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Former Maryland star Melo Trimble signs with professional team in Spain

Former Maryland star Melo Trimble signs with professional team in Spain

Former Maryland basketball star Melo Trimble will continue his basketball trip around the globe in Spain, as the guard inked a one-year deal with Montakit Fuenlabrada of Liga ACB, he told InsideMDSports.

Trimble rose to prominence during his three seasons at the University of Maryland, which included a phenomenal freshman year in which he averaged 16.2 points per game during the 2014-15 season. He would up that total during his junior year, averaging 16.8 points per contest.

The point guard's time as a Terp not only helped the program regain an elite status in the Big Ten but put him in the record books as he left the school with 1,658 points, good enough for 14th all-time.

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Following his junior season, Trimble declared for the NBA Draft but was not selected during the two rounds of the 2017 draft. He initially found success in the G-League, averaging 16.2 points and 5.3 assists per game with the Iowa Wolves. Trimble has since shined in the NBL in Australia/New Zealand, averaging 22.5 points per game with Cairns in 2018-19, and 19.4 points per game with Melbourne United in 2019-20.

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Now, he'll look to continue his strong play in Spain's top league. However, despite his success in international play, Trimble still has his sites set on one day making it to the NBA. It's why he continues to only commit to teams for one year at a time.

"I'm still pushing for the NBA. No multi-year deals yet," Trimble told InsideMDSports.

His contract with Montakit Fuenlabrada does reportedly contain an option for him to opt-out of the deal should the NBA come calling at any point.

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Report: Big 12 planning to play football this fall

Report: Big 12 planning to play football this fall

Despite growing momentum to cancel the fall football season, the Big 12 reportedly is moving forward with their plans to play.

ESPN reporter Sam Khan Jr. reported on Wednesday morning that the Big 12's board of directors met for over an hour yesterday to discuss the fallout of decisions made to postpone the fall season from conferences like the Big Ten and Pac-12. 

Following days of speculation the Big Ten would cancel fall sports, the conference officially pulled the plug Tuesday citing concerns of the myriad of complications that come along with playing a season during a pandemic. 

The Big 12, however, is leading the charge in trying to set up safe way to play the fall season. ESPN reported there will be revised conference-only schedules coming out shortly after the season was again pushed back to Sept. 26. Stadium reported the Big 12 may have more news. 

The decision also comes on the back of growing support from athletes to find a solution in making sure this season gets played. The face of college football, Trevor Lawrence, has repeatedly tweeted his stance that going forward with a season will actually be safer for the athletes

Whether or not more Power 5 sides like the SEC and ACC follow suit remains to be seen, but it is widely speculated that these football-crazed conferences are determined to find a way. 

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Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren says there was 'too much uncertainty' to have a fall season

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren says there was 'too much uncertainty' to have a fall season

Less than a week ago, the Big Ten Conference released a 2020 conference-only football schedule. Though there were no guarantees it would be played amid the coronavirus pandemic, it seemed like a positive step for college athletics.

Fast forward to Tuesday, and the Big Ten announced that the fall sports season would be no more. What caused the quick departure? According to commissioner Kevin Warren, it wasn't additional facts about COVID-19 and its impact, but rather the lack of them.

“There’s too much uncertainty," Warren said on Tuesday during an interview on the Big Ten Network. "We have a lot of uncertainty going on now.”

The coronavirus has been in the United States for several months now, but much is still unknown about its effects on the human body and society. While the Big Ten had been working diligently to provide its players and staff with testing and up-to-date protocols, not every possible outcome could be covered.

As Warren explained it, for each question that is answered in relation to COVID-19, a new one pops up. As the pandemic continues on, professionals continue to learn more about how it acts and what impact it can have both short and long term.

An example of that would be Myocarditis –– or the inflammation of the heart muscle -- which has been found in several college athletes and linked to the coronavirus. Not initially considered to be a factor of the virus, it's now become a major concern for the Big Ten and other conferences.

That's just one aspect of the unknown Warren and others are dealing with. Taking a step back and looking at the whole picture, Warren also noted that the COVID-19 questions go beyond the field. It's a problem the entire world is dealing with.

“It’s not only in the Big Ten. I think just across the country and in the world there is so much uncertainty about this virus," Warren said.

In the end, while Warren feels the conference has done a solid job of protecting players during workouts in the summer, there was still too much to be learned before he and others could feel comfortable resuming collegiate sports.

Now, with hopes to resume in the spring, Warren and other Big Ten officials will head out in search of the answers that will eliminate the unknown of the virus. Just like how society strives to return to normal, continuing to learn will be the only way to make it possible.

“We’ll gather information, prepare, plan and create an environment that our students-athletes will be able to participate in when it’s safe and there’s less uncertainty," Warren said. 

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