Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said Monday that he hoped the Terps and Georgetown would be able to schedule regular-season games against one another in the future.
But the logistics of working that out, he added, depended primarily on the two head coaches, he and John Thompson III, agreeing that it was in their teams’ best interests.
“I hope there are games between us in the future when we get a little bit better,” Turgeon said Monday. “I think it would be great for everybody. But John Thompson and I have to be on the same page for that to happen, and that’s really what’s most important.”
Turgeon was asked to comment about a recent policy shift on Maryland’s part, in which the Terps will schedule no further games against Georgetown in any sport until the stalemate over men’s basketball is resolved. Athletic director Kevin Anderson confirmed the new stance, which he said was made in consultation with all of Maryland’s head coaches, in an interview with The Washington Post.
Anderson’s goal is for Maryland to compete against cross-town rival Georgetown in all varsity sports in which both field teams. But with his effort to restart the men’s basketball series with a home-and-home match-up going nowhere in his 16 months on the job, Anderson has grown frustrated by Georgetown’s lack of a response to his overtures—or even an explanation of why the Hoyas refuse to schedule Maryland in men’s basketball. So, in concert with the coaching staff, he has decided against scheduling any games against Georgetown in any sport until men’s basketball is included in the mix.
Turgeon confirmed that new policy Monday.
“From what I’ve heard and what we were told through out athletic director, we will not play Georgetown in any sports in the future until we get a basketball agreement done,” Turgeon said. “So we’ll see. J.T. and I will handle that differently than it’s being handled now.
“….Our boss wants it this way, and so that’s the way it’s going to be with all our other sports as we go forward.’
Turgeon was asked if he felt it might be possible for the Washington area to one day replicate the intense rivalry that Philadelphians enjoyed for so long, pitting Villanova, Temple, LaSalle, Penn and Saint Joseph’s against one another to showcase the city’s college basketball talent.
Turgeon noted that the ACC’s new 18-game league schedule (of which he is not a particular fan) made that extremely difficult.
“It makes it hard for us to yes to it, and for Georgetown to say yes to it, because you have an 18-league schedule,” Turgeon said. “You have other commitments, like the ACC Big Ten Challenge, and if you have to play Georgetown and George Mason and GW that makes it tough. Unfortunately you have to play a certain amount of home games to meet budget. I don’t see that happening with 18.”