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It's not all bad for Maryland 'human' Brad Craddock


It's not all bad for Maryland 'human' Brad Craddock

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland kicker Brad Craddock, the winner of last season's Lou Groza Award recognizing him as the best player in the country at his position, hit a bump in the road in the Terrapins' 50-21 win over Richmond on Saturday.

He missed two kicks -- double what he did all of last season -- hitting the upright on an extra point and missing a 26-yard field goal.

It seemed even the referees were caught off guard by it, initially saying the 26-yarder that was clearly pulled wide was actually a make. The mistake was corrected shortly thereafter.

"We found out that Brad Craddock was human today," head coach Randy Edsall said after the game. "I know he's disappointed, but I haven't lost any confidence in him."

Craddock, who came to Maryland as a punter, made 18 of his 19 field goals last season and all 44 of his extra points last season, which made Saturday's hiccups that much more uncharacteristic.


In all, he still made 3-of-4 field goals against Richmond and 5-of-6 extra points.

"Maybe he's trying too hard," Edsall said. "I thought he was moving a little bit quick on the extra point and then I think he's such a perfectionist and everything else that we've just got to get him settled back down and get him back in sync."

But there was a silving lining. 

The biggest area of focus for Craddock in the offseason, his kickoffs, seemed to show improvements. Of his 10 kickoffs, eight were touchbacks. That helped Maryland to win the field position game, aided also by Will Likely's monster day in the return game.

"He'll be OK," Edsall said.

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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.