Et tu, Swofford? – Mark Turgeon Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
A.J. Francis has already signed off as a Maryland Terrapin in a blaze of glory with his whole engagement-birthday-Miami Dolphins YouTube viral video. Perhaps one of the most beloved Terps of my generation is gone, and all that’s left now are the formalities and goodbyes. But consider this Baltimore Sun piece an exit interview of sorts, wherein he gets to talk about life as a marine mammal and how his intelligence will play a factor in his success.
Consider Maryland officially on ESPN’s basketball recruiting guru Dave Telep’s short list of teams to be aware of. Since Maryland has been snatching up local hoops talent with the additions of Dion Wiley and Romelo Trimble, Telep is carefully paying attention to what is being built by Mark Turgeon in Collie Park. He’s got an Insider article right here, explaining just that. The Terps have been getting more and more national recognition over the pat two years than they had during the lull times between Greivis leaving and Mark Turgeon coming in, so I’ve got to be pleased with that.
Going along with that trend of receiving some recognition nationally, SportingNews let out a bit of information about how Maryland is re-emerging as a threat to local talent in the area. It’s completely true, and Maryland rising to prominence has to make Georgetown a little nervous, as they’re directly poaching their talent. It also has ramifications that extend along the eastern seaboard, because Syracuse loses out on talent, Rutgers loses out on talent, and everywhere else that snatched DMV kids away loses out on talent. Go Terps!
In news that probably didn’t shock the world, Maryland’s four biggest sports don’t do that amazingly well in the APR compared to the rest of the ACC, according to David Teel. But to be entirely honest, that barometer for educational aptitude is absurd. APR is boosted when players meet the stringent requirements of A.) not dropping out and B.) not throwing hot lava at their school president. In other words, it has nothing to do with how well a school competes academically, which is why UVA of all schools is lower than FSU.