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March 31, 2010
These dogs have bite Mike Anthony Hartford Courant One school, Connecticut, has produced dual national championships. In 2004, Emeka Okafor led the men and Diana Taurasi led the women to titles. And both teams were in the 2009 Final Four. Is there any other measuring stick? They were the first men's and women's teams from the same school to be ranked No.1 simultaneously, in 1994-95. Both are coached by members of the Hall of Fame. Jim Calhoun just completed his 24th season coaching the men's team, while Geno Auriemma in his 26th season with the women's team.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
The transformation of the Maryland basketball team is not yet complete, as Mark Turgeon still has two roster spots left to fill if he so chooses. If Turgeon has learned anything from the tumultuous stretch that saw five players from last year's team leave for a variety of reasons, it is this: he and his staff have to do a better job recruiting players who will fit his system and accept roles that don't necessarily include being scorers or stars or even starters. In announcing Thursday that 7-foot Slovakian forward Michal Cekovsky had signed his letter of intent and 6-3 shooting guard Richaud Pack was transferring after graduating from North Carolina A&T, Turgeon was quick to talk about their character as much as their talent.
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Sports Digest | April 10, 2014
Colleges Guard Marshall leaving Towson basketball program Freshman guard Marquis Marshall , the son of former Connecticut star and NBA journeyman Donyell Marshall , is leaving the Towson men's basketball program, coach Pat Skerry announced. "Marquis informed me today that he is leaving the Towson basketball program and will be looking for another school to continue his college career," Skerry said. "Marquis is a hard-working kid that played an important role on us winning 25 games this year.
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The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Towson has extended men's basketball coach Pat Skerry's contract an additional year,  through the 2019-2020 season, the school announced Friday. Skerry signed an extension through 2018-19 before last season. The terms of his contract will remain the same with the additional year being added on. The Tigers are coming off their best season as a Division I team, having finished  25-11 and 13-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Towson lost in the conference semifinals but won  two road gamesin the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, beating USC Upstate and East Tennessee State.
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Kevin Cowherd | February 13, 2013
Pat Skerry sat behind the big desk in his office at Towson University on Wednesday looking way better than I thought he would. Less than 12 hours earlier, the Tigers had dropped a tough 75-70 decision to James Madison, a team they beat by 26 at Towson Center in January. Predictably, the bus ride back from Harrisonburg, Va., had not exactly been a rolling party. But Skerry finds it tough to stay gloomy these days, not with the Tigers quietly putting together one of the best turnarounds in recent college basketball history.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
The transformation of the Maryland basketball team is not yet complete, as Mark Turgeon still has two roster spots left to fill if he so chooses. If Turgeon has learned anything from the tumultuous stretch that saw five players from last year's team leave for a variety of reasons, it is this: he and his staff have to do a better job recruiting players who will fit his system and accept roles that don't necessarily include being scorers or stars or even starters. In announcing Thursday that 7-foot Slovakian forward Michal Cekovsky had signed his letter of intent and 6-3 shooting guard Richaud Pack was transferring after graduating from North Carolina A&T, Turgeon was quick to talk about their character as much as their talent.
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By Aaron Wright and Aaron Wright,aaron.wright@baltsun.com | June 10, 2009
Tommy Polley has played in his share of big games at the highest level before millions of viewers, but he was admittedly nervous when he entered the Dunbar High School gymnasium Tuesday before an audience of about 200 current and former students and faculty. This time, Polley, who played six seasons in the NFL, including one with the Ravens, was playing the role of storyteller instead of playmaker. The former football and basketball star at Dunbar in the mid-1990s was on hand for a screening of Poet Pride, a documentary that he co-produced with fellow alums Rob Foster and David Manigault about the school's storied basketball program, which was a national powerhouse in the '80s and '90s.
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By Mike Nortrup | January 23, 1991
It's a little hard to concentrate on work as I sit safely in my living room writing this column.Most of my thoughts are 10,000 miles away, where almost a half-million American military personnel stare at the face of war on the sands of the Saudi Arabian desert and in theskies over Kuwait and Iraq.Here's hoping for their quick and safe return.*The Winfield rec council basketball program, at least temporarily, has expanded toinclude 10th-graders.Council basketball Commissioner Mel Wroten attributed the move to the large number of last year's ninth-graders who wanted to return.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1996
It was the fall of 1975, and Chris Fuller, just two years removed from college and a starring role as an undersized center at Buffalo State, was a Detroit salesman keeping his hand in basketball by playing and coaching semipro teams that barnstormed through Michigan."
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Sun Columnist | January 30, 2007
In March of 1982, upstart Calvert Hall College High School, with a young team and a young coach, beat Hyattsville's DeMatha High School, under legendary coach Morgan Wootten, to win the prestigious Alhambra Tournament and complete an undefeated season. Ranked No. 1 in the country at the beginning of that season by Street & Smith and Basketball Weekly - admittedly, a nebulous thing - the Calvert Hall Cardinals of Towson went from Las Vegas to Philadelphia and back to beat all comers and finish 34-0, proving that ranking as best as it could be proved.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
The Maryland men's basketball program has hired former Jacksonville University coach Cliff Warren as its new director of basketball operations. Warren fills the position that was held by Dustin Clark until Clark was elevated to assistant coach in late November. A native of Silver Spring, Warren spent the past nine seasons as head coach at Jacksonville, where he accounted for a program-record 126 wins and Atlantic Sun championships in 2009 and 2010. The school decided not to renew his contract after this past season, Jacksonville's third straight losing season after five consecutive winning years.
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Sports Digest | April 10, 2014
Colleges Guard Marshall leaving Towson basketball program Freshman guard Marquis Marshall , the son of former Connecticut star and NBA journeyman Donyell Marshall , is leaving the Towson men's basketball program, coach Pat Skerry announced. "Marquis informed me today that he is leaving the Towson basketball program and will be looking for another school to continue his college career," Skerry said. "Marquis is a hard-working kid that played an important role on us winning 25 games this year.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
UMBC announced Tuesday that Aki Thomas has signed a two-year extension that will keep him as head coach of the men's basketball team through the 2015-16 season. Thomas, who at 34 is one of the youngest coaches in Division I, expressed his gratitude for the university's faith in him. “It tells me that they like the direction that we're taking the program in right now,” said Thomas, who succeeded Randy Monroe on Oct. 10, 2012 as acting head coach before earning the permanent title on March 4. “They see some really good things happening, which makes me feel good about the job that myself and the staff have been able to do so far. We still have a long way to go, but I also think we're moving things in the right direction.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
Dave Dickerson's ties to Maryland's men's basketball program go back to playing in College Park for Lefty Driesell and Bob Wade from 1985 through 1989, and coaching there under Gary Williams from 1996 through 2005. Maryland is where Dickerson met his wife, Laurette, and where their only child, Dave III, was born. But Dickerson, now in his fourth season as the associate head coach at Ohio State, won't have many emotional ties to the Terps when they play the No. 5 Buckeyes in Columbus on Wednesday night as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
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By Chris Anderson and Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
Editor's note: Each week, InsideMdSports.com provides this blog with a Maryland recruiting feature that previously appeared as premium content on its site. Last month, Maryland extended an offer to Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) power forward Dominique Uhl , joining the likes of Boston College, Iowa, Penn State and more. The biggest reason, said the 6-foot-8, 180-pound prospect, was his ability to play both inside and out. "My AAU coach first called me and told me about it and then [the coaches]
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
The longtime general manager of D.C. Assault says he expects the Washington-based AAU basketball program to take “a PR [public relations] hit” after its co-founder was arrested on federal charges of drug trafficking , but he doesn't believe it will jeopardize the organization's future. Damon Handon, who has been with D.C. Assault since it was founded in 1993, said that while Curtis Malone has remained as president, "he has not been involved in the day-to-day operation of the program for about five years.
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Baltimore Sun staff | December 19, 2011
Former NBA coach Larry Brown visited the Maryland men's basketball program recently. Terps coach Mark Turgeon played for Brown at Kansas. Check out video of Brown's visit below.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2011
Towson University gave Pat Kennedy seven seasons — as many as predecessors Mike Jaskulski and Michael Hunt had combined — to build a winning Division I basketball program. He didn't come close. So Towson pulled the plug on "Pat's Cats" on Monday, sending Kennedy, 59, into his next career and the Tigers' basketball program into another coaching era. Although it was officially announced as a resignation, Kennedy's contract was up and new athletic director Mike Waddell made it clear he was going to make a change.
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Baltimore Sun staff | August 12, 2013
Curtis Malone, the co-founder and president of the D.C. Assault AAU basketball program, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, according to court documents . Malone, who was convicted in 1991 for distributing crack cocaine, was arrested Friday after a year-long investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. According to the Washington City Paper, which first reported the story, the DEA found "a kilo of cocaine, 100 grams of suspected heroin, a handgun, and unnamed items associated with heroin sales.
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Baltimore Sun staff | July 17, 2013
Tommy Brenton, a former River Hill star who finished his career at Stony Brook this spring, has signed a pro contract with Link Togichi Brex, a team based in the Tochigi Prefecture in Japan, approximately 80 miles outside of Tokyo. Brenton, the 2013 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year, was also honored his senior year as the America East Player of the Year and the conference's top defensive player. "Tommy made an impact on the Stony Brook men's basketball program like no other student-athlete, and it excites me to now call him a professional basketball player," Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said in a news release.
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