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  1. I hear ya. But the University had 2+ months to get the facts and find out the truth via it's own investigation and, if the anonymous sources are lying, it would have been ready to call bullshit and lay out the truth. The fact that they didn't do that and basically reacted (by firing the trainers) and then re-reacted to social / political pressure by (for all-intents-and-purposes) firing Durkin a day later leads me to one of only 2 possibilities: 1. The facts in the story are true (and the University allowed at a minimum an incompetent training and medical staff to continue servicing the football team). 2. The University doesn't know the facts and their investigation (which, let's not forget, involved the death of a student) has failed to provide them with any insight in 2 months. And they panicked and started firing everybody below them. That's gross incompetence at best. Malicious and perhaps criminal behavior (if they were covering up material facts in Jordan's death) at worst. And if rumor is true, the Board of Regents may be of the same mind and is getting ready to clean house: Loh, Evans and Durkin all gone. We'll see...
  2. EXACTLY. It is total mismanagement. Incredible when you think that the University had it's own investigation on-going, and it STILL took an outside media report to bring facts to light. I don't know how Loh get's out of this scott-free.
  3. Loh and Evans just admitted: - The training staff didn’t follow proper procedures for a medical emergency and were responsible for the death. - They are launching a second investigation. - They found out about the incident primarily through the ESPN reports. All this after 2+ months have passed since the incident This is mismanagement of the highest order. I don’t think I am being extreme at all.
  4. There are several of examples of players putting up most of their HOF stats on one team and then going in with another: Dave Winfield, Nolan Ryan, Carlton Fisk.
  5. I understand that point of view. Here's my problem with it: - Let's say for the point of argument that the facts in the article(s) are not substantially true. Then the MD administration should have been ready from jump street to come out with their own finding of facts to refute the accusations. Yes, I know the "official investigation" is not due to complete for another 6 weeks, but a kid died...I would trust (hope?) that after 2 months of their own investigating, the administration would know whether they had a safety issue with the football program or not and have the facts, or at least the outline of a case, to back up their argument. - Now, the other side, let's say the article is primarily true. Then the administration is either covering up the safety issues (in which case the accountability...criminal accountability...goes way higher than a coach or an AD), or they are mismanaging their own investigation and truly don't know the facts. Neither scenario speaks to any sort of management control over the situation. The clear panic "firings" of the training staff...and then when there was public outcry on social media the day after, the firing of the coach...leads me to believe that the University of Maryland administration does not have control over this situation - 2 months after a student died. The difference with the Duke scenario is that the incident and then the reports literally happened overnight (not after 2 months) and the Duke players had to acquire their own legal resources to do the investigation. That took time and only when the legal team started to uncover the real facts could they make their case to the public. The MD football program has had the administration doing this investigation for them for 2 months. If the points in the article are not true, they should at least be able to come out and state that they are not. The fact that they didn't, says a lot. Personally, I think the Chancellor....or maybe the Governor...needs to step-in and clean house. Shut the football program down, fire Evans and Loh, and then hire (beg) someone like Freeman Hrabowski to come in and restore sound management control.
  6. The Orioles can do a lot worse at manager (and have done a lot worse in the Angelos era: Ray Miller, anyone? How about Lee Mazzilli?). Buck can stay if he wants to stay, in my opinion. The only qualifier I would put on that is if a new GM is hired and he wants somebody else.
  7. Root for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back. Lifelong (50+) Os fan here. In the end, 98% of these guys are just paid mercenaries and have no real appreciation for the fans in any particular city that pay their salary. There are some exceptions, but exceptions they are and they are very far and few between. With kids, I know this can be a tough experience. I was a big Eddie Murray fan growing up. But this is a teachable moment about how these guys have no real stake in the relationship with the fans and the city. And that for the right amount of money, they will play for anybody and anywhere. And that is not a criticism of the players. It is the way the business is set up (and before free agency, the owners had too much control). It is good work - if you can get it. Although I think the organization is going somewhat sideways this off-season, and would like to see some changes in the front office/ownership, I will be rooting for the 2018 Orioles regardless of who is on the lineup card. I don't expect any of the players to care about, much less reciprocate, my emotional attachment to the Orioles. And likewise, when they depart, I won't care about them, either.
  8. To their credit, Maryland kept it close in the second half, including overcoming another killer 5:00 minute scoring drought. Combined with Michigan not hitting their free throws, it opened up the door for Huerter to hit the Terps biggest shot of the year and give Maryland a 1 point lead with 3.5 seconds to go. But shoddy defense (and questionable coaching of the defensive alignment) on the last play allowed Michigan to force a foul and win it at the line. Encouraging, yet ultimately dissapointing. A struggling Minnesota team awaits the Terps at home on Thursday in what is probably their last chance for a win this month.
  9. Maryland quickly reverting to form with what Bill Raferty termed "faulty defense"...Michigan with a barrage of 3s in the first 10 minutes of the second half (8-10) and what was once a promising chance to get a big win on the road begins to slip away from the Terps.
  10. And there it is, the patented MD drought. From 1:29 in the first half to 16:33 in the second (just shy of 5:00), MD went scoreless and allowed Michigan to storm back on a 14-0 run and tie the game at 30-30. Maryland , to their credit, then went on a mini-run of their own to take a 6 point lead at the under 16:00 timeout. It is clear that Michigan has come out of their slumber; Maryland will need to play well to earn this much-needed road victory.
  11. At the half, Maryland is up 10 on Michigan. Maryland has played well on both sides of the ball. But the main story seems to be that Michigan has not recovered from their upset win over cross-state rival MSU on Saturday. In the first half, Michigan couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. They missed layups, 3 pointers (2-9) and a bunch of shots in between. Maryland allowed Michigan to cut the lead to 10 at the half, and they are another mini-run from getting right back into it. So the game is not over by a long shot, but the second half holds to be much more watchable than the previous MD games on the road.
  12. Another tough road game against a Top 25 (#23) team. Unfortunately, due to injuries and recent events, I have been forced to downsize my expectations for the Terps. Not that they were high in the first place; I expected them to be an NCAA bubble team. However, now, I think they are an NIT bubble team - at best. Having said that, here is what I would like to see tonight: > Be within 10 points at some point in the 2nd half. > Keep Michigan from scoring 50+ points from the 3-point line. > Avoid scoring droughts of 5+ minutes. > Keep the final margin of defeat to within 20 points. On a side note, being a Catonsville native, I am keeping tabs on the UMBC Retrievers. Dave Odom's son, Ryan, has them playing well. If they get hot at the right time, they could make a run in the conference tournament.
  13. Another disappointing performance on the road. The Terps seem to be heading for the bottom half (quarter?) of the Big 10. A very tough schedule continues for this month (@Michigan, Minnesota, @Indiana, MSU, @ Purdue). With the way they are playing, I see the Minnesota game as the only realistic win in that stretch. Terps hopes of qualifying for the NCAA tournament are quickly disappearing (sans a miracle conference tournament finish). I know the injury bug has bit them hard, but save for the second half against (what is apparently) a very bad Iowa team, the Terps have played very uninspired over the last 3 contests. Very discouraging....
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