In the fall, both BTN and ESPN released features on Maryland football’s Melvin Keihn. ESPN’s short feature, which aired on the Sept. 2 episode of College GameDay, won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Short Feature Tuesday night.
As a child, Maryland DE Melvin Keihn had to leave his mom in war-torn Liberia.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 2, 2017
14 years later, they reunited.https://t.co/wfnQF4BEDs
Keihn’s story is incredible. He left war-torn Liberia as an 8-year-old, escaping a second civil war. After growing into a Division I football player and a man, he returned to his home country for the first time since he left to see his mother, Satta Johnson, in July of 2017. Their reactions are heartwarming.
BTN’s production was nominated but did not win an Emmy—it was in a different category—but is just as touching, and well worth the watch if you’ve got half an hour to spare. (This tweet starts a five-part thread.)
After graduating in the spring, Keihn will enter his fifth and final year of eligibility in 2018 as he works toward a graduate degree. He’s played in 22 games over two seasons at Maryland, totaling 30 tackles.
In other news
Lacrosse season is reaching its climax, and both the men and women are trying to repeat as national champions. Matt, Lamar and Thomas discuss that and more on this week’s podcast.
In written form, here are the best- and worst-case scenarios for the women’s team as the tournament progresses.
Bruno Fernando is the No. 2 pick in NBADraft.net’s latest 2019 mock draft. That’s dependent on him not hiring an agent and entering this year’s draft, of course, which is very much still an option.
Maryland baseball won a thrilling 10-inning game against Towson in walk-off fashion Wednesday, 8-7, and even though it meant nothing as a non-conference game, it’s got to have the team riding high heading into the weekend.
Pitt transfer Parker Stewart will not be coming to Maryland, though he was one of Mark Turgeon’s top targets on the transfer market. Instead, he’s down to UT-Martin — where his dad is the head coach — and Kansas State, from InsideMDSports.
Also from InsideMDSports, Steve Blake will be playing in former teammate Tahj Holden’s charity basketball game to benefit Holden’s son, Max, who’s fighting neuroblastoma.