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Terps' Turgeon: 'He's just a basketball coach'

Terps' Turgeon: 'He's just a basketball coach'

In the summer of 1983, an undersized, unrecruited point guard arrived unannounced in new coach Larry Brown's office at Kansas.

After talking with him for a few moments, Brown gave Mark Turgeon a spot on the team. "I beat [Division II] Washburn for him," Brown joked. "He had gone to the basketball camp at Kansas for years and he said, 'Coach, I'm as good or better than any of the guards you have.' He was about 5-7 and about 140 pounds. He probably grew to 5-9 and 160. He ended up starting for me as a freshman when another freshman became ineligible and we wound up winning the Big 8."

Twenty-eight years later, Turgeon, 46, — who will be formally introduced as...