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Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
With road game at Oklahoma State approaching, Terps ready for a 'different animal'

Officially, the Maryland men's basketball team's game at Oklahoma State (8-1) on Sunday is its first on the road this season.

And while Gallagher-Iba Arena will have a more intimate and potentially intimidating feel than any venue his team has played yet, Mark Turgeon says the No. 17 Terps (10-1) already have experience as a road team.

It happened in the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic last month in Kansas City, Mo., where the then-unranked Terps upset then-No. 13 Iowa State at Sprint Center.

“We approached Iowa State like a road game,” Turgeon said after practice Friday. “It was 10,000 of their friends there, in a building they play multiple games a year. ... Obviously, it’s not their home court.”

Turgeon said playing in Stillwater will be “a little more different animal.”

It is a place with which Turgeon is familiar, having coached there many times during his four seasons at Texas A&M. The Aggies were 2-2 at Gallagher-Iba Arena and 5-3 overall against the Cowboys...

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Mark Turgeon part of new TV show 'A Taste of Coaching with Seth Davis'

Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon will be breaking bread with Seth Davis on a new TV show on Big Ten Network.

The Terps coach is among several to be included on "A Taste of Coaching with Seth Davis," a six-episode series that debuts Jan. 4 and will air Sunday nights.

The Big Ten Network describes the program as such: "Host Seth Davis, a veteran college basketball writer for Sports Illustrated and well-known analyst and author, is joined around the dinner table by some of college basketball’s finest coaches to discuss the hot-button issues surrounding the game today."

Other coaches on the show will include Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Ohio State’s Thad Matta, Kansas’ Bill Self, Iowa’s Fran McCaffery, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, SMU’s Larry Brown, Baylor’s Scott Drew, Cal’s Cuonzo Martin, Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins, Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger and Steve Lavin from St. John’s. 

“These coaches are all men I’ve gotten to know over the years and have had these types of discussions with...

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One-time Terps commit Ulric Jones orally commits to South Carolina

Butler Community College defensive lineman Ulric Jones, a Maryland target, orally committed to South Carolina on Wednesday.

Jones announced his pledge on Twitter.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Jones, a Mississippi State commit coming out of high school, orally committed to Maryland in November.

However, Jones said Terps coaches wanted him to take an official visit to Maryland before officially committing.

Jones made his official visit to Maryland this past weekend, but the Oxford, Miss., native decided to commit to South Carolina.

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Randy Edsall lays out Terps' bowl week schedule

The buildup to the Foster Farms Bowl for Maryland will include practice and normal game-week responsibilities. The Terps will also have an opportunity to enjoy different aspects of San Francisco in advance of the game, which will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Dec. 30.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall on Wednesday disclosed the Terps’ non-football-related bowl week schedule.

Here is a rundown:

Dec. 25: The Terps are scheduled to arrive in San Francisco and have a welcome dinner.

Dec. 27: Maryland will visit Alcatraz Island.

Dec. 28: The team will help at St. Anthony’s, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, housing, meals, medical care, clothing, furniture, rehabilitation services and senior services. The Terps will then have dinner at Perry’s San Francisco before taking a cable car tour around the city.

Dec. 29: Maryland has a luncheon and will attend a pep rally.

“It’s good. They have a few things, but they don’t overload you, which I think is important,”...

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Three Terps football seniors to play in East-West Shrine Game

Three Maryland senior football players have accepted invitations to the East-West Shrine Game — inside linebacker Cole Farrand, nose tackle Darius Kilgo and wide receiver Deon Long.

The East-West Shrine Game is considered the second-most prominent postseason All-Star game and provides a great opportunity for players to showcase their skills in front of NFL teams in advance of the NFL draft.

The game will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 17. 

Farrand leads the Terps with 111 tackles despite missing most of two games due to injury. A three-year starter, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Farrand averaged a Big Ten-best 11.9 tackles per game during conference play.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Kilgo, another three-year starter, has 41 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, two sacks, a blocked kick and three fumble recoveries. Kilgo is considered by many analysts to be the top draft prospect among Maryland’s seniors and a potential mid-to-late round draft pick.

Long, a former...

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Terps' Stefon Diggs undecided on declaring for NFL draft, Randy Edsall says

Maryland junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs is in the process of deciding whether to forgo his final season with the Terps and declare for the 2015 NFL draft, coach Randy Edsall said Wednesday.

Edsall said he has reached out to NFL general managers and other personnel to gather feedback on Diggs. The coach said he has also requested an evaluation from the NFL draft advisory committee, which will offer a projection of where Diggs would get drafted if he does declare.

Edsall said he will meet with Diggs and the receiver’s mother after compiling all of that information, will make a recommendation and then wait for Diggs to decide whether to declare.

“Ultimately, Stefon and his family have to make the decision that they feel like is best for him,” Edsall said. “This is something I’ve done with other young men, and I think it’s the right thing to do because this is all about the student-athlete. So we’ll see where he is, and then he’ll end up making a decision on whether he’s going to stay...

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