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After signature win, Maryland moves up in latest Top 25 poll

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After signature win, Maryland moves up in latest Top 25 poll

After a strong, two-win week, Maryland has moved up four spots to No. 4 overall in the newest edition of the Associated Press Top 25, released on Monday.

Maryland notched its biggest victory of the season this week, a home win against then-No. 3 Iowa, to show the nation that it could win a marquee matchup. Its two previous opportunities to do so -- both on the road -- were strong efforts, but ultimately losses to North Carolina and Michigan State.

They concluded the week with a road victory over Ohio State.

That Iowa win will prove to be important down the line. Maryland does not have many remaining opportunities to get signature wins. They will face Purdue twice, plus Michigan and Wisconsin at home before going on the road to end the regular season at Indiana.

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Had they not beaten the Hawkeyes, there would be questions persisting about whether Maryland is really part of the upper tier of college basketball right now in the absence of a signature win. What happened against Iowa silences those criticisms.

The Hawkeyes, after losing on the road to Maryland and bouncing back to beat Northwestern on Sunday, fall to No. 5.

Villanova checks in at No. 3. North Carolina is at No. 2. Oklahoma is No. 1.

 

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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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

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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.