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Kentucky Favorite, Loyola Given Longest Odds to Win NCAA Tournament

Posted on 12 March 2012 by WNST Staff

“As of this morning we have already seen some trends on who the public is liking to take this thing down. Florida State who won the ACC and who we opened at 40-1 have dropped down to 30-1 and are a heavy liability for us already.  Syracuse at 10-1 as a #1 seed has also taken quite a bit unlike Kentucky who are clear cut favorites at 9/4 but not seeing too much action at that short price. Michigan State took quite a lot of money when they were as high as 40-1 at one point during the season but now at 17/2 I guess some bettors feel they missed the boat on that one.”

-Kevin Bradley, Bovada.lv Sportsbook Manager 

Odds to Win the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship 

Kentucky (1)                                          9/4

Ohio State (2)                                        11/2

North Carolina (1)                                   13/2

Michigan State (1)                                  17/2

Missouri (2)                                           10/1

Kansas (2)                                            10/1

Syracuse (1)                                          10/1

Duke (2)                                                20/1

Marquette (3)                                         30/1

Florida State (3)                                     30/1

Baylor (3)                                              35/1

Wisconsin (4)                                        35/1

Louisville (4)                                          35/1

Vanderbilt (5)                                         35/1

Wichita State (5)                                    40/1

Georgetown (3)                                      40/1

New Mexico (5)                                      50/1

Indiana (4)                                             60/1

Florida (7)                                              65/1

Memphis (8)                                          65/1

Cincinnati (6)                                         75/1

Kansas State (8)                                    75/1

Connecticut (9)                                      75/1

Michigan (4)                                          80/1

Belmont (14)                                          100/1

Temple (5)                                             100/1

UNLV (6)                                               100/1

Murray State (6)                                     100/1

Notre Dame (7)                                      100/1

St. Mary’s (7)                                         125/1

Gonzaga (7)                                          125/1

West Virginia (10)                                  125/1

San Diego State (6)                                150/1

St. Louis (9)                                          150/1

Alabama (9)                                           150/1

Creighton (8)                                          150/1

Texas (11)                                             100/1

Purdue (10)                                           100/1

NC State (11)                                        100/1

Iowa State (8)                                        200/1

Virginia (10)                                           200/1

VCU (12)                                               250/1

Harvard (12)                                           250/1

California (12)                                        250/1

Southern Miss (9)                                  250/1

Long Beach State (12)                            250/1

Colorado State (11)                                300/1

Colorado (11)                                         300/1

South Florida (12)                                  300/1

Montana (13)                                         300/1

New Mexico state (13)                            300/1

Ohio (13)                                               300/1

Davidson (13)                                         300/1

BYU (14)                                               300/1

Iona (14)                                                300/1

St. Bonaventure (14)                               300/1

South Dakota State (14)                         300/1

Lehigh (15)                                            450/1

Norfolk State (15)                                   450/1

Detroit (15)                                            450/1

Mississippi Valley State (16)                   500/1

Western Kentucky (16)                           500/1

NC-Ashville (16)                                     500/1

Long Island (16)                                     500/1

Lamar (16)                                             500/1

Vermont (16)                                         500/1

Loyola Maryland (15)                              500/1

Odds to Win the South Region           

Kentucky (1)                              5/7

Duke (2)                                    5/1

Baylor (3)                                  11/2

Wichita State (5)                        8/1

Indiana (4)                                 12/1

UNLV (6)                                   25/1

Connecticut (9)                          30/1

Notre Dame (7)                          40/1

Iowa State (8)                            60/1

Xavier (10)                                 60/1

VCU (12)                                   100/1

Colorado (11)                             150/1

New Mexico State (13)               200/1

South Dakota State (14)             200/1

Lehigh (15)                                200/1

Western Kentucky (16)               200/1

Mississippi Valley State (16)       225/1

Odds to Win the West Region 

Michigan State (1)                      11/5

Missouri (2)                               9/4

Marquette (3)                             13/2

Louisville (4)                              13/2

New Mexico (5)                          9/1

Florida (7)                                  14/1

Memphis (8)                              14/1

Murray State (6)                         25/1

St. Louis (9)                              30/1

Virginia (10)                               50/1

Long Beach State (12)                75/1

Davidson (13)                             100/1

BYU (14)                                   100/1

Colorado State (11)                    150/1

Iona (14)                                    150/1

Norfolk State (15)                       200/1

Long Island (16)                         200/1

Odds to Win the East Region  

Ohio State (2)                            8/5

Syracuse (1)                              9/4

Vanderbilt (5)                             9/1

Florida State (3)                         10/1

Wisconsin (4)                            10/1

Kansas State (8)                        15/1

Cincinnati (6)                             18/1

Gonzaga (7)                              30/1

West Virginia (10)                      30/1

Texas (11)                                 30/1

Southern Mississippi (9)             60/1

Harvard (12)                               60/1

Montana (13)                             100/1

St. Bonaventure (14)                   150/1

Loyola Maryland (15)                  200/1

NC-Ashville (16)                         200/1

Odds to Win the Midwest Region        

North Carolina (1)                       8/5

Kansas (2)                                2/1

Georgetown (3)                          10/1

Michigan (4)                              15/1

Temple (5)                                 18/1

Purdue (10)                               18/1

Belmont (14)                              18/1

NC State (11)                            20/1

St. Mary’s (7)                             25/1

San Diego State (6)                    30/1

Creighton (8)                              35/1

Alabama (9)                               40/1

California (12)                            50/1

South Florida (12)                      100/1

Ohio (13)                                   100/1

Detroit (15)                                150/1

Lamar (16)                                 200/1

Vermont (16)                             225/1

Courtesy of Bovada (formerly Bodog), www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV. 

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Maryland Announces 2012 Football Schedule

Posted on 27 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Terps will play six home games in 2012, including matchups with Florida State, Georgia Tech and Connecticut

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2012 Maryland football schedule, which includes league home games against Florida State and Georgia Tech, and a nonconference tilt with Connecticut, was announced jointly Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference and the University.

Maryland will open 2012 season, the second under head coach Randy Edsall, on Saturday, Sept. 1 with a game against William & Mary, the first of six home contests.

The Terps, who face eight bowl teams from last year, will not play consecutive road or home games throughout 2012.

After a road trip to Temple on Sept. 8, the Terps return home on Sept. 15 to face Connecticut, where Edsall spent 12 years as head coach.

The Terps will face interstate rival West Virginia on Sept. 22 in Morgantown. Maryland and WVU will be facing each other for the third straight year after taking two years off in the series.

Maryland will enjoy a bye (Sept. 29) before entering conference play with a home game against Wake Forest (Oct. 6).

The Terps will play at border rival Virginia on Oct. 13 before facing a pair of Atlantic Division foes in NC State (Oct. 20 at home) and Boston College (Oct. 27 on the road).

Georgia Tech then visits College Park for the first time since 2007 on Nov. 3 and a road game against defending Atlantic Division champion Clemson follows on Nov. 10.

The Terrapins will face Florida State on Nov. 17, the final home contest for its senior class, before closing out the regular season at North Carolina on Nov. 26. The Terps and Tar Heels have not faced each other since 2008.

Game times will be announced at a later date. League home games are selected on a 12-day option by ESPN or the ACC Network. During the season, ESPN can choose certain ACC games on a six-day window. Times for early-season nonconference home games are announced in the summer.

Season tickets are now available for purchase and renewal.  A variety of season ticket options are available starting as low as $114. There are also family 4-packs available for $420 and season-ticket holders have the ability to spread their cost over six monthly installments.

Fans can purchase tickets by going to www.umterps.com or by calling the Terrapin Ticket Office at (301) 314-7070 or 1-800-IMA-TERP. Single-game tickets will be available at a later date.

2012 Schedule

Sept. 1    William & Mary

Sept. 8    @ Temple

Sept. 15   Connecticut

Sept. 22   @ West Virginia

Sept. 29   Open

Oct. 6      Wake Forest

Oct. 13    @ Virginia

Oct. 20    NC State

Oct. 27    @ Boston College

Nov. 3     Georgia Tech

Nov. 10    @ Clemson

Nov. 17    Florida State

Nov. 24    @ North Carolina

Home games in bold and played at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium; Times are TBA

Schedule Notes:

  • Nine bowl teams from last year appear on Maryland’s 2012 schedule: West Virginia (Discover Orange Bowl), Temple (Gilden New Mexico Bowl), Wake Forest (Franklin American Mortgage Music City), Virginia (Chick-fil-A Bowl), NC State (Belk Bowl), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Clemson (Discover Orange Bowl), Florida State (Champs Sports Bowl) and North Carolina (AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl).
  • Maryland and William & Mary will be meeting for the fifth time. The series is even at 2-all. The last meeting occurred in 2006 with the Terps posting a 27-14 victory in College Park. The teams hadn’t met since 1946.
  • Maryland leads the all-time series with Temple, 6-1. The Owls won their first game in the series last season, downing the Terps, 38-7.
  • Maryland and West Virginia are playing for the third straight season after taking two years off in the series. The two schools met annually from 1980 to 2007. The Mountaineers hold a 25-21-2 advantage in a series that dates back to 1919.
  • Connecticut and Maryland will be meeting for the just the second time. The Terps downed the Huskies, 34-0, in 1946. Randy Edsall was the head coach at UConn from 1999-2010.
  • Maryland owns a 42-17-1 advantage in the series against Wake Forest, including victories in nine of the last 13. The Terps have won five of the last six in College Park.
  • The Terps lead the all-time series with Virginia, 42-32-2. Maryland has won two of the last three in Charlottesville.
  • The all-time series with NC State is tied, 32-32-4. The Terps have won eight of the last 12 in the series.
  • Boston College leads the all-time series 6-3. Maryland and Boston College met for the first time in 21 years in Massachusetts in 2006 with the Eagles winning, 38-16 (in Chestnut Hill). Maryland’s 42-35 home victory in 2007 over the eighth-ranked Eagles snapped a three-game BC winning streak in the series. Maryland won the last time it visited Chestnut Hill (2010), its first victory in three trips.
  • Georgia Tech leads the series with the Terps, 14-6, having won four of the last five meetings. Five of the last seven games have been decided by five points or less.
  • Clemson holds a 32-26-2 advantage over Maryland in the series, but the Terps have won six of the last 11.
  • Florida State has a 20-2 edge in the all-time series, but both Maryland wins have come at home in the last eight meetings.

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Navy Football To Join BIG EAST in 2015

Posted on 24 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Naval Academy To Join The BIG EAST For Football In 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael Miller, USN announced Tuesday in conjunction with BIG EAST Commissioner John Marinatto that the Naval Academy has accepted a formal invitation from the BIG EAST to become a football-only member of the conference starting with the 2015 season.

The Naval Academy and the BIG EAST have agreed to a three-year phase-in period during which a scheduling partnership will be created and leading to a full schedule of eight games in 2015.  During that period, Navy will continue its current partnership with CBS and post-season bowls.  In anticipation of full football membership, Navy will be included in all future television, marketing, promotion, and bowl negotiations by the BIG EAST Conference effective immediately.

“The Naval Academy is pleased to accept the invitation for our football team to join the BIG EAST conference,” said Miller.  “After careful consideration, we believe this affiliation to be in the best interests of the Naval Academy, our athletic programs and the Brigade of Midshipmen.  While our independent status has served Navy Football well to date, BIG EAST conference affiliation will help ensure our future scholar-athletes and athletic programs remain competitive at the highest levels for the foreseeable future.”

“When people look back, they will mark this as a truly historic day for the BIG EAST Conference,” said Commissioner John Marinatto.  “America’s first national football conference is adding a program with true national appeal. Navy’s decision to make the BIG EAST its first football conference home after over 100 years of independence demonstrates the value of our new expansion model and the long-term viability of our football product.  The BIG EAST is truly proud to be associated with one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country and one of the most storied programs in college football.”

The Naval Academy has established itself as one of the nation’s elite institutions in both academic and athletic prowess.  Navy has annually ranked near the top of both the NCAA’s APR and Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes.  This past year, Navy’s Graduation Success Rate of 96% places the Academy in the top four of all FBS institutions.

On the gridiron the Midshipmen have compiled a record of 75-40 (.652) over the last nine seasons with the 75 wins ranking as the 20th most in the country (and third most among current or future Big East Schools ranking behind Boise State and West Virginia) over that period.  The Mids have gone to a bowl game in eight of the last nine years and their 18 wins over schools from a BCS conference are the most of any non-BCS school over that same nine-year period.

“The BIG EAST will provide an expanded stage for the American public to see our nation’s future leaders,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk.  “Expanded media opportunities and coverage by the BIG EAST will elevate the national visibility of Navy football to the highest levels.  This new affiliation will brand Navy football as a member of a BCS conference whose competitive aspirations include the opportunity to compete for a championship.  The BIG EAST plays a prominent role in the NCAA governance structure and affiliation will ensure that the Naval Academy solidifies its position as an important contributor to leadership decisions on a national level.  The future direction of Division I athletics and the vision for collegiate football will include insights and input brought to the table by the Naval Academy administration.”

Joining the BIG EAST will not require any degree of government/taxpayer money. Membership, rather, will enhance opportunities for revenue generation in support of the physical mission and the Brigade to a significant degree.  New opportunities for revenues will significantly exceed what Navy can generate as an Independent in football.  The business model that correlates with joining the BIG EAST illustrates an unparalleled opportunity to stabilize the financial condition of both the Naval Academy Athletic Association and the Academy’s support for the physical mission at large.  This includes 32 varsity sports, 14 club programs, intramurals, physical education, and mission related facilities.

Television exposure and opportunities for marketing/promotion will be greatly enhanced through BIG EAST membership.  The BIG EAST television footprint represents 30% of the nation’s households.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of the Navy football program,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “There is no doubt the BIG EAST will be a challenging league for us to compete in every year, but the young men that come to Navy want to compete against the best and I believe this will open up some recruiting doors that we’ve been unable to open in the past.”

The Naval Academy will continue to annually compete against Army and Air Force for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and its rivalry with Notre Dame will continue as the longest, continuous intersectional matchup in FBS football.

“It is important to the U.S. Naval Academy, as a premier source for producing the next generation of Naval and Marine Corps officers, that Navy football remains relevant as well as highly visible on the national stage,” said Miller. “This has proven to be the case over the last decade and it will perpetuate itself with this new affiliation.”

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Terrapins Open with Alabama at Puerto Rico Tourney

Posted on 03 August 2011 by WNST Staff

Terps won 1998 tournament in Puerto Rico

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland has drawn NIT-finalist Alabama for its first-round matchup on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, it was announced Wednesday by ESPN Regional Television.

The Terrapins, who face the Crimson Tide on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET, are in a half of the draw that includes three semifinalists from last year’s postseason NIT. Champion Wichita State will face Colorado in the other first-round matchup in the Terps’ half of the bracket in Puerto Rico.

In its only other trip to a tournament in Puerto Rico, Maryland won the Puerto Rico Shootout in 1998. The Terrapins beat AU-Puerto Rico, UCLA and Pittsburgh en route to the championship of the event, played in Bayamon, P.R.

Temple will open play in the 2011 event against Western Michigan, with Purdue meeting Iona in the other afternoon-session game.

Each team will play three games in the tournament, playing on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 17, 18 and 20 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan. Minnesota beat West Virginia for the tournament championship a year ago.

PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

THURSDAY, November 17

Temple vs. Western Michigan, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)

Purdue vs. Iona, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

MARYLAND vs. Alabama, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wichita State vs. Colorado, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Friday, November 18

Temple-WMU winner vs. Purdue-Iona winner, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

Temple-WMU loser vs. Purdue-Iona loser, 3:30 p.m.

Maryland-Ala. loser vs. WSU-Colorado loser, 6:30 p.m.

Maryland-Ala. winner vs. WSU-Colorado winner, 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 20

7th-place game, 11:30 a.m.

5th-place game, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)

3rd-place game, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Championship, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

– Terps –

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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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DeChellis Sails From Penn State, Anchors With Navy

Posted on 23 May 2011 by WNST Staff

The United States Naval Academy pulled off one of the most impressive hires of the year Monday, announcing Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis as their replacement for Billy Lange-who had recently departed to join Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova.

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

Ed DeChellis Named Head Basketball Coach At The Naval Academy

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced Monday that Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis is leaving his post at Happy Valley to become the 19th head basketball coach at the Naval Academy.

“To have one of the most highly respected coaches and educators in the sport join our Navy family is a great day for the program and the Academy,” said Gladchuk.  “Ed’s maturity, integrity, character and accomplishments at Penn State have made him one of the most respected role models in the coaching ranks.  His career is all about building programs with educational priorities in place, including graduating every senior that has ever played for him, and in the end achieving team goals that resonate with competing for championships.  Ed will make a positive and impactful impression on Navy Basketball in short order.”

“I’m thrilled and honored to be the next head basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy,” said DeChellis.  “My wife and girls are excited to be a part of the Navy family and this is the perfect opportunity for me because I believe in the core values of the Academy. We fell in love with Annapolis and the Academy when we came and visited and we look forward to being part of a place so steeped in tradition. I look forward to the challenge of not only winning the Patriot League Championship and taking Navy back to the NCAA Tournament, but also helping young men become future leaders of this great nation of ours.  I look forward to meeting the players and talking to the recruits and starting the process of getting Navy Basketball back on the national stage.”

DeChellis, who is 52, led Penn State to a 19-15 record and a fourth place finish (9-9) in the Big Ten in 2010-11, including the Nittany Lions first appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game and the school’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2001.

The Nittany Lions were led by senior guard Talor Battle, who finished second in the Big Ten in scoring (20.2 ppg) and became the first player in school history to be named team MVP all four years.   Battle finished his career as Penn State’s all-time leading scorer with 2,213 points, surpassing Jesse Arnelle’s 56-year old Penn State record of 2,138, and finished 10th all-time in Big Ten history.

DeChellis was the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year, just the second Penn State basketball coach to ever earn coach-of-the-year honors, as he guided a Nittany Lion team that started three sophomores to a school-record 27 wins and the program’s first-ever national tournament title in winning the 2009 NIT. Along the way Penn State tied a program record for regular season wins (21), posted its second-most Big Ten Conference wins (10) and second-best finish (4th) ever, recorded just the 10th 20-win season in program history, knocked off four Top 25 teams (including a road win at eventual NCAA runner-up Michigan State), set a record for home wins (17) and posted the program’s most road wins (6) in the Big Ten era.

Penn State’s remarkable run was led by Battle, who was a first-team All-Big Ten, NABC and USBWA all-region selection and NIT MVP Jamelle Cornley, who finished his career ranked fourth all-time in scoring and rebounding at Penn State. Neither player was a highly sought blue-chip recruit, but found remarkable success and achievement under the tutelage of DeChellis and his staff.

His coaching performance in 2007-08 had many of his Big Ten colleagues and members of the media pointing to him as the conference’s coach-of-the-year. Primed for a run to the post-season in his fifth year at the helm, DeChellis saw his leading scorer, rebounder and preseason All-Big Ten first-team pick Geary Claxton go down with a torn ACL 16 games into the season. Second leading scorer and rebounder Jamelle Cornley also suffered a knee injury that limited him for much of the season and caused him to miss six games, including the last three. All DeChellis did was lead a team that started four freshmen and five newcomers to its most Big Ten wins and best Big Ten finish since 2001. Along the way his young Lions knocked off No. 7 Michigan State and No. 17 Indiana while winning five straight home games to end the campaign.

The Nittany Lions reached the NIT in 2006, DeChellis’ third year at the helm. Despite playing the youngest (12 underclassmen and one senior) and smallest line-up (just one player over 6-6 playing more than four minutes per game in league play) in the Big Ten, DeChellis led Penn State to its most overall wins (15), most non-conference wins (eight), most Big Ten wins (six), first Big Ten Tournament win and first post-season appearance (NIT) in five seasons.

DeChellis’ recruiting and coaching helped Penn State claim its first ever Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year (Jamelle Cornley, 2006) and three straight members of the Big Ten All-Freshman Team (Marlon Smith, 2004; Geary Claxton, 2005; Jamelle Cornley, 2006). The Lions had none before his arrival.  He also set about changing and revitalizing the program’s culture – stressing family, a team-first attitude and a commitment to excellence without shortcuts that his players embraced and took ownership of.

DeChellis wrapped up the year by being named the 2006 National Coaches Vs. Cancer Man-of-the-Year for his contributions in raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. DeChellis was presented the award by ESPN’s Jay Bilas before a large gathering of his peers at the Laurel Valley Golf Club in western Pennsylvania.

Penn State was coming off two consecutive seven-win seasons when DeChellis was named the 11th head coach in program history in April of 2003. Energizing the fans and players immediately, he helped guide Penn State to nine wins in his first season, better than each of the prior two seasons, with fewer players on scholarship than the previous year.

DeChellis began his coaching career in Happy Valley, serving as a graduate assistant coach under Dick Harter and Bruce Parkhill. In 1984, he moved on to Salem College in Salem, West Virginia, where he had a two-year stint as an assistant coach. While at Salem, DeChellis also served as the school’s Director of Intramurals. Showcasing the overall commitment to the growth of the young people he comes into contact with, DeChellis increased the Salem program from a four-sport entity into a broad-based program offering 40 activities to over 800 students — all in just two years, and all while serving as an assistant basketball coach.

In 1986, DeChellis returned to Penn State and began a very successful 10-year run as an assistant coach for nine years under Bruce Parkhill, a mentor to whom he credits his development as a coach, and one season under Jerry Dunn. During his time as a Nittany Lion assistant, Penn State made the transition to the Big Ten Conference and had some outstanding post-season success. DeChellis helped guide Penn State to four straight post-season appearances from 1989 through 1992.  During that four-year span of 20+ win seasons, Penn State posted an impressive 87-40 record.

The 1988-89 squad went 20-12, advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament finals and then on to the National Invitation Tournament.

The next season, Penn State set a school record for wins in a season posting a 25-9 record. The Nittany Lions advanced to the 1990 NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden, earning third place.

Building on two straight NIT appearances and a record-setting season, DeChellis helped the 1990-91 Penn State team to earn the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 1965. Penn State went 21-11 and won the Atlantic 10 Tournament title. That win propelled Penn State into the NCAA Tournament and a first round upset of 16th-ranked UCLA. Penn State barely missed out on a trip to the Sweet 16 when it dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Eastern Michigan in the second round.

The 1991-92 season was a transitional year for Penn State as its affiliation with the Atlantic 10 ended and the Nittany Lions spent a year as an independent with Big Ten play just a year away. The Nittany Lions went 21-8 and earned another trip to the NIT.

Entrance into the Big Ten was a learning experience for the entire Nittany Lion athletic program, but improvement and growth occurred quickly for the basketball program. After a slow start in its initial year, Penn State improved in each year of conference play.

Penn State went 2-16 the first year in the loop, tripled that win total in year two going 6-12, and improved yet again with a 9-9 showing in 1994-95. That team went 21-11 overall and earned another trip to Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinals and took home another third place finish.

The following year, utilizing many players that DeChellis helped recruit, Penn State had its most successful Big Ten season to date and earned a second trip to the NCAA Tournament for DeChellis.

With Parkhill resigning prior to the start of the 1995-96 season, Dunn, an assistant on the Penn State staff with DeChellis, took over the helm of the Lions and along with DeChellis helped guide Penn State to a 21-7 record, a best-ever 12-6 mark and second place finish in Big Ten play, a top 10 national ranking, and another trip to the NCAA Tournament.

DeChellis returned to Penn State as the head coach after a very successful seven-year run as the head coach at East Tennessee State University. At ETSU he turned a last place Buccaneer team into a three-time conference division winner, a conference tournament champion and took ETSU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade.

Taking over a program that went 7-20 the year before his arrival, DeChellis amassed a 105-93 record in his seven years as head coach from 1996-97 to 2002-03. Showcasing the ability to build a program from the foundation up, DeChellis had his most successful seasons in his last three years. During that span, his ETSU teams went 56-31 and won three straight Southern Conference North Division titles.

DeChellis, who has a career record of 222-232 at two programs he had to completely rebuild and who has seen every senior that has played for him over his 15 years as a head coach graduate, is a 1982 graduate of Penn State.  He and his wife Kim have three daughters:  Casey, Erin, and Lauren.

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Terps Join Purdue, Temple in 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Field

Posted on 27 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of the event…

Strong Tournament Field Headed to 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off
Temple, Purdue and 2011 NIT Semifinalists headline field

The annual destination event of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off has secured all eight teams for the 2011 field to be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17, 18 & 20, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, in the cosmopolitan Hato Rey district of San Juan.

The field for the fifth annual Puerto Rico Tip-Off includes Alabama, Colorado, Iona, Maryland, Purdue, Temple, Western Michigan and Wichita State. Both Purdue and Temple reached the second round of the NCAA Championship. Wichita State topped Alabama in the NIT championship game, while Colorado was a semifinalist. Iona earned a berth to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, advancing to a title game, while Western Michigan reached the second round.

The 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 20.

For the fifth straight year, the BIG EAST will serve as the event’s sponsoring conference.

Minnesota topped West Virginia 74-70 for the 2010 Puerto Rico Tip-Off title. Other former winners were Villanova in 2009, Xavier in 2008 and Miami (Fla.) in 2007.

The family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Puerto Rico host the teams to three days of play, practices and immersion into the Puerto Rican culture and landscape. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Web site at www.puertoricotipoff.com.

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Ravens CB Wilson discusses Friedgen firing and Terps football

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Ravens CB Wilson discusses Friedgen firing and Terps football

Posted on 24 December 2010 by Luke Jones

The abrupt firing of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen has garnered plenty of negative reaction from those connected to the program on a variety of levels.

So it was surprising to hear Ravens cornerback and former Terrapin Josh Wilson’s comments supporting the decision to remove the man with whom he shares a special bond and even invited — along with Friedgen’s wife Gloria — to his wedding.

“Whatever the decision is that [athletic director Kevin Anderson and the university] made, I think they made it in the best interest of Maryland football,” Wilson said. “Whenever they make a decision like that, they’re looking out for the future and what’s best for the team. If they felt that was the best thing to do, then so be it and I support them.”

Wilson’s bond with Friedgen runs much deeper than his four years in College Park from 2003 to 2006. Working as a graduate assistant at Maryland in the early 1970s, Friedgen briefly coached Wilson’s father Tim, who went on to play eight years as a fullback in the NFL. Tim passed away due to a heart attack in 1996 when his son was only 11 years old, but Josh would eventually follow in his father’s footsteps to the University of Maryland where Friedgen had coached the Terps to a 21-5 record in his first two seasons as the head man.

The DeMatha product’s time in College Park was an accurate representation of the inconsistency plaguing the program following Friedgen’s first three seasons. Wilson appeared in 11 games as a freshman in 2003 when the Terps finished with a 10-3 mark that included a Gator Bowl win over West Virginia. However, Wilson’s sophomore and junior seasons saw the Terps suffer back-to-back 5-6 seasons before rebounding with a 9-4 record and a Champs Sports Bowl win to complete his collegiate career in 2006.

That senior season saw Wilson blossom into an honorable mention All-America choice and earn honorable mention all-ACC honors. Several months later, the Seattle Seahawks selected Wilson in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. It was an impressive feat by Wilson who — along with fellow Ravens teammate Domonique Foxworth a couple years earlier — Friedgen awarded the opportunity to play as a true freshman despite his slight frame (5-foot-9, 187 pounds as a senior).

“My time at Maryland came in with a bang and left with a bang,” Wilson said. “Two good years [in 2003 and 2006], and I’m glad I had an opportunity to play under coach Friedgen and his staff. I enjoyed everything.”

Despite his loyalty to his college coach, Wilson understands the big picture and the financial motivation behind the change. During his time at Maryland, Wilson was a two-time Academic All-ACC selection and earned a degree in marketing in December 2006.

His brief NFL career has further taught him the business side of football, himself traded by the Seahawks to Baltimore less than two weeks before the start of the 2010 season. Despite starting 12 games in 2009, the fourth-year cornerback did not fit into new coach Pete Carroll’s plans in Seattle and soon found himself back in Maryland, this time with the Ravens.

The 25-year-old flashed his passion for the alma mater recently on a nationally-televised game in primetime, proclaiming he was from the “University of Maryland Dirty Terps,” the “dirty” nickname coined for the Maryland secondary during his time in college. Wilson, however, acknowledged the lack of interest in the program is a result of the inability to recapture the early success of Friedgen’s tenure.

“Ticket sales go up when you’re winning,” said Wilson, who was aware that season ticket sales have dropped five straight seasons. “If we get back to competing and winning more games, and we’re winning consistently — not every other year — next thing you know, ticket sales will be right back. I’m not worried about selling out the stadium. When we get those [wins], people will show up.”

Wilson has talked to former Maryland teammates about the announcement but is waiting until the appropriate time to reach out to the man who labeled the cornerback as a “gamer” and “hard-nosed” at the collegiate level. Friedgen is currently preparing to coach his last game as Maryland coach against East Carolina in the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium on December 29.

“Right now, there’s a lot of stuff going on, and it’s hectic right now,” Wilson said. “I’m going to give him his time, give him his space. I would, of course, want the same and [then I’ll] reach out to him and see how things are.”

While preparing for the Ravens’ upcoming playoff run, Wilson can only wait to see how the coaching search plays out and how it affects a few of his former assistant coaches whose futures remain in limbo. It’s the part of the business Wilson dislikes, but he offered a similar mantra to the one proclaimed by Anderson when Friedgen’s departure became official on Monday.

“It’s a new day in Terrapin Nation. We just hope that we take this program, which we’ve been good the last couple years, and turn it into a great program.”

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Maryland takes care of business, and then some, against Morgan State

Posted on 11 September 2010 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Terps did exactly what was expected of them on paper entering Saturday night’s game against Morgan State, completing a 62-3 thrashing of the Bears in the schools’ first ever meeting.

Even a below-average team in a BCS conference — what Maryland is expected to be this season — should easily handle an inferior FCS opponent or a small conference school every time.

It’s exactly what the Terps, however, have struggled to do in recent history.

In 2008, it was a narrow 14-7 victory over Delaware followed by a shocking 24-14 loss to Middle Tennessee. A season ago, the Terps needed overtime to defeat James Madison 38-35 for its first victory of the season and laid an egg the following week, losing to Middle Tennesse for the second straight year, 32-31.

“It’s a great start,” said defensive end Drew Gloster, who clearly noticed Virginia Tech’s shocking loss to FCS school James Madison earlier on Saturday. “We had something to prove today going out against Morgan State. You see a lot of ACC teams losing today, but we represented our conference well.”

The Terps had little excuse for not blowing out the in-state school from the MEAC, racking up 45 points and 252 total yards in the first half and inserting backups for most of the final 30 minutes.

“We’re still a work in progress,” said receiver Torrey Smith, who caught two touchdowns. “We made a lot of mistakes, but we know we can score. It’s just a matter of us being consistent and going out there and getting it done — all the time.”

In reality, little can be learned from the Terps’ dominating performance other than to conclude the Bears won’t be applying for BCS membership any time soon.The Maryland defense held Morgan State to 3 points and 85 total yards (16 in the first half), the lowest number of yards allowed during the Ralph Friedgen era. The Terps should feel good about a 2-0 start, but no one knows how much better — if very much at all — this team is than it was a year ago.

More than anything, the 62-3 victory may have created a bigger quarterback controversy than already anticipated.

Jamarr Robinson improved his passing totals after an embarrassing effort (11 yards) against Navy, completing 6 of 13 passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before being pulled from the game early in the second quarter. However, the first significant playing time for redshirt freshman Danny O’Brien will have more fans clamoring for the strong-armed passer over the fleet-footed Robinson.

O’Brien threw three touchdowns passes on his first three collegiate completions, his first being a beautiful 27-yard dart to tight end Matt Furstenburg before tossing scores to Torrey Smith and Da’Rel Scott. Of course, the Bears’ defense is a far cry from the defenses O’Brien will see during the ACC schedule, but his ability is difficult to overlook when looking at the crop of talented receivers largely being wasted with Robinson under center.

“O’Brien is one of the more advanced freshman that I’ve been around,” offensive coordinator James Franklin said. “When you throw the ball 10 times and three of them are for touchdowns, I mean that’s pretty good. It doesn’t take a genius to see that.”

Robinson’s scrambling ability is an unquestionable asset for Franklin’s offense, but major doubts exist in his ability to produce through the air, something he will need to do starting next week when the Terps travel to a hostile environment in Morgantown to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. For now, it appears Friedgen will go with the two-quarterback approach as we have seen in the past during his 10-year tenure as the Terps coach.

“We’ve been planning on playing [Robinson] and [O’Brien],” Franklin said. “Felt like all camp we had two [starters], and obviously they are both athletic guys. Danny probably brings a little bit different game than Jamar, but they’re both athletic guys who can do a lot of things. We’ll evaluate the film and go from there.”

It will be a delicate balance that Friedgen and Franklin will have to approach carefully to avoid disruptions of rhythm and flow like we saw last week when O’Brien entered a tie game early in the fourth quarter and promptly fumbled his first hand-off to Davin Meggett, instantly killing a red-zone opportunity. Two-quarterback systems can work at the college level — see the 2007 Florida Gators with Chris Leak and Tim Tebow — but it takes a strong feel for the game by the head coach, a trait many feel Friedgen has lacked in recent seasons in College Park.

Maryland’s first two games have been difficult to use in trying to assess how good this team really is. With Navy’s unconventional triple option racking up significant yardage but self-destructing in the red zone and overmatched Morgan State simply lacking the talent needed to compete with an ACC school, even a bad team may have stolen these two wins.

“I think we’re better than last year, no question about that,” Friedgen said. “I’m interested in how good we are this week [against West Virginia]. But I think this team has a chance to be a very good team. I’ve said that all along.”

The first real test will come next Saturday against rival West Virginia, who will look to rebound after a scary 24-21 overtime victory over Marshall on Friday night. If Maryland goes to Morgantown and knocks off the Mountaineers, they can begin to whisper about the possibility of making some noise in a very average-looking ACC through the first two weeks of the season.

Until then, the Terps can enjoy the 2-0 start — already matching their win total from a season ago — but the first two weeks have been played against unconventional opposition.

Starting next week, we’ll see what Maryland is really made of.

“They’re 2-0, and we’re 2-0,” Gloster said. “There is a good rivalry between us. We are just looking forward to the opportunity to be 3-0.”

INJURY UPDATE: O’Brien suffered a sprained ankle, but the injury is not considered serious, according to Franklin. Freshman quarterback C.J. Brown broke his collarbone and will likely be out eight weeks, per Friedgen. Defensive lineman Marcus Whitfield dislocated his patella and will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

NOTES: Maryland is off to its first 2-0 start since 2007 when the Terps opened with victories over Villanova and Florida International. … The Terps’ 17 points in the first quarter was the most in an opening quarter since scoring 24 at home against the Citadel in a 61-0 victory on Sept. 13, 2003. … O’Brien’s first touchdown pass came on the first pass attempt of his collegiate career. His three touchdown passes came in his first four attempts. … Freshman running back D.J. Adams led the Terps in rushing with 70 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. … The last time Maryland scored 60 in a game was the win over the Citadel in 2003.

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