I’m pretty sure you know the background here.
University of Maryland G Terrell Stoglin was benched for four minutes late in the second half of the Terrapins’ 73-55 loss to Duke Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
During the stretch when Stoglin was on the bench, what had been a close game turned into a bit of a blowout. Stoglin returned to the game and attempted just one more shot, a bad three point miss. He finished the game with 13 points on just 4-16 shooting.
These things were interesting, but obviously not as interesting as what happened after the game.
After not being made available to the media (according to reports…I know I said I was going to Saturday’s game but I was unable to make the trip), Stoglin took to Twitter to offer thoughts like “Loved sittin that bench today. [Smh] wow” and “shit its whtev my nigga. Just on this grind just was confused with today”.
The first of those two Tweets was deleted. The second was still available for consumption on Stoglin’s Twitter account early Monday morning. Stoglin offered something later that resembled an apology, “Never tweet after a loss. not a bad dude just frustrated. Love terpnation! My fault.” The Washington Times reported Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was aware of the Tweets. The Times also reported Stoglin was not suspended for his comments.
Turgeon is not expected to be made available to the media again until Wednesday, as the Terrapins do not play again until a Thursday night visit from Boston College at Comcast Center. It is certainly possible Turgeon could change his mind about Stoglin’s status, but it appears unlikely.
If he doesn’t, it will be a mistake. Stoglin’s comments absolutely warrant a suspension.
I’m certainly sympathetic to the difficult nature of the relationship Turgeon shares with Stoglin. While the head coach is clearly frustrated by the “me first” nature of the guard from Tucson, he’s also accepting of how important the sophomore has been for a Maryland team that has just managed to stay over .500 overall and keep within shouting distance of .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Turgeon has twice forced Stoglin to come off the bench and has openly questioned both his shot selection and defensive effort.
After two possessions late in the team’s February 4 loss to North Carolina saw only Stoglin touch the ball and no points scored, I asked the ACC’s leading scorer about the nature of his shot selection.
He answered “at the end of the game, I feel like I should just take more shots, so that’s what I try to do.”
Oh. Well then.
The issue is that as much as any coach (or fan…or analyst…or teammate actually) tries to tell Stoglin to “trust his teammates”, he knows what he’s dealing with. Only one other Terrapin (senior guard Sean Mosley) is averaging more than 10 points a game and even the St. Frances grad has been inconsistent at best. Stoglin probably SHOULD move the ball around a bit more, but it’s understandable that he’s not always been willing to move the ball.
I’m sympathetic to Stoglin for that reason. I KNOW he needs to pass the ball more, but I also know what he’s working with.
It doesn’t make his social media outburst Saturday acceptable or in any way excusable.
Stoglin’s “passion” and “fire” have been defended by Maryland fans since Saturday night. Fans have suggested excuses along the lines of “just be glad they didn’t have Twitter when you were 20 years old” and “what he said was the truth…if he had been on the floor perhaps the Terps would have beat the Blue Devils.”
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