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Maryland's starting QB won't be announced until kickoff

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Maryland's starting QB won't be announced until kickoff

COLLEGE PARK -- After Caleb Rowe threw three interceptions in Saturday’s loss to Michigan and Daxx Garman did little to win the job outright in relief of him, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall re-opened the quarterback competition in advance of a matchup against No. 1 Ohio State.

And it appears we’ll know who starts at the position once that player takes the field on Saturday.

“What we want to do is find the guy that we feel that can help us, give us the best opportunity to win the ball game,” Edsall said on Tuesday. “That’s what we’re going to do through practice this week and then we’ll make a decision game time on Saturday.”

Now, Edsall had said Sunday that the results of the evaluation of Rowe, Garman, and former starter Perry Hills would likely be held until Saturday. Now it becomes all but official.

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Which way do they turn?

This is the question Maryland has had to answer all season once it became apparent that each potential starting quarterback has one particular flaw that seems to sink the offense if they take their place under center.

Rowe throws too many interceptions, in fact his 12 lead the entire FBS. Hills is unable to get the ball down the field, which means the skills of players like Levern Jacobs, Taivon Jacobs, D.J. Moore, and Avery Edwards are not taken advantage of.

And Garman has completed just 33 percent of his passes during his two relief appearances this season.

So it seems to be a choice between a turnover-prone QB, a player with a limited arm, and a quarterback not fully comfortable or in tune with the offense.

And one will start against No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday at noon.

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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.