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Maryland announce plans for $15 million video board and major renovations to facilities

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Maryland announce plans for $15 million video board and major renovations to facilities

In an online address to the University of Maryland Wednesday, athletic director Damon Evans announced the school's plans to upgrade its athletic facilities. 

The plans include a $15 million jumbotron for Maryland Stadium and $25 million to improve the facilities of non-revenue teams. 

This will bring an enhancement to the Field Hockey and Women's Lacrosse Stadium, an indoor hitting and pitching facility for the baseball and softball programs and an indoor hitting facility for the golf team. 

Maryland also plans to provide upgrades to the Track and Field stadium, Soccer stadium and expansion to Gossett Hall (Football). 

Evans stated his goal with this move is to take care of all their athletic teams, which they have "big plans" for while doing it in a financially sustainable way. 

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Former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin returns to college football as an assistant

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Former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin returns to college football as an assistant

Former Maryland football head coach D.J. Durkin has a new job in college football.

The 41-year-old has been hired as an assistant coach at the University of Mississippi, the school announced on Thursday. Durkin will serve as an assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball under newly hired head coach Lane Kiffin.

Durkin was the head coach at Maryland from 2016 until October 2018. Widely considered one of the best recruiters during his time at Florida and Michigan, Durkin's tenure with the Terrapins started off strong on the field. The first-year head coach led Maryland to five wins in their first seven games in 2015. The team slipped towards the end of the season, but their strong start propelled them to earn a berth in the Quick Lane Bowl.

After 2016, things started to spiral downward. The Terps went 4-8 in 2017. In May of 2018, offensive lineman Jordan McNair was hospitalized following a summer workout. Two weeks later, McNair died of a heat stroke.

Durkin was placed on extensive leave during the investigation of McNair's death. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada was named the interim head coach. The Maryland Board of Regents reinstated Durkin on October 30, 2018. But one day later, due to immense backlash, Maryland president Wallace Loh fired Durkin.

This past season, Durkin served as a consultant for the Atlanta Falcons. He has not coached in college football since his departure from Maryland.

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Maryland's frontcourt depth takes hit as twin freshman big men enter NCAA transfer portal

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Maryland's frontcourt depth takes hit as twin freshman big men enter NCAA transfer portal

The Maryland men’s basketball team began the 2019-20 season with high hopes, entering the year as a consensus top-10 team in the country.
They started off strong, but have lost two straight road games to tough opponents. They’ll head into the new decade looking to bounce back. Unfortunately for them, it’ll have to come without two frontcourt rotation pieces.

Twins Makhi and Makhel Mitchell announced Friday they would be leaving the University of Maryland and entering the NCAA transfer portal. It appears this was a mutual decision between the brothers and head coach Mark Turgeon. 

Makhi, the higher-rated player, was expected to compete for a starting role in the Terrapins’ frontcourt this season, but found himself playing limited minutes as a talented but raw freshman.

His brother, Makhel, struggled to carve out a role as well. Now, they’ll both look to find a home elsewhere, with local program Georgetown rumored to be an early favorite.

This is a serious hit to a Terrapins program that has struggled to live up to expectations under Mark Turgeon. Their only remaining frontcourt options are star forward/center Jalen Smith and developing forward Ricky Lindo. Both players are sophomores.

Smith was expected to be an early NBA departure after this season, though he has struggled to dominate as a sophomore. Maryland does also have 7’2” Chol Mariol reportedly ready to return to game action, but he will likely be rusty after missing the start of the season with injury issues.

How the Terps manage to replace the Mitchell twins’ minutes will go a long way in determining whether or not they are able to regain momentum in their season.

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