Tracking the Terps

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Maryland football picked to finish fifth in Big Ten East in preseason media poll

The Maryland football team was picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten Conference’s ultra-competitive East Division, according to a poll of writers from around the league.

Ohio State, the Big Ten’s reigning champion and a preseason top-five team, was predicted to win the East by 23½ of the 28 voters and the overall league championship by 14 voters.

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Parents of Maryland football player Jordan McNair hire prominent lawyer Billy Murphy

The prominent Baltimore law firm that represented Freddie Gray’s family has been hired by the parents of a University of Maryland football player who died last month after collapsing during an outdoor team workout.

Jordan McNair, a former McDonogh standout, was hospitalized May 29 and died two weeks later.

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Maryland's Jordan McNair appeared to have seizure, was 'unable to control' breathing, 911 calls show

University of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died last month, appeared to have suffered a seizure and was “unable to control” his breath after the football practice that led to his hospitalization, according to 911 tapes obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

An unidentified caller described McNair’s breathing problems to a Prince George’s County emergency dispatcher just before 6 p.m.

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In their college backyard, Terps-made Mystics carry Maryland with them

During any given Washington Mystics practice, Kristi Toliver casts a shadow 5 inches taller than her, a shadow named Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

“I call her ‘Young Squire,’ ” Toliver said. “At practice, she runs every day, we always get our shots in together, playing copycat.”

In the WNBA, the two are separated by nearly a decade.

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LSU coach: Hiring Matt Canada, Maryland football's new offensive coordinator, was a 'mistake'

As if the $1.7 million buyout after one season weren’t enough proof already, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron acknowledged Monday that hiring current Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada was a “mistake.”

Orgeron and the well-traveled Canada, whom the Tigers hired away from Pittsburgh after the 2016 season, parted ways in January.

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Big Ten announces list of Maryland football standouts attending Media Days in Chicago

The Big Ten announced Monday that third-year Maryland coach DJ Durkin will be joined by Derwin Gray, Taivon Jacobs and Darnell Savage Jr. at the league’s Media Days next week in Chicago.

Durkin is expected to speak publicly for the first time since a June 14 news conference in College Park, the day after redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jordan McNair died.

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