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Anderson: 3 early facts about Maryland coaching search


Anderson: 3 early facts about Maryland coaching search

COLLEGE PARK -- With Maryland’s decision to move on from head coach Randy Edsall Sunday and with interim head coach Mike Locksley in place for the remainder of the year, athletic director Kevin Anderson was asked about what amounts to his second chance to hire a football coach at Maryland.

Here are the three biggest preliminary points that he outlined:

1) Mike Locksley will be evaluated over these six games and will be in the mix

Not that one would expect anything other than this affirmation at the moment -- with the desire to fairly evaluate the interim coach after just firing the program’s head coach -- but Anderson said that Locksley would be evaluated as the coach over the season’s final six games and that he would be in the mix to be the program’s permanent coach.

“We haven’t even talked about how we’re going to move forward,” Anderson said. “But I expect Michael to do a great job and to be a candidate for this position and we’ll go on from there.”

He has experience as a head coach, but has struggled in the past. In more than two seasons at New Mexico, he finished with an overall record of 2-26.


2) Wanted: Someone to uphold the three pillars

Anderson said the next permanent coach must uphold three main, rather standard pillars for the program: academics, character development, and winning on the field.

As was mentioned, that’s not really something out of the ordinary. Edsall lacked the last of those three most prominently, which explains his dismissal.

3) Wants someone who will excite the fan base (which means offense)

Edsall’s hire, at the time, did not excite the Maryland fan base. A coach of discipline and order, combined with the manner in which his tenure began, would contribute to that. By the way Anderson spoke Sunday, it seems he wants a change.

“I can tell you that I believe that if we look at football today, the fans want exciting, wide-open offense,” he said, “and I think that part of why we weren’t successful these last six games is that we’re going to open up the offense and there’s things ... that we did yesterday at Ohio State and so I think we’re going to continue and embellish that.

“You look at some of the better coaches and the great coaches is that they bring that kind of enthusiasm to the game and that’s what I’ll be looking for and that’s what we’ll get.”

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent


Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.


Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.


Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

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