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Report: Successful CAA coach could be in mix for Maryland job


Report: Successful CAA coach could be in mix for Maryland job

James Madison head coach Everett Withers could be in the mix to be the head coach at Maryland, according to Dan Wolken of USA TODAY

Withers has spent the last two seasons at JMU, amassing an overall record of 16-6. He came to Harrisonburg after two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State. As Wolken points out, those connections to the Big Ten could be a benefit.

Prior to that, he spent 2008-11 at North Carolina. He was the program's defensive coordinator until he was promoted to replace fired head coach Butch Davis, who was relieved of his duties amidst allegations of academic improprietes and agent-involved violations at the school.

Withers went 7-6 as the program's head coach, but his contract was not extended after the season. Would that familiarity with ACC country also help?


There are some questions about his candidacy though, based on some things that athletic director Kevin Anderson and school president Wallace Loh have said about the position.


Anderson has said he wants a coach who runs an exciting brand of new-age college offense. James Madison currently ranks fourth in the FCS in rushing with 309 yards per game on the ground. By contrast, they rank near the middle of the pack -- 19th of 50 FCS schools -- in passing yards per game.


At Withers' other stops, he has been a defensive coordinator. Former head coach Randy Edsall was a defensive-minded coach, coming from a defensive lineage prior to being a head coach at Connecticut. Would Maryland go that route again? 


Put to the side a nuts and bolts evaluation of whether or not Withers would be the right hire or a good hire.

There is no denying that Anderson also has to worry about optics of the hire. After having the first football coach he hired end up being unable to take the program to the next level he desired, Maryland may need to make a splash.

Do they need a rejuvenation and a shot in the arm? Up against a brutal Big Ten East that includes Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Penn State, would hiring a CAA coach inspire the type of confidence on the outside that the program needs in terms of financial support and donations? That would be a major question.

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent


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.


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.


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.