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Turgeon won't face further action from ACC over ejection against Miami

First-year Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, who was ejected in the second half of Wednesday night's 90-86 double overtime loss at Miami, will not be suspended for Saturday's home game against North Carolina.

An ACC spokesman emailed The Sun today to say that John Clougherty, the league's director of officials, will not take any further action against Turgeon after reviewing the incident.

Turgeon was ejected after arguing an offensive foul call against freshman Nick Faust with 7:46 remaining in regulation.

Faust appeared to make contact with a Miami player who was turned sideways -- typically not a position for a defender that a player will be called for a charge.

The Terps were down 11 at the time and eventually fell behind by 16 before forcing overtime -- and then double overtime.   

Turgeon's predecessor, Gary Williams, got ejected twice in his 22-year career at Maryland. The first came at Florida State during the 1996-97 season, the second a year later at Duke. 

At the time, he was the only coach in ACC history to have been thrown out of games in successive years.

In watching Turgeon get run against the Hurricanes, it brought back memories for me of covering the game at Florida State -- also a four-point loss. 

It turned out that official Rich Paparo, who everyone called "Froggy," thought Williams was -- uh -- yelling at him. It turned out that Williams was -- uh -- yelling at one of his own players and as a result, the league decided not to suspend Williams the following game.

The second ejection came during a season when the league had made the sideline demeanor of coaches as well as the attitude of players toward officials a point of emphasis, and there were four Ts called in the Maryland-Duke game.

Official Larry Rose, with whom Williams had a number of run-ins, said the Terps coach had cursed him three times and had been warned.  Williams denied that he cursed at Rose.

I am not sure what Turgeon said to get himself thrown out Wednesday, but the charging call against Faust that precipitated it was dubious.

Good thing Turgeon was somewhere else in the arena when the officials ignored an obvious offensive goaltending call in the second overtime that might have cost Maryland the game.

One other note in the Turgeon-Williams comparison: it took Turgeon 21 games to pick up his first technical foul coaching the Terps. Williams got T'd up early in his very first game by former ACC official Duke Edsall, the older brother of Maryland football coach Randy Edsall.

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