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Former Maryland football coach Roy Lester dies of coronavirus complications

Former Maryland football coach Roy Lester dies of coronavirus complications

Roy Lester, who coached at the University of Maryland from 1969 to 1971, died at the age of 96 on Sunday due to complications from the coronavirus, his family announced. 

Lester's two-year stint leading the Terrapins wasn't as fruitful as his run as a high school coach at Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County, Maryland.

During the 1960s, Lester helped lead Richard Montgomery to six undefeated seasons and an 86-10-1 record, according to The Washington Post. 

Following his dominant run, Lester took the job at Maryland, where he was first an assistant coach from 1954 to 1956. But his stay as the head coach was short-lived as a woeful 7-25 record led to his departure.

Still, Lester had successes during his tenure with the Terps. His most notable achievement was recruiting future NFL Hall of Famer Randy White to play for the Terps. White went on to star for the Dallas Cowboys after the team selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 1975 draft.

After Maryland relieved Lester of his duties, he returned to the high school ranks. Lester finished his career with stops at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland, and Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland. He led Paint Branch to a Class B state championship in 1975 and Magruder to state championships in 1984 and 1986. 

Lester was inducted into the Maryland Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996. Richard Mongomery named its field "Roy Lester Stadium" in 2002. And West Virginia University, Lester's alma mater, inducted him into its sports hall of fame in 2008.

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Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

On Saturday night, the No. 1 quarterback prospect of the 2021 recruiting class will announce his decision on where he will spend his college career. And he may not even have to leave the DMV to do it.

Gonzaga’s junior signal caller Caleb Williams has narrowed his list of options down to three schools: Oklahoma, LSU and Maryland. Though the Sooners under quarterback guru Lincoln Riley are considered the favorites to land him, the hometown Terrapins have outlasted a plethora of other schools throughout Williams’ decision-making process. According to The Washington Post, he gave head coach Michael Locksley and the Terps final word, last speaking with Maryland coaches on June 27.

Ranked the fourth overall player in his class by 247sports, Williams is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he was named first-team All-Met. As a junior in 2019, he threw for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns while showcasing his dual-threat ability by rushing for 838 yards and another 18 scores.

Locksley and the Terps have already enjoyed a successful offseason of recruiting highlighted by landing 247sports’ fourth-ranked wide receiver in the 2020 class, Rakim Jarrett. A product of St. John’s in D.C., he flipped from LSU on signing day, surprising even Locksley.

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Though the Terps went just 3-9 (1-8 in Big Ten play) last season, the addition of Jarrett as a legitimate weapon in the passing game may be enough to convince Williams to forego Oklahoma and LSU. He plans to announce his decision Saturday at 9 p.m.

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Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

The No. 1 prospect basketball in the class of 2022 Emoni Bates announced his commitment to Michigan State on Monday. 

The five-star small forward is considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade and will be taking his talents to the Big Ten.

Bates had offers from four other schools: DePaul, Florida State, Kentucky and Michigan. The Michigan native announced his commitment extremely early in the recruiting process –– so early that the top eight recruits in the 2021 class have not even announced their decisions yet.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward became the first commit of Michigan State’s class. He is also the first five-star to become a Spartan since Jaren Jackson Jr. in 2017 and the first No. 1 prospect to sign with the school since ESPN began its recruiting database in 2007.

His commitment came at a crucial time for the Spartans who lost significant talent at the end of last season in 2019 Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston, who graduated, and 2020 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Xavier Tillman Sr., who declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season.

Maryland will now have to face Bates at least twice a year in Big Ten play. The Terps have two commits in their class of 2021 – four stars Julian Reese and Ike Cornish – but have yet to add a member to the class of 2022. 

Last season, Maryland and Michigan State each won one matchup against the other. The two teams tied alongside Wisconsin as co-Big Ten Champions. All three teams posted a 14-6 conference record before the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments were cut short or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In the final AP Poll, Michigan State finished ninth while Maryland finished 12th.

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