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Maryland Minute 8.26.10 - UNC Football Officially In Trouble

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Troubles mount for UNC - ESPN
Is it bad that I'm kinda happy? You knew about agent-gate, but now there's been some "possible academic misconduct" on a wide scale. Nice.

UNC kicks Brown, Burney off team as investigation widens - CBSSports.com
Oh. Wow. Both were starters. And apparently they're ready to lose seven defensive starters...and the defense was their strong suit by a mile.

UNC's Best Players Now on Scout Team
Dayum.

Sources said starting defensive tackle Marvin Austin, starting defensive end Robert Quinn and starting linebacker Bruce Carter were among the players who were relegated to the scout team.

Austin and Quinn were pretty far-and-away UNC's best players, and were supposed to be the rocks of what was to be the ACC's best defense. Guess that's not the case anymore.

Recruiting Report: Local hoops: McNeil leaving city, likes Terps - Matt Bracken - baltimoresun.com
My favorite part?

"I like Maryland a lot," McNeil said. "Coach Bino [Ranson], that’s my guy. [I’ve known him for] three years. He’s very true. He keeps everything real."

Woot. -DT

Some good news before the jump.

ACC Preview: Counting down next season's 15 can't-miss games - The Dagger
MD-Duke and MD-Pitt are both on the list.

It likely won't be a battle for first place in the ACC like last year's meeting in College Park, but this is still one of the nation's premier rivalry games. Greivis Vasquez hit a game-winner at the buzzer to beat Duke last season, helping Maryland earn a share of the conference title.

Yep: "premier rivalry". Suck it, Duke.

Zenitz: Heyward-Bey Seeks To Atone For Failure - CSN
He makes a good point: Hey-Bey struggled in his first year here, and he's struggling again right now. He'll figure it out.

Maryland's Zac MacMath preps for U-20 World Cup with summer abroad - SI.com
MacMath is currently the Terps' starting goalie, and also happens to be possibly the best young American goalie in soccer right now.

Following the Milk Cup, MacMath went to Liverpool where he trained with EPL side Everton. He went through the paces as if he was a member of the squad, eating breakfast at the team cafeteria with the likes of Tim Cahill and Phil Neville, then working out with Everton's goalkeeping coaches. At the end of the day, he didn't retire to a hotel or dorm. He caught a ride with Tim Howard back to Howard's spacious house in Manchester. Everton's goalkeeper and a U.S. national team star, Howard put MacMath up, fed him, and dropped goalkeeping knowledge on him whenever the opportunity presented itself.