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Holliday to be honored by University of Maryland

Posted on 26 September 2013 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND TO HONOR VOICE OF THE TERRAPINS JOHNNY HOLLIDAY

College Park, Md. – The University of Maryland Department of Athletics will honor Johnny Holliday, the Voice of The Terrapins, for his 35 years of service to the university.

Holliday will be joined at a press availability by director of athletics Kevin Anderson and head coaches Randy Edsall and Mark Turgeon on Tuesday, Oct 1 at noon at the Gossett Football Team House. In addition, Holliday will be honored at halftime of the Maryland-Virginia game on Saturday, Oct 12 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

“Johnny is a Hall of Fame broadcaster who has been a part of so many iconic moments in Maryland athletics over the past 35 years,” Anderson said.  “His impact goes way beyond the broadcast booth as he has been an outstanding ambassador for our program and our community. For 35 years, Johnny has been the Voice of the Terrapins and we have listened as he has shared the many outstanding accomplishments of our student-athletes, coaches and teams through his powerful storytelling ability.”

Holliday joined the Terrapin Sports Radio Network in 1978 and has been on the call for some of the most memorable moments in Maryland history. Inducted into the Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003, Holliday has called four ACC football titles and seven bowl wins. He also narrated the 2002 national championship season and the 2004 ACC Tournament title.

Before joining Maryland, Holliday gained notoriety as one of the most respected disc jockeys in the country, with some of his work featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition, Holliday called numerous sports for ABC Radio, with assignments including the Olympics and the Masters.

Holliday is currently the host of Nats Xtra on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

 

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Terps aim for 2-0 start Saturday at Temple

Posted on 07 September 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The University of Maryland football team takes to the road for the first time of the 2012 season when it faces Temple at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday at noon. The Terrapins will look to build upon a 7-6 season-opening win over William & Mary in which 14 players made their Maryland debut, including 12 true freshmen. The defense kept the team in the game, allowing Justus Pickett to run for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter.

First-and-10

• A dominant defensive effort by the Terps enabled the win in week one. Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield made 13 tackles and helped seal the game with a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter. Defensive lineman Joe Vellano had 11 stops – two of them for loss – and an interception. In all, the defense recorded 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and held William & Mary to just 2.5 yards per carry (41 attempts, 104 yards). Hartsfield, the ACC’s active career leader in tackles, and Vellano, a 2011 second team All-American, highlight the 10 starters returning to the Maryland defense this season.

• The offense was set to return five starters, including three of its top four receivers from last season in wideouts Kevin Dorsey and Kerry Boykins, and tight end Matt Furstenburg. Junior C.J. Brown, who started five games in 2011 and set the Maryland single-season rushing yards record by a quarterback, was set to assume No. 1 quarterback duties before suffering a torn ACL in a non-contact drill on Aug. 14. Injuries hit both sides of the ball hard during the preseason, as 10 potential starters missed the William & Mary game with various injuries and ailments (see note page 2)..

• Still, Maryland hopes a number of key returnees, combined with a highly touted 2012 recruiting class, will help it reach postseason play for the ninth time in the last 12 years. In addition to Vellano and Hartsfield several playmakers are back on defense. In the secondary, Eric Franklin and Dexter McDougle have plenty of experience, having both started every game last year. Franklin, a senior who has played in 28 career games, led the team in solo tackles (64), ranked second in total tackles (106) and tied for second on the team with four pass breakups. McDougle, meanwhile, led the team with six pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. The Terps also welcome back linebackers Darin Drakeford and Alex Twineand defensive lineman A.J. Francis, all of whom have starting experience. Drakeford is a disruptive force, tying for the league lead last season with four forced fumbles. As a true freshman last year, Twine ended the season as the starter at Will linebacker and averaged 9.8 tackles in his four starts. Francis has played in each of the last 38 games and has 24 career starts.

• Quarterback Perry Hills, who against William & Mary became Maryland’s first true freshman starter since Latrez Harrison in 1999, will direct the offense. Hills overcame a slow start against the Tribe by leading the Terps on a 10-play, 69-yard TD drive in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game winner. Maryland has a young, talented group of skill players around Hills. Pickett, a sophomore, is the veteran in the backfield and is joined by three freshmen in Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and Wes Brown. At receiver, sophomore Marcus Leak and freshman Stefon Diggs each had three receptions in the season opener.

• Diggs is also the kickoff and punt returner, and averaged 16.6 yards on three punt returns against William & Mary. Nathan Renfro secured the punting duties and performed well, averaging 53.0 yards on four punts with a long of 60. His best punt came late in the fourth quarter with Maryland holding on to a one-point lead. Renfro had his 57-yard punt downed at the 2-yard line with 2:17 remaining to help seal the win. With senior Nick Ferrara out of the season opener, freshman Brad Craddock handled the kickoff and place-kicking duties.


Quick Hitters

• Seven players made their first career starts on Saturday against William & Mary: quarterback Perry Hills, running back Albert Reid, safety Sean Davis, defensive back Jeremiah Johnson, linebacker Cole Farrand, nose tackle Darius Kilgo and offensive lineman Nick Klemm.

• In addition to the seven first-time starters, 14 players saw their first action against William & Mary. And of the 44 players that saw time against the Tribe, 25 of them were underclassmen.

• Maryland has 14 true freshmen listed on its two-deep (excluding return men), which is the third most in the FBS (Colorado – 16, Texas – 15).

• Maryland allowed William & Mary to gain just 229 yards of total offense. That’s its best total defensive performance since surrendering 115 to Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010.

• The Terps held William & Mary to 2.5 yards per carry. Additionally, 28 of the Tribe’s 41 rushes were for three yards or less, including 15 of 19 in the first half.

• Demetrius Hartsfield recorded a double-digit tackle game against William & Mary by finishing with 13. Hartsfield had seven double-digit efforts in nine games last season. Hartsfield also had a fumble recovery with 1:11 left that sealed the win.

• Head coach Randy Edsall handed out game balls for the win over William & Mary. Marcus Leak got the game ball for offense, Joe Vellano for defense and Nathan Renfro for special teams. Renfro also received honorable mention punter of the week from CollegeFootballPerformance.com.

• Maryland was hit hard by injuries in the preseason. Thirteen players missed the season opener due to various injuries and ailments: defensive linemen Keith Bowers, Isaiah Ross and Andre Monroe; defensive backs Isaac Goins, A.J. Hendy and Matt Robinson; linebackers Kenneth Tate and Abner Logan; quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Dustin Dailey, running back Brandon Ross; offensive lineman Josh Cary; and place-kicker Nick Ferrara. Both Monroe and Brown are out for the season.

• Perry Hills became the first true freshman starter at quarterback for Maryland since Latrez Harrison in 1999. He also became the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall on Sept. 2, 1999, in a 6-0 win over Temple.


Maryland-Temple Series History

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Temple, 6-1. The series dates back to 1997; the schools played four years in a row from 1997-2000. Temple’s only win in the series came last year, when it beat the Terps 38-7 in College Park. Maryland is 3-0 when playing at Temple.
• The last meeting in Philadelphia was Oct. 8, 2005. Mario Merrills ran for three touchdowns and Sam Hollenbach passed for 228 yards in a 38-7 victory.

 

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Ferrara, Tate, more out for Maryland against William & Mary

Posted on 30 August 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Injury Report for Saturday, 9/1 against William & Mary

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DL Keith Bowers Knee Out
QB C.J. Brown Knee Out
OL Josh Cary Knee Out
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Ankle Probable
QB Dustin Dailey Ankle Out
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out
DB Isaac Goins Sickness (mono) Out
DB A.J. Hendy Ankle Out
LB Abner Logan Quad Out
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out
DB Matt Robinson Shoulder Out
RB Brandon Ross Hamstring Out
DL Isaiah Ross Hamstring Out
LB Kenny Tate Knee Out

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Ravens WR Smith gaining popularity amongst fans

Posted on 22 August 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Torrey Smith is no longer unnoticeable. When the second-year Baltimore Ravens receiver ventures into public, he’s recognized just about everywhere he goes.

During his three years as a standout receiver at the University of Maryland, Smith was just another face in the crowd.

Now, after finishing the 2011 NFL season with 50 catches for 841 yards and seven touchdowns, Smith seemingly can’t go anywhere in the Baltimore area without drawing a crowd.

“It’s definitely different, especially publicly,” Smith said. “Before, I could walk anywhere and no one would say anything. I like going everywhere; I’m a mall guy, I’m a movie guy. And now it’s a lot different. But I just appreciate it, and being in Baltimore, you definitely appreciate our fans.”

In 2011, Smith set franchise rookie records in receptions, yards and touchdowns.

He assumed the role of Baltimore’s deep threat during the third week of the 2011 season against the St. Louis Rams. Smith’s first three catches went for long touchdowns, as he ended the day with five receptions for 152 yards and three scores.

Smith also caught the game-winning touchdown on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers and enjoyed a six-catch, 165-yard, one touchdown performance against Cincinnati. Smith primarily ran deep routes during the 2011 season, utilizing his speed for the big play.

To improve his overall package, Smith spent the much of his offseason working with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to perfect timing on various routes. The two, along with some of the other younger receivers, would meet at Baltimore’s practice facility, whether organized team activities were scheduled or not. Flacco said he admired the extra time Smith put in.

“It’s just awesome when you have a good kid like that, that wants to do everything right and wants to be the best,” Flacco said. “It’s very easy to work with him.”

Smith said his numbers last year could have been better if he finished some of the plays he didn’t convert. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has taken notice of this attitude.

“All he thinks about is how he can get better,” Harbaugh said. “He is the most efficient improver — if that’s a word — that I’ve ever seen. He gets the most out of every day, and that’s why he’s going to continue to become a great player.”

One aspect that will help Smith is that he won’t be hindered by the sports hernia he sustained during last season’s campaign. Smith said he could barely get in and out of his routes without cringing. He fought through the pain and managed to finish the season strong.

During the offseason, he had surgery and rehabilitated the injury.

“When it started to get cold, it was terrible,” Smith said. “I was fighting that battle every day, and now I’m able to run and get out of my breaks. I’m not feeling any pain at all. So, thank you for the surgery.”

Though his sports hernia is healed, Smith has been dealing with a minor ankle injury that occurred against Atlanta in Baltimore’s first preseason game. It caused him to miss last week’s contest against Detroit. Smith expects to return Thursday night against Jacksonville, a game that should feature most of Baltimore’s starters for significant minutes.

“Coach was being cautious so I could get it out of the way so it’s not lingering on,” Smith said. “I feel real better, and still have to practice to get better. But I’m fine.”

Entering the lockout-stricken 2011 season, Smith had to learn fast and encounter growing pains, despite the statistical success. With a full offseason of work, he hopes to elevate his game to a higher level in 2012.

“This time last year, I could barely walk and chew gum at the same time,” Smith said. “I was thinking so much about the assignment and kind of really worrying about things that I shouldn’t have been worrying about.”

 

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Edsall names Hills Maryland starting QB

Posted on 22 August 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland football team moved closer to the end of preseason camp with a two-hour workout at the on-campus facility Tuesday afternoon.

The Terps will hold their final scrimmage of the preseason Wednesday afternoon, complete a short practice Thursday and then go through a two-a-day Friday before starting a normal game week.

Head coach Randy Edsall addressed the media following Tuesday’s workout and touched on a number of topics. Earlier Tuesday, Edsall named Perry Hills as the starting quarterback for the season opener against William & Mary on Sept. 1.

Hills, a true freshman, assumed first-team duties when junior C.J. Brown was injured last week. He will be backed up by another true freshman in Caleb Rowe, and sophomore Devin Burns will serve as the third-string signal-caller.

Edsall’s full comments are below.

On the team’s injuries:
“C.J. [Brown] is going to have surgery on Friday. So that’s going to happen Friday. Andre Monroe is going to be out for the year. He’ll have surgery on Thursday. Keith Bowers is probably out two to three weeks. [A.J.] Hendy will probably be three to four weeks with that ankle. Nick Ferrara is a day-to-day type situation. Kenny Tate is going to go visit with the doctors, he’s got an injury going right now. So he’ll see the doctors and we’ll know a little bit more on him. Of course you know Matt [Robinson] will be out for about two to three weeks more. Josh Cary [is out] about three weeks. Isaiah Ross, that’s an indefinite type thing, I’m not sure how long that’ll [be] – maybe more of a day-to-day type thing. And then Isaac Goins will be out three weeks with mono. So that’s kind of the update. Dustin Dailey is out with a high ankle sprain too.”

On what his thoughts are on the injuries:
“Just work the guys that are out there, that’s all we can do. Football is a game where you do have injuries and it’s something that you can’t control. It’s amazing because Andre Monroe was just running straight ahead, just running a sprint, and his knee kind of gave out and that was it. So a lot of the issues that we have haven’t even been contact-type situations.

“Even the ones that we might’ve had from a contact situation likeMatt Robinson, it wasn’t even violent or anything like that. But what it is, it’s just that hey, you want all those guys to get healthy as soon as they can but you just get the guys that are behind them ready to play. It’s that saying that we have, everybody is really one or two plays from playing and they have to make sure they’re mentally and physically prepared to step up and play at any time based on injuries.”

On how the injuries at defensive line shakes up the competition:
“If you went today you’ve got Joe [Vellano] at left end, you’ve got Darius [Kilgo] at the nose and then you’ve got A.J. [Francis] at the right end. Then you have Justin Anderson behind him and Alex Walker at the nose, and then you have Quinton Jefferson [at left end]. And then I took and moved Roman Bragliofrom the Will [linebacker] to the end because again I think this is something we’ve been talking about as a staff kind of since preseason started, and we just think now is the best time to move. Because that’s where we think he was going to end up, at end. We’ll make that move now, and again, maybe he’s a guy that can help us this year from a pass-rush standpoint when we get into certain packages.”

On moving A.J. Francis from nose to end:
“Oh yeah we moved him about a week ago, I think it was. We took him out there again, as we were evaluating, we thought our three best guys were Joe, A.J. and Darius. So they were both at nose so we moved A.J. out to the end because we thought he was a little bit more suited to be able to play end. So we did that.”

On when Andre Monroe was injured:
“It was about a week ago I think, or something. It’s crazy. We’re running the gassers that we always run, and he’s beating everybody, and running as fast that I’ve ever seen him run. He did one and then the next one he did, he goes and he plants and as soon as he starts back he just gets about to the opposite hash and his leg just gave out. His knee gave out. So he’s going to have surgery on Thursday.”

On naming Perry Hills as the starter:
“I met with all three guys this morning. Pretty much after the scrimmage and then practice yesterday, it’s clear that Perry is the number one guy, the starter. Caleb [Rowe] is number two and Devin [Burns] is number three. So I just wanted our team to really understand who they’re working with and get as many reps so they can all get comfortable, they have been comfortable. But just wanted to get that done today and like I said I had a chance to sit down with all of them this morning and talk to them and fill them in before we made any announcements. I just thought it was the right time and it clearly played out that way. Caleb knows that he’s one play away; Devin’s got to get prepared to play as well. But Perry has done a good job and we look forward to him leading our team starting now and when we get going on September 1.”

On why he named a starter 11 days in advance of the first game:
“Because I think it was clearly a situation where there’s been a decided guy that’s been ahead. So you get the guy that’s ahead and you go with that and you feel comfortable with it.”

On if running back Brandon Ross is nicked up:
“Yeah they’re nicked up a little bit but it shouldn’t be anything serious. Brandon should probably either be out there tomorrow or on Thursday. Then Albert, again just running I think he might’ve just tweaked his groin a little bit.”

On the punting competition:
“That’s still ongoing. I’m not sure when we’ll – that might go all the way to game time until we decide who the guys going to be. Let me say this, the competition is between Brad Craddock and Nate Renfro. [Nick] Ferrara is not going to be punting, he’s just going to focus on place-kicking, which is field goals and kickoffs. Those two guys are battling it out, and it’s a good competition. We’ll keep that going and like I said, if there’s something I really feel good about and I can say they’re that guy then we’ll name that when we get that figured out. So as soon as that decides itself out then we’ll decide, if it doesn’t it could be a game time decision.”

On if he’s elevated any walk-ons to scholarship:
“No not yet. We’re still in camp, we’re in camp until after tomorrow and if any of that would happen it would be sometime after that.”

On if he’s looking for any specific positions in the walk-on tryouts:
“Well we’re always looking for linemen, if we can find linemen. But really just anyone that we think can come out and aid us and help us. Wide receivers, defensive backs I think would be something we’re looking for but really any position. We always do that at that time of the year.”

On the command of Perry Hills:
“I think he’s done well. I’ve been very, very impressed with just how he’s handled himself. The poise and composure and command that he’s handling that first offense with, I mean here’s a guy that’s a freshman that’s telling those guys `Come on let’s go, get set, get down,’ and all those things. He’s been good at handling all the instillation that’s gone in. Like I said I’ve been very impressed with a kid that’s a true freshman to pick up all the things he’s picked up and then to go out and handle the huddle. He really hasn’t turned over the ball much, he’s accurate, I have not seen him get rattled. I think he’s one of those guys that just goes and prepares very well. He’s always sitting in that film room studying and trying to do exactly what [offensive coordinator] Mike [Locksley] wants him to do. So when you do that you give yourself the opportunity to be successful.”

On how ready freshman safety Sean Davis is:
“I think he’s done a good job. I think he’s picked things up. Of course there’s a lot more things he’s got to get better at and refine and all those things. But he’s a guy that goes hard, plays hard and the more reps he gets the better he’s going to be. But he’s the best guy and that’s who we have to go with and now what we have to do is get him ready.”

 

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Three first half TD’s for Diggs in Maryland football scrimmage

Posted on 18 August 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Two weeks from its season opener, the University of Maryland football team provided fans an up-close glimpse of the highly touted freshman class that arrived in College Park earlier this month.

It didn’t disappoint. Stefon Diggs had three first-half touchdowns – a 68-yard punt return, a 98-yard kickoff return and an 11-yard reception – electrifying a crowd of several thousand in Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Terps, who were holding fan appreciation day, scrimmaged for two hours before holding an autograph session on the field.

Diggs and quarterback Perry Hills impressed, as did freshmen running backs Albert Reid and Wes Brown. Hills, running the first-team offense in a game-like situation for the first time, led the Terps on an 18-play, 76-yard touchdown drive to open the scrimmage. The freshman went 5 of 6 for 27 yards on the drive and also rushed for 36 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown run.

Hills, who led Maryland to scores on three of his five drives, showed the ability to make plays with his arm and his legs. On his third drive, he eluded the pass rush and hit Kevin Dorsey in the flat, and Dorsey turned it into a 41-yard play. Five plays later, he hit Diggs over the middle for an 11-yard touchdown.

“I thought Perry [Hills] had a good day,” said head coach Randy Edsall. “I thought he did some good things. Of course there’s going to be plenty of things that he could learn from, and get better, but I think that we didn’t have any issues with delay of game, really didn’t have any false starts. When you talk about the mechanics and the operation of the offense I thought he handled it really well.”

Diggs, meanwhile, didn’t waste any time making a good first impression. With his first touch, a punt return on the second drive of the game, he exploded up a seam and went 68 yards for a touchdown.

And after quarterback Caleb Rowe hit freshman receiver Levern Jacobs for a 69-yard touchdown, Diggs struck again with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

“He’s a dynamic player, he’s got good instincts, got good football knowledge, he has talent and he’s very coachable and very competitive,” said Edsall. “We’ll just keep working with him and I know he’ll keep working, and I think he’ll end up being a real good one.”

Now just two weeks away from the season opener, Edsall was pleased with the team’s effort but said work remains to be done.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do before that opening game,” said Edsall. “Now we’ll go in and watch the film, evaluate it and narrow it down into a two-deep, and then who are the guys that can compete for us on special teams.”

Tidbits: With Matt Robinson injured, A.J. Hendy took the first-team reps at strong safety before leaving the practice with what Edsall said was an ankle injury. His status wasn’t immediately known … Edsall said he continues to be impressed with the running backs, specifically mentioning Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and Wes Brown … he also said the offensive line, and in particular right tackle Justin Gilbert, continue to get better … Edsall rested place-kicker/punter Nick Ferrara in order to get freshman Brad Craddock and redshirt freshman Nathan Renfro more reps. Craddock, an Australia native, performed well and showed good hang-time on his punts, while also handling kickoff and extra point duties … senior linebacker Darin Drakeford showed the ability to be a disruptive force. He had two sacks on one drive and on another, forced a fumble, picked it up and ran it in 18 yards for a touchdown.

 

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Maryland assistant Warne named new Georgetown lacrosse coach

Posted on 14 August 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON – Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed announced that Kevin Warne has been named the head coach for the Hoyas men’s lacrosse program. He becomes the 12th head coach in the program’s 50-year history.

Warne comes to the Hilltop after two years as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland, where he helped lead the Terrapins to back-to-back appearances in the national championship game. He takes over for the legendary Dave Urick, who stepped down from coaching after winning 223 games in 23 years at the helm of the program.

“I’m really excited to name Kevin Warne as head coach for our men’s lacrosse program,” Reed said. “Kevin’s commitment to student-athlete welfare and his passion for the game makes him the perfect person to take over our lacrosse program at this time. He is considered to be one of the top young assistants in the country and he has a terrific track record of success as an assistant coach, including appearances in the last two national championship games. We welcome Kevin to the Hoya family and look forward to working with him to build on the great tradition and success of Georgetown lacrosse.”

Regarded as one of the top defensive minds in men’s lacrosse, Warne helped guide Maryland to consecutive NCAA National Championship games in his two years in College Park with a 25-11 record. The Terps finished the season ranked No. 2 in the country by Inside Lacrosse in 2011 and 2012.

In 2011, his first season with Maryland, Warne helped lead the Terps to a 13-5 season record, the 2011 ACC championship and three-straight wins in the NCAA Tournament to reach the title game. In 2012, Maryland finished the regular season, 9-5 and again advanced to the NCAA Tournament Championship Game. In two seasons, Warne helped guide seven Maryland players to earn All-America honors, including defender Brett Schmidt, who was named the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011.

Prior to Maryland, Warne spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard, where his primary responsibility was overseeing the Crimson defense. In his first season with the Crimson program in 2008, the team had the most All-Ivy League selections since 1999 and was ranked in both major polls during the year. During the 2009 campaign, Warne’s defensive unit ranked third in the nation in goals allowed per game and Harvard won eight games for the first time since 2002. The Crimson earned five All-Ivy picks and was ranked as high as No. 11 in the nation in the USILA poll. Harvard allowed 10 or more goals only twice and upset No. 5 Duke to open the season. Warne’s work with the Crimson earned him recognition as one of college lacrosse’s top assistant coaches by ESPN’s Quint Kessenich prior to the 2010. In 2010, Warne helped the Crimson win at least six games for the third straight season, as Harvard earned its first victory over No. 6 Princeton since 1990.

Warne came to Harvard from UMBC, where he served as associate head coach for the Retrievers and helped UMBC advance to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2007. He also served as UMBC’s main recruiting coordinator, as well as the program’s liaison to the equipment and strength & conditioning departments. Prior to his position at UMBC, Warne served as an assistant coach from 2001-04 at the University of Delaware, working primarily with the offense..

A 2000 graduate of Hofstra, Warne majored in psychology while playing for the Pride from 1995-99. He was a four-year letterwinner and a two-time All-America East honoree. As a senior, he was also named an honorable mention All-American after guiding Hofstra to its third league championship and postseason berth.

While finishing his degree at Hofstra, Warne served as an assistant coach at Plainview-Old Bethpage High School on Long Island. He got his start at the collegiate coaching level in 2000 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy prior to moving on to coach at Delaware.

Warne married the former Jennifer Merrill, who was a four-time letterwinner and team captain at Hofstra in volleyball, in August 2009. The couple currently resides in Baltimore with newborn daughter, Campbell.

 

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Maryland AD Anderson shoots down rumors of Stanford departure

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that University of Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson had interviewed for the same position at Stanford University.

After confirmed reports indicated he was set to take the job Monday afternoon and that “contract details” were being discussed, it looks as if Anderson himself denied that report and said that he is committed to staying at Maryland, via a statement from the school, via ESPN.com

“I am not in discussion nor have I been with Stanford University regarding their open athletic director position as I am committed to being the director of athletics at the University of Maryland. My focus and energy are committed to working to enhance the student-athlete experience and the competitive and financial success at the University of Maryland. We have just begun the transformation of the athletic department and I look forward to seeing this through.”

Anderson has been rumored to be of interest to the Cardinal for almost a month but declined he had talked to the school about their opening in a June interview with The Diamondback. Former Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby left Palo Alto to become the new Big 12 commissioner in May. The Chicago Tribune reported over the weekend that Northwestern AD Jim Phillips had been Stanford’s favorite to replace Bowlsby but he declined the offer.

Anderson is nearly two years into a five year deal he signed in College Park after serving in the same capacity at the United States Military Academy (Army) since 2004. He replaced polarizing former AD Debbie Yow, who had accepted the same position at North Carolina State University. Anderson is originally from the Bay Area and previously worked as a fund raiser at Stanford. He graduated from San Francisco State University and also worked in the athletic department at the University of California (Berkeley).

Anderson has been scrutinized in College Park for his decision to fire popular football coach Ralph Friedgen in 2010 just months after his arrival and hiring Randy Edsall to replace him instead of popular choice Mike Leach. Anderson was praised for helping former basketball coach Gary Williams through his retirement process, but was scrutinized further for failing to lure University of Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller to the Terrapins, instead hiring former Texas A&M University coach Mark Turgeon.

Most recently Anderson has overseen the process of eliminating seven varsity sports due to budgetary concerns.

Neither school announced the move, and the Chronicle quickly took down the report off the front page of their site.

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Maryland’s Tate, Gilman’s Kiser named to Butkus Award Watch Lists

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO – (July 16, 2012) – The 28th annual Butkus Award® selection process to honor the nation’s best linebackers begins today with announcement of the collegiate and high school pre-season watch list.

Each watch list contains 51 candidates, honoring the now-retired professional jersey number of Dick Butkus, who is regarded by NFL Films as the best defensive player in football history.  The selection panel is comprised of 51 coaches, evaluators and journalists, coordinated by Pro Football Weekly.

The Collegiate Butkus Award watch list includes 51 candidates from 38 universities.  Manti Te’o of Notre Dame is the only returning finalist, after having won the inaugural High School Butkus Award in 2008.  Jarvis Jones of Georgia is a returning semi-finalist.

The High School Butkus Award watch list includes 51 candidates from 50 high schools across 22 states.  Florida (8), Ohio (5) and Texas (5) have the most prep players on the watch list.

Candidates in addition to those appearing on the watch list may be considered for the Award.

Semi-finalists will be named October 22, finalists November 20, and winners will be notified on or before December 4.  The Professional Butkus Award winner will be announced in January 2013. Winners will be featured in a television special a week before the Super Bowl.

2011 Butkus Award winners:

       Professional: Tie.  DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys, and Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens.

       Collegiate: Luke Kuechly, Boston College, the NFL’s ninth overall draft pick by the Carolina Panthers.

       High School:  Noor Davis, Leesburg High School, Fla., now at Stanford University.

The Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to honor linebackers at three levels while helping spread the word about Butkus’ I Play Clean™ initiative which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of resorting to steroids and related drugs.  More information is available at www.iplayclean.org or at www.facebook.com/i.play.clean.

The Butkus Award, www.thebutkusaward.com or www.facebook.com/51.butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is part of the National College Football Awards Association, a coalition of the major collegiate awards. More information is available at www.NCFAA.org.

COLLEGIATE WATCH LIST:

  • Denicos Allen, Michigan State University
  • Dion Bailey, University of Southern California
  • Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers University
  • Chris Borland, University of Wisconsin
  • Jonathan Bostic, University of Florida
  • Arthur Brown, Kansas State University
  • Jonathan Brown, University of Illinois
  • Max Bullough, Michigan State University
  • Jamie Collins, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ja’Gared Davis, Southern Methodist University
  • Zaviar Gooden, University of Missouri
  • Jeremiah Greene, University of Nevada
  • Khaseem Greene, Rutgers University
  • Alanzo Highsmith, University of Arkansas
  • Gerald Hodges, Penn State University
  • DeVonte Holloman, University of South Carolina
  • Andrew Jackson, University of Western Kentucky
  • Jelani Jenkins, University of Florida
  • A.J. Johnson, University of Tennessee
  • Nico Johnson, University of Alabama
  • Christian Jones, Florida State University
  • Jarvis Jones, University of Georgia
  • Uona Kaveinga, Brigham Young University
  • A.J. Klein, Iowa State University
  • Jake Knott, Iowa State University
  • Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State University
  • Travis Long, Washington State University
  • John Lotulelei, University of Florida
  • Brandon Magee, Arizona State University
  • Michael Mauti, Penn State University
  • Lerentee McCray, University of Florida
  • Kevin Minter, Louisiana State University
  • Nick Moody, Florida State University
  • Damontre Moore, Texas A&M University
  • Sio Moore, University of Connecticut
  • James Morris, University of Iowa
  • C.J. Mosley, University of Alabama
  • Trent Murphy, Stanford University
  • David Nwabuisi, Northwestern University
  • Sean Porter, Texas A&M University
  • Keith Pough, Howard University
  • Kevin Reddick, University of North Carolina
  • Douglas Rippy, University of Colorado
  • Etienne Sabino, Ohio State
  • Shane Skov, Stanford University
  • Kenny Tate, University of Maryland
  • Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech University
  • Manti Te’o, University of Notre Dame
  • Chase Thomas, Stanford University
  • Cornelius Washington, University of Georgia
  • Tom Wort, University of Oklahoma

HIGH SCHOOL WATCH LIST:

  • Alex Anzalone, Wyomissing High School – Wyomissing, PA
  • Josh Banderas, Lincoln Southwest High School – Lincoln, NE
  • Eric Beisel, Rockwood Summit High School – Fenton, MO
  • Al-Rasheed Benton, Shabazz High School – Newark, NJ
  • Nigel Bowden, Central High School – Macon, GA
  • Buddy Brown, Williamstown High School – Williamstown, NJ
  • Sean Constantine, Bellevue High School – Bellevue, WA
  • Chans Cox, Blue Ridge High School – Lakeside, AZ
  • Deoundrei Davis, Cypress Woods High School – Cypress, TX
  • Michael Deeb, American Heritage College Prep School – Plantation, FL
  • Garret Dooley, Rochester High School – Rochester, IL
  • Dajuan Drennon, Timber Creek High School – Sicklerville, NJ
  • Victor Egu, De La Salle High School – Concord, CA
  • Brooks Ellis, Fayetteville High School – Fayetteville, AR
  • Reuben Foster, Auburn High School – Auburn, AL
  • Ben Gedeon, Hudson High School – Hudson, OH
  • Jermaine Grace, Miramar High School – Miramar, FL
  • Nigel Harris, Hillsborough High School – Tampa, FL
  • James Hearns, Lincoln High School – Tallahassee, FL
  • Deon Hollins Jr., Fort Bend Marshall High School – Missouri City, TX
  • Darrien Howard, Chaminade Julienne High School – Dayton, OH
  • Michael Hutchings, De La Salle High School – Concord, CA
  • Trey Johnson, Central Gwinnett High School – Lawrenceville, GA
  • Melvin Jones, Washington Marion High School – Lake Charles, LA
  • Walker Jones, Evangelical Christian High School – Cordova, TN
  • Shane Jones, Moeller High School – Cincinnati, OH
  • Cameron Judge, Oaks Christian High School – Westlake Village, CA
  • Peter Kalambayi, Butler High School – Matthews, NC
  • Tim Kimbrough, Warren Central High School – Indianapolis, IN
  • Micah Kiser, Gilman High School – Baltimore, MD
  • E.J. Levenberry, C.D. Hylton High School – Woodbridge, VA
  • Courtney Love, Cardinal Mooney High School – Youngstown, OH
  • Michael McCray, Trotwood Madison High School – Trotwood, OH
  • Daniel McMillan, First Coast High School – Jacksonville, FL
  • Mike Mitchell, Prestonwood Christian Academy – Plano, TX
  • Dorian O’Daniel, Our Lady of Good Counsel – Olney, MD
  • Johnny O’Neal, West Laurens High School – Dublin, GA
  • Nick Ramirez, Lees Summit West High School – Lees Summit, MO
  • Doug Randolph, Woodberry Forest High School – Woodberry Forest, VA
  • Duke Riley, John Curtis Christian High School – River Ridge, LA
  • Isaac Savaiinaea, Punahou High School – Honolulu, HI
  • Jaylon Smith, Bishop Luers High School – Fort Wayne, IN
  • Reggie Spearman, Simeon Academy – Chicago, IL
  • Matthew Thomas, Booker T. Washington High School – Miami, FL
  • Stacy Thomas, Gulliver Prep High School – Miami, FL
  • Cameron Toney, Huntsville High School – Huntsville, AL
  • Gerald Turner, Goose Creek High School – Goose Creek, SC
  • Corey Vereen, West Orange High School – Winter Garden, FL
  • Brett Wade, Kennedale High School – Kennedale, TX
  • Paul Whitmill, Bastrop High School – Bastrop, TX
  • Tim Williams, University Laboratory High School – Baton Rouge, LA

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Maryland AD Anderson elected NACDA President

Posted on 10 July 2012 by WNST Staff

CLEVELAND, Ohio – University of Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson will become president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) for 2012-13, the association announced Tuesday.

Anderson was elected to the post in conjunction with the 47th Annual NACDA Convention, which was held June 22-28 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Anderson replaces UCLA director of athletics Dan Guerrero, who served as President in 2011-12.

“I am honored and humbled to serve as NACDA President for the upcoming year,” said Anderson. “I would like to salute Dan Guerrero for his outstanding leadership over the past 12 months, and I hope to build on his work to further our profession over the next 12.

“NACDA had a tremendous convention again this year in Dallas with record-breaking attendance, and I look forward to continuing that trend for the 2013 convention.”

NACDA, now in its 48th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 13 professional associations, including seven for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors.

– Terps –

 

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