Monday, April 04, 2011

That could be Maryland

Anyone following the current debacle that is the N.C. State basketball coaching search should have a sense of why I was petrified of Debbie Yow having a role in picking the next head coach at Maryland. It seems every head coach in America has turned down the Wolfpack or their agents about taking the head coaching job even though they are offering one of the best salaries in the ACC and have a roster that promises to have some talent the next few seasons. Gary Williams doesn't need to mount a smear campaign against Yow as some have suggested, her reputation precedes her. In this case she is just reaping what she sowed. Thank god she isn't doing this in College Park.

In other news it was announced that Maryland would lose three football scholarships due to a low APR (Academic Progress Report) score. Another weight to put on the scale when evaluating the ouster of Ralph Friedgen after last season. It didn't help that the athletic department under the former AD slashed the academic support budget in an attempt to cut costs while spending lavishly on the women's basketball coaching staff. New head coach Randy Edsall indicated he thought things would get turned around quickly in the classroom.

College basketball players don't always make the logical or most informed decision when it comes to giving up their eligibility as Barry Jacobs points out in this article.

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