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Maryland women’s basketball adds Karen Blair as assistant coach

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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This is Brenda Frese, not Karen Blair. Frese is Blair’s new boss.
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For the first time in three years, Maryland women’s basketball has a new assistant coach, as the program announced its hiring of Karen Blair on Tuesday.

Blair spent the last three seasons at VCU; during her tenure, the Rams set a program wins record with 23, reached a WNIT and brought in a top-30 recruiting class. She’s been coaching for nearly two decades, starting her career right after graduating from SMU in 1999.

A three-year starting point guard and two-time captain for the Mustangs, Blair will be crucial in the development of rising sophomore Channise Lewis and 2019 commit Ashley Owusu, among other players.

“She’s a triple threat with her knowledge of the game, organization of recruiting and her connection to her players,” Frese said in Maryland’s release.

Blair replaces Bett Shelby, who spent three years in College Park but took a position at North Carolina last month (she’s a North Carolina native). Shay Robinson and Terry Nooner are in line to return for their fifth and fourth seasons at Maryland, respectively.

In other news

The Terps won’t have Aja Ellison this winter, though, as the forward will spend her final college season at Texas A&M.

On the men’s side, transfer forward Anthony Tarke is on campus today. He’s scheduled to take other visits, but the Terps are very much in the mix.

Maryland basketball alum Kenny Johnson has a new assistant coaching job at La Salle.

The Terps’ athletic director job is open, and people are getting restless about the hiring process, writes The Baltimore Sun.

Here’s Vernon Davis and Wale in Maryland Stadium together.

And here’s ... well, we’re not sure.