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How a meeting on Maryland's team bus may help Rowe

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How a meeting on Maryland's team bus may help Rowe

COLLEGE PARK -- On the bus ride back from Morgantown following Maryland’s 45-6 loss to West Virginia, quarterback Caleb Rowe sat with Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and combed through the aftermath.

On a tablet, they watched film of Rowe’s four-interception day, a game in which the redshirt senior was pulled in favor of Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman in the third quarter.

“You can’t dwell on that last play because you’ve got to put yourself in a position to learn from it as quickly as you can and try to bounce back,” Locksley said. “The minute we got on the bus for the ride home, he and I sat together and we watched the game to put it behind us so that we would start moving forward.”

It was a necessary, albeit painful step for Rowe because he will have to get right back out there. Just one day after the loss, head coach Randy Edsall reiterated that Rowe would be the team’s starter against Michigan. 

“I thought it was good, just having that one-on-one with Coach Locks,” Rowe said. “Immediately trying to get better and getting ready for Michigan, it’s something he was able to help me make the corrections and it really kind of bugged me the whole bus ride. I really tried to focus in on what my job is and not try to do too much.”

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In part, these are some of the mistakes Maryland knows will happen when putting a gunslinger like Rowe into the game. The field is instantly stretched vertically and there is the threat of going deep, but interceptions happen.

But again and again, he comes back out -- almost to a fault.

“It’s a short memory and you have to have it when you play that position,” Locksley said. “That’s the thing with Caleb which kind of sometimes for me is a little irritating is he doesn’t get fazed by it a lot.”

Saturday could bring one of two scenarios.

With heavy rain expected in College Park, perhaps Maryland has no choice but to run the football for the majority of the game. That would mean less is expected of Rowe through the air if conditions are so adverse that the deep ball he specializes in doesn’t not become an option.

Or even more could be asked of Rowe. Michigan’s defense ranks No. 6 in the nation in yards allowed per rush at just 2.6. Yes, 2.6 yards per carry by Wolverine opponents.

If the running game isn’t there (and if Maryland falls behind) it will be Rowe’s arm that is leaned on to get the Terrapins back in the game.

How that turns out might hinge on that meeting Saturday on Maryland’s team bus.

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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.

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.