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3-star twins from Florida commit to Maryland


3-star twins from Florida commit to Maryland

Elisha and Elijah Daniels, three-star twin defensive backs from the state of Florida, have committed to Maryland, they both announced via Twitter on Saturday afternoon. 

The two are visiting College Park this weekend as Maryland head coach DJ Durkin makes a final push toward National Signing Day. 

The last four players to commit to Maryland have come from the Sunshine State, where Durkin has strong ties from his days on staff with the Florida Gators. The Daniels twins join running back LaDerrien Wilson and Aaron Thompson as players from the state who have pledged to the Terrapins this week. 

The defensive backfield is a major area of need for Maryland, heading into 2016. The Terrapins got a boost with the news that do-it-all Will Likely will return for his senior season, but they will lose Sean Davis, AJ Hendy, and Anthony Nixon to graduation. 

The defensive backs are now under the watch of new assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, a former Alabama staffer with strong local ties who also worked with former Terrapins cornerback Dexter McDougle to help prepare him for the 2014 NFL Draft. He was taken in the third round by the New York Jets.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun

Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball


Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.