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3-point shots: Injuries to hold back Terps

10/27/2011

1. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said the Terps won’t be able to run now that they are down to seven scholarship players after guard Pe'Shon Howard broke his foot. Howard is likely out for 12 weeks, putting his return sometime during the ACC season. Turgeon said he was going to play a faster and more exciting style than he did at Texas A&M. But he’s going to have to grind it out. He said not playing uptempo could hurt recruiting as players won’t see the Terps play the way he wants this season. The Terps are still hopeful to get a ruling on the eligibility of 7-1 Ukranian center Alex Len. His 45-day window of being allowed to practice expired two days into practice. Len has been working out on his own. At issue is how much money Len received overseas. The case is similar to Enes Kanter's last season with Kentucky, but the Terps are hopeful the outcome isn’t permanent ineligibility like Kanter’s decision last season.

2. The NCAA’s decision Thursday to allow a parent or legal guardian on official campus visits may cut down on the illicit behavior on unofficial visits. For years, there have been questions about how parents, guardians or coaches made certain long trips for unofficial visits. This decision didn’t get a lot of play by the board of directors but it might be one of the more sound moves the NCAA has done recently. If your child were to pick a college wouldn’t you want to get a good look at the campus, possibly meet the personnel who would be handling him or her? This almost makes too much sense. But the NCAA didn’t go far enough. The legislation said only a parent/guardian. Choosing that one person could turn dicey. It should have been two.

3. Coaches wanted to get back two weekends in April recruiting. They did. The July period has been cut down to three four-day periods. The NCAA board of directors said that coaches will likely get time to work with their players on campus during the week in July, although that’s not done yet. It needs to be a mere formality. Access to their own players will cut down on agent-influenced workout personnel. And if the players are in summer school it only makes sense for coaches to have access to them.