Maryland Minute - 10.18.11 - Maryland's Special Teams Struggling

Maryland's kickoff and punt return coverage does a good job of making people look like Heisman candidates...

Sorry for the lack of a Maryland Minute the past few days. The three of us have been tied up in various personal matters and there honestly hasn't been too much going on that we didn't do a feature story on. So here's your latest Maryland news from around the web...

Terps' special teams not so special - Washington Times
Between the ups and downs Maryland has gone through this season, the one constant has been that the special teams coverage on kickoffs and punts has been terrible. Also, Edsall's clock management has also been terrible. Did anyone else notice in the Clemson game when we called a timeout 13 seconds before the end of the quarter? Uh, why? It wasn't 13 seconds before the end of the half or end of the game, so why are you trying to save that time? Ugh.

Joe Vellano named 2nd Team All American by CBSSports.com
Not too shabby. And well deserved, I might add. In a season of surprises, Vellano has been a consistent force through the first half of the season. -Ben G.

Keith Booth finds a home at Loyala ... women's basketball

Always liked Booth, but thought he was a little in over his head as an assistant here. This is a pretty good argument in favor of that thought. -Ben B.

My take - I was shocked that this is where Booth ended up. I thought at minimum that if he was at Loyola he'd be working under Jimmy Patsos. Booth was at Maryland for several years, so you think that would count for something, but apparently not. I guess he could have just wanted to stay in the Baltimore area and this was his only shot... 

2011-2012 Preview: Talking Maryland Basketball With Pete Volk - Busting Brackets - A College Basketball blog for all your March Madness news
Nice overview piece on MD basketball by the guys at Busting Brackets, who interviewed Terrapin Station's Pete Volk.

Women's basketball picked to finish No. 3 in ACC - Sports - The Diamondback - University of Maryland
The women's team was picked to finish 3rd in the conference, with Lynetta Kizer and Alyssa Thomas named to the first-team All-ACC.

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