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At Jacksonville State, Terps' Mark Turgeon learned to wrestle with head coaching demands

At Jacksonville State, Terps' Mark Turgeon learned to wrestle with head coaching demands

When his Maryland men's basketball team plays its final nonconference home game of the season Monday, against Jacksonville State at Xfinity Center, Mark Turgeon could have a flashback to his first head coaching job.

Turgeon was a 33-year-old NBA assistant when Bill Jones, who had won 449 games in 25 seasons at the small Alabama school and led the Gamecocks to the Division II national title in 1985, retired in 1998. Then working as Larry Brown's video coordinator with the Philadelphia 76ers, Turgeon decided to leave a city of 1.5 million with his wife, Ann, pregnant with the first of their three children, for a town of about 10,000 and the start of a head coaching...

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