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The best Maryland sports reporting and articles of 2015

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We're fortunate to cover a program with lots of interesting stories to tell. Here are some of our favorites.

Some of our favorite Maryland beat reporters, hard at work.
Some of our favorite Maryland beat reporters, hard at work.
Sung-Min Kim

It's about time to flip the calendar to 2016 and stash away a bunch of memories from the past year.

We've had a good year around these parts and have enjoyed writing and recording things about Maryland's sports teams for everyone to read free of any charge. Here's a collection of some of our best work from the past year, and also some Maryland items we particularly enjoyed from other outlets that cover the Terps. These cover a wide array of offerings, including news reporting, feature writing, analysis and old-fashioned humor:

The best Testudo Times stories of the year

Dez Wells and Maryland barrel toward the end - Testudo Times
Alex Kirshner on Dez Wells's Maryland career, with insight from Wells's mother and mentor.

Why I'm picking Maryland to win the NCAA Tournament (and why you should too) - Testudo Times
Andrew Emmer's postseason prediction didn't quite pan out, but people got really into it because it was fun and full of pride.

Maryland fired Randy Edsall. Here is what his era of Terps football did to me - SB Nation
So, this is technically not a Testudo Times story, but Pete Volk is still one of ours.

The case for every Maryland head coaching candidate - Testudo Times
We covered the heck out of Maryland's search for a new coach to replace Edsall. We profiled 38 potential candidates, including eventual hire DJ Durkin.

Maryland's Sebastian Elney stayed patient during scoring drought - Testudo Times
Ryan Connors got inside the mind of one of Maryland's most important soccer players.

Maryland paid $400,000 to lose to Bowling Green, records say - Testudo Times
We dove into some public records to learn more about Maryland's football contracts with out-of-conference schools. Our hope is to expand on this sort of reporting in the next year.

The financial impact of Maryland's Big Ten move was apparently enormous - Testudo Times
Todd Carton took a hard look at the financial changes that came with Maryland's move to the Big Ten, one year out. That was part one of a two-part series, and here's the second.

The big Maryland men's basketball 2015-16 season preview - Testudo Times
Dave Tucker and Matt Ellentuck put together a roadmap to Maryland's season.

Maryland Film Room - Testudo Times
Spearheaded by Matt Ellentuck and Doug Newton, we've established the best resource for Maryland game film reviews you'll find anywhere outside the athletic department's offices.

Our best interviews

Synthesizing interviews into articles is the core of reporting, but sometimes it's best to let people hear things straight from the horse's mouth. Here are a couple of interviews we've published in the last few months:

An interview with Maryland head men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon - Testudo Times
We went one-on-one with Maryland's current head coach.

Gary Williams 'would've enjoyed' coaching Melo Trimble, readies for Cole Field House project - Testudo Times
... and also his predecessor.

University of Maryland president Wallace Loh says he 'evolved' on Byrd Stadium renaming - Testudo Times
A few minutes with the university president, after he got a measure approved to rename Maryland's football stadium.

Melo Trimble says Maryland’s ‘not caught up in the hype' - Testudo Times
One-on-one with the most popular man in College Park not named Scott Van Pelt.

Varun Ram on walking onto Maryland basketball: 'Don't stop. Don't quit.' - Testudo Times
The most interesting man in the world.

The best Maryland items from elsewhere

BREAKING: Maryland Expected to Fire Randy Edsall – Inside Maryland Sports
Credit to Jeff Ermann, who had the scoop on Maryland firing its head coach before it seemed like Maryland even did.

For Terps, Baltimore City's 'Charms' Harder to Locate Lately – Inside Maryland Sports
Nobody writes about the local basketball recruiting scene better than Josh Stirn.

As Terps prepare to play North Carolina, ex-players, coaches recall Maryland's historic first trip to Smith Center - Baltimore Sun
Don Markus taught a class in Maryland's basketball history. It was good.

Maryland's Rasheed Sulaimon develops special bond with 6-year-old Cameron Hiller - The Diamondback
Ryan Baillargeon's story on the Maryland guard and a little kid will give you all the feels.

Brothers Levern and Taivon Jacobs set to start for Maryland football a year after heartbreaking 24 hours – The Diamondback
Josh Needelman went through the ups and downs for Maryland's pair of wide receiving brothers.

For Mark Turgeon and the Terps, preparation is like clockwork -- and every night is movie night | The Washington Post
This, by Rick Maese, is a master class in sportswriting.

Dez Wells scores 26 points to lead No. 14 Maryland over No. 5 Wisconsin, 59-53 - Washington Post
After every Maryland game, we read game stories. Roman Stubbs wrote one of the best of the year after Maryland's upset at home of a top-five Wisconsin team last February.

Maryland's seniors look to cap season, careers - Baltimore Sun
As Maryland players neared the end of their careers, Daniel Gallen summed of the harsh finality of their experience.