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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The Big Ten Conference will announce Tuesday that its 2017 men's basketball tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the arena. It will mark the first time since the conference established a postseason tournament nearly two decades ago that the event will be held in a city other than Chicago or Indianapolis. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said that the addition of Maryland and Rutgers beginning July 1 is a sign of the conference planting roots on the East Coast after mostly being in the Midwest throughout its history.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
More than a month after announcing that the contract of longtime men's basketball coach Fang Mitchell would not be renewed, Coppin State athletic director Derrick Ramsey said Monday he will introduce Stillman College coach Michael Grant as Mitchell's successor at a campus news conference Tuesday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. “I'm impressed with his work,” Ramsey said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. “There are two things I'm looking for: the graduation rate, that's critical to me, and he's graduated over 80 percent of his kids.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
Larry Webster arrived at Bloomsburg (Pa.) on a basketball scholarship. Now, after switching sports two years ago, the Elkton native is leaving the Division II school as a burgeoning NFL draft prospect. Teams are intrigued by Webster, 6 feet 6 and a lean 252 pounds, because of his pass rushing potential and athleticism. In two seasons on the football team, he piled up 88 tackles, 26 sacks, 31 tackles for losses, an interception and three forced fumbles. He also caught two touchdowns lining up at tight end and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
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April 25, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. With the live evaulation period of the 2015 recruiting class starting this weekend, who's on Maryland radar and who do the Terps have a realistic shot at getting? Don Markus:   Considering the players Maryland loses after next season, this is going to be an important recruiting class - perhaps the most important for Mark Turgeon based on who he's going to have to replace.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Four-fifths of Maryland's highly ranked 2014 recruiting class will be showcased Saturday in the 41st Capital Classic at T.C. Williams High in Alexandria, Va. Unlike two years ago, when all five players recruited by the Terps played together, this year's game will feature two on each team. Guards Melo Trimble and Dion Wiley will represent the Capital All-Stars, while center Trayvon Reed and small forward Jared Nickens will play for the U.S. All-Stars. Joining Trimble and Wiley on the Capital All-Stars will be two Baltimore-area players, Villanova-bound Phil Booth Jr. (Mount St. Joseph)
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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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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Maryland's attempt to lure highly-touted recruiter Kenny Johnson back to his alma mater has proven to be unsuccessful. A source in College Park confirmed late Monday that Johnson, a 1999 Maryland graduate, had taken an offer to join Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville. Johnson's ties to Prince George's County-based AAU powerhouse Team Takeover was his entree into the college ranks at Towson three years ago. Johnson then made the meteoric leap to Indiana, where he recruited a number of five-star talents, including Big Ten freshman of the year Noah Vonleh.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Toward the end of a breakout sophomore season at Houston Baptist, Cody Joyce decided it would probably be best if he left the new Division I program for a school closer to home. Though the Huskies struggled mightily during Joyce's two seasons, the Southern grad's reasons for leaving HBU went beyond basketball. “It wasn't like, 'Oh, we went 6-25, that's the reason why I'm leaving,'” Joyce said. “At the end of the day, basketball isn't going to be around much longer for me. I'm kind of old, you know?
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Paige Hanson , a senior attacker on the national champion North Carolina lacrosse team, was honored earlier this month as one of the NCAA's Elite 89 Award winners with a trip to the NCAA men's basketball Final Four and a Bruce Springsteen concert. The Elite 89 Awards recognize the one player at the final four in each of the NCAA's 89 sports with the highest cumulative GPA. Hanson, a Bryn Mawr graduate majoring in journalism and mass communications, had the stellar GPA among all the players in last season's semifinals.
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Sports Digest | April 15, 2014
Scott Spinelli , formerly an assistant under Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon , has accepted an assistant coaching position at Boston College. Spinelli worked as an assistant under Turgeon at Wichita State (2006-07), Texas A&M (2007-11) and Maryland (2011-14). "Scott and I have known each other for a long time and have worked together for the last eight years," Turgeon said in a release. "He is an outstanding coach and recruiter and has been a great member of my staff while at Wichita State, Texas A&M and Maryland.
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