"Rasheed just won't break the code," Angela Sulaimon said in an interview Monday with The Baltimore Sun. "Certain things he won't say because he's afraid of what might happen." Angela Sulaimon was referring to the power she believes Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski wields.
Rasheed Sulaimon is pretty candid talking about the transition from Duke to Maryland, the circumstances that led to him becoming a Terp after being the first player ever dismissed from the Blue Devils by coach Mike Krzyzewski.
On Sunday night, Maryland football coach Randy Edsall tweeted one from perhaps the most hated man in College Park: Duke men¿s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Terps fans were quick to let Edsall know about the line he crossed.
Rasheed Sulaimon is going to play basketball for the University of Maryland. http He is a very good basketball player and will likely help the Terps in their quest for a national championship, but he comes with a troubling cloud hanging over his head. Mr. Sulaimon was dismissed in January from Duke University's basketball program for "unspecified reasons" and had earlier been accused of sexual assault.
When the Terps open next season, perhaps as the No. 1 team in the country and probably no lower than No. 3, only forward Jake Layman, center Damonte Dodd and former walk-on Varun Ram will be left over from the team two years ago.
Trainer Dallas Stewart and owner Charles Fipke's decision on Tale of Verve's status for the 140th Preakness next Saturday at Pimlico Race Course likely will rest on their analysis of last Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
Johns Hopkins and Duke had a week to prepare for Sunday's NCAA quarterfinal matchup at Delaware Stadium. But for Duke midfielder Myles Jones and Hopkins defensemen Michael Pellegrino, whether they knew it or not, their preparation began seven years ago as freshman high schoolers playing on Long Island.
Gary Williams, 69, is expected to be announced Monday as a member of the 2014 class, and he will be inducted in August. Multiple media outlets reported Saturday that Williams, who has declined comment, had become a first-ballot selection.
As familiar as Maryland became with Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, the Terps -- who play there Thursday against Florida State in their final ACC tournament before departing for the Big Ten -- could never quite shake the sense that they were guests at somebody else's party.
Maryland nearly changed the script everyone outside its locker room and most loyal fans were expecting, taking the No. 8 Blue Devils down to the final seconds before losing, 69-67, in what will be regarded a fitting, if unfulfilling, ending for the Terps in this magnificent rivalry.
An upset victory over the No. 8 Blue Devils might not be enough to put the Terps back in the NCAA tournament discussion, but it would at least give an underachieving Maryland team a small amount of solace in an otherwise disappointing season.
In its prime, Maryland-Duke was a series that emanated heat. While Duke fans professed indifference, the rivalry didn't fade away quietly at Maryland, not even after the school announced it would join the financially lucrative Big Ten beginning this July.
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.
Fundraising events can make for strange bedfellows, particularly when it comes to politics. But more than a few heads were turned, eyebrows were raised and stomachs were -- well, you get the picture -- when it was announced that former longtime rivals and now retired college basketball coaches Gary Williams and Jim Calhoun would be part of the same "Lunch with Legends" in New York City.
You have to love Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. He always thinks his program is better than yours and that it¿s above reproach. His holier-than-thou attitude about Maryland leaving for the Big Ten is getting a little tiresome.