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Maryland president invokes Chip Kelly when talking salaries

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Maryland president invokes Chip Kelly when talking salaries

During an interview with the Baltimore Sun, released on Monday, Maryland president Wallace Loh addressed the issue of competitive coaching salaries as part of a larger discussion about the new football head coaching vacancy at his university.

In his response, he invoked the name of Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

“We will have to pay a competitive rate. I don’t know what competitive is,” he said. “I mean, [Michigan coach Jim] Harbaugh and [Ohio State coach] Urban [Meyer] make $7 million a year. Chip Kelly, who is not doing all that well with the Philadelphia Eagles, made far, far less than that at Oregon.”

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It was all part of a larger point that coaching salaries have exploded in recent years, even in the time Kelly has gone from Oregon to Philadelphia. He cited recent court decisions about new revenue streams for athletes as a force that may slow that rapid coaching salary growth.

Why does it matter? It’s a university official naming the hottest coaching name in the game right now at a time when the dust has barely settled on this past weekend’s firing.

In the wake of that, possibilities seem endless and options seem countless. Now limiting those options right now is part of the public discussion right now.

Loh invoked Oregon a second time, earlier in the interview, in trying to pinpoint exactly where his school falls on the spectrum of job attractiveness.

“This is not going into a school with an established reputation like Michigan and Ohio State,” he said. “But the potential for growth, the potential of this being another Oregon, assuming that’s the direction we all go.”

Watch his full interview with the Sun here.

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.

Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.

On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.

With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.

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