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Durkin: New Terps QB will 'be a household name around here real soon'

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Durkin: New Terps QB will 'be a household name around here real soon'

Maryland had to make a late audible at the quarterback position in its 2016 class after four-star Dwayne Haskins flipped from the Terrapins to Ohio State.

But it seems like they are pretty pleased with who they got instead.

Maryland took two quarterbacks in the class, two-star Buffalo flip Max Bortenschlager -- who has been praised for his arm strength and potential -- and three-star Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year Tyrrell Pigrome, a dual-threat spark plug who has been the main target of offensive coordinator Walt Bell.

Head coach DJ Durkin seems especially pleased with Pigrome, singing his praises at a Signing Day press conference on Wednesday.

“Piggy, down in Alabama?” Durkin said with a smile from ear-to-ear. “I don’t know if you guys watched his tape or not, but that guy’s electric.

“He’s unbelievable and so I can’t tell you how happy [I am] that worked out with him and that was in the works for a long, long time and getting that all worked out -- a guy from the South and several states away and for him to make that decision, it tells you a lot about him and he wants to go do it.

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“That guy has great confidence and I think that’ll be a household name around here real soon.”

He seems to be just the right fit for the spread scheme that Bell wants to run -- a guy who can beat you with either his feet or his arm. He threw for 41 touchdowns and rushed for 17 more as a senior en route to the Alabama state championship game.

Maryland’s offensive system will be very run-based, which highlights the importance of the program’s backfield personnel. If the quarterback can lean on the running game, it makes the transition to college much easier.

“Really at the end of the day, there's not a carbon cut-out,” Bell told CSN last month. “There's not a height requirement, he has to be able to run, he has to be able to throw.

"At the end of the day, you'd like to be able to have a guy who can do both. We want a guy that can throw his way out of a situations, third and threes and fours and fives and sixes when you have to be able to complete footballs to win football games and also at the same time, we want a guy that can create an extra hat in the run game. So we need a guy that can do a little bit of both.”

Aside from Pigrome and Bortenschlager, Maryland has four other players who can play quarterback on the roster -- Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills, Gage Shaffer, and Shane Cockerille.

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

The world of college basketball has been on high alert since last fall when reports first surfaced of a longterm FBI investigation into the worst-kept secret in sports: college athletes being paid to play.

News surrounding the scandal died down after the inital wave of arrests, but Yahoo! Sports released a warning of sorts recently and followed it up on Friday by naming players (both past and present) for the first time. There were dozens of programs and players implicated, including Maryland's Diamond Stone.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon released the following statement Friday afternoon.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season, after which he left for the NBA. That Terps team was highly-ranked entering the season but ended up losing in the Sweet 16 to top-seeded Kansas.

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Andy Miller is the agent whose financial records were used to implicate so many players in the Yahoo! Sports report. It's no surprise that Turgeon would deny having a relationship with Miller regarding any of his players, but the question remains: What does this mean for Maryland basketball?

You can be sure that Turgeon will be meeting with both past and current assistant coaches Friday to confirm they have not had any involvement with Andy Miller. He'll also certainly be meeting with higher-ups at Maryland, as they try to cover their bases. 

That said, it seems unlikely Maryland would take an action as drastic as firing Turgeon over these allegations. There has been no evidence released so far that implies Turgeon had any knowledge of Stone's actions. Barring further information coming to light, it seems as though this is a case of Stone developing a relationship with Miller's agency separately from Maryland.

Some of the more vocal members of Maryland's fan base would like to think Turgeon is on the hot seat. The truth is, given his long-term contract and the current state of Maryland's finances, it's not currently feasible to fire him and expect to afford a more accomplished coach. Though if further reports indicate Turgeon was complicit, then all bets are off.

It remains possible the NCAA will impose punishments on the schools involved with this scandal, in the form of reduced scholarships, postseason bans, or worse. But that's likely off the table until further evidence comes out regarding how much schools and coaches actually knew. It is a near-certainty that some schools were in cahoots with Miller and other agents; the problem is identifying which schools were intentionally breaking the rules, and which were simply unaware. Ultimately, however, some degree of responsibility falls on the head coach.

For now, the biggest worry on the minds of Maryland fans should be vacated wins. If Diamond Stone was ineligible, then it's possible the victories Maryland recorded during the 2015-16 season will be erased from the record books. Unfortunately, this could include their run to the Sweet 16, which was the program's first in more than a decade.

Given the expectations surrounding the team during Stone's year in College Park, his tenure could already be considered a disappointment. Losing those wins would further dampen the memories fans have from that season.

On the bright side, at least the Terps didn't have a Final Four run to lose.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.

UP NEXT

Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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