goals and two assists to guide the No. 3 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-5 victory over Penn State in front of 4, 052 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapins also celebrated the careers of eight seniors: Mike Bender, Jay Carlson, Bobby Gribbin, Casey Ikeda, Joe LoCascio, Eric Parnon, Charlie Raffa and Zack Wholley
With the victory, the Terps improved to 9-1 on the season and 2-0 in Big Ten Conference play, while the Nittany Lions fell to 3-7 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Maryland wasted no time in opening up a 3-0 lead in the first 5:14 of the first quarter with all three goals coming from the starting attack.
Sophomore Dylan Maltz got things started with an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the game. Senior Carlson made it a 2-0 lead at the 11:35 mark, finishing off a nice feed from Rambo. Rambo then netted his first at 9:26 with an assist coming from Maltz.
Penn State’s Mike Sutton scored his first of three goals on the afternoon to stem the tide for a moment with 7:56 left in the first, but Maryland then went on a 5-0 run to open up an 8-1 lead.
Sophomore Isaiah Davis-Allen scooped up the groundball off the faceoff following Sutton’s goal and scored his third goal of the season. After a Bryan Cole goal make it a 5-1 Terrapin lead, senior Ikeda triggered Maryland’s transition game and assisted on Rambo’s second goal of the day.
Junior Henry West scored his first of two on the day at the 2:14 mark and Carlson finished the run with his second goal with 38 seconds left on the clock.
Sutton gave Penn State a lift as the first quarter came to a close, beating the clock with a shot to make it an 8-2 game going into the second quarter.
Only one goal was added in the second quarter and that came on a 6-on-4 extra-man opportunity for the Nittany Lions at the 4:37 mark.
Maryland answered back in the third quarter with a pair of goals. Sophomore Colin Heacock took a slick feed from Rambo and slipped an extra-man goal past Nittany Lion goalie Connor Darcy less than a minute into the third. Rambo then finished his hat trick by scoring off of a feed from Carlson with 12:23 left on the third quarter clock.
The Terps and Nittany Lions traded off goals in the fourth quarter. LoCascio opened the fourth quarter with an unassisted goal at the 12:34 mark. After Sutton finished his hat trick at 11:34, West scored his final tally of the game at the 9:25 mark. Penn State’s Mike Aronow closed out the scoring with 1:58 left on the clock.
Maryland’s defensive dominance continued through this game as the Terps limited the Nittany Lions to just 20 shots. Junior goalie Kyle Bernlohr finished the day with 8 saves and allowed four goals. Redshirt freshman Dan Morris played the final 6:53 and made three stops.
Sophomore Jon Garino was solid at the faceoff X winning 8-of-10 draws with a game-high seven groundballs.
Maryland has a quick turnaround as it hosts in-state foe Loyola on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The game between the Terps and the Greyhounds will be streamed live on BTN2Go.com.
– Maryland improved to 30-0 all-time against Penn State.
– The Terps won their 30th consecutive game when scoring at least 10 goals.
– The Terps held Michigan scoreless for a stretch of 21:44 – the ninth time in 10 games Maryland has held an opponent scoreless for 20+ minutes.
– Maryland moved to 49-3 all-time under John Tillman when leading at halftime.
– Maryland is 5-0 this season against unranked opponents.
– Matt Rambo tied his career high with two assists. He now has nine hat tricks, 10 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games for his career.
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Posted on 28 March 2015 by Luke Jones
Less than a week after its season came to a disappointing end in the NCAA tournament’s round of 32, the University of Maryland received a commitment that could springboard the Terps into the national title discussion for 2016.
Five-star big man Diamond Stone announced his intentions to attend Maryland on Friday night, which suddenly transforms a frontcourt that was the Terps’ biggest weakness this season into a major strength. The 6-foot-10 center out of Dominican High School in Milwaukee will combine with Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter to form an imposing twosome.
Stone took an official visit to Maryland back in October and had narrowed his choices down to the Terps, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Oklahoma State. His arrival coupled with the return of freshman sensation Melo Trimble will arguably give Maryland its most talented team since the 2002 national championship squad.
A McDonald’s All-American this past season, Stone averaged 24.4 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game.
Maryland’s strong ties with Kevin Plank and Under Armour likely helped in his recruitment as the shoe and apparel company sponsored Stone’s AAU team.
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Posted on 24 March 2015 by Luke Jones
After completing one of the best freshman seasons in University of Maryland basketball history, point guard Melo Trimble will apparently stay put next season.
According to InsideMDSports.com, Trimble plans to return to College Park for his sophomore season after leading the Terps in scoring with 16.2 points per game. His efforts were a major factor in Maryland making it back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.
Most NBA draft experts projected Trimble to be selected no earlier than the end of the first round, making his decision relatively easy despite trepidation from many fans in College Park. At only 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, Trimble will need to improve his skills as a pure point guard in order to give himself the best chance to succeed at the next level.
Head coach Mark Turgeon has the potential to oversee his best team yet at Maryland next year with Dez Wells being the only significant departure from this year’s squad. The Terps will be adding Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter and junior college point guard Jaylen Brantley to the mix for the 2015-2016 season while Trimble, Jake Layman, and Jared Nickens — three of Maryland’s top four scorers this past season — will return.
Trimble, a former McDonald’s All-American, made 41 percent of his 3-point shots as a freshman and showed a tremendous ability to get to the free-throw line, making 86 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe.
The Upper Marlboro native was a first-team all-Big Ten selection voted by the conference media.
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