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Report: Key Maryland recruiting assistant headed to Toledo

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Report: Key Maryland recruiting assistant headed to Toledo

Maryland director of player personnel Cory Robinson is leaving College Park to take a job as cornerbacks coach at Toledo, according to a report from Thayer Evans of SI.com.

Robinson joined the Terrapins in July 2015 after serving as a defensive backs coordinator at the IMG Academy in Florida. He has strong ties to the Baltimore area after coaching at both Calvert Hall (Md.) and Saint Frances Academy High School (Md.).

His hire put Maryland in the mix for five-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith, who is the No. 14 overall player in the class of 2016 according to Rivals.com. 

Earlier this month, Smith cut Maryland from the list, citing "recent staff changes" -- likely referring to Robinson moving on. 

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"I have narrowed my list of schools that I am considering," he wrote at the time. "University of Maryland is no longer a school of choice for me due to the recent staff changes that have effected [sic] my recruitment. I would like to thank the Terps and the fans of my hometown school.

"It is a tough decision, and I have tremendous respect for my state and the fans of UMD, which is why I wanted them to be the first to know."

Maryland head coach DJ Durkin has already hired a strong recruiter as its own defensive backs coach, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, who has his own ties to the region. The former Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) coach comes to College Park from Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.

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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.