March 4, 2012; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Terrell Stoglin (12) passes the ball during the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Comcast Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
At first glance, this makes no sense. At second glance, it kinda explains everything.
Terrell Stoglin and Mychal Parker have been suspended from the men's basketball team for one year due to a violation of the University of Maryland Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, athletics department officials announced Monday. [...]
"Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility," Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson said. "As much as we appreciate the effort these two young men gave to the program this season, they were unable to live up to that responsibility. We're disappointed, but hope they use this as a learning experience."
No saying what exactly it is that they did, but I don't really need to know. Patrick Stevens says failed drug tests, which is no surprise given that Stoglin has broadcast his love for the ganja. Some, like my esteemed colleague Pete Volk, feel burned that the University would announce this after both had decided to leave. I don't quite agree; releasing it after they leave seems petty, perhaps, but that doesn't mean it wasn't right. Their reputations would've taken the same hit had they stayed, and it had to be announced that way, too. They (or at least Stogs) decided to leave instead, which was their call. It shouldn't be an instant out to avoiding consequences, which is what it would've been.
Anyway, this should explain what changed with Stoglin in the past few weeks; it's a lot easier to decide to leave after you're told you can't play. It also makes it a bit less likely, if it was even possible to begin with, that an NBA team would take a flier on him in the draft. Talent, sure, but lack of physical tools and the chance that he could be a problem-causer? I love Stogs, but fill-it-up guards are a dime-a-dozen at the next level, and some of those guards keep their heads down and/or are taller than 6-0. I wish him many Italian league scoring titles in the future.
Not sure this had anything to do with Parker's decision, though. He said that Turgeon told him to look for other options, and I believe him. (Both because A) it's true, and B) it's not flattering, so if he was lying about it he would've picked a bad lie.) Question is, did Turgeon know what was coming and tell Mike to get out while the getting was good, or was it playing time related as we all assumed at the time? I'd take a slightly-informed guess at the latter, but again, doesn't really matter. He's not here, and it turns out he wouldn't have been available anyway.
Hey, at least things make sense now. Kind of.
(Also, you can bet someone is going to combine this with Pe'Shon Howard's arrest to paint an unflattering picture of the program. Might be a media member, might be an opposing coach, but it's an easy picture to paint, which means someone will do it. Hoping it's a media member, myself.)