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How Rasheed Sulaimon fits into the Maryland puzzle


How Rasheed Sulaimon fits into the Maryland puzzle

With former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon set to transfer to Maryland, made official on Monday afternoon, head coach Mark Turgeon has erased the one possible remaining question mark on his roster sheet.

The graduation of Dez Wells and the continuing development of rising sophomores Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens left Maryland least experienced at the shooting guard spot. Sulaimon fills that need not only offensively, but defensively as well.

During a strong freshman season at Duke, he averaged 11.6 points per game and shot at least 37 percent from three in each of the three seasons he was a Blue Devil.

But offense won’t be the place that Sulaimon is valued most. With Melo Trimble, Jake Layman, Robert Carter, and Diamond Stone rounding out the starting lineup, it’s not essential for him to score the ball. What he does end up contributing offensively only adds more flexibility and versatility.


Where he will be most impactful is as a defender on the wing, replacing Wells as the player tasked with guarding the opposition’s best scorer. Though Wiley and Nickens showed improvement defensively, that would be a lot to ask immediately of one of those two sophomores.

Sulaimon was arguably Duke’s best defender before his dismissal last season, alongside freshman Justise Winslow.

Adding Sulaimon to the starting lineup also allows Maryland to go two-deep at each position.

Junior college guard Jaylen Brantley backs up Trimble at the point. Wiley backs up Sulaimon at shooting guard. Nickens backs up Layman at small forward, then the frontcourt includes Michael Cekovsky, Damonte Dodd, and possibly Ivan Bender, a player who joined the team mid-season last year.

Versatility, depth, and talent together make a team tough to beat, which is why Maryland will be in the discussion for the No. 1 overall team in the nation when the official preseason poll is released.

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Maryland football announces plans to honor the late Jordan McNair during 2018 season

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Maryland football announces plans to honor the late Jordan McNair during 2018 season

University of Maryland football players shared their plans to honor late teammate Jordan McNair this upcoming season Monday morning in College Park. 

This is the first media availability for players granted by the university since the 19-year-old's tragic June death following an offseason workout that left McNair hospitalized due to heatstroke. 

Sophomore center Johnny Jordan and junior offensive lineman Ellis McKennie each outlined how the team will remember McNair, beginning with a moment of silence during the team’s opener Sept. 1 against Texas at FedEx Field.

Additionally, each player will rock helmet stickers with McNair's No. 79 uniform number which the team plans to retire in 2020. The offensive linemen room will also be renamed in honor of McNair. 

On Friday the university's Board of Regents announced it is taking over the in-depth look at investigations surrounding the football program. Head coach DJ Durkin is currently on paid administrative leave and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigned August 14. 

As speculation continues to grow, Maryland is expected to have a decision made within the next two weeks



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Tony Dungy weighs in on the alleged toxic culture within the University of Maryland football team


Tony Dungy weighs in on the alleged toxic culture within the University of Maryland football team

Tony Dungy is about as cool, calm and collected as a person can get. And when it comes to his coaching style, it's exactly the same.

Fourteen years in the NFL spent as a defensive coordinator/coach and 13 years as a head coach earned Dungy a Super Bowl Championship with the Indianapolis Colts. He posted an overall record of 148-79 with the foundation that cursing and raising your voice wasn't necessary for success. 

The culture and coaching style of the University of Maryland football team is now under a microscope with the on-going investigation regarding the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair. The university has taken responsibility for McNair's death after an ESPN article brought to light the abuse and "toxic culture" within the team, and what ultimately led up to McNair's passing under their supervision on May 29. 

It has also brought into question how high-level football teams are coached and if it's all just a part of the football culture. On Thursday, Dungy weighed in on the matter on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies, simulcasted on NBC Sports Washington.

"Well first, I hope we don't just read into well, here was the culture, here's what the coach was doing so that's why this young man died," Dungy said.

Dungy recounted a scenario during his coaching career with the Colts where a player had an underlying condition that almost caused him to lose his life during a practice.

"You can't equate well, this happened because," Dungy went on to say. 

What Dungy does want people to understand is that the tough love, scream-in-your-face type of coaching style is not the stereotype coaches must adhere to. 

"But I do think we are a victim of caricatures. That we think that's the way it has to be."

"One of the last interviews I had before I got my head [coaching] job in Tampa, I was explaining to this owner how I was going to do things. He had heard about my reputation. He said 'I know you don't use profanity. You rarely raise your voice. How are you going to motivate these guys? How are you going to discipline? How are you going to keep guys in line?' And I said the same way my father kept me in line. By saying here's the rules and here's what we're going to do. I'm going to be like that with my players. And the guy looked at me square in the eyes and said 'impossible, that will never work in the NFL.'" 

Well, it did work for Dungy as his tenure spent as a coach in the NFL earned him enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. 

Dungy noted in his interview with the Sports Junkies that the different personalities of coaches in the league highlighted in shows like HBO's Hard Knocks do not represent each and every coach. He mentions Jim Caldwell and Bill Belichick as successful coaches who are more mild-mannered like Dungy.

"And there's a thousand ways that work," Dungy said about coaching. "And you got to be true to your personality and everything. But the two coaches that I played for in the NFL – who won seven Super Bowls between them and were tremendous coaches, Hall of Famers – there was none of that. There was instruction, teaching, motivating, building you up and getting you ready to play, and so that's what I followed."