Maryland quarterback Perry Hills has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week after helping spark the Terrapins to a 36-27 road win over Temple, the league announced Monday.After becoming the first Maryland freshman to start a season opener since 1999 against William & Mary, Hills went 11 of 21 for 190 yards while generating three touchdowns against the Owls. Hills tossed a 22-yard score to tight end Matt Furstenberg in the second quarter and later found wide receiver Marcus Leak for a 32-yard strike. He also found the zone on the ground, rushing in from 11 yards.After Temple cut a 23-point halftime deficit to 29-27 midway through the fourth quarter, Hills directed Maryland on a decisive scoring drive. His 38-yard pass to Stefon Diggs on third and 11 moved the chains - and the ball to the Owls 12-yard line. Running back Justus Pickett capped the drive with a 6-yard TD run as the Terps avenged a 31-point loss to the Owls the previous season."I knew we needed to score," Hills said, the Associated Press reported. "I had to stay calm out there. Calm and confident. That's what we did."Maryland returns home Saturday to face Connecticut, the program Randy Edsall coached before taking over in College Park.
According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.
After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season.
For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes.
Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.
Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's.
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The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.
No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.
On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.
According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent.
At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small.
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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few.
In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.