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One more for Obi

by on Mar.07, 2013, under College Basketball, College Sports, Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

It appears Notre Dame has officially offered Saint James 4-star PF Obi Enechionyia. From Rivals’ Alex Kline:

@TheRecruitScoop: Notre Dame has offered 2014 Saint James (MD) PF Obi Enechonyia.

Enechionyia has collected plenty  of offers since last summer but has yet to make an official decision on where he’ll play in 2014.

Perhaps Tim Koelble and I should read up NCAA compliance policies so we don’t make any ill-advised comments to Obi about playing for Tim’s Fighting Irish or my Terps.

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Obi Enechionyia now a 4-star prospect

by on Jan.16, 2013, under College Basketball, College Sports, Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

Saint James forward Obi Enechionyia’s stock is beginning to rise on the recruiting trail.

Over the summer, the junior was pegged as a 3-star recruit, but, according to Rivals, he has since been elevated to a 4-star forward in the 2014 class. Rivals put him at 82 in their 2014 player rankings. Enechionyia is averaging a double-double per game this season with the Saints, putting up 21.3 PPG and grabbing 13.0 RPG.

He has yet to take an official visit, but has received offers from: Indiana, Maryland (!), Massachusetts, Miami (FL), VCU, Villanova, Virginia and Xavier (exhales). Enechionyia is also getting looks from Ohio State and Stanford.

Official visits should begin sometime after Saint James’ season ends and I’ll be sure to pass along more information as it becomes available.

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Shots fired: ACC files a lawsuit against Maryland

by on Nov.27, 2012, under College Basketball, College Football, College Sports

And here it is: the ACC has officially filed a lawsuit against Maryland in — wait for it — Greensboro, North Carolina. Shocking, I know. According to The Duke Chronicle, who broke the story, the ACC’s suit against Maryland is likely regarding the $50 million exit fee the conference demands from schools wanting to jump ship.

Maryland and Florida State were the only two ACC schools who voted against the this figure back in September. School President Wallace Loh believes the $50 million fee won’t hold up in court. We shall see.

This is the first of many legal details to be brought to light in the Maryland-ACC saga. This is also the first time I have ever read The Duke Chronicle.

 

 

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Maryland’s move to the B1G was the right one

by on Nov.20, 2012, under College Basketball, College Football, College Sports

Ever since the story broke I’ve been trying to conjure up reasons as to why Maryland shouldn’t leave the ACC — legitimate reasons. I came up with exactly zero. One big bagel. The brimming reason most Maryland fans did not want to join the B1G was the tradition it shared with the ACC. It has plenty of history being one of the conference’s charter members, but its history is just that.

History, like Greivis Vasquez’s senior night in 2010 when the Terps upset Duke and claimed a share of the ACC regular season championship. Like his triple-double performance against North Carolina in 2009. Like the football team’s upset of Boston College in 2007 that began the demise of Matt Ryan’s Heisman run. The upsets of Florida State in 2006 and 2004. Maryland’s 2004 ACC Tournament championship where it beat Duke. The 2002 basketball national championship where the Terps beat new B1G conference foe Indiana. Or, the 2001 football game against Clemson where Maryland won the ACC Championship and a barrage of oranges blanketed the field. Yes, there is plenty more Maryland-ACC history, but none so exuberant that it should prevent the Terps from doing what is best for the school.

With the recent admittance of Pittsburgh, Syracuse and, as of September, Notre Dame to the ACC, that history died. Maryland would only get a chance to play Duke or North Carolina at home every two years. Maryland got paired with Pittsburgh and Virginia in basketball as its “natural rivals.” Speaking of rivalries, ask any Duke or North Carolina fan if they consider Maryland a rival. I bet they don’t because they have each other. Fact is, Maryland doesn’t have a true in-conference rival. Duke and North Carolina are fun teams to beat, but the Terps haven’t beaten them much as of late. The rivalries in football are non-existent.
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Giving credit where it’s due and some reaction to Maryland’s possible B1G move

by on Nov.18, 2012, under College Football, College Sports

The Maryland-to-the-B1G rumors actually began awhile ago when conference realignment was all the rage. It died off, Maryland remained in the ACC, who then wooed Syracuse and Pittsburgh into becoming conference members. And, in September, Notre Dame joined the ACC as a quasi-member in football and a full member in all other sports except ice hockey.

If you read almost any report regarding Maryland’s potential move to the B1G, you’ll see ESPN.com’s Andy Katz and Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde garnering all the recognition for breaking this story. In reality, neither Katz or Forde did just that.

Jeremy Conn, a radio personality for Baltimore’s 105.7 The Fan, brought up the move on November 12 while on the air. This was the first time since major conference realigning was taking place I heard the rumor surface again. This past Thursday, Jeff Ermann from InsideMDSports.com had the story informing everyone Maryland was indeed in serious talks with the B1G about jumping ship.
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Maryland QB Brown out for season

by on Aug.15, 2012, under College Football, College Sports

Maryland starting quarterback and team captain C.J. Brown will miss the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL he suffered in a non-contact drill Tuesday night.

Freshmen Caleb Rowe and Perry Hills will vie for the starting job in Brown’s absence. Rowe, Hills and myself have all taken the same amount of collegiate snaps, so there’s that.

It’s very possibly Brown will be granted a medical redshirt and will be a sixth-year senior in 2014, but that remains to be seen.

Head coach Randy Edsall will address the media at 2:15 regarding this nightmarish injury.

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Recruiting: Enechionyia update

by on Aug.03, 2012, under College Basketball, College Sports, Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

It’s been almost two months since St. James standout Obi Enechionyia took his visit at the University of Maryland and plenty has happened to the 2014 forward. He picked up an offer from Maryland shortly after his June visit on July 2. He’s also gotten offers from UMass, Temple, VCU and Xavier and helped lead his AAU team to consecutive championships this summer.

When asked who Enechionyia compares his playing style to at a tournament last week, the soon-to-be junior told a reporter, “Kevin Durant, but with a little more of a post game.”

Georgetown, Villanova, Virginia, Stanford, Ohio State and Miami have all reportedly expressed interest in him, too, but have yet to make any offers. Enechionyia, however, doesn’t currently have a favorite and is waiting for the end of his junior season to a make decision.

Right now, it’s looking like Enechionyia is projected as a 3-star recruit, but that could change depending on his performance this season.

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Maryland’s first fall depth chart

by on Aug.02, 2012, under College Football, College Sports

Maryland released its first fall depth chart that generated a mostly tepid reaction from myself. Preseason camp doesn’t get underway until August 7, so not much has changed from the spring. There aren’t many surprises on it, just inclusions of the players who didn’t partake in spring camp for whatever reason. Without further ado:

Quarterback — 16  C.J. Brown (JR*); 11 Perry Hills (FR) or 7 Caleb Rowe (FR)

Running back — 44 Justus Pickett (SO); 45 Brandon Ross (FR); 46 Kwabena Ofori (SR); 4 Wes Brown (FR) or 5 Albert Reid (FR) or 29 Joe Riddle (FR)

[Pickett is the incumbent starter. He played sparingly last season in the backfield and handled some of the kick returns. I've seen projections in college football preview magazines that have Pickett starting, but I've also seen Brown get the nod. It'll be an interesting battle to watch heading into the Sept. 1 opener vs. William & Mary. If Pickett runs like he did last season (in one word: terrified) it wouldn't surprise me to see Brown, a 4-star recruit, or Ross unseat him as the starter.]

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Saint James star to visit Terps this week

by on Jun.12, 2012, under College Basketball, College Sports, Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

Obi Enechionyia, a standout basketball player at Saint James and current Washington County Player of the Year, is set to visit the University of Maryland sometime this week, according to multiple reports.

Enechionyia, a 6’8″ forward, averaged 17.5 PPG, 12.5 RPG and 5.8 BPG as a sophomore, while leading the Saints to a 17-10 record.

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That was ugly, Baltimore

by on Oct.25, 2011, under Football, Pro Sports

I spent most of last night and the better part of today trying to figure out what went wrong with Baltimore last night in its 12-7 deflating, unimpressive, embarrassing loss to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. The short answer is the offense. That’s obvious. Offensively, things couldn’t have gone much worse. No first downs for the first 40 minutes of the game. 40 MINUTES! An offense with Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, emerging young tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, budding receiver Torrey Smith and Joe Flacco who can throw a football through a bank safe couldn’t gain 10 yards to get one first down. That is down right pathetic.

So let me start breaking down exactly how bad the loss was. First, it came on Monday night in front of a national television audience. There were talks before the game about the Ravens being the best team in the AFC. Not after last night. Second, the team that beat the Ravens is a team that has to tarp off 14 sections of its stadium seating with advertisments so it drops the stadium’s capacity down to around 67,000 so it’s easier to sell out games an avoid television blackouts. Third, the Jags had lost five straight games going into to last night’s game. Fourth, they had a rookie quarterback (Blaine Gabbert) starting. Everyone — and I mean everyone — figured the Ravens would easily win that game. Well, almost everyone. I’m sure all 23 Jacksonville fans had faith. Yes, it was bad. (continue reading…)

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