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April 11, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus and Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. Of the three men's basketball players who are transferring from Maryland (Nick Faust, Shaquille Cleare and Roddy Peters), which is Mark Turgeon going to miss the most? Don Markus:  The quick answer would be none of the above, considering that Maryland is coming off one of its most disappointing seasons in recent memory.
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April 18, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. Who is going to replace Scott Spinelli on Mark Turgeon's staff? Don Markus:  The only name that has surfaced so far is Indiana assistant Kenny Johnson. It makes sense, given that Johnson has ties to the area as a 1999 Maryland graduate, a former AAU coach with Team Takeover, a high school coach at Paul VI in Northern Virginia and an assistant for one year at Towson.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
Former Albany shooting guard Logan Aronhalt said Sunday that he planned to transfer to Maryland for his final year of eligibility. On Tuesday, Terps coach Mark Turgeon made it official. "We are thrilled to add Logan to our basketball family,” Turgeon said in a news release. “Logan's values are closely aligned with the expectations we have in our program. I'm impressed with his high level of success in the classroom while being an all-league player in the American East.
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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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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 Jeff Ermann and Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
Despite facing what will likely be a limited scholarship situation for the 2013 recruiting class, the Maryland basketball staff continues to evaluate a wide range of junior prospects. The latest name to add to the list: Stanford Robinson of Paul VI (Va.). Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard, received a visit this week from Terps coach Mark Turgeon, who watched him practice on Monday. Last week assistant Dalonte Hill had attended one of Robinson's games. “They haven't offered yet but the head coach was out here," Robinson said.
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By Matt Vensel | June 23, 2011
Baltimore hasn’t hosted a Maryland basketball game since November 1999. But new men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon, who has already started to beef up his recruiting presence in Baltimore by meeting with city officials, is interested in bringing the Terps back to Baltimore if the university can swing it financially. Maryland plays in Washington every year in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center, but Turgeon recently said that he hopes to play annually in both Baltimore and Washington or alternate years if that isn’t feasible.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep said today that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and his staff had to "work really hard" in the past two weeks to secure a commitment from Suitland guard Roddy Peters, who announced Tuesday that he was coming to College Park next season. Telep called the commitment from Peters "significant" in the fact that it shows the Terps will be "a local option" for top recruits, many of whom went elsewhere during the last few years of Gary Williams' 22-year career at his alma mater.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
I was curious what Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was going to say with a day to reflect on Sunday's 90-83 loss to Oregon State at Comcast Center. Since Turgeon is not scheduled to talk with the media until Tuesday morning, I tuned in his weekly radio show to listen. Here were some of his observations: On his team's 1-2 start "It's not the way we wanted to start the season obviously, but we played a really good UConn team and came up one point short and last night we really didn't play well.
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By Matt Vensel | May 12, 2011
Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon impressed many people -- this sports blogger included -- during Wednesday's introductory press conference. But he made a strong impression on Lefty Driesell, who coached Maryland from 1969 to 1986, long before Turgeon was picked to replace Gary Williams. Driesell was the coach at Georgia State when Turgeon coached at conference rival Jacksonville State from 1998 to 2000. Even though Driesell mean-mugged Turgeon before games (as Turgeon pointed out Wednesday)
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun and By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
As expected, Maryland assistant men's basketball coach Scott Spinelli has left to take a similar job at Boston College, according to reports Saturday. Spinelli, who grew up outside Boston, is expected to join the Eagles as new coach Jim Christian's top assistant, according to CBSsports.com. Spinelli is considered a top recruiter in New England. Spinelli's decision to leave Maryland comes in the aftermath of a disappointing 17-15 season for the Terps and a tumultuous week which saw three players leave the team.
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April 11, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus and Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. Of the three men's basketball players who are transferring from Maryland (Nick Faust, Shaquille Cleare and Roddy Peters), which is Mark Turgeon going to miss the most? Don Markus:  The quick answer would be none of the above, considering that Maryland is coming off one of its most disappointing seasons in recent memory.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Maryland basketball fans had been clamoring all throughout the team's disappointing 17-15 season for third-year coach Mark Turgeon to do a makeover of the roster before the program joined the Big Ten. On Tuesday, what seemed like pure mid-winter fantasy became reality when three players - junior guard Nick Faust (City), sophomore center Shaquille Cleare and freshman point guard Roddy Peters - were granted their release to transfer. The moves came as Turgeon also prepared for the departure of assistant coach Scott Spinelli, who is expected to be named to a similar position at Boston College later this week.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland men's basketball assistant Scott Spinelli is in "serious negotiations" to become an assistant under new Boston College coach Jim Christian, Terps coach Mark Turgeon said Monday. "Nothing's final yet," Turgeon said. Spinelli did not respond phone calls and text messages from The Baltimore Sun.  Spinelli, who came with Turgeon from Texas A&M, grew up outside Boston and recruits heavily in New England. He was instrumental in the Terps landing Jake Layman out of high school and bringing in Evan Smotrycz when he transferred from Michigan.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland's lack of any inside presence at both ends of the court was a large part of its disappointing 17-15 season. Trying to rectify that, the Terps have added Slovakian 7-footer Michal Cekovsky, who spent last season playing at a basketball academy in the Canary Islands. According to a source familiar with Maryland's recruiting, Cekovsky will be eligible to play in the 2014-15 season. "He can really, really play," the source said. Cekovsky will join a recruiting class that already includes 7-foot-1 Trayvon Reed, who moved from his home outside Atlanta to play his senior year at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J. That class, led by McDonald's All-American Melo Trimble, is currently ranked 14th in the country by ESPN.com.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Even before he took Maryland to its first Final Four in 2001 and led the Terps to their only national championship the following season, Gary Williams had long been a respected member of the college coaching fraternity. On Monday, that opinion was validated when Williams was selected to join the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Williams, 69, will be inducted along with longtime NBA commissioner David Stern, former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond as well as former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson and former Indiana Pacers coach and commentator Bob “Slick” Leonard in Springfield, Mass., in August.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
His team might not be in midseason form, or even early season form, but Maryland coach Mark Turgeon seems to hitting stride when assessing the Terps with his typical honesty. The first question in Thursday's news conference was about his team's starting lineup in Friday's exhibition game against Indiana (Pa.). "To be quite frank, I'm not sure I could start five guys, I'm not sure we have five guys practicing well enough to start," Turgeon said. "Don't want to go 'Hoosiers' on you, play four, play three.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2013
The morning after Maryland's second lowest-scoring game in his two years in College Park, Mark Turgeon was uncharacteristically upbeat about his team. Despite a two-game losing streak that followed a 13-1 start, Turgeon said that he was pleased with his team's effort in Sunday's 54-47 loss to Miami. “I thought we played hard last night - really hard,” Turgeon said on Monday's ACC coaches' teleconference. “We never quit. We rebounded pretty well. I thought we competed on the road against a good team, [but]
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has been selected to coach one of the teams in the 2014 Reese's College All-Star game at this year's Final Four outside Dallas. Turgeon, whose 17-15 Terps were not selected in either the NCAA tournament or the National Invitation Tournament, will coach the East team, while Stanford's Johnny Dawkins will coach the West. Dawkins coached the Cardinal to the Sweet 16, where it lost to Dayton. As college players, Turgeon and Dawkins faced each other in the 1986 Final Four in Dallas.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
Maryland's disappointing 17-15 season hit a new low Sunday night, when the Terps were excluded from the 32-team field for the National Invitation Tournament. Despite finishing with a .500 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season (9-9) for the first time in Mark Turgeon's three years - and ending the regular season with an upset of then-No. 5 Virginia at Comcast Center - Maryland's early season struggles likely cost the Terps a bid in the postseason tournament. Losses at home to Boston University, which was given a spot in the field as the Patriot League regular-season champion, and Oregon State were blemishes on a record that saw the Terps beat only one team - the Cavaliers - ranked in the top 50. It marks the second time in Turgeon's three years - and the third time in the past four - that the Terps were excluded from playing in either the NCAA tournament or the NIT. That hadn't happened since Gary Wiliams inherited a program from Bob Wade that was about to go on NCAA probation and was banned from playing in the postseason for two years after Williams led the Terps to the NIT in his first year in the 1989-90 season.
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