This has been a crazy week for the University of Maryland athletics. With recruiting hype lasting all week to rival games in Duke for the men and now Miami for the women. This has been a very eventful week for Maryland athletics.
Let's start with the negative to get it out of the way and to end on a high. The women's bball team has rebounded back from the ugly and I mean ugly ACC loss to VT. Granted the team was without their best player, but still no excuses for losing to such a poor quality opponent. Miami ended up coming in to College Park and rallied for a 2nd half surge to put away the home Lady Terps 76-74 to hold onto first place in the ACC. Brenda has her team going great considering their youth. This team could make a run, not quite sure they can beat the Baylor and UConn's of the world, but they can get that far, that is for sure.
Now the Men's Bball team has had a extremely bad week. I was hoping that the ugly play against Clemson would be the worse thing for the Terps this week unfortunately the week got a lot worse quickly. On the dawn of Stefonnakkuh, the Terps got the worst news year to date, losing starting PG Pe'shon Howard for the year. There has been much debate on whether this was that big of a loss. I would have to think you have got to be an ignorant dumbass to think this wasn't a huge loss. Pe's game has been up and down, but you must incorporate the lack of practice because of the ankle injury in to the discussion on why Pe hasnt been better. Losing our court general is huge any year, you add we truly have 8 total scholly players with Pe and its year ending. There is a lot of talent left on the team, but there would have to be a seriously good ending to the year as in 4-2 at worst and a substantial run in the ACC tournament to consider the Terps and the NCAA.
Then there was the Duke game. Typically a very exciting event, but after an exciting first half, the Terps were still in the game with 7 minutes left on down by two possessions. Then in typical fashion this year, the Terps fell apart and let their opponent to distance themselves in the closing minutes. So back to the falling apart at the end of the game, in my opinion is due to lack of depth and to all the Pe haters, thats why he is so important. Losing to Duke this year was expected, but I think the fact the Terps have proven they can play with them gave us hope only to be sobered up in the second half and get two losses instead.
The last thing on the mens bball team I want to touch on is the Stoglin/Turgeon fiasco that is reportedly going on. First off, Turgeon is the coach and Stoglin is the player. At no time in history of sports is one player more important than the team. Stoglin didnt have a productive game yesterday, it could have been argued it was his worst performance of the year, but that is not the main reason Turgeon decided to leave Stogs on the bench. Go back and review the 2nd half tape, Stogs did not hustle at all throughout his play and especially on defense where he constantly called for switches on man coverage and caused many teammates to have to switch when it wasnt called for. Stogs was playing lazy and Turge saw it and took action. If this kills the Stogs/Turge relationship so be it. Stogs better grow up and not take everything to heart. He didnt do all that he could and let his teammates down. Grow up Terrell and play like a Terp and not a fucking baby because your shots werent falling. There is no issue between Turge and Stogs, the issue is whether Stogs wants to be a team player and play a howle game regardless of his perforamcne.
Remember when I mentioned we would end on a positive note. Well you can thank Mr. Stefon Diggs for this one. The biggest recruit in program history committed Friday and started the chatter of the football team turning the corner. Locks is now deemed a football God at Maryland for his magic worked in less then a month back at the program. I can say this is a great thing considering all the negative surrounding the athletic department. Now theres talk about a pipeline and that Maryland will be able to compete with the National powers to retain the local talent. I think we may be able to sell the 2013 class on this concept of staying home and building the local school to national prminance, but unless the results on the field return back to victories this dream will quickly be ended. This is a great first step, but we need to add 5 wins to last years total to proclaim production and sell the 2013 class they are the next building block to take the next step which is 10+ wins a year on a consistent basis.
I hope the upcoming year in football and men's basketball have promise and the recent recruiting classes are as good as advertised. Good day to all and to all GO TERPS!!!