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Maryland DT draws praise from HOFer, talks new team

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Maryland DT draws praise from HOFer, talks new team

Former Maryland defensive lineman Darius Kilgo got a tip of the cap from a Hall of Famer -- who happens to be his new boss -- after being selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos on Saturday.

“We've taken Darius Kilgo in the 6th rd from Maryland,” Broncos GM John Elway wrote on Twitter. “He's a big, physical nose tackle who can make plays & put pressure on the quarterback.”

Kilgo registered 43 tackles and two sacks for Maryland this past year for Maryland, his senior season.

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During a conference call with media on Saturday, he talked about how he might fit in Denver, which actually employs the same 3-4 defense Maryland ran last season.

That system comes courtesy of new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

“I think I’ll fit great,” Kilgo said. “Just coming out of Brian Stewart’s defense, which is my coordinator for the past three years, he’s had a lot of experience in the 3-4 defense, so I definitely feel like I’ll transition to the next level.

“Just taking advantage of the resources that the NFL and the Denver Broncos provide for me, I think I can definitely take full advantage of it and be able to contribute immediately.”

The Broncos needed depth on the defensive line after losing defensive tackle Terrance Knighton to Washington in free agency.

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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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