The allegiance of Bob Turgeon and others connected to Mark Turgeon, the fifth-year Maryland men's basketball coach, and his team won't be questioned when they gather at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Wednesday for a second straight year, many of them putting aside their normal rooting interests to cheer for the fourth-ranked Terps.
Since the terms of his scholarship release stated that he couldn¿t transfer to George Washington or an America East school, McGlynn headed to Towson, close to his home in York, Pa. Though his role expanded in his two years with the Tigers, the 6-foot-2 guard thought he could play at a higher level. He signed with Rhode Island, which seemed loaded with guards including star E.C. Matthews.
Maryland, picked to win the Big Ten by conference media and coaches, was ranked No. 9 in the preseason poll. The Terps return four starters from last year's 34-3 squad that went undefeated in the Big Ten and advanced to its second straight Final Four.
That Saturday at Byrd Stadium more than a year ago filled with drenching rains, big plays and heartbreak remained a stark memory for Maryland as it worked to get ready for its matchup with West Virginia on Saturday. The Terps fell to the Mountaineers, 40-37, on a last second field goal by West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert in a back-and-forth battle that ultimately came down to a few plays.
At least 109 players from The Sun's coverage area — Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties — are listed on FBS rosters. This includes players who grew up in this area and went to high school elsewhere and players from other areas who came here to attend high school.
In recent weeks, Arthur Brown has been a second-team inside linebacker and his spike in defensive and special teams snaps — both in practices and preseason games — suggest that the Ravens are trying to figure out where the 25-year-old fits in.
When the Terps began the search for C.J. Brown's successor two weeks ago, all eyes turned to the Rowe, the veteran gunslinger, and Garman, the tantalizing talent described as a "football junkie" by coach Randy Edsall. All that left Perry Hills to toil in near anonymity. But after Edsall tabbed him to lead the first-team offense during Saturday afternoon's open scrimmage at Fan Appreciation Day, Hills return to the starting job could be close to reality for the Terps.
"You look at the discussions and the things that are being talked about nationally, the excitement, it's a 180-degree turn from the conversations that were going on a year ago," Penn State coach and former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin said Thursday.
Projected to be a No. 3 seed in Pittsburgh after finishing the Big Ten Conference tournament with a 27-6 record, a No. 8 national ranking and in second place in the conference, Maryland was made a No. 4 seed and put in the same Midwest bracket as the tournament's top overall seed, unbeaten Kentucky.
It's almost showtime for Mark Turgeon and Maryland, who will make their Big Ten debut Tuesday at Michigan State, and there is every reason to believe they are ready to take the next step in what has been an amazing transformation.
The Terps return to Xfinity Center Friday night against Monmouth (2-2) seemingly undaunted, in the midst of the program's first 5-0 start in eight years and on the cusp of its first national ranking in five seasons after beating Arizona State and No. 13 Iowa State.
The Ravens traded up to select linebacker Arthur Brown in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, but the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year's highlight reel has effectively been put on pause at the professional level.
NFL teams contacted the Ravens because they are intrigued by the 2013 second-round draft pick and former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year from Kansas State, but the team is considered extremely unlikely to trade Brown, according to sources.
The increasing emphasis on football at the Big 5 schools can have benefits for excluded colleges and universities. Without the constant pressure to field top teams, they can become more faithful to their true missions by de-emphasizing the importance of winning football games.
The Maryland women's basketball team faces Texas' McGee-Stafford — sister of JaVale McGee of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the daughter of former Olympian and WNBA player Pam McGee — in the second round of the NCAA tournament.