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A look at Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon

So say "Howdy!" to Mark Turgeon.

--He comes from a school that is less basketball-oriented than Maryland, and he showed frustration on at least one occasion that home attendance was not higher.

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--He worked for an athletic director, Bill Byrne, who came from Nebraska and has been aggressive about keeping his coaches in trying to compete with the big boys.

Byrne's son, Greg Byrne, is the Arizona AD who managed to keep Sean Miller at Arizona this past weekend after Maryland came courting.

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--Turgeon played under Larry Brown at Kansas, and coached under Brown at Kansas and with the NBA's 76ers. Brown and Gary Williams are friends, and we know Williams made private suggestions to Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson about coaching prospects. Might Turgeon have been one of those suggestions? Answer: "Yes."

--He'd have three starters back if he returned. David Loubeau, an all-Big 12 player, just pulled his name out of the NBA draft.

--He made his name at Wichita State, taking them to the Sweet 16 in 2006 before the Shockers fell to George Mason at Verizon Center

--Turgeon is married with three children.

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