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Why Luck's OC could be 'wild card' Terps coaching candidate

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Why Luck's OC could be 'wild card' Terps coaching candidate

As Maryland searches for its next head coach, it may have a “wild card” candidate in Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, according to FOX Sports college football insider Bruce Feldman.

Feldman, during a radio interview on ESPN 980 Thursday, brought up Hamilton’s name after rattling off a list of mid-major possibilities that included Bowling Green’s Dino Babers and Memphis’ Justin Fuente.

Hamilton has local connections, including playing quarterback at Howard University and, according to Feldman, having family in the area. Before coming to Indianapolis, Hamilton was the offensive coordinator at Stanford.

At both stops, he worked with and helped to develop quarterback Andrew Luck.

“I think that job would intrigue him and he is a guy who I think would bring a lot of energy as a new head coach, an offensive guy,” Feldman said.

“Obviously, he’s been around a lot of good football. Being from the David Shaw [Stanford] coaching tree is not a bad thing and obviously the NFL ties is certainly not. I could see him being a factor in this before it’s all said and done.”

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The situation could be shifting in Indianapolis, too. The Colts are 3-2 and set to face New England this weekend on top of the fact that there is reportedly friction between head coach Chuck Pagano and the front office.

Pagano was offered a one-year extension to stay with the team in the offseason but declined it. He is now in the final year of his contract.

Maryland has laid out over the past week the types of characteristics it wants in its next head coach. President Wallace Loh said he wants an “outsized” personality. Athletic director Kevin Anderson wants a coach who runs a “wide-open” offense.

“I think they got to go offense because you just had kind of this listless presence [in former head coach Randy Edsall], known as a defensive guy,” Feldman said on 980. “I think it wasn’t working out and I think they realize they need a jolt.”

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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.