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Did you see the comments made by Texas A&M's new hire, Billy Kennedy? Kennedy, of course, replaces Mark Turgeon with the Aggies.

"I believe in this place," Kennedy said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "This is a destination job for me. There's no Maryland, Kansas or Carolina."

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I'll give Kennedy the benefit of the doubt and assume that he didn't intend his comments to be critical of Turgeon. But he doesn't get any extra points with me for saying of Texas A&M: "I plan on retiring here."

In college basketball -- in any job -- you certainly want somebody who is committed to the position they are in. But isn't it sort of the natural evolution of things that successful, ambitious coaches get hired away? There's no shame in leaving for a second job so long as you were fully invested in the first one.

Turgeon was at Texas A&M for four seasons, which is three more than football coach Lane Kiffin stayed at Tennessee before jumping to USC. Before that, Turgeon was at Wichita State for seven seasons. Those seem, at least to me, to be reasonable periods of time.

• Turgeon, by the way, said last week that he expects to have an announcement this week on his Maryland staff. It seems like good news for Bino Ranson that Turgeon brought the Maryland assistant along last week for a meet and greet with Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Baltimore's city council president. But we'll see.

• Did you think, as I did, that the recruitment of 6-2 guard Seth Allen -- not to mention the play last season of freshman combo guards Terrell Stoglin and Pe'Shon Howard -- made it less likely that Sterling Gibbs would be a Terp after the coaching change? Gibbs will play for Texas.

• Anybody watch the Os-Red Sox from Fenway last night? Anybody else have the feeling when Baltimore was up 6-0 that the O's were hardly out of danger? I felt impending doom. I felt like I was taking a swim and the theme from "Jaws" was starting to pulse in the background.

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