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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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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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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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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
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 | 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
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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