Archive for March 11th, 2010

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Mar
10

Mason Stays In Baltimore

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By Jesse Jones

Derrick Mason said at the end of the season that he was 60/40 leaning towards retirement.  Tonight, he has reached a two-year deal to remain a Raven.

Mason will likely be the team’s number two receiver behind newly acquired Anquan Boldin.  Donte’ Stallworth is likely to be the team’s third wideout, and Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams will battle for the fourth spot.

This gives the Ravens the best offense in franchise history.  They just need to fill up a few more holes (TE, Ed Reed, D-line, CB) before they can be completely ready for a Super Bowl run.

11
Mar
10

Terps Sweep Post-season honors

By Ben Linton

An amazing season for Maryland Terrapins Basketball was rewarded recently when Greivis Vasquez was named player of the year in the ACC and Gary Williams was named Coach of the year. Freshman Jordan Williams was second in the voting for rookie of the year, which went to Derrick Favors from Georgia Tech.

Vasquez was the first Terp to snag MVP honors since Juan Dixon did in 2002, when the Terps won the National Championship. Vasquez played brilliantly down the stretch, averaging 19.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in his senior season at College Park. He exploded for a career high 41 points against Virginia Tech and Malcolm Delaney, who finished third in MVP voting. Then Vasquez scored 20 and triumphantly led Maryland to a victory against rival Duke and Jon Scheyer, who finished second in the voting. Greivis has come a long way in his years at Maryland- I remember last year against Georgia Tech when he got into it with his own fans in a game and has at times single-handedly lost games for the Terps. But I really believe that he has benefited from one more season in college and was rewarded for doing so and adored by Maryland fans, coaches and players alike.

Gary Williams won ACC Head Coach of the Year since 2002, coincidence right? I hope so. Williams led the Terps to a 23-7 record and a 13-3 conference record, sharing the ACC Title. A lot of fuss was made last year about Gary’s job security when he was criticized for his lack of recruiting skills, internal problems with AD Debbie Yow, and inability to motivate his players on the court. Although I thought that last season was Williams’ best coaching job of his career due to the level of talent he had to work with, this is still very satisfying. It feels good to silence your doubters, and Gary did just that. The most winningest coach in Maryland history will be able to decide on his own when he decides to leave College Park, because no one is knocking down the door for a replacement any time soon.

Hopefully this is just a beginning to an already remarkable season and turnaround for Maryland Basketball.




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