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Edsall reaffirms position amidst murky QB situation

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Edsall reaffirms position amidst murky QB situation

Caleb Rowe will be Maryland’s starting quarterback when the Terrapins take the field on Saturday at 8 p.m. against Michigan at Byrd Stadium in College Park, head coach Randy Edsall said during a teleconference with the media on Sunday afternoon.

Rowe was benched during Saturday’s loss to West Virginia after throwing four interceptions. He was replaced late in the third quarter by Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman.

“Caleb will be the quarterback,” Edsall said. “As we all know, it doesn’t all fall on him. He has to be better and everybody around him -- the offensive line, the running backs, and the wide receivers all have to be better.”

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Rowe was named the starter prior to Maryland’s Week 3 game against South Florida, replacing junior Perry Hills. Hills had been named the starter out of training camp. When Garman replaced Rowe against West Virginia, that marked the third quarterback to line up under center in 2015.

Rowe was given the starting job with the thought that he was the most capable quarterback when it comes to stretching the field vertically and taking advantage of the players Maryland features at wide receiver, but that never came to fruition against West Virginia.

At times the quarterback and receivers appeared to be plagued by miscommunication, which could have contributed to Rowe’s four interceptions.

“I think it’s the same with everybody,” Edsall said. “What we have to do is sit down with him and go through the film with him and show him picks that guys made and show him where they went wrong and what they have to do well.”

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

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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.

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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.

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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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