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Former Terp campaigning for Browns tryout


Former Terp campaigning for Browns tryout


Former Towson and Maryland football player Monte Gaddis is refusing to let his dream of playing in the NFL fade away. 

In fact, he stood outside of the Cleveland Browns’ practice facility from Monday to Wednesday of this week, just hoping for a tryout. 

Gaddis, who played one year at Maryland before transferring to Towson, documented his journey on Instagram through a series of videos and photos. On Monday and Tuesday he posted photos of himself standing outside the Browns’ facility, wearing his Towson jersey and holding a cardboard sign that read, “Starving for my 1st shot, why not?” 

#Day2..... This has been a crazy experience that I'm ready to turn into reality. Im out here standing in the rain lol I'm starving for this. To be honest, this has been closest I've felt being near the NFL since draft day 2014. When I do get picked up by a team, it will not only be because of the support I get but people are finally starting to see my vision, hard work & preparation for this. I even met Joe Haden yesterday, he offered me money because him and his wife thought I was starting my own football team Didn't accept the money, that tryout was worth more than that. We both showed great character, much respect. Everybody saying they would of took the money, but I'm thinking longevity. I could have a locker right next to him, gotta keep it 100. Real is real! I speak respectively to everyone by saying good morning & event to the people that drive by and honk the horn. If you check all my social networks you would know this is my dream and I'd anything for that chance to play at the highest level. We have plenty of millionaires from Cleveland, but how many can you count on one hand that actually come back or even give back to the community??? I haven't played on tv in 2 years but I know my city knows me because of how I actually #GiveBack & wants to see my city grow. Not judging anyone, but they have the money to easily give back. I barely have $4 in my pockets and still living in the hood but I make sure my family & city is good. Positivity spreads quick, this could be a life changing story for me and someone who I inspire! I'm out here in my Towson University jersey, 2012 All-American. Just to bring back memories and feel it again. But if you really want to be motivated, read what supporters and strangers are saying under the pics I'm tagged in. Very touching Please keep supporting me! I won't let you down, I know once they see me perform they will love my athleticism and work ethic. Even if the Cleveland Browns don't pick me up, someone will see my hunger and see how valuable I can be for a team.

A photo posted by Monté Gaddis (@montegaddis) on Nov 10, 2015 at 5:44am PST

His campaign got the attention of Cleveland’s Fox 8, and the news channel ran a story on his quest for an NFL shot. 

“I just have confidence in myself that I know I can make this team and change things around,” he said to the station, this time wearing his Terps jersey, in a news package that aired Thursday. “I’m not giving up on it until something happens.” 

#Day3.....First off I want to thank EVERYONE for the support, I really need it and it doesn't go unnoticed. This is for all the underdogs, players with no scholarship, walk ons, 6th man & scout team players. GO GET IT‼️ We gotta EAT Anything worth having, is worth fighting for. I hope I lit a fire in everyone to go out and get what they want out of life. I have 4 brothers & 4 sisters, I can't give up on them. I thank God everyday for putting me in this situation, opening all doors for me, and putting me through all trials & tribulations to mold me into the man I am today. Let's keep this going y'all, WE GOTTA TURN THE SUPPORT UP 10x MORE‼️‼️ All I wanna do is take care of my family, put on for my CITY, and play ball!!! Help me keep my dreams alive, your support doesn't go unnoticed. When I look back at these pictures, I want to laugh and say "Damn, I made it!" And even after I make it, Ima keep going. Playoffs, ProBowl, Super Bowl, and Hall of Fame. Yea it's a lot, but that's where the fun begins for me. Plus I'm from #CLEVELAND we haven't seen support like this in a while, and I'm not a celebrity at all. If y'all think I was giving back now, wait til I make a team! Keep me in your prayers and let's hit up all radios, tv shows, news, NFL teams or whoever. #GaddisGuidance #MonteGaddis #MotivationalUseOnly #Dedication #TeamMonteGaddis #SupportMe ‼️‼️

A photo posted by Monté Gaddis (@montegaddis) on Nov 11, 2015 at 5:57am PST

His unusual strategy seemingly paid off, at least to a degree.

Gaddis told the station that Browns General Manager Ray Farmer met with him outside the building to talk and asked Gaddis to personally email him his highlight tapes. 

Gaddis, a Cleveland native, is hoping that he will get invited to a tryout after Farmer reviews his tape. While a walk-on player at Maryland, he played in three games on special teams before transferring to Dean Junior College in Massachusetts. 

Gaddis then transferred to finish his remaining eligibility at Towson, where he played from 2012-13. In his senior season, he finished second on the team in tackles and earned second team All-CAA honors. 

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Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State


Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C.  — Kiara Leslie had 21 points and 11 rebounds against her former team, and North Carolina State beat Maryland 74-60 on Sunday in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament.

Leslie, who spent three seasons at Maryland before graduating and transferring to N.C. State, finished one point shy of a career high.

Kalia Ealey and Chelsea Nelson added 12 points apiece while Akela Maize scored 11 to help the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (26-8) earn their first Sweet 16 appearance since the late Kay Yow led an inspirational run in 2007.


N.C. State, which shot 45 percent and was 7 of 14 from 3-point range, will play the Oklahoma State-Mississippi State winner on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.

Brianna Fraser had 17 points for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (26-8), who were held to 37 percent shooting.

Leading scorer Kaila Charles, plagued all day by foul trouble, finished with four points -- 14 fewer than her average -- on 2-of-8 shooting before fouling out with 2:29 left. She had scored in double figures in 30 of her previous 33 games.

Maryland's offense, which averages 80 points, had trouble scoring against one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

N.C. State allows 56.7 points per game and only one team in the past two months -- top-seeded Notre Dame -- has reached 70 against the Wolfpack.


Maryland: The Terrapins were denied their sixth Sweet 16 in seven years in part because their potent perimeter game was nonexistent. Maryland, at 39.1 percent the nation's seventh-most accurate team, missed all five of its 3s. Kristen Confroy, who's third in the nation from long range at 40.3 percent, didn't attempt one.

N.C. State: Leslie kept tormenting her former teammates by turning steals into layups. Big brother C.J. Leslie led the N.C. State men's program to a Sweet 16 in 2012, and now she's headed to one, too.


N.C. State will play either top-seeded Mississippi State or ninth-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.


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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."