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Mark Turgeon to Maryland: reaction from around the country

Reaction is streaming in about Maryland’s decision to hire Mark Turgeon as its new men’s basketball coach.

The Post’s John Feinstein is a fan of the hire.

Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg calls Turgeon “a second-tier choice with a proven track record.” So, approve?

Eamonn Brennan of says Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson “made a high-quality hire.”

Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News covers it from the Texas A&M side of things, noting Turgeon’s dissatisfaction with the lack of support the Aggies’ basketball program gets at football-mad Texas A&M.

Former Post sportswriter Richard Justice, now columnizing for the Houston Chronicle, has many kind words for Turgeon and worries about Texas A&M’s basketball future: “Let’s not sugarcoat Turgeon’s departure. It hurts. It hurts big time. He’s a very good coach and an even better man,” Justice wrote, adding “Aggies know the Terps just hit the ball out of the park.”

Matt Norlander of, in a post written before the hire became official, noted “Turgeon has a track record that stacks up extremely favorably to other realistic options.”

Over at Ballin’ Is a Habit, Rob Dauster’s headline makes his opinion quite clear: “Mark Turgeon is a very good hire, but not great . . . yet.” Dauster also wonders if Wally Judge’s decision to transfer to Rutgers instead of Maryland is “a bad omen for Turgeon’s tenure.”

John Eisenberg of says “those who are grumbling need to take a chill pill.”

Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News seems to be the only such grumbler: “Is he the ideal fit for this job, though? Not even close.”

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.


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