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Durkin weighs in on controversy surrounding Jim Harbaugh, Michigan


Durkin weighs in on controversy surrounding Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has stirred controversy in college football circles with his latest recruiting power move, heading down the IMG Academy in Florida to hold spring practice at a place that houses some of the nation’s top football recruits.

SEC and ACC coaches see it as an invasion of their home turf. Coaches from other conferences want to get in on the action.

Who better to weigh in than someone who worked under Harbaugh at Michigan just last year? New Maryland head coach DJ Durkin spoke to as part of a larger piece on the issue and a potential reaction by the NCAA in the way of rule changes.


“They'll be recruiting, I know that,” Durkin said. “It was a hell of an idea on his part. I'm with my staff saying, ‘Let's think of stuff like that.'

“Are they going to have an advantage? Absolutely. Am I going to stay awake at night? No. We have to make up ground because he's going to spend a week there with them. It was a hell of an idea. Just call it like it is.”

Durkin worked as Michigan’s defensive coordinator last season and was regarded as one of the nation’s best recruiting assistants during his time with the Florida Gators.

When scrambling to put a 2016 class together after taking over in College Park, Durkin leaned heavily on those ties in Florida to fill in the team’s gaps. He has repeatedly said that Maryland will continue to recruit the Sunshine State heavily.

“If it's in Jim's head and he wants to do it,” Durkin told CBS, “he's going to do it.”

Read the full piece from Jon Solomon at CBS here.

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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.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.