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Williams set to be enshrined in Basketball Hall of Fame Friday

Posted on 07 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former University of Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams will officially be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Friday, Aug. 8, in Springfield, Mass. The enshrinement ceremony is scheduled to begin in the Springfield Symphony Hall at 6:30 p.m. and the event will be broadcasted live on NBA TV.

Also selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame , Williams will be the first coach in history to be selected to both institutions in the same year.

Joining Williams in the Class of 2014 is Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s, Alonzo Mourning, Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, Bob Leonard, Nat Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis, Guy Rodgers and David Stern.

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.

Upon returning to the College Park campus in 1989, Gary Williams (Maryland ‘68) led his alma mater’s basketball program from a period of troubled times to an era of national prominence during his 22 seasons at the helm from 1993-2011.

With 14 NCAA Tournament berths in his final 18 seasons, Williams and his staff garnered seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, a pair of consecutive Final Four showings, and the 2002 National Championship – the first of its kind in Maryland basketball history.

After leading the Terrapins to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 2010, Williams was voted the league’s Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It was his second such award, as he was also honored in 2002.

With an all-time record of 461-252 (.646) as Maryland’s head coach, Williams stands as the Terrapins all-time winningest head basketball coach. He passed Charles “Lefty” Driesell, who amassed 348 victories in 18 seasons from 1969 to 1986.

The rise of the Maryland program ran parallel with Williams’ ascent among the most notable in the collegiate coaching fraternity. Williams was one of only five coaches to boast a string of 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1994-2004. He produced at least 20 wins in a school-record eight straight seasons from 1996-97 to 2003-04.

Williams was heralded as the national and Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year during the Terps’ 2002 championship run.

In 2001, Williams became just the sixth coach since 1980 to direct his alma mater to the Final Four. A year later, he became the first coach since 1974 to guide his alma mater to a national title.

A former Terrapin point guard and 1968 graduate, Williams was a starter under coach Bud Millikan during the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons. He was the team captain as a senior and still lists one of his most memorable basketball moments as his experience as a spectator at the 1966 national championship game conducted at Maryland’s legendary Cole Field House, between Texas Western and Kentucky.

Williams was hired by Maryland on June 13, 1989, inheriting a team that had won only nine games the year before and finished in last place in the ACC. Displaying his coaching abilities immediately, he helped the Terps to 19 wins while advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament – and making him the first coach in school history to lead a team into the postseason in his first year.

Williams began his coaching career as a graduate student at Maryland under freshman coach Tom Davis. The 1969 freshman team finished with a 12-4 record as Williams bonded with Davis in a relationship that would serve him well as his coaching career progressed.

After earning a degree in business, he continued his coaching career as an assistant at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. After one year, he took over as the head coach and guided his first team to a perfect 27-0 record and the state title. Williams has called that season “the ultimate — there wasn’t another game to win.” Upon winning the NCAA West Region championship in 2001, he fondly recalled his championship at Camden as the “only other time I’ve ever got to cut down a net.”

Williams spent one more year at Woodrow Wilson before accepting an invitation from Davis in 1972 to become an assistant at Lafayette College. While an assistant at Lafayette, Williams also served as the head soccer coach. In 1978, Williams accompanied Davis to Boston College. After one year there, Williams became the head coach at American University.

Williams immediately began making his mark at American. His 1981 squad set the still-standing school record for victories with a 24-6 mark, won the East Coast Conference championship, and played in the NIT. Williams was named the district coach of the year.

American returned to postseason play the next season as the Williams-led Eagles went 21-9 and played in the NIT for the second consecutive year. Only once prior to Williams’ arrival had AU attended a postseason tournament, and the Eagles have not returned since. Williams’ four-year record at AU was 72-42.

In 1983, Williams succeeded Davis at Boston College. He was once again an instant success, posting a 25-7 record and leading the Eagles to the regular-season championship of the Big East in his first season. Making his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Williams directed the Eagles to the Sweet 16. He finished third in the balloting for national coach of the year, and was honored again as the Eastern Coach of the Year by his peers. He went on to duplicate that NCAA Tournament success again in 1985, leading B.C. back to the Sweet Sixteen.

In 1987, Williams accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State, becoming the 10th basketball coach in that school’s illustrious history. He succeeded Eldon Miller and once again enjoyed success. In three years, the Buckeyes made three postseason appearances. His first squad defeated then-No. 1 and unbeaten Iowa (coached by Tom Davis) in the regular season, in what would be the first of many giant-killings.

During Williams’ three-year term at Ohio State, the Buckeyes defeated a second-ranked Purdue team, perennial power Kansas and highly regarded Big Ten powers Michigan and Illinois. Each of Williams’ three Ohio State teams advanced to postseason play, and he laid the groundwork for the highly successful teams that followed when he left Columbus for College Park.

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Edsall likes camaraderie of Terps’ defense early in camp

Posted on 07 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md - The Maryland football team put the pads on for the first time in preseason camp Wednesday as the Terps continued to fine-tune all aspects of their game in preparation for their season opener at James Madison at the on-campus practice facility.

The offense made big plays throughout the session, with Taivon Jacobs, Stefon Diggs and Amba Etta-Tawo all catching passes down the field from quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe.

Deon Long, another member of the Maryland receiving corps with big play ability, is returning to action this week after missing the final six games of the 2013 season with a leg injury. Three days into practice, Long is excited about the progress he has made to this point.

“You have to start from square one,” Long said. “All the progress you put in before your injury is sort of wiped out. It’s a clean slate. You’ve got to have the mental toughness to build your strength back up.”

Long competed hard against a defensive unit that has impressed head coach Randy Edsall in the first three days of camp.

“The thing I like about the defense is their camaraderie,” Edsall said. “I like the leadership that they’re bringing to the practice field in the first two days. It’s not just one or two guys. It’s everybody. Everybody is very enthusiastic and holding people more accountable.”

One of those leaders is defensive lineman Andre Monroe. The senior, who tallied a team-high 9.5 sacks last season, is looking to build off an impressive junior campaign.

“I have desire. I learned at any early age that this game is a lot about desire. Then I just use the knowledge and play with instincts, which I think a lot of players overlook. That can take an average player and make them a great player.”

Monroe and his defensive teammates are not the only ones who expect big things.

“The defense is capable of anything,” Long said. “The sky is the limit.”

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Edsall: Deon Long has “got to get a lot better”

Posted on 06 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On yesterday’s practice:

“I thought practice went pretty well for the defense pretty much the whole time. Offensively we were good up until the 7-on-7 and the team. I didn’t think that was as good as it should be for us. That’s one of the things we talked about with the guys is that we’ve got to finish better. Yesterday was an example for our offense that we’ve got to do a better job finishing.”

 

On who stood out during summer workouts:

“We had a couple guys that I thought really did a great job this summer. I though all in all we had a really good summer. I thought C.J. [Brown] had a really good summer. He put on some weight and got stronger. The running backs, Wes [Brown], Brandon [Ross], Jacquille [Veii] and Kenny Goins, had a real good summer. Marcus Leak and Taivon Jacobs increased quite a bit. Andy Zeller and Sal [Conaboy], there on the offensive line, [performed well]. I thought the defensive line as a group probably had the best summer of everybody. Keith Bowers is still getting stronger. Malik Jones had a good summer. Quinton [Jefferson] did a good job as well. [Yannik] Cudjoe and Jalen Brooks did well. L.A. [Goree] had a very solid and quiet summer, he’s just a quiet guy, but he really did a good job. Sean Davis had an outstanding summer. Overall, those are the guys that stand out the most. I thought we had a very productive summer overall, but those are the guys that stood out a little bit more than the other guys. “

 

On how he grades the players in the summer:

“It’s overall, in terms of what they would have increased in vertical jump, squat, clean, bench and just overall effort and intensity in the summer.”

 

On Andre Monroe:

“He’s very quick. He’s a guy that understands leverage. You’ve got to get really low to block him. Like I said, I think it’s his speed and his quickness off the ball. He’s relentless and because of his height he has a built in advantage going against people. He’s got a good motor.”

 

On Deon Long:

“Deon’s got to get a lot better. I’m not happy with the way Deon is practicing right now. He’s got to do a better job of finishing on every play and he’s got to be more exact in everything he is doing. Let’s not leave people out of praise right now. Let’s get him back to doing the things he’s supposed to be doing and playing to the level of his talent ability. If he does that than we can start talking more about him.”

 

On what he attributes to Deon’s performance in practice:

“You’ve got to understand that you’ve got to come out here each and every day. To much who is given much is expected. When you come out here each and every day, you’ve got to do the things necessary in order to be better. Guys that are that far along in their career, you don’t expect to see mistakes, you expect them to come out here and be leaders and give the kind of effort that you would expect one of that stature to do.”

 

On Marcus Leak:

“He’s getting there. You can tell he’s been away from it. I like the way he’s worked, but his stamina and mental toughness have to get better. We’ve got to get these guys to understand at wide receiver that you’ve got to run hard every play. You’ve got to come off the ball and make people think you’re going to beat them deep all the time. You’ve got to get up in there and you’ve got to block and do those things. If we get those guys to do that, then they might get to living up to the potential they have from a talent standpoint.”

 

On the defense’s performance:

“The thing I like about the defense is I like their camaraderie. I like the leadership that they’re bringing to the practice field in the first two days. It’s not just one or two guys. It’s everybody. Everybody is very enthusiastic and holding people more accountable. That’s what we’ve got to get on the other side of the ball. We don’t have that on offense. We’ve got to get people stepping up. Defensively, it’s a group that really understands their roles. They understand what needs to be done and you can see them practice with that enthusiasm and that effort. That enthusiasm is what you want to see.”

 

On Silvano Altamirano’s reps:

“He didn’t get extended reps. He got the same reps he got the day before. He just happened to be with the first team. We’ll find out a little more today as now we get the pads on and you see the lineman really come off and get after it physically which is what you want to see.”

 

On Nate Adams:

“We’ll find out more today. When you put the pads on it’s different. Now we get the pads on and now you get to see how guys play with the pads on. Some of those guys are fast to the ball when the pads aren’t on, but then when you put the pads on it’s kind of one-step slow. Hopefully we don’t have any of those guys. I’m pleased with what I’ve seen, but again, we’ll evaluate him over the long haul, not just in one or two days.”

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Maryland women to visit Coppin as part of non-conference slate

Posted on 06 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women’s basketball team released its 2014 non-conference schedule Wednesday, which includes home matchups against four local foes, a trip to Puerto Rico and their ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Final Four opponent Notre Dame.

In their first matchup since the 2014 Final Four, the Terrapins will open the season against Mount St. Mary’s at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. They will host Wagner two days later on Nov. 16.

South Florida, who the Terrapins beat on the road to open last season, will come to College Park for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Maryland will finish that week with a trip across town to George Washington on Saturday, Nov. 22, then will host Loyola on Monday, Nov. 24.

Maryland will head to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Terps will take on 2014 NCAA Tournament team James Madison on Friday, Nov. 28, then Washington State on Nov. 29.

After their trip to Puerto Rico, the Terrapins will head to Indiana to take on the Fighting Irish on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Due to a scheduling conflict with the men’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Maryland and Notre Dame will play in Fort Wayne at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The Terps will return home to host Towson and American on Sunday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 12, then will play a noon game at Coppin State on Dec. 21.

The Terrapins will host Goldey-Beacom for an exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 1 and the University of the District of Columbia for an exhibition one week later.

Head coach Brenda Frese and the Terps went 28-7 in the 2013-14 season and made a trip to the Final Four in Nashville. The Terrapins beat Army and Texas in the NCAA First and Second Rounds in College Park, then beat top-seeded Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen and won at No. 3 Louisville to advance to the Final Four.

The full Big Ten schedule and television information will be available on umterps.com at a later date. For the list of the Terps’ home and away Big Ten opponents, log on to http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=716399&SPID=120729&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=29700&ATCLID=209421180.

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Maryland to face Arizona State in CBE Hall of Fame Classic semis

Posted on 06 August 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship Round Matchups Set

Gary Williams to be inducted into College Basketball HOF Nov. 23

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced today the matchups for the championship round of the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic. All four games of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., will be televised live on ESPN networks. In addition, former Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams will be enshrined into the National Collegeiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City on Sunday, November 23.

On Monday, November 24, Arizona State will take on Maryland at 7:00pm ET on ESPNUfollowed by Alabama and Iowa State at 9:30pm ET on ESPN2.  On Tuesday, November 25, the consolation game will tip off at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3, followed by the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship game at 9:30pm ET on ESPNU.

The Terps are 1-1 all-time against the Sun Devils, last meeting in 1994 at the Maui Invitational. Maryland went 2-2 in its only other appearance in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in 2007.

Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center may be purchased by visiting www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, www.axs.com, by phone at 888-929-7849, or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.

For more information on the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, please visit www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter at @CBEHOFClassic.

 

—- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS —-

Semifinal Doubleheader

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Monday, November 24 – 7:00 PM ET

Arizona State vs. Maryland (ESPNU)

Alabama vs. Iowa State (ESPN2)

 

Championship Doubleheader

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Tuesday, November 25 – 7:00 PM ET

Consolation Game (ESPN3)    Championship Game (ESPNU)

 

About the CBE Hall of Fame Classic

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation’s only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men’s collegiate basketball. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers.  The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic.  Founded in 1927, the NABC, since its inception, has acted as a guardian of the game of basketball by furthering the best interests of the game as well as the players and coaches who participate.   The NABC engages in many efforts to enhance the college basketball experience for players, coaches and fans.  The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc., www.blueridgesports.com.  Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is a sports management firm based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia.    Sponsorship opportunities for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction celebration are available through Premier Sports by contacting Laurie Bollig, lbollig@premiersportsonline.com.  To find out more, visit: www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter @CBEHOFClassic.

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Maryland holds first full practice of 2014 season

Posted on 05 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Following a morning walk through, the Maryland football team held its first full practice of the 2014 season Monday afternoon at the on-campus practice facility.

During the two-hour session in helmets, jerseys and shorts, head coach Randy Edsall and his coaching staff focused primarily on individual and unit drills before moving into team and special teams drills. The Terps will add shoulder pads on Wednesday before moving to full pads on Friday.

Maryland returns nine starters on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and 52 letterwinners from last season. The limited turnover in personnel during the offseason should make preseason preparations a little bit smoother for the squad.

“It’s comforting going into the season having the depth and the experience that we have coming back,” said Edsall. “But in terms of what we want to get done installation wise, that hasn’t changed. We have a couple of guys now who understand and know how to practice and how to do those things. That makes it a little bit easier.”

For quarterback C.J. Brown, who is entering his third season in the current offensive system, it’s all about adding to the current scheme.

“I’m very comfortable and a lot of guys are very comfortable,” said quarterback C.J. Brown. Going into my third camp in this system, we are not rebuilding. We are just adding to the foundation.

“We have a lot of potential, but that’s all it is right now is potential. We got to out there on the field and prove it against a lot of new opponents. We are looking forward to the challenge and we are going to be out here every day grinding.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the linebacker position is one of the most experienced units on the squad. Three of Maryland’s four starters return from a year ago including senior Matt Robinson, who ranked fourth on the team in tackles (73) last season after moving from safety. Along with seniors Cole Farrand, L.A. Goree, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and a cast several talented underclassmen, the competition at this position should be intense according to Robinson.

“I think it’s great,” said Robinson. “We definitely have a lot of people fighting for positions. I think having to grind every day is going to bring out the best in everyone.”

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 05 August 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ Indiana Fever (Friday 7pm from Indianapolis live on WNBA Live Access), Washington Mystics @ Connecticut Sun (Sunday 4pm from Uncasville, CT live on WNBA Live Access); MLL: Charlotte Hounds @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on YouTube); Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 6:30pm Laurel Ice Gardens)

10. Jim Gaffigan (Saturday 8pm Wolf Trap); Jim Breuer (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Doug Benson (Thursday DC Improv); Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Charm City); Otakon (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Into The Storm” out in theaters (Friday); Divergent” and “Oculus” available (Tuesday)

Jim Breuer will be appearing on “The Reality Check” Tuesday. We will be discussing this. AT LENGTH.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzIJNG5__8s

Also, don’t go see any other movie until you see Guardians of the Galaxy. I’M NOT KIDDING. I WILL FIND YOU.

9. JD McPherson (Thursday 7pm Canton Waterfront Park); John Legend (Tuesday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Slightly Stoopid/Stephen Marley/G. Love & Special Sauce (Thursday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration feat. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Warren Haynes (Friday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Heart (Saturday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Panic! At The Disco/Walk The Moon (Sunday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); David Gray (Thursday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Gavin DeGraw/Matt Nathanson (Sunday 7pm Wolf Trap); Gregg Allman (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Sublime with Rome (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (Friday 7:30pm Howard Theatre), Project Pat (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theatre); Presidents of the United States of America (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Kenny G (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Jerry Douglas (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Carbon Leaf (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Moonrise Festival feat. Kaskade/DJ Snake/Wacka Flacka Flame (Saturday & Sunday Pimlico Race Course); Godsmack “1000HP” and Shooter Jennings “Don’t Wait Up For George” available (Tuesday)

Go see JD McPherson. You won’t regret it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyMsYMSXO6o

John Legend is married to Chrissy Teigen and it’s the second most impressive thing about him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyPCD13-LPo

I enjoy the Walk The Moon a bit, friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPedH9B8AAE

Can someone buy me a bourbon and a David Gray ticket?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOI4F3fGbzk

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Edsall says Diggs “100 percent” as practice opened Monday

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On the freshman:

“They’re all here. We’ll find out about them here in a little bit. They’re for the most part in good shape. It’s amazing how some of the guys fill out from the time that you sign them until now. There are a lot of them that look good. I don’t want to single any of them out. You’ll see for yourself. I’m anxious to see what they do out here. I told them beforehand just to go out here, and we know they’re going to make mistakes, but just go full speed and have fun and learn the playbook. If you learn the playbook and learn all the techniques and fundamentals that go with it, the better your opportunity to show you can get on the field.”

 

On the practice schedule:

“We have five practices; two in helmets and then two in helmets and shoulder pads and then full pads on Friday. It’s just getting everything installed. Today we’ll do some red zone and start to install all of our base things offensively and defensively and then just continue to through the rest of the week to try and get everything installed by the time that we get around to our scrimmage on practice eight.”

 

On if Stefon Diggs is fully recovered:

“He has. He’s cleared and 100 percent and ready to go. I know he’s eager to get going again. He’s very focused and very determined. He wants to get back out here and start playing the game he loves.”

 

On Nigel King’s departure:

“We wish Nigel well. He graduated, which is the number one priority for him. We’ll just wish him well and focus on the guys that are here.”

 

On the guard and running back competitions:

“It’s no different than where it was at the end of spring because we haven’t done anything. We’ll see how it all plays out and I’m hoping that somebody stands out, just like at running back. I’m hoping that somebody at running back takes the bull by the horn this preseason and says, ‘hey, I’m the starter’ and they separate themselves. That’s what we’re looking for at guard and running back as well.”

 

On the tight end competition:

“Andrew and Derrick had really good summers. Again, you’d like to have a tight end that can do it all for you, rather than having situational guys. I think that’ll start to shakeout. Andrew had a really good summer and he’s a guy that can give us those opportunities. Derrick is getting better, putting on weight. P.J. didn’t have as good a summer as those guys so hopefully separation will take place early in camp.”

 

On the tight end, guard and running back competitions:

“Those would probably be the biggest [competitions]. When you look at the depth chart and saw the or’s on there, that’s probably the biggest. But that doesn’t mean something couldn’t happen at the other positions based on people’s ability and what they do out here or lack of production from somebody who was already a starter.”

 

On Sal Conaboy:

“Sal is very steady. He’s smart and a really hard worker. It’s good to see him get that recognition. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s a guy that’s the leader of our offensive line and a guy that we have high expectations for this year. He understands his role and what he has to do from a leadership standpoint and you just see him getting better and better each year as an offensive lineman and a center.”

 

“He’s smart. He really understands what’re doing and can make all the calls. The biggest thing that he’s got to do is just get better with his footwork and his technique and hand placement. He’s made strides, but those are things he’s got to get better at.”

 

On Yannick Ngakoue:

“You can see that he’s had a good summer. He’s worked hard. Now it’s the same thing. I thought we had a good summer. Drew Wilson and his staff did a great job. Our guys are in shape. They’re ready to go and now what we’ll do is see if they can translate what they did this summer, getting bigger, faster, and stronger, and put it to work on the field and do the things they’ve got to do from and productivity and assignment standpoint to show that they’ve made improvement from a mental aspect as well as a physical aspect.”

 

“He’s gotten better. He has a very good approach to what’s going on. He came in here and thought it might be a little easier than what it was, and he’s matured quite a bit. That’s the biggest thing. He’s matured a lot over the last year and now he understands the process that you have to go through to be good. I think that’s the biggest improvement that he’s made.”

 

On C.J. Brown

“C.J. has done a good job of understanding everything that goes into it and has a better feel for what we are doing. I think you’ll see he’s just got so much more command and confidence than he ever has. He’s done a better job of being a leader. Those are the things that are important. Again, he’s worked on all aspects of his game but I think the leadership and the comfort with what’re doing offensively is something where he’s really enhanced his game.”

 

“The biggest thing for him is to be more consistent in everything he does. His accuracy, his decision making and understanding when to pull it down and when to throw it and doing those different things. He’s got a lot more confidence going into this year than he did at this time last year.”

 

On the limited personnel turnover from last season:

“It’s comforting going into the season having the depth and the experience that we have coming back. But in terms of what we want to get done installation wise, that hasn’t changed. We have a couple of guys now who understand and know how to practice and how to do those things. That makes it a little bit easier.”

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Hall of Famer Cunningham to present Gary Williams for induction

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the list of Hall of Famers who will present for the 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by Nike, on Friday, August 8th at Springfield Symphony Hall.

Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014 were asked to select a previous inductee to accompany and present them to their peers. The choice is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famer. More than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to be in attendance for this year’s ceremony, including all presenters.
The Class of 2014 inductees includes seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, 1994 NCAA National Champion coach Nolan Richardson, six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond, 2002 NCAA National Champion coach Gary Williams, the three-time AIAW National Championship winning Immaculata University team, the winningest coach in ABA history, Bob Leonard, early African American pioneer of the game Nat Clifton, international superstar Sarunas Marciulionis, four-time NBA All-Star Guy Rodgers and former NBA Commissioner of 30 years David Stern.
2014 Inductees and Presenters
Nolan Richardson, presented by Hall of Fame coach John Thompson (’99) & player Nate Archibald (‘91)
Mitch Richmond, presented by Hall of Fame players Chris Mullin (‘11) & Ralph Sampson (‘12)
Bob Leonard, presented by Hall of Fame players Mel Daniels (‘12) & Larry Bird (‘98)
Immaculata University, presented by Hall of Fame coach Cathy Rush (‘08)
Guy Rodgers, presented by Hall of Fame player Earl Monroe (‘90)
Nat Clifton, presented by Hall of Fame player Meadowlark Lemon (‘03)
Sarunas Marciulionis, presented by Hall of Fame player Chris Mullin (‘11)
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Loyola adds former Terps assistant Moran to lacrosse staff

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Ryan Moran Named Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach

BALTIMORE – Ryan Moran, an assistant at the University of Maryland for the last six seasons, has been named an assistant coach at Loyola University Maryland, announced Charley Toomey, the Greyhounds’ head coach.

The Long Island native comes to the Evergreen campus where he will work with the Greyhounds’ offensive unit. Moran joined the Maryland staff in September 2008 as an assistant coach, and he was the Terrapins’ associate head coach the last two years.

“We are pleased to welcome Ryan and his family to Loyola and our men’s lacrosse program,” Toomey said. “Ryan has an outstanding track record of developing offensive players and leaders, and we are looking forward to him starting work with us on the field and in recruiting.”

He helped Maryland reach the NCAA Championships in each of his six seasons in College Park, including three trips to Championship Weekend (2011, 2012 and 2013), the first two culminating in Championship Game bids. The Terrapins won 70 percent of their games while Moran was an assistant coach, going 70-30 since 2009.

“I am very excited to work with Coach Toomey and Coach (Matt) Dwan,” Moran said. “Being at Maryland for 11 of last 16 years was a great experience with many people who helped me build a strong foundation, and it will always hold a very special place in my heart. Now, I am looking forward to being at another great school with a great tradition and successes that places lacrosse in such high regard and puts an emphasis on the sport.”

Moran’s offensive units averaged 10.92 goals per game over his six seasons at Maryland while playing some of the toughest schedules in collegiate lacrosse. He also coached the Terrapins’ faceoff unit that was ranked in the nation’s top seven for three of his years, including 2014 when Maryland won 64.6 percent of restarts, the third-best mark in Division I.

During his six years, he coached seven Maryland players that earned a combined 15 USILA All-America honors.

Prior to joining the coaching staff in College Park, Moran was a assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for current U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team Coach Richie Meade from 2006-2008. He helped the Midshipmen to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two Patriot League titles (2006 and 2007).

He started his coaching career at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2005, leading NAPS to a 10-1 record that featured wins over the U.S. Military Academy’s junior varsity team and the USMAPS squad.

Moran comes from a lineage of top lacrosse coaches, as his father, Jack, has been the coach at Long Island power Chaminade High School for more than 30 years, winning his 500th career game in May 2014. Ryan’s great uncle, Richie, is a U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame member and led Cornell University to three national titles.

As a collegiate player at Maryland, the younger Moran was a standout on the Terrapins’ midfield units. In two seasons, 2002 and 2003, as an offensive middie, Moran scored a combined 39 goals and added 11 assists for the Dave Cottle-coached teams.

Moran was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and member of the ACC All-Tournament Team as a senior in 2003, helping the Terrapins to a 12-4 record and appearance in the national semifinals. He finished the season with 24 goals, second-most on the team, and 31 points, tied for third on the squad, earning USILA All-America Third Team honors.

He was a third-round pick, 18th overall, of the Baltimore Bayhawks in the 2003 Major League Lacrosse College Draft. Moran played in eight games as a rookie and was traded to the Philadelphia Barrage at the end of the 2003 season. He then helped the Barrage win the 2004 MLL Championship before being traded to the Long Island Lizards for the 2005 campaign, in which he scored 10 goals and added six assists.

As a high school player, Moran was an All-American lacrosse player for Chaminade, and he also was an all-league defensive back for the Flyers’ as a junior and senior.

Moran and his wife, Danielle, a two-time All-American herself at the University of Notre Dame, have three daughters, Madelynn, Kelly and Lucia.

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