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Local hoops teams bypassed in preseason coaches poll

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Local hoops teams bypassed in preseason coaches poll

Plenty of promise exists up and down the Maryland's rosters and few will be stunned if the programs ends up ranked at some point this season. Just not yet.

Neither the Terps or Georgetown Hoyas picked up any votes in the just released USA Today preseason coaches poll. Hardly a stunner considering the youth on both rosters, though the ACC and Big East schools were picked to finish in the top of half of their respective conferences.

Indiana, led by sophomore sensation Cody Zeller, tops the initial poll, receiving 21 of a possible 31 first place votes. Up next, Bluegrass state stalwarts Louisville and Kentucky, each receiving five first place votes, followed by Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina State, Kansas, Syracuse, Duke and Florida. Georgetown opens the season against the Gators on an aircraft carrier parked in Jacksonville.

While no DMV program ranked among the top 25, Virginia Commonwealth, gearing up for its first season in the Atlantic 10, finished second among the "others receiving votes" folk. Colonial Athletic Association favorite Drexel received two votes.

The ACC voters slotted Maryland sixth among the 12 conference teams. Georgetown finished fifth within the Big East.

Four ACC programs rank among the top 25, including North Carolina (11) and Florida State (tied for 24). Notre Dame (23) joins Louisville and Syracuse among Big East schools in the top 25.

And no, neither Maryland coach Mark Turgeon or Georgetown's John Thompson III are among the 31 voting coaches. Coppin State's Fang Mitchell is among the group filling out a ballot.

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Maryland QB Perry Hills ‘day-to-day’ with shoulder injury

Maryland QB Perry Hills ‘day-to-day’ with shoulder injury

BY KEVIN CONNELL (@_KevinConnell)

Maryland quarterback Perry Hills is “day-to-day” with an apparent shoulder injury, Terrapins coach DJ Durkin said Monday.

Hills, a fifth-year senior, sustained the injury during Maryland’s 30-24 double-overtime road win over UCF on Saturday.

“Perry is about as tough as they come. Obviously, its timed well having a bye and time to recover and get healthy,” Durkin said, according to the Washington Post. “That’s a day-to-day thing. We’ll continue to monitor it all the way up to our preparation (for Purdue).”

Hills left the game after injuring his shoulder on a 1-yard run during the Terps’ second overtime period against the Knights.

On the next play after he left the game, backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, a true freshman, weaved his way to the end zone on a 24-yard run for the game-winning score.

Against UCF, Hills completed 10 of 23 passes for 127 yards. Through three games this season, he’s thrown for 463 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Hills was the starter in eight games last season and started seven games as a true freshman in 2012, as well. He redshirted as a sophomore in 2013 and appeared in just three games the following year.

Maryland has its bye this Saturday before hosting Purdue in its Big Ten opener on Oct. 1. The game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET, also will be the Terps’ homecoming game.

RELATED: FORMER TERRAPIN STEFON DIGGS TRYING TO START A SHORT SHORTS TREND IN NFL

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Former Terrapin Stefon Diggs trying to start a short shorts trend in NFL

Former Terrapin Stefon Diggs trying to start a short shorts trend in NFL

Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs is turning heads on game days. In fact, his 285 receiving yards through two weeks leads the NFL. 

But the former Maryland football star is turning heads in practice for a different reason: his teeny, tiny shorts. A few photos to illustrate the point:

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In a great writeup in the Ringer, Diggs explains how hiked up hems became part of his signature style. 

Ironically, it all goes back to the NBA. Specifically its golden generation of stars in the '80s.

Diggs said he'd been in the habit of ordering retro basketball shorts for use off the field, but in the spring of 2015, he decided to bring the style to practice. 

“I kept rolling my shorts up, shorter and shorter,” Diggs said. “By training camp, [equipment managers] came up to me and said, ‘Uh, we can hem them. I guess.’”

In addition to the style element, the receiver appreciates less fabric for freer movement. Fast forward more than a year and his practice shorts are as short as anatomy will allow. 

Diggs is not alone in his affinity for showing some leg in practice and around town. Just check out Wizards forward Kelly Oubre. 

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But Diggs does stick out in the NFL world, which may not have seen shorts that miniscule since Chris Cooley rocked these in the mid-2000s. 

“My mom sees it and makes fun of me constantly; she calls me John Stockton,” Diggs said. And she isn't the only one to reference thigh-bearing NBA stars. 

“Coaches name basically every ’80s basketball player. I’m paying respect to ’80s basketball players, even if I don’t know every player they are talking about. Sometimes I don’t even hear what coach it is, I just hear someone yelling some ’80s player.”

As far as Diggs is concerned, that's a compliment. But his teammates don't exactly agree. 

“His shorts are unreasonable,” fellow Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said. “He’s the first guy I’ve ever seen do that on a football field, but you can’t be mad at him, because he’s owning it.”

“I just look at it and say, ‘What is he doing?’ This is not going to catch on," cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “I don’t even know what Stef is trying to show off. He has skinny legs.”

The teasing only makes Diggs double down. “Everyone on the team has been making fun of me, so I’m not going to change now." 

But the former Maryland star isn't just a short shorts enthusiast. He's an evangalist as well. 

“Short shorts are cool. It should catch on," he said. Diggs told the Ringer that he hopes to talk to athletic wear companies about making them specifically for football. 

The equipment managers hemming his practice shorts would surely appreciate the help. 

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