Terps' Vellano doubtful for UNC game


Terps' Vellano doubtful for UNC game

By Matt Dewhurst
CSNbaltimore.com contributor

It's been a season marred by injuries for Maryland's football program, and the final game of the year will be no exception.

Already forced to start true freshman linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback for the last month due to a string of season-ending injuries, the Terps could be without captain Joe Vellano for it's final game of the season against North Carolina.

Vellano was listed as doubtful on this week's injury report released Nov. 22 after being seen in a walking boot following Maryland's 41-14 loss to Florida State Nov. 17.

Vellano is tied with Darin Drakeford - who ironically has been ruled out of the UNC game - for the team lead in sacks with six.

John Feinstein has NBA Draft decision advice for Melo Trimble


John Feinstein has NBA Draft decision advice for Melo Trimble

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Author John Feinstein, in a segment that aired on CSN's SportsNet Central on Tuesday evening, called for Maryland guard Melo Trimble to pull his name out of the NBA Draft and return to the Terrapins for his junior season. 

Among other things, Feinstein said the following:

"Why not go back to college, improve on your game, which needed improvement this season? He went backwards. He needs to lose a little weight, he needs to get healthy -- which he clearly wasn't at the end of last season -- and he needs to show people again that he can be the player he was as a freshman. 

"If he does all those things next year, he'll almost certainly be a first-round draft pick as he would have been a year ago had he come out. Do the smart thing, Melo. Stay in school. I don't always say that, but in this case I'm saying it."

Now, the notion that Trimble would have been a lock to be a first-round draft pick after his freshman season -- which Feinstein alludes to -- is a stretch at best. 

But otherwise, the case he builds is the standard one for those arguing in favor of a return to school. 

Trimble has until a minute before midnight (11:59 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, May 25 to make his decision official.

Report: Under Armour inks UCLA to biggest apparel deal ever


Report: Under Armour inks UCLA to biggest apparel deal ever

Under Armour has signed UCLA to the biggest-ever apparel deal in college sports history, locking the Bruins in across all sports for 15 years and $280 million, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com.

The move expands the company's westward expansion, which includes the massively successful investment in Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and a newly signed deal with California-Berkeley athletics.

From Rovell:

In January, Ohio State said its 15-year deal with Nike was worth $252 million. Texas signed a 15-year deal with Nike worth $250 million in October, and Michigan signed an 11-year deal, with a four-year option, that could be worth up to $173.8 million.

Maryland has been the flagship for Under Armour and is the alma mater of CEO Kevin Plank. Notre Dame is also among the schools recently signed to the brand.

Report: Opponent set for Maryland in 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge


Report: Opponent set for Maryland in 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Maryland will face Pittsburgh in College Park as part of the 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, according to Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com. 

The two teams last faced off on Jan. 25, 2014 when both programs were members of the ACC. Pittsburgh was in its first season in the league, while Maryland was in its last before moving to the Big Ten the following season. The Terrapins lost that game in College Park, 83-79. 

Only one Maryland player who saw time in that game -- center Damonte Dodd -- is still on the team. All nine others have either graduated or transferred out of the program.