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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
After covering three North Carolina wins over Maryland this season, I'm ready to move on. I've seen the movie now, and I know how it ends. Give Maryland credit for believing they could win. That's the arrogance of youth. And I mean that in a positive way. “We had a lot of confidence, especially when the game was close,” said Terrell Stoglin, who scored 30 points and shot better than 50 percent for the second straight day. “We thought we was going to make another run and take the lead.” But Maryland's initial optimism meant that the Terps were awfully disappointed when the 85-69 contest was over.
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Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
With the season starting a month from Tuesday, there's still plenty of time for Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon to settle on a starting lineup. Not that Turgeon hasn't been thinking about who will take the court at Xfinity Center for the opening tip against Wagner on Nov. 14. At a breakfast with boosters in Baltimore on Monday, Turgeon made one interesting pronouncement. “Damonte Dodd's maybe one of our most improved players,” Turgeon said of the 6-foot-11 sophomore from the Eastern Shore.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2012
Mark Turgeon brushed his hand across his head in a gesture of exasperation. There is still much for the Terps to learn about playing in the first-year Maryland coach's system, he said Tuesday. "We're just going through growing pains," he said as the team prepared to host a Wake Forest team Wednesday night that has improved since last season. But with Maryland (10-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) now plunging into its ACC schedule, that education must occur not only in practice, but in the games that will define its season.
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Sports Digest | September 24, 2014
Maryland basketball Breakfast in Baltimore with Turgeon, Frese, Anderson The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation will host "Maryland's B1G Basketball Breakfast in Baltimore" with coaches Mark Turgeon and Brenda Frese and athletic director Kevin Anderson in celebration of the school's inaugural season in the Big Ten. The event will take place Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. at Westminster Hall and will include breakfast and a panel discussion with...
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Peter Schmuck | May 10, 2011
— In the shadow of The House That Gary Built (a.k.a. Comcast Center), University of Maryland students hustled between classes and munched on Big Mac's in the student union Tuesday afternoon, seemingly oblivious to the latest headlines out of an athletic department that has been making a lot of them over the past year. There is a buzz on campus, but it's because finals week is getting underway, not because former Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon was hired Monday to replace legendary men's basketball coach Gary Williams.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2012
When Mark Turgeon decided to leave Texas A&M for Maryland last May, this is what he envisioned at Comcast Center: a hyped-up, sellout crowd arriving early and providing a palpable buzz that would put his team's opponent at a decided disadvantage. With the exception of one home game in November -- an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup with Illinois -- the Terps could have been playing in any arena where the expectations are as low as the decibel level. That is likely to change tonight, when Turgeon will get a taste of what Comcast Center had been for most of its nine seasons under his predecessor.
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By Don Markus | March 21, 2012
Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin tweeted today that he's returning for another year at College Park . That's great news for Stoglin's development, but is it great news for the Terps? Stoglin gradually grew on me this season. At the beginning of the year I posted a blog about whether Stoglin was going to become the next Greivis Vasquez or the next John Gilchrist. At the time, I thought he was leaning toward Gilchrist - a talented player who thought he was better than he really was and would bring an average Maryland team down.
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By Frank Brown and Frank Brown,New York Daily News | April 29, 1993
NEW YORK -- It has been rather a pleasant honeymoon for Gary Bettman. The NHL's first commissioner has shaken all the right hands, said all the right things, has started to scrape mud off the NHL shield with an eagerness and an energy that suggest hope for the future.But his first crisis started last night, and now we are going to learn what Bettman looks like with his tie unknotted and his sleeves rolled up. He holds the league's self-respect in his hands zTC right now, holds its national image in his hands right now like it is a pulsing heart.
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By Jeff Barker | September 27, 2011
Midnight Madness, I mean Maryland Madness, has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14 at 9:30 p.m. The event will be held at soon-to-be-but-not-quite-yet Gary Williams Court at Comcast Center. According to Maryland media relations, "The event will mark the 40th anniversary of the first Midnight Madness, which began on the Maryland campus when former head coach Lefty Driesell took his squad to the track at Byrd Stadium for a midnight conditioning run. " The event will feature scrimmages by the men's and women's teams.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2011
Maryland point guard Pe'Shon Howard, who has been sidelined by a broken left foot since the preseason,  told CBSSports.com over the weekend that he hoped to be back on the court for the Terps Dec. 23 against Radford . That would be ahead of the 8-12 week timetable initially set by doctors and come as Maryland returns from a nine-day break for final exams. The Terps play Wednesday night against Florida International at Comcast Center. When Turgeon was asked by a reporter for The Diamondback at his regular pre-game news conference Tuesday about Howard's announcement, he wanted to know if the news had come out via Twitter.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun and By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
In the midst of the mass exodus that saw five players with remaining eligibility leave Maryland this past spring, Mark Turgeon took a high-profile matchup Dec. 8 against Villanova in the Jimmy V Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden off the 2014-15 schedule. At the time, Turgeon cited a “scheduling conflict” as the reason. It was more the uncertainty of what kind of team the Terps were going to put on the court after a 17-15 season, the most disappointing year in the short Turgeon Era and one of the most underachieving by Maryland in memory.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
COLLEGE PARK  -  This is not how Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon envisioned the Terps would enter the Big Ten Conference. Coming off a disappointing 17-15 season and having lost half his scholarship players in a tumultuous four-week stretch this spring, Turgeon begins his fourth year at Maryland under increased scrutiny and facing more pressure than at any other point in his coaching career. Despite speculation that he finds himself on the proverbial hot seat for the first time in his 17 seasons as a Division I head coach, Turgeon said that what the Terps lost in experience with the departures of five transfers, they more than make up for in cohesiveness.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Michal Cekovsky, the 7-foot Slovakian who officially signed with Maryland last month, will start working out with the team later this week, Terps coach Mark Turgeon wrote in a text message to The Baltimore Sun Tuesday. Turgeon said that Cekovsky “got his student visa [Monday] and should be in town on Thursday or Friday. " Transfer Robert Carter, a 6-foot-8, 247-pound forward who played his first two seasons at Georgia Tech, “gets in on Sunday," Turgeon texted. The Terps, who began summer workouts on June 2, have also been without freshman center Trayvon Reed.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
More than a week after Seth Allen became the fourth Maryland player with remaining eligibility to leave the program since the season ended, Mark Turgeon is still trying to find another guard. The hope of getting an experienced point guard to back up freshman Melo Trimble seems to be fading - combo guards Ian Chiles of IUPUI and Keith Shamburger of Hawaii turned down the Terps in favor of Tennessee and Missouri, respectively. The latest possibility appears to be North Carolina A&T guard Richaud Pack, who reportedly has visited both Maryland and TCU and is also scheduled to visit Turgeon's old school, Texas A&M. Given that Pack wants to get his master's in international business, the Aggies might be the leader in the clubhouse since A&M graduate business school is ranked 37th nationally by U.S. News and World Report, four spots ahead of the Smith Business School in College Park.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Big Ten men's basketball tournament trophy was displayed to the right of where Kevin Anderson was sitting on an occasion that ordinarily would have offered Maryland's athletic director a chance to imagine the Terps seriously competing for that sparkly prize. Anderson can only hope that his next visit to Verizon Center - site of Tuesday's news conference to announce that the 2017 Big Ten tournament will be held at the venue - occurs during a brighter period for the team and its coach.
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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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August 2, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus and Jeff Barker weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What should Mark Turgeon hope to get out of his team's summer tour in the Bahamas starting next week? Don Markus: I know Turgeon is counting on the Terps developing even more camaraderie than they had last season when they head to Bahamas next week. But outside of spending quality time together on the beach and the bus taking them to difference places, you know Turgeon is focusing on the chemistry Maryland builds on the court.
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By Jeff Barker and Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
Junior point guard Pe'Shon Howard has been reinstated after being suspended for Saturday's win over Duke and will accompany his Maryland teammates to Boston College for Tuesday night's game. “He's been punished. We welcome him back with open arms,” Turgeon said. “We need a mature, confident Pe'Shon moving forward for us to finish strong.” Asked if he thought not being at Comcast Center for the team's biggest win this season would solidify the message to Howard, Turgeon said, “Yeah, it probably does.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - After beating Duke and narrowly losing to North Carolina in last year's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Maryland looked at the National Invitation Tournament as a building block for Mark Turgeon's program. If the Terps are selected Sunday night for their second straight NIT after losing Thursday to Florida State in the second round of Maryland's last ACC tournament, it might be viewed differently. Many will see playing in the NIT - and the team's disappointing 17-15 season in general - as a stumbling block in what many hoped to be a breakthrough season in Turgeon's third year in College Park.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The pained look Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson has worn for most of the past two months has had more to do with his recovery from knee replacement surgery than what he endured watching the Terps men's basketball team's disappointing season. The solemn look was there Thursday, but this time it had more to do with the Terps' losing another close game than with his new knee. Anderson, who signed Mark Turgeon to an eight-year contract after Gary Williams retired suddenly in March 2011, said he still has faith that the Terps will turn it around.
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