Let's face it. Mark Turgeon is living the life of a Terp and a Terp fan. When was the last time success came easy to the MD basketball program. Even when MD produced one of the best teams in the last 20 years, we had to suffer through "Gone in :54" and the phantom Lonny foul as we pissed away the final four game.
- Mark Turgeon's teams at MD have failed to meet expectations. (This is undeniable.)
- Mark Turgeon's has continued to try to make his program better. (Would he actually try to make it worse?)
- If and when Mark Turgeon's teams are successful at MD it will be more satisfying because of what we have endured. (Purely my opinion, but one I stand by.)
Nothing comes easy for us, and it just makes it sweeter when we succeed.
We're not Duke or Kentucky, and that's just fine by me. It makes the victories even better when we take those teams down.
Mark Turgeon is finding out being a Terp means that things are never as easy as they may seem. We are somewhere between a blue blood and a mid major. This means expectations are high, but our profile is lacking a bit of cache. Opportunity and challenge all wrapped into one.
I am one for hoping that Mark sticks it out, does things his way, makes it work and proves some people right and some people wrong. After all, watching the turtle beat that cocky hair is so much fun, especially when the turtle is your home team.
These are just my thoughts and reflections as I continue to read through arguments about the state of the program. These have been trying times as a fan, and I am sure for Turgeon as a coach. But here in Terptown it somehow just seems par for the course, now let's just hope we rise from the ashes as we have in the past.