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Report: Locksley to formally interview for Maryland coaching job

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Report: Locksley to formally interview for Maryland coaching job

Maryland interim head coach Mike Locksley is set to formally interview for the team's permanent head coaching position, according to Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post

Locksley took over for former head coach Randy Edsall once he was fired in the wake of a loss to Ohio State in early October. Under his watch, the Terrapins were 1-5, but finished the season with a 21-point comeback victory over Rutgers on Saturday. 

Locksley has prior head coaching experience, having served previously at New Mexico. After two seasons of finishing 1-11 and an 0-4 start to the 2011 season, he was fired. 

Since Edsall's dismissal, Locksley has been a stabilizing force for Maryland. The team has appeared to play with more energy and focus, which was a goal of Locksley's during the interim period. 

In the four losses of Edsall's tenure in 2015, the Terrapins lost by an average of just over 27 points per game. Under Locksley -- though they did post that 1-5 record -- the average margin of defeat was trimmed to 12. That is often a sign of effort and the more open, free-flowing offense that Locksley employed.

"I have zero expectations about getting this job," Locksley said in the wake of Edsall's firing in October. "I just want to do the best job I can for the next seven weeks as the leader of the program.

"All that other stuff, it takes care of itself and for me, if we take care of business on the field, if I'm the guy, great, if not, I'm still a Maryland guy. I've always loved and had an affinity for this place and I'll continue to be a big fan, whether I'm here or not."

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Above all else, Locksley is known as an elite recruiter, especially in the Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. For that reason, the transition to the interim period was made easier because of the coach's personal connection to a number of players on the roster. 

Prior to Saturday's game against Rutgers and with the future of the coach uncertain, players voiced their support for Locksley.

"Coach Locks came in and I felt like he just kept things going, you know?" defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson said. "He just let us know it's on us. We wanted to show people like we could salvage the season. I think it was just on us more personally."

"He's definitely done a great job. He's very personable. He's very relatable. He's been making things pretty fun for us. When the ball is snapped, when the game starts you do need to be serious and take care of your business, but he's also helping us understand when you enjoy what you do, maybe it will help you work harder." 

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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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