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June 8, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and intern Connor Letourneau (The Diamondback's co-sports editor) weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Maryland has now announced the start  times for its first three football games (all afternoon games). What do you make of the early-season schedule? Jeff Barker: I'd liken the importance of the season-opening games to 2010. There is a certain extra pressure -- a nagging burden -- on a team that enters a season with a long losing streak.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What would be the local recruiting impact if James Franklin is hired by Penn State? Jeff Barker: Franklin's hire would make the already competitive Baltimore-Washington region even hotter. Franklin is energetic and fast-talking - a born salesman. Maryland recruits in Pennsylvania - starting quarterback C.J. Brown is from the Pittsburgh area.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
As the Maryland basketball beat writer for The Sun for more than a decade, I always enjoyed making multiple trips to the state of North Carolina every winter. I saw Len Bias single-handedly give North Carolina its first defeat in a then brand-new Dean Dome. I witnessed the obnoxious Duke students at Cameron Indoor Stadium chanting “CBA ... CBA ... CBA ...”  in the direction of future NBA player Walt Williams.  I had a front-row seat for more than a few great ACC tournament games.
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December 27, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three of the biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How important was it for Maryland to make a bowl game this season? Jeff Barker: Making the Military Bowl was important for several reasons, win or lose. Maryland needed a bowl game to demonstrate that the program is ascendant - that it is on an upward arc. Remember that the Terps had to pull out of a rough, middle patch of the season in which they went 1-4. In difficult times, Maryland coach Randy Edsall has been able to point to the fact that the team's victories have increased in each of his three seasons.
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December 21, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland  sports. What were the most memorable moments from the past year in Maryland athletics? Jeff Barker: No. 1: I have this image in my head of Randy Edsall, Mark Turgeon, Brenda Frese and other Maryland coaches all assembled behind president Wallace Loh. It was November, and Maryland was announcing officially that it was joining the Big Ten. I wish I could have known what all the coaches were thinking.
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December 20, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How surprising is it that the Maryland basketball team found its way onto ESPN.com's latest NCAA bracket, and what do the Terps need to do to stay there? Don Markus: Truthfully, I had to check the date of Joe Lunardi's latest post -- twice. It was hard to imaging that Mark Turgeon's team had done anything to deserve even the 12th seed that it was given.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How effective  was freshman Roddy Peters in his first ACC game? Jeff Barker: He was good. But he can be better. Here are some observations about the point guard: -- Peters is particularly strong in the open court where he can use his speed. But he is not a reluctant player in the half court. He tries to penetrate off the dribble even when covered.
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December 6, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus and Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three of the biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. After Wednesday's 16-point loss at No. 5 Ohio State, is Mark Turgeon now under more scrutiny than Randy Edsall? Don Markus: The honeymoon for Mark Turgeon ended last season when his team struggled to find any consistency during the ACC schedule and lost a couple of games that many believed the Terps should have won. (Boston College and Georgia Tech, both on the road, come to mind.)
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November 29, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus and Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three of the biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What impact will the Maryland coaching moves involving Juan Dixon and Dustin Clark have on the team's on-court success? Don Markus: It's an unusual time to make changes on a coaching staff, but Mark Turgeon had no choice after Dalonte Hill was charged with drunk driving last month for the second time in less than two years.
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November 22, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus and Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three of the biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Given the way the Terps have played this season, would you be more surprised if they won the Paradise Jam or if they didn't? Don Markus: Considering the way the draw was set up, with Maryland in one bracket and the three other major schools - Providence (Big East), Vanderbilt (SEC) and La Salle (Atlantic 10)
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November 15, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Will the Maryland football team become bowl-eligible for the first time under Randy Edsall? Don Markus: A little over a month ago, it seemed a lock. The Terps were coming off a 37-0 shutout of West Virginia, which a week later beat a ranked Oklahoma State team in Morgantown. They were 4-0 for the first time since 2002 and were ranked in the regular season for the first time since 2008.
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November 15, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three of the biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Should Mark Turgeon keep Dez Wells at point guard, or should he move him back to the wing? Don Markus: When point guard Seth Wells broke his foot a couple of weeks ago, I assumed that Turgeon was going to move freshman Roddy Peters into a starting role. So did others, but Turgeon quickly text-messaged a few reporters to say that Wells would start Maryland's preseason game at the point, with Peters as his backup.
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October 18, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How significant is it that former Terps coaches Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell are both expected to be at Cole Field House for Maryland Madness tonight? It's very significant. For a long period, there wasn't much unity between Driesell-era players and Maryland during William's tenure as coach. Driesell was forced out after the 1986 death of star player Len Bias, and many of his players and supporters believe he never got his due. Some kept their distance from the school.
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