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    Mark Turgeon steps down as Maryland basketball coach, Danny Manning named interim

    The Maryland Terrapins are shedding basketball coach Mark Turgeon after the varsity introduced Friday that this system and coach are parting methods. Maryland named its assistant coach Danny Manning as interim head coach.

    “After a collection of conversations with Coach Turgeon, we agreed {that a} teaching change was the perfect transfer for Coach Turgeon and for the Maryland Males’s Basketball program,” Damon Evans, director of athletics at Maryland, stated by way of a press release. “He has devoted over a decade of his life to the College of Maryland, and has coached with distinction and honor. He leaves Faculty Park because the 2020 Huge Ten Convention champion and with greater than 225 victories. He is an incredible coach and an incredible particular person, and I want Mark, his spouse Ann and his total household all the perfect within the subsequent chapter of their lives.”

    Turgeon added to Maryland’s assertion, and he made it sound like this resolution has been within the talks for a short time.

    “After a number of in depth conversations with Damon, I’ve determined that the perfect factor for Maryland Basketball, myself and my household is to step down, efficient instantly, as the pinnacle coach of Maryland Basketball,” Turgeon stated. “I’ve all the time preached that Maryland Basketball is greater than anyone particular person. My departure will allow a brand new voice to information the workforce transferring ahead.

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    Stadium’s Jeff Goodman supplied extra context to this alteration, which got here as considerably of a shock to varsity basketball followers. Reportedly, the Maryland administration wished to go down a special path, and Turgeon was “worn down by the job and fan base.”

    Turgeon out at Maryland and Danny Manning interim.

    Timing of that is kinda loopy. However advised timing was mutual in some features. Administration wished to go in a special route and Mark Turgeon worn down by the job and fan base. https://t.co/6PqHz4LaEE

    — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) December 3, 2021

    This alteration got here principally as a shock as a result of Turgeon had simply signed a three-year contract extension in April, which means he would keep coach till the tip of the 2025-26 season. Extra particulars concerning the reasoning behind the change haven’t been launched.

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    Maryland beneath Mark Turgeon

    In his 10-plus years teaching at Maryland, Turgeon has a 221-113 report. Maryland has appearances in 5 of the previous six NCAA Tournaments, and it could have been six out of seven if the event wasn’t canceled in 2020. The farthest the Terrapins have made it within the NCAA Match beneath Turgeon is to the Candy 16 within the 2015-16 season.

    Within the 2019-20 season, Maryland gained its share of the Huge Ten Championship title for the primary time because the 2009-10 season. The workforce was predicted to go far within the NCAA Match earlier than it ended up being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Over 10 postseasons at Maryland, Mark Turgeon did not win an NCAA event recreation towards a higher-seeded workforce till final season.

    He went 3-6 within the Huge Ten event.

    He by no means had a workforce rated larger than No. 11 on KenPom.

    The Terps can do higher.

    — Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) December 3, 2021

    Up to now this season, the Terrapins are 5-3, with their newest 63-58 loss coming to Virginia Tech on Wednesday. Turgeon appeared defeated throughout the information convention after this loss.

    Mark Turgeon’s Maryland contract

    In April, Turgeon signed a three-year extension with Maryland with a cost of $3.3 million per season. The contract additionally included bonuses for any milestones Turgeon would have completed, reminiscent of successful the Huge Ten event or making an look within the NCAA Match.

    As a result of Maryland and Turgeon agreed to half methods mutually, it is unknown whether or not Maryland owes Turgeon a set sum of money. His contract acknowledged that if he was fired earlier than Could 1, 2022, Maryland would pay him $5 million. If Turgeon left Maryland for any “athletically-related employment or consulting in intercollegiate athletics or skilled sport,” he would owe the varsity $500,000.

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    Who’s Danny Manning?

    Danny Manning was employed as Maryland’s assistant coach in April beneath Turgeon. The 2 performed faculty basketball at Kansas collectively from 1984 to 1987.

    Earlier than taking the Maryland job, Manning labored the earlier yr as an analyst for ESPN. He labored as Tulsa’s head coach from 2012 to 2014, then as Wake Forest’s head coach from 2014 to 2020. Whereas neither of these faculties had event berths throughout his teaching years, he did coach 14 future skilled gamers at Wake Forest, together with John Collins and Jaylen Hoard.

    Manning’s unique assistant coach contract was a one-year $275,000 deal. His contract was set to run out on April 30, 2022. There have been no particulars launched a couple of new contract.

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