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New Maryland transfer explains reason for leaving Virginia Tech

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New Maryland transfer explains reason for leaving Virginia Tech

Former Virginia Tech linebacker Melvin Keihn acknowledged his reported transfer to Maryland publicly on Tuesday, writing a long thanks to his former team's fan base and announcing his plans via Twitter.

CSN had confirmed the news last week after initial reports of his departure from Blacksburg.

"First I'll like to thank the VT coaching staff for everything they have done for me this year," Keihn wrote on Twitter.

"I have nothing but respect for the coaches but this was a decision I had to make. And special thanks to #hokienation for everything and being the best fans in college football, I appreciate yall. Even though some fans won't understand my decision for leaving I still appreciate the love y'all showed me this past year.

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"My decision to leave isn't because of anything with playing time, football or anything, it was just time to move on. To me, there's a lot more to life than just football and there were more important issues that needed to be addressed for me and my family. But thanks to all of #hokienation for everything.

"Good luck to my boys next year in the ACC I know yall are going to get what yall been working for this summer and I know yall will get it done. With that I will be finishing my career at the University of Maryland where I will be close to my family #Terpsnation."

Keihn registered two tackles on mostly special teams duties last season for the Hokies. He was a four-star recruit coming out of Gilman School (Md.).

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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.