Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mark Turgeon To Maryland: Smart Move

Maryland Got "Their Guy"

Maryland has hired Mark Turgeon from Texas A&M to be the new head basketball coach, and Terp Nation should be very excited about the future.  They have secured a bona fide winner who has managed successful programs at schools that were not considered "basketball schools".  Maryland should give Turgeon all the support he needs, then sit back and enjoy the results.  Turgeon has taken schools that were at the bottom of their conference in basketball (Wichita State in the Missouri Valley and Texas A&M in the Big 12)  and risen them to prominence in short order.

This is a great career move for Turgeon as well.  He was wise in leaving a successful Wichita State team for a successful Texas A&M (Billy Gillispie to Kentucky) squad.  Now he leaves for one of the best jobs in the ACC.  This is also his first job at a "basketball school" in an area that is full of high school talent that wants to attend. 

The bottom line for Turgeon is this:  At Texas A&M he was playing second fiddle at a second fiddle institution in Texas.  No matter how much he won in College Station, football would always be king.  No matter how much he won, the state of Texas will always be Longhorn Country.  Now he will get the notoriety he deserves on a national level, because he WILL win big at Maryland.

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