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Governor Hogan issues statement on D.J. Durkin, Maryland football

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Governor Hogan issues statement on D.J. Durkin, Maryland football

D.J. Durkin, head football coach at the University of Maryland, was placed on paid administrative leave Saturday as the school investigates claims of abuse and actions which may have led to the June death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair. 

The Randallstown, Md. native collapsed during an outdoor team workout on May 29 and died two weeks later. ESPN is reporting his death to be the result of an official heatstroke. 

On Sunday, Governor Larry Hogan shared his thoughts on the matter: 

Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland, issued his own statement Saturday sharing "I am profoundly disturbed by the media reports yesterday about verbally abusive and intimidating conduct by Maryland football coaches and staff towards our student-athletes on the team." 

Loh also announced Matt Canada will serve as interim head football coach.

Durkin is preparing to enter his third season at Maryland. The team begins the 2018 season September 1 at home hosting Texas. 

 

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2019 NCAA Tournament: #6 Maryland vs #3 LSU Second Round: TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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2019 NCAA Tournament: #6 Maryland vs #3 LSU Second Round: TV channel, live stream, how to watch

No. seed Maryland Terrapins face off against No. 3 seed LSU Tigers in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 23 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Tigers beat the No. 14 seed Yale Bulldogs 79-74 in the First Round on Thursday night, securing their spot in the second round to compete against the Terps, who defeated the Belmont Bruins on Thursday, 79-77. 

Maryland exited the Big Ten Tournament with an early loss to Nebraska 69-61, making their overall record 23-10. LSU finished the regular season 27-6 but lost to the Florida Gators 76-73 in the SEC Tournament. 

This is Maryland's third Tournament appearance under head coach Mark Turgeon. LSU is making its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance. For the fourth straight game LSU will be coached by assistant coach Tony Benford who is filling in for head coach Will Wade.

Wade has been suspended indefinitely for allegedly being caught on an FBI wiretap discussing a recruitment offer with Christian Dawkins.  

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

Maryland vs. LSU How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament Second Round, East Region

Who: #6 Maryland Terrapins vs. #3 LSU Tigers

When: 12:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 23

Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.

TV Channel: CBS

Online Stream: You can watch a live stream of Maryland vs. LSU on March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Jamie Erdahl

Twitter: @TerrapinHoops@LSUBasketball

Maryland vs. LSU Bracket Analysis

Records: Maryland (23-10, 13-7 B1G), LSU (27-6, 16-2 SEC)
Player to Watch: Maryland (Bruno Fernando, Soph., F/C: 13.7 PPG, 10.5 RPG), LSU (Tremont Waters, Soph., G: 15.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG)
How They Got Here: Maryland def. #11 Belmont, 79-77. LSU def. #14 Yale 79-74
Previous Meeting:  LSU def. Maryland 79-77, 1/2/1989
Next Round: Winner of No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Minnesota

Maryland vs. Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Spread: LSU -2.5
Over/Under: 145
Money Line: Maryland +120, LSU -140
Against The Spread: MD 17-15-1, LSU 19-13-1

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If Maryland wins, they'll play a team that no one expected to be here in No. 3 LSU

If Maryland wins, they'll play a team that no one expected to be here in No. 3 LSU

If the No. 6 Maryland Terrapins happen to make it past No. 11 Belmont in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, they'll have an opponent that not manny people expected to make the Second Round.

No. 3 seed LSU Tigers powered past No. 14 Yale 79-74 to earn a spot in the next round.

The Tigers won this game despite turmoil hitting their program at the end of the season. The program is without their head coach Will Wade. In wake of an FBI wiretap, the school suspended him indefinitely. 

That wiretap recored Wade using phrases like “rookie minimum” and "strong-a** deal" to suggest the payment of his players. Freshman Javonte Smart appears to be the player Wade was referring to in this context, according to The Advocate.

Smart missed some time, but eventually came back. Wade, meanwhile, will likely not coach the team at all in the NCAA Tournament. 

For these reasons, LSU was a popular First Round upset pick with the Ivy League's Yale Bulldogs being the victors. 

That did not come to pass and now the Tigers face the winners of Maryland-Belmont. The Tigers are tall, athletic and have four different players that are capable of scoring at a high rate.

A tough draw for the Terps if they find a way to advance.

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