The Maryland coaching staff knew it didn't have the same star power as Pennsylvania for the Big 33 Classic, but it didn't see any reason to think it couldn't hang with the Keystone State's finest in the annual all-star game.
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When St. Frances hosts Michigan at Patterson Park for a satellite camp on June 6, it will put coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines staff in front of some of the top football talent from Baltimore and across the state, much like it will for the 35 camps Michigan has scheduled in 20 states and two countries.
Connor Cannizzaro, a transfer from Maryland, had four goals and an assist to lead No. 1 Denver (12-1, 5-0 Big East Conference) to a 14-11 victory over No. 18 Marquette (9-4, 4-1) to win its third straight Big East regular-season title in men's lacrosse.
The transition from former coach Randy Edsall to interim coach Mike Locksley to Durkin is Maryland's second coaching change in six years. The transition from Ralph Friedgen to Edsall in 2011 was fraught with conflict, with more than 20 players transferring in Edsall's first year.
Facing a 6-3 deficit early in the third quarter, No. 5 Maryland scored seven straight goals to overcome No. 18 Rutgers, 11-8, in a pivotal game in the Big Ten Conference before an announced 4,101 at Maryland Stadium on Saturday.
When Andy Buh got the phone call from DJ Durkin, he wasn't surprised. The two talk regularly and are friends from coaching at Stanford in the late 2000s, so the Maryland coach calling the then-Kentucky outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator wasn't much out of the ordinary.