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Two quarterbacks, but both would present problems for Terps


Two quarterbacks, but both would present problems for Terps

COLLEGE PARK -- If this were the NFL, Maryland would gladly put together a package to try to trade for either Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett -- simultaneously clearing up the Buckeyes' quarterback questions while remedying their own struggles. 

But nothing can be done now, as Maryland prepares to face the prospect of one, the other, or both on Saturday when the Terrapins travel to Columbus to face No. 1 Ohio State.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has used Jones and Barrett in varying capacities this season, with Jones typically the starter. But Barrett has seen a featured role at times, too, including in the Buckeyes' narrow 20-13 win over Northern Illinois. 

When asked whether he foresaw a quarterback change at Ohio State, Edsall answered dryly with a smirk.

"I don't know," he said. "Urban didn't call me to tell me if they might do that."

He then elaborated.


"I think their offense is pretty much similar to what they do with both guys if they're in there. They don't change that much. Again, they do enough of the things that they do that our guys, regardless of who's in there, just has to go out there and execute what we say and what we call and if we do that, we'll be fine."

Maryland's pass rush was strong to begin the season, ranking second in the country in sacks through three weeks. But the defense was burned by West Virginia and Michigan over the past two games, amounting to a combined margin of defeat of 73-6.

As Edsall pointed out, the offense is a threat regardless of who is under center. That's to be expected when one player nearly won the Big Ten Player of the Year last season before an injury and the other picked up where he left off to lead the team to a national title.

"We're definitely planning for both quarterbacks. To me, they kind of got similar styles a little bit," defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson said. "J.T. maybe he'll run more than Cardale, but they're both good guys. We're ready for whoever they put in there."

Kickoff is set for noon in Columbus.

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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.