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Seth Greenberg
Turgeon, others debate the value of basketball coaches using the hook
Turgeon, others debate the value of basketball coaches using the hook

COLLEGE PARK — In the course of a game, Mark Turgeon may yell, stomp his feet, clap his hands, plead or curse. When frustrated with a player, the Maryland men's basketball coach sometimes looks to the rafters as if seeking divine inspiration. In 15 seasons as a head coach, Turgeon has demonstrated countless visceral ways to deliver messages to his teams about their performances during games. But when a player really irritates him — for repeated lapses such as ill-advised shots — Turgeon sometimes resorts to his ultimate power. He will pull the culprit from the game. In-game benchings have long been a standard coaching tool. Last week, the tactic became fodder for...

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