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Glen Burnie, Md.
Covering college sports in the Baltimore-D.C. corridor
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This annual treat needs no explanation, starting with tonight's extensive (and international) schedule ... Nov. 8 Maryland vs. Connecticut in Brooklyn, N.Y., 6:30 American at George Mason, 7 Radford at George Washington, 7 Washington College at Howard, 7 Navy at Towson, 7:30 UMBC at Arizona State, 8 Loyola at Binghamton, 8 Georgetown vs. Oregon in Seoul, South Korea, 8 Mount St. Mary’s at West Virginia, 8 Coppin State at California, midnight Nov. 9 Morgan State at Ohio State, noon Nov. 10 Loyola at Cornell, 4 Gwynedd Mercy at Howard, 5 Coppin State at Oregon State, 8 Nov. 11 Navy vs.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at D1scourse.com
The biggest winners from the release of the 2016 and 2017 Big Ten football schedules on Thursday are probably hotel owners in the conference's college towns who have plenty of advance notice to jack up their rates during weekends with home games. The next biggest winners? Maryland fans who, for whatever reason, are salivating over the chance to play Penn State in a meaningful spot on the schedule. The season finale in 2017 in College Park should do. (For those wondering if the 2017 Penn State game will be moved to Baltimore like the 2015 contest, don't count on it.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at D1scourse.com
For all intents and purposes there are two parts to George Washington's freshly revealed 2013-14 nonconference schedule. There's the non-exempt tournament portion of it: School 12-13 W-L 12-13 RPI at Kansas State (Dec. 31) 27-8 (NCAA) 20 vs. Maryland (Dec. 8) 25-13 (NIT) 71 Rutgers (Dec. 4) 15-16 110 Georgia (Jan. 3) 15-17 140 Boston University (Dec. 11) 17-13 (CIT) 148 at Manhattan (Nov. 16) 14-18 183 Maine (Nov. 12) 11-19 265 Delaware State (Nov. 19) 15-18 269 UMBC (Dec. 21) 8-23 298 Radford (Nov. 8) 13-19 316 at Hofstra (Dec. 28) 7-25 325 As for the second part, tack... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs was named to the Maxwell Award watch list on Monday. The Maxwell is given to the nation's top player. It is the second watch list nod for Diggs, who had 54 receptions for 848 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman last season. Diggs is one of 76 players on the watch list. Other ACC players on the Maxwell list include Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, Miami running back Duke Johnson, Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner, Syracuse running back Jerome Smith, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins. Previously:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Time to get this 25-post series started at long last. Up first? Four recent arrivals on the major college football scene and a school 53 years removed from its last bowl appearance ... 125. GEORGIA STATE First, the plusses for the Panthers. They're nestled in an area close to plenty of talent. They're playing in the Georgia Dome, so they can sell a pro facility regardless of how well they draw. They hired a coach (Trent Miles) that helped Indiana State achieve respectability after hitting rock-bottom a few years back. So this isn't a hopeless case long-term, especially with Georgia... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Just this hour, the Boston Celtics introduced Brad Stevens as their new coach. Wednesday's announcement the Butler coach was leaving for the NBA set off the latent moaning about how college coaches are abysmal failures at the professional level for myriad reasons. Figuring out whether Stevens will be a bust in Boston is something for others to determine. Considering the massive rebuilding project he'll oversee, he could easily absorb more losses in his first NBA season than he did in six years at Butler (49). But he does have one obvious thing in common with the last eight coaches to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2013 at D1scourse.com
As a warning, this is going to get repetitive in the next few weeks as the dozens of college football awards committees trot out their watch lists. Stefon Diggs will be on plenty of them. Take the Hornung Award, which is given to college football's most versatile player. Diggs, who thrived as both a receiver and a kickoff returner in his freshman year at Maryland, is one of 44 nominees for an honor won a year ago by West Virginia's Tavon Austin. Other notable nominees include Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins. The full list is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Oneof the most popular concepts ever executed on this blog was the Best Eats in the ACC guide from three years ago. The idea: Piece together a list of restaurants (cheap is a plus, but local is paramount) for each outpost in the conference and bring it together in one place. Well, the ACC formally adds Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse today. And as a result, that guide needs a revision. I've hemmed and hawed about updating the last two years, but this time I really mean it. So between the comments from the old guide, my own visits in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at D1scourse.com
One of the amusing side effects --- maybe the only amusing side effect --- of conference realignment over the last three years is the thought of former college stars being associated with leagues they had nothing to do with. Carmelo Anthony, ACC legend. Andrew Bogut, Pac-12 great. Gordon Hayward, Big East star. Acie Law, creator of stellar SEC memories. Derrick Rose, American hero. (Coming next year, of course, are Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez, Big Ten legends. But that can wait another 12 months). Those are all mildly entertaining, but don't think for a moment conferences won't embrace the the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at D1scourse.com
So, what college conference was the biggest winner on the NBA's draft night? Technically, it would be the ACC and the Pac-12 at seven picks apiece. But realistically, it was a relatively balanced night for conference bragging rights. Six Big East players (well, five that actually played for a Big East team this past season) were selected, as were five from both the Big Ten and the SEC. The Big 12 and Mountain West checked in with four players apiece. The Atlantic 10 and Conference USA were shut out, while the Patriot League had two players selected after going the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Maryland's Sept. 14 football game at Connecticut will start at 7:30 p.m. and be broadcast online by ESPN3. It will be the Terrapins' first night game since November 2011, when they lost to Notre Dame at FedEx Field. It's a curious start time, though Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant reports Connecticut pushed for a late start time to account for fans observing Yom Kippur. Maryland and Connecticut have split their two meetings, with the Terps winning 34-0 in 1942 and Connecticut collecting a 24-21 victory in College Park last year. --- Patrick Stevens Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Remember the college football coaching tenure list from earlier this year? Well, here's the college basketball version. Yes, it took quite a while to piece it together. But there's no shortage of data to glean, as well as one huge theme: Not many coaches stick around long in a job anymore. A few nuggets before the big list: * The median hire date belongs to Iona's Tim Cluess: April 8, 2010. In other words, half of all Division I coaches have been on the job for no more than roughly 38 months. * A quarter of all Division I head... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at D1scourse.com
All of Maryland's athletic programs produced Academic Progress Rate marks above the NCAA's cut score of 925 during the 2011-12 school year and will not be subject to any penalties. The Terrapins' football score was 937, its highest since a 943 in 2006-07. Maryland slipped as low as 922 in 2009-10, costing it three scholarships for the 2011 football season. Men's basketball (948) and women's basketball (950) also surpassed the cut score. The lowest score of any program in College Park was men's tennis, which had a 925. That program was cut by the school last year. The men's cross... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at D1scourse.com
The annual Major League Baseball draft wrapped up over the weekend, and in keeping with an annual custom, here's the breakdown of players selected from colleges in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. Virginia Tech had six players picked, the most of any school in the area. Both Liberty and Maryland had four players selected. Overall, 25 college players from Maryland, D.C. and Virginia were drafted, down from 35 in both 2010 and 2011 and 30 last year. Of course, the 2010 draft had 50 rounds, while the event now only goes 40 rounds. LIBERTY (4) 340. OF Ryan Cordell, Texas 693.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Nose guard Danny Ring and former starting quarterback Trey Miller are no longer on Navy's football roster. Ring was set to enter preseason camp in August as the starter at nose guard. He had 17 tackles (two for loss) and one sack while appearing in 13 games as a sophomore last year, including three starts. Ring earned a starting nod for the Midshipmen's final two games. Sophomore Bernard Serra, who earned the program's Admiral Mack award as the most improved player during spring practice, is now listed as the starter at nose guard. He made six tackles as a reserve... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at D1scourse.com
This probably won't come as a surprise for those who paid attention to Maryland's unusual football 4-8 season a year ago, but the lasting impression far, far from College Park is that wide receiver Stefon Diggs is pretty good. As for the rest of the roster, there might not be quite as much faith. A spin through the all-conference teams in four publications --- Athlon, Lindy's and the Sporting News in print form, Phil Steele in an online version --- reveals a general consensus that Diggs will be among the best receivers in the ACC, as well as one of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at D1scourse.com
BALTIMORE --- Maryland needed a new lacrosse home. Johns Hopkins wanted one for the first time. It turns out the answer to both schools’ desires were tied partially in the other. The Big Ten will sponsor lacrosse for the first time in 2015, and Hopkins will be a part of it as the conference’s first associate member in more than a century. Maryland will be one of the five full Big Ten members to participate as well. All of it formally unfolded Monday after about six months of discussion. And just like that, one of the country’s most recognizable conferences... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Maryland's 2015 Big Ten football schedule won't open with any subtlety. The Terrapins will face Michigan (at home) and Ohio State (on the road) in the first two weeks of league play that year. Maryland will also play Penn State at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium that season. Aside from the Penn State game, the opponents and sites are a reverse from the 2014 conference schedule announced last month. Maryland has deals to play Richmond, Bowling Green (Sept. 12) and South Florida (Sept. 19) at home and West Virginia on the road in nonconference play in 2015. The Terps' Big Ten... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Maryland wide receiver Marcus Leak has withdrawn from school for personal reasons but plans to return in time for the spring semester. Leak, who has two years of eligibility remaining, missed the final five games of the 2012 season and all of spring practice this year after suffering a broken toe. “I have withdrawn from the University of Maryland and will return home to North Carolina to be with my family while I deal with some personal issues," Leak said in a statement released by the school. "I would like to thank coach [Randy] Edsall, my teammates and the rest... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at D1scourse.com
PHILADELPHIA --- Syracuse coach John Desko didn't waste much time Saturday night arriving at an obvious point that has followed his top-seeded Orange throughout this season. They play one-goal games. Lots of them. They win one-goal games. Lots of them. Just a tick more than half of Syracuse's 19 games have been one-goal affairs, including a 9-8 defeat of Denver in the NCAA semifinals. “Unfortunately, I'm almost getting used to it, but we keep coming out on the right side of it,” Desko said. At one point, Syracuse played five straight one-goal games. The Orange have slipped past Virginia (in... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Duke and Syracuse met five times in lacrosse before the 2009 season. Monday will mark the fifth meeting in five seasons between the soon-to-be ACC foes. It will also be the sixth time in the series' 10-game history the teams have played on a neutral field. Only two of the previous meetings were decided by more than three goals --- a game in 1938 and the only final four meeting between the two, Syracuse's 17-7 thrashing of the Blue Devils in the 2009 semifinals. The full series rundown entering Monday's championship: No. 1 SYRACUSE vs. No. 7 DUKE (Monday, 1... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at D1scourse.com
PHILADELPHIA --- Why hasn't there been much on the blog the last few days? Mainly because there's been plenty of work to get done for other outlets. SUNDAY LINKS * Top-seeded Syracuse won yet another one-goal game in the NCAA semifinals. More at Lacrosse Magazine. * Fourth-seeded Denver was denied its first trip to Memorial Day despite leading Syracuse for nearly the entire game. More at the Denver Post. * Kyle Turri made a career-high 16 saves as seventh-seeded Duke fended off Cornell 16-14 in the NCAA semifinals. More at the Raleigh News & Observer. * In the women's tournament,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Maryland will open its 2013 football season with a pair of afternoon games at Byrd Stadium. The Terrapins' Aug. 31 opener against Florida International will start at 12:30 p.m. and be televised by the ACC's regional sports networks (including, in all likelihood, Comcast SportsNet in Baltimore and Washington). A week later, Maryland will play a 4 p.m. game against Old Dominion that will be streamed by ESPN3. It will be Maryland's latest start time since a November 2011 night contest against Notre Dame, a span of 16 games. The Sept. 14 game at Connecticut falls under the television contract of... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Maryland long stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt and midfielder John Haus were among the first-team All-America selections by the USILA. Bernhardt had four goals, three assists, 25 caused turnovers and 59 groundballs as a senior for Maryland. He was a second-team selection last season. Haus had 18 goals and 10 assists while starting all 14 games for the Terrapins (10-4). He was an honorable mention All-America pick the last two years. Among the other first team picks locally were defensemen Tucker Durkin (Johns Hopkins) an Joe Fletcher (Loyola). Durkin was the Schmeisser Award last year as the nation's top defenseman. Fletcher... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at D1scourse.com
Moving along to the final four, where all of the semifinalists have made at least one trip to championship weekend since 2009. The longest absence of the bunch? Syracuse, which was last season on Memorial Day weekend celebrating a title thanks to a Cody Jamieson game-winner against Cornell. Those two schools won't see each other until a week from Monday (if at all), and there's plenty of familiarity between them. But Cornell-Duke and Denver-Syracuse? Not exactly the most common opponents, even if Cornell-Duke in 2007 was riveting semifinal theater. The full series rundowns for both semifinals: No. 7 DUKE vs.... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2013 at D1scourse.com