Before the 2018 season, quarterback Jalen Hurts’ father said “he’d be the biggest free agent in college football history” if he didn’t win back the starting job at Alabama. A full season behind Tua Tagovailoa later, and Hurts has put his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal.
From a source: Jalen Hurts' name is now in the transfer portal.— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) January 9, 2019
What started out as a pipe dream has become plausible enough that the Terps are tied for the second-highest odds to land the graduate transfer, according to MyBookie. Maryland and Auburn are tied with 5-1 odds as the landing spot for Hurts, trailing only TCU’s 4-1 odds.
Maryland has been mentioned as a potential landing spot nearly since that statement, but the talk has only intensified since the Terps hired his offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as its new head coach. Hurts graduated in December 2018, so he’ll be eligible to play immediately wherever he goes, and with a 26-2 record as a starter, he’ll be highly sought after. He also showed he’s still capable of winning big games this season, coming in for an injured Tagovailoa in the SEC Championship and leading game-tying and winning drives to take down Georgia.
Other listed potential landing spots include Houston (6-1 odds), Miami (6-1), Arkansas (7-1), Florida (7-1), Florida State (8-1), Florida Atlantic (8-1), Arizona (10-1), Nebraska (12-1) and Oklahoma (12-1). There are also 7-1 odds that Alabama retains Hurts and 3-1 odds he chooses the field. It’s highly unlikely he stays, and besides Maryland, TCU, Oklahoma and Houston are more likely landing spots.
In other news
Women basketball’s Kaila Charles was named to the Midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watch list. The junior is averaging 16.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game through 15 games, keeping her in the running after being named to the preseason Top 30 list.
Brenda Frese earned win No. 500 against Nebraska on Tuesday night, and it was just the latest milestone in her legendary career.
Here are a couple highlights from win 500:
"That's what that number speaks of. The people that have come together for a single purpose, and that's winning."— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) January 9, 2019
Win 500 for Coach B. Win 14 for us on this season's journey.#Frese500 || #FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/iqS78MeiUz
Two of Frese’s former players, Brionna Jones and Alyssa Thomas, combined for 49 points and 28 rebounds overseas, though they were facing off. Thomas finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds for ZVVZ USK Praha, but Jones’ 29 points and 11 boards were enough for Nahdeza to come out on top 90-86 in a double-overtime thriller.
Men’s basketball’s win over Tuesday night win over Minnesota was sealed with a 13-0 run at the end, and Justin broke down the keys to the second-half turnaround.
Mark Turgeon’s squad now rides a four-game winning streak into the teeth of a conference schedule that projects nothing but close games down the stretch.
The track and field team did some team building during the break by cooking a meal together on Wednesday night.