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Locksley's platitude rings true in explaining Maryland loss to PSU

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Locksley's platitude rings true in explaining Maryland loss to PSU

BALTIMORE -- Maryland interim head coach Mike Locksley was blunt about it after his team’s 31-30 loss to Penn State on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

“The mark of a good team is a team that doesn’t beat itself,” he said. “I’m sitting here in front of you guys and we did just that.”

Beat itself, Maryland did.

Quarterback Perry Hills turned the ball over five times, throwing three interceptions and fumbling twice.

When Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg got the ball downfield, there were chances for Maryland defensive backs to create turnovers themselves but they were beaten out by Nittany Lion wide receivers on 50-50 balls.

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That led to the fact that Maryland outgained Penn State by 103 yards and lost. They had nearly 200 more rushing yards than the Nittany Lions and still lost.

To Locksley’s point, that's the definition of beating one's self.

But there is a catch. Locksley will never say that he is satisfied with a one-point loss during which his team competed, but Maryland competed in a way for four full quarters that we haven’t seen all season.

There were “Let’s go Maryland!” chants at M&T Bank Stadium during the fourth quarter of the game. That had yet to happen all season. For that reason, Saturday was a step forward even with the loss.

“I’m proud of the way they have responded to some adversity,” Locksley said. “They gave everything they had today. We wanted to leave everything we had out on the field and I feel like they did just that for us.”

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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.