What most don't know outside Indiana's locker room and coach Tom Crean's small circle of friends and family — including a couple of football coaches named Harbaugh — is how a trip to Baltimore last fall played into Indiana's surprising season.
In the roughly three weeks since National Signing Day, Maryland's coaching staff hasn't slowed down at all on the recruiting trail. The Terps are doling out plenty of offers all over the country, and while the staff hasn't gotten its first commitment in the Class of 2017 yet, Maryland is making an impression on prospective recruits.
Maryland routed Rutgers 88-63 on Wednesday. It could have been worse if Mark Turgeon -- whose first three years at Maryland saw the Terps take similar poundings on a regular basis and even had three blowout road defeats during the first half of the Big Ten season a year ago -- had not substituted freely and rested his starters early. The move was not lost on Eddie Jordan.
The Big Ten was not supposed to keep its winning streak going over the ACC this season in their annual early December matchup. What could bode well for the league¿s overall power ranking -- and perhaps not so well for those Maryland fans who thought the No. 2 Terps were going to have it easy this winter -- is that the Big Ten improved to 5-0-2 against the ACC over the past seven years.
Nearly half a century later, Alan Pastrana's feats at Maryland in 1966 remain legend. That spring, as a sophomore, he played lacrosse and was a first-team All-American. That fall, as the Terps' quarterback, he passed for 17 touchdowns to set an Atlantic Coast Conference record.
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.
Former River Hill standout and Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson has signed his four-year, $10.049 million fully guaranteed rookie contract, according to a league source. The Houston Texans first-round draft pick received a $5.5 million signing bonus. The deal includes a fifth-year team option. Johnson was drafted 16th overall.