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UMD Athletic Department's Statement Regarding Recruiting Story

A short while ago, the Maryland athletic department posted the below statement on its website.

Regarding a potential secondary violation involving Byron Mouton's contact with recruit Lance Stephenson at a Jan. 31 home game against Miami, such an infraction likely would not draw even a minor penalty from the NCAA because it is an isolated incident.

Regarding Under Armour's relationship with Stephenson, Maryland officials are unable to comment further because they will begin an internal investigation into the case Monday morning, when they are expected to meet with Under Armour personnel.

This from the Maryland athletic department:

Maryland Athletics Response to The Washington Post Under Armour Story of March 1, 2009

March 1, 2009

The coaches and staff of Maryland Athletics are diligent in regards to following NCAA rules and regulations. We have worked for many years with numerous corporate partners and sponsors, including Under Armour, to provide them with comprehensive rules education support. Our business relationship with Under Armour, as the department's exclusive apparel provider, is a relationship common throughout collegiate athletics.

Per the University's normal compliance review policy, which includes University legal counsel and faculty athletic representative participation, allegations of improprieties are reviewed whenever anything is brought to our attention. The review related to Byron Mouton's recent, public comments in the Washington Post, regarding conversation with a recruit during his visit to campus, is in process. The contact was reported to the Atlantic Coast Conference, per standard procedure. If this situation did occur as described in the Post story of March 1st, it would most likely be a minor violation, per NCAA rules, not likely impacting the eligibility and/or recruitment of the recruit.

As the campus review process for both of these situations is ongoing, there can be no further comment from Maryland Athletics in order to best ensure the integrity of the process.

NOTE: This information is being posted in response to questions regarding the University's compliance review process.

Maryland Athletics Compliance Office

By Steve Yanda  |  March 1, 2009; 7:09 PM ET
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Comments

There is a reason Steve Yanda now gets ignored by Gary Williams at press conferences.

The Washington Post ought to think long and hard about whether it wants to continue down the current path they're on with respect to the University of Maryland's basketball program. Consider the Post's relationship with the Washington Redskins, which has deteriorated in the last 10 years to the point where Vinny Cerrato and Dan Snyder now refuse to speak with beat reporter Jason La Canfora, due to La Canfora and the Post's perceived agenda-driven, irresponsible and unethical coverage of the Skins over the last several years. That deteriorating relationship culminated this past season with La Canfora attempting to blow the whistle on the Redskins on a phony tampering charge that he called the NFL front offices on--which in turn resulted in Vinny Cerrato publicly calling out La Canfora by name on his radio show and creating quite a backlash among the Post's readers.

This in many ways seems quite similar to today's accusatory piece on possible NCAA violations.

Is this what the Washington Post wants to happen to their relationship with the University of Maryland? The Post has started down this ugly path just recently. But today's piece does not inspire confidence that the attacks will cease.

The blame should not stop with Prisbell and Yanda. Yes, to most observers it does appear that both of the Terps reporters are trying to make a name for themselves at the expense of the Maryland basketball program. But the responsibility should also lay with their assignment editors and all the higher ups in the Sports department involved in the recent attacks. This is a collective effort to go after MD--and one that had better stop if the Post does not want to see more embarrassments like Steve Yanda being ignored by Gary Williams at press conferences.

To the Post's assignment editors: Do you really want this to go where your relationship with the Redskins front office has gone, all just to sell a few papers and generate maybe a little more ad revenue?

To the 2 Terps beat reporters: Do you really want to become Jason La Canfora, and be despised by the team you are assigned to cover and most of your readers, all for the sake of making a name for yourself nationally?

There are other ways to make a name for yourself without losing your journalistic integrity.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Why no mention of JTIII's father being on the Nike Board of Directors, prisbell or yanda are not gaining any readers just losing them, you guys just lost my interest in this blog

Posted by: fzuylen | March 1, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Washington has had some of the worst teams in the nation for years now. You don't see the Post beating up on the Caps. The Terps and the Skins deserve the press they get.

Posted by: Atispo | March 1, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Good job Washington Post. Do you think there is any chance that Stephenson will choose Maryland now with this controversy hanging in the air. A player like that, could take this team to another level next year, and because some reporter is just trying to make a name for himself, he will try to find something that has nothing. But that little bit of coverage will keep a player like that away from here. Good job Washington Post, shooting down the local school.

Posted by: tony28 | March 1, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

This morning's article about the dual recruiting of Stephenson seems worthy on a number of fronts.

First, the story further illuminates that murky world of the shoe/apparel industry that creates major challenges for the NCAA and its member institutions. The NBA minimum age issue actually complicates the problem because, now, the best prep players will go to college for one year, creating a very short window and some incentive to do under-the-table deals that only have to be covered up for one year. It's a lot easier for the player and family to wait only 12 months or so for a big payout.

Second, players, their parents and other advisors can easily create problems for universities that can't possibly track everything recruits do and may become innocent victims of illegal deals. If I were Maryland, I would actually be happy to have this particular case covered. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to compliance.

Third, the Under Armour relationship may be very good for the university, but the article underscores the importance for both Maryland and the company to be very careful about conflicts. For example, was the Under Armour visit by the Stephensons a stop-off on their way to Maryland. It would be pretty hard for the university to control what people do on their way to a visit, even if the university is paying for the trip. Now if the visit to UA had been coordinated by the university, that might be a diffferent issue. UConn got into some trouble for arranging a private tour of ESPN by one of its female basketball recruits.

I certainly don't think any unfair shots were taken by the reporters in this article. I would much rather have this subject vetted now, rather than after the NCAA were to start an innquiry.

Once again, Barno chooses to trample on the first amendment. He may not even know what it is....

That aside, the University's post is a responsible reply to a responsible story.

Posted by: petecard | March 1, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

C'mon all of you FOG's, let's hear about how the Terps are still going to get to 8-8 and then win one or two in the ACC.

Don't bother to make your MSG reservations. They won't get that far in the NIT.

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2009 11:05 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Why not just deal with the bottom line: We are going to miss the tournament this year for the 4th time in 5 years.

Unacceptable.

Gary's responsibility.

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2009 10:32 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

How is John Thompson's membership on Nike's board relevant to this discussion or today's article? Unless Thompson is recruiting for G'town while at the same time trying to encourage said recruits to endorse Nike once they go pro it's an apples and oranges comparison. I found Sonny Vaccaros' comments to be quite damning, at least as far as UA is concerned.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | March 1, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

nice win by the terps tonight. its great to see the washington post openingly root against the terps. first they want to fire gary, and when that doesnt work they want him to not be able to recruit. well the terps are now 500 and are going to make the tourny. the only thing that makes me happy is we are a few years away from hacks like this not having a job. enjoy being bankrupt washington post.

Posted by: scarffjd | March 1, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Predicted Petecard response:

"Mommy, Daddy, Steve Yanda, somebody do something! Barno is taking my quotes out of context!! Wah!! I'm a real fan! I never quit on this team, I swear! I knew all along the Terps would make it to the NCAA tournament, honestly! I always knew Gary Williams could do! But now Barno is making me look like an idiot!! Can't anybody do something to stop him him!?!"

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

For two low life beat reporters to try to make a name for themselves by attempting to bring down Gary Williams - one of the top five coaches in the country without question, and a coach that by all accounts has run one of the cleanest programs in country is absolutely despicable. What kind of media organazation, sports desk what ever you idiots call yourselfs these days, allows this to go on?

Get rid of the idiotic gonzo journalist now. This is over the top.

Speak up WAPO - do you have any integrity left?? Let's hear it. This is inexcusable.

So slanted, no balance. No mention of worse behavior and violations right down the street from the UofM. No facts, just inuendos. A virtual witch hunt. I have never seen anything like this.

If this slander cost UofM their top recruit then I say the Washington Post is responsible.

The Washington Post should be ashamed.
And to use a quote from a former coach, although this is no laughing matter.

This is wrong. It is wrong. It is unfair. It is crap!

You guys suck!

Posted by: Jaymand | March 1, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Steve Yanda,

Barno is so excited about his entry into the Koolaid Drinkers Hall of Mediocrity Bliss that he is beside himself.

He spends so much time running the "Hall of Shame," dissing people and taking them out of context that he must not have enough time to actually THINK.

In any case, as someone who attended Maryland when Lefty arrived, replacing Frank Fellows and boasting about making Maryland the UCLA of the East, my perspective is that you are doing just fine.

As George's dad is Seinfeld used to say, "Serenity Now." Barno's saying....
"MEDIOCRITY NOW!"

Posted by: petecard | March 1, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

My name Petecard, and I hate Barno because Barno hates the 1st amendment. And he the drinks Kool-Aide. And...and..I'm not sure exactly what any of that means, but yeah, Barno is mean!

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious posts Barno. Believe me, you're not the only one on here that thinks Petecard is a total imbecile. I would say keep piling it on him as much as you can, but I really don't think Pete is even intelligent enough to realize how stupid his posts are.

Posted by: mike761 | March 1, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Why has the quality of journalism from Yanda and Prisbell at The Post descended to a level below that of a local puppy piddle spread?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: stevestegman | March 1, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I would not be surprised if the students in College Park began a Washington Post boycott as a result of the continued baseless attacks on the program from one of the slimiest media outlets in the country. It will be interesting to see how they react to today's hit piece.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

FACT: People who need to tell us who said "Serenity Now" are too dumb to realize that we all get it.

FICTION: This crap blog.

Prisbell's articles could have been written about any program in any city. I for one am proud that we don't stoop to Calhoun's level of recruiting. Yanda and JLC need to realize that real sports reporting is only good when you are truly know what is going on. They are failed journalists who figured sports was an easy gig, but really aren't even smart enough to finish the Soduku puzzle in the style section let alone write an actual article.

Posted by: skinsfan1977 | March 1, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The story that was published this morning is half complete. It was irresponsible of the paper to print it without knowing whether the university did anything wrong. If it turns out that rules were broken, then by all means the story is fair game. As it stands now we don't know, but the damage has already been done as far as appearances go.

Posted by: feldy50 | March 1, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Where have I seen this story before..."All the President's Men" ring a bell?

Just keep digging...follow the money...

Posted by: kozora | March 1, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

WOW....Yanda and Prisbell are PATHETIC!!!!!!

Quit reading this garbage. The BALTIMORE SUN has much better coverage of the terps and it isn't all negative speculation. I for one will never read this blog or any article by these 2 jokes ever again. Keep printing this trash and pushing readers away...pretty smart.

Posted by: beas13 | March 1, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

While we are on the subject of predictable responses, let me take a stab at what we'll hear from esteemed Terps beat reporters this week:

"We got a lot great feedback from the story we did on possible NCAA violations at Maryland. 99% of the emails from readers that I received were positive. We really felt this story was under-reported and that we presented both sides of the story. I am really happy with the way the story turned out. We spoke with over a million people for this story to get all aspects of how Maryland might have violated NCAA violations. Please wait until you read our follow up story later this week on how Maryland didn't actually commit any rules violations before you judge the entire series. And please, if you have any questions or comments, email me or my partner at prisbelle@washpost.com or YandaS@washpost.com"

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, the Redskins sign Haynesworth for 100 million and the Terps haven't been to the NCAAs for a number of years and you're choosing to attack the Post?

Maybe it is newsworthy that both the Terps and Redskins are being run improperly into the ground.

Just saying.....

Posted by: bhuang2 | March 2, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

the Terps haven't been to the NCAAs for a number of years

Posted by: bhuang2 | March 2, 2009 12:03 AM

You're not really that stupid are you? My best advice to you is, shut up. Our current streak of missing the NCAA tournament is 1 year long. We've been to the NCAA tournament 12 out of the last 15 years. Get some facts, and come back and see me. Get some facts and come back and see me.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

As a long time post reader and recent graduate of the University of Maryland, the Post has been a source I routinely turn to for Terrapin sports information.

I have never commented on a topic before but I do feel, from my current perspective, there has been reporting done here that potentially compromises the post's journalistic integrity. The recent Maryland articles seem to be aimed largely at making a point rather than presenting both sides of the story.

When viewing a recruiting story on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program, there were cases presented which much more egregious than the ones submitted here. Similarly, I hope the Post holds other schools in the area to the same standards and is not just seeking violations at Maryland.

I am an avid Terps fan and won't deny that. When reading "The Diamondback" publication, there were criticisms that I wished the athletic department would correct. However, as a whole I think the program has been clean and well run since Gary has taken over.

Please don't publish articles that criticize any further than the objective standpoint.

Posted by: jbauer2k | March 2, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

This will be my last post on any Washington Post blog. I stopped reading the actual paper years ago and now i will stop reading the online version as well. It started wit hthe whistle blowing on the redskins. I kept blogging, but stopped reading anything with LaCanfora's fat head picture on it. Now this with the Terps.

If the violations are real then so be it, but you should wait to find out before you drag the reputation of a program that has been meticulously clean for 20 years through the mud. I now do not blame the reporters. I blame the editors and department heads that allow it to go to print. Since it is theythat are at fault i have to stop reading the whole thing.

Good luck all, I have enjoyed trading opinions with you. Go Terps, HTTR, Let's go O's, and Rock the red!

Posted by: dbrine1261 | March 2, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I concur with the commenters here who believe that the Washington Post's sports department needs to re-evaluate the way it conducts its business. The general tone of the paper's sports coverage is needlessly muck-raking. Coming out with this article at this time creates a presumption of guilt before innocence and is an irresponsible use of the paper's journalistic power. Barno1 strikes me as spot on with his comparison of the atagonisitc stance of Jason LaCanforra towards the Redsins and the developing trend shown by Prisbell and Yanda. For myself, going forward, I will not be looking to the Post for anything more than box scores and coupons for the grocery store, as their editors seem to be more interested in sensationalism than journalism.

Posted by: TurtleD | March 2, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

No mention whatsoever was given to Gary Williams' impeccable recruiting record in this story. In fact, there was not an ounce of the other side's view at all. The article was blatantly slanted. Though I understand it is the responsibility of the press to keep the public informed and wrongdoers accountable, this is extremely biased. There has been nothing from the NCAA in terms of investigations, so why should there be such a big article brewing controversy where there easily may be none?

TurtleD said it best that the Post seems "to be more interested in sensationalism that journalism."

Posted by: rolltide89 | March 2, 2009 2:17 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree that both the coverage of Maryland athletics and the Redskins has been getting hard to read. And not just hard to read because it's so slanted and opinionated -- it's becoming irrelevant. It's sad that ESPN is frequently so far ahead of anything the Post can report on the Redskins because the reporters have been so frozen out.

Every sports writer at the Post should just emulate Steve Goff.

Posted by: empsg59 | March 2, 2009 3:46 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post puts out a headline saying Maryland's Athletic Department has a statement to make. What was the statement? The statement is we are not going to make a statement. Unbelievable.

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 2, 2009 6:43 AM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight. A kid from Brooklyn who plays 4 basketball games a week and is trying to decide what college to go to and has visits and class and lord knows what other responsibilities came down to MD with his parents. Making the most of his short time (less that 36 hours) in the state he visited a company that is persuing a contract with him and a college offering him a scholarship. So he made a trip to MD the state and killed two birds with one stone. This is a story? I heard that last week a guy went to a Wizards game and then a strip club, the Wizards are selling tickets coupled with lap dances! Three part story in the Post with misleading headlines here we come!!!

Posted by: Lee26 | March 2, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Aside from the recruiting issue, I'm curious as to the graduation rate for Maryland's basketball players, and how it compares to comparable schools, better, the same, or worse. Anyone know?

Posted by: upperdeck4 | March 2, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

The grad rate at Maryland basketball is pathetic. As a Maryland Taxpayer...I hope the Post will accept my thanks for your vigilance. The notion that my tax dollars go to support the twisted values of the Maryland program is apalling. I wonder what all these people who would compromise the integrity of the University for a winning season are thinking...

Posted by: naptowner1 | March 2, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

http://www.thewildcatblog.com/2007/04/you-know-who-steve-yanda-is.html

hehehehehe

Posted by: Lee26 | March 2, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Way to go Wash Post, my wife suggested canceling our subscription to the Post and after your latest attempts to discredit the great Univ of Md, I have agreed. Gary has done everything by the book since day one and one little possible slip up and you are all over him like white on rice. You all need to get a life and maybe break a news story for a change. Nobody from Redskins Park will even talk to you guys!At Univ of Md to the list now. Who will talk to you guys now?

Posted by: dewey69 | March 2, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The comment about the graduation rate at Maryland is ignorant. Almost every player there ends up playing professionally either here or abroad. Let's see -- why do you go to college? "To make a better living" comes to mind. Getting paid to play (six figures or more) a game sounds like a good deal to me. And as for Georgetown, they have national championship talent and are tanking BIG TIME! Where is the blockbuster story on that?

Posted by: vze34fhv | March 2, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

The Post is doing what a newspaper is supposed to do with regard to exposing Snyder and his illegal tree trimming. It is also right to follow up on all the anecdotal theories of Maryland basketball's fall since their title. I'm glad to see someone follow up with real investigation and fact finding. Long live the 4th Estate.

Posted by: rdpinva | March 2, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The fourth estate has an obligation not to print specious stories.

Posted by: feldy50 | March 2, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Most people will read the story as an overview statement that the Terps and Stephenson are mixed up in some shady, unethical business, and that this University needs to be avoided. In order to reach a different inference, you have to read word-for-word and then interpret that there is nothing there. And even then, there is a shadow area around the story where there must be some awful, unsaid circumstances for the story to go that far. As a University, you can't control the actions and comments of others. You just have to be clean yourself. And where is the evidence that Gary or his program was involved in any shady business?

The first set of articles is that Gary was too ethical, staying away from AAU characters to the point of jeopardizing recruiting. Now Gary is vaguely (very) mixed up in something unethical.

The Post reporters should go work for the National Enquirer. The story is not even gossip, since the Post is not repeating gossip but actually starting it.

Posted by: EdDC | March 2, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The comment about the graduation rate at Maryland is ignorant.

Posted by: vze34fhv | March 2, 2009 9:38 AM

It's beyond ignorant. The comments by naptowner and upperdeck would be laughable if not so incredibly misinformed. Transfers count against you in the graduation rate statistics kept by the NCAA, even if the transfers earned a degree at another school. So guys like Danny Miller, Andre Collins, Matt Selenka (sp?), Hassan Fofana, Shane Walker, Gus Gilchrist and possibly even Tyree Evans count against you. The NCAA is too lazy to track down transfers' academic standing for each school, so Maryland's higher than normal number of transfers over the past decade has resulted in a much lower graduation rate for the school. It's ridiculous, but what can you do?

As for Naptowner and Upperdeck, if you don't have the slightest clue what you are talking about, do us all a favor and keep your mouth shut.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Have to agree with the poster basically implying that if they were Stephenson they'd definitely look in another direction rather that be a part of this "scandal".

Posted by: gregegeg | March 2, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Prisbell and Yanda are doing a terrific job: dispassionately reporting on their beat, sticking to facts. This American society was founded in part on the freedom of the press providing proper checks and balances. P & Y aren't exactly writing for a smalltown paper here, it's the Washington Post for crying out loud. We should encourage them and La Canfora in doing their jobs.

Also, it seems no small coincidence to me that the MD men's team is performing better of late. For a time, they were not performing well at all, culminating with the 41-point loss to Duke. This raised legitimate questions about the program, both recruiting and coaching, which falls at the feet of Gary Williams. And to P & Y's credit, they asked the right questions of the right people and got the right answers. And to Gary Williams credit, he made time for them to ask said questions during (arguably) his busiest time of year.

So for those who question this process, I say, what are you, nuts? Checks and balances of good reporting works. Legitimate questions got asked and answered.

For those of you that just want the rah-rah publicity, go to the Terps and Redskins websites--because selling their teams is their jobs, not reporting on them.

Posted by: rblav40 | March 2, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Also, it seems no small coincidence to me that the MD men's team is performing better of late.

Posted by: rblav40 | March 2, 2009 10:56 AM

If you are implying that the Terps are playing better in response to the negative Washington Post coverage, go take a look at Gary Williams record in February the past 20 years. His teams do this every year at this time. The reporters can pat themselves on the back all they want and take credit for this turnaround, but it's foolish to suggest that they had anything to do with the on court results of the team they are assigned to cover.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

rblav40,

No one is saying let's repeal the 1st Amendment. Of course checks-and-balances are good things to have in a democracy.

Let's also see judgment from a major newspaper in its reporting. If the booster and GW are in some conspiracy, and you get facts along those lines, then report that. But if the booster is operating on his own, then report that. In other words, did the Post have enough info for an interconnection of the booster, Stephenson and GW to draw them all together, with promises of jobs, contracts, etc. for the recruit? Or was GW clean of all that? Or maybe we just don't know? If we don't know, do you report it anyway? What are the standards?

Posted by: EdDC | March 2, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Media outlets do not have "relationships" with the entities they cover. It is not the job of any media outlet to promote local teams, businesses or politicians. To suggest otherwise is to confuse journalism with public relations.

I say this without any knowledge of, or interest in, this particular story.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | March 2, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to the WashingtonPost for scaring away a top recruit by needlessly printing gossip that could be written about every single major college program. Gary Williams has run one of the cleanest programs in the country and it this recent reporting appears to be nothing but an attempt to drum up some controversy for the benefit of the reporters and the Post. As a Terps fan and a WP reader, this sickens me. I, like many others I assume, will be moving on to other publications. Prisbell and Yando or whatever their names are will never be Kornheiser and Wilbon due to this lack of integrity.

Posted by: thanksWP | March 2, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Tetps fans are too funny: terps lose to duke, they blame the refs; Gary can't graduate anyone, they blame the same rules everyone else abides by; the post reports a story and they blame media bias. Everybody's fault but moe szizlak....oops, I mean Gary Williams. The tinfoil hat crew looms large out at UMDCP...

Posted by: funkey | March 2, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting think this is what happens when journalism and reporting the news is replaced by entertainment and the need to drive sales of newspapers and web traffic.

Posted by: kingrob76 | March 2, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

looks like everyone is ready to cancel their subscription to the Post and use that cash to book their tickets to the NCAA tourney. I can't wait for UMD to lose to Wake and then collapse at UVA. Even if they beat UVA there is no guarantee of a bid. Enjoy these next few games on the bubble Terps fans because they are the only meaningful games you will play for several years. Stepheson isn't going to come save the program and Greivis has already intimated that he is declaring for the draft. The sad part is that the Post is going to be running "Should Gary Go?" columns for the next 2 years or until he finally decides to call it quits and retire to Dewey Beach.

Posted by: SkinsFan991 | March 2, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

These Post reporters have every right, and one might say an obligation, to pursue this story. I've always believed it was only a matter of time before Gary got desperate enough to bend the rules a bit too far. This entire season, both on and off the court, is one to forget for the Terps.

Posted by: ald8m | March 2, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted: "Vinny Cerrato and Dan Snyder now refuse to speak with beat reporter Jason La Canfora."
Didn't know! La Canfora just went up numerous notches in my book.
(The sound of that posting, the very first one, makes it sound like the poster really wants wimpy reporting. Wake up, Snyder already surrounds himself with lapdogs, we sure don't need the Post licking his boots, too.)

Posted by: kls1 | March 2, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

So all the people who said Gary was some ethical hero because he wouldn't kiss up to the summer league coaches have no problem with payments from Under Armour being used to entice players to come to Maryland?

Posted by: buffysummers | March 2, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The story mentioned that there exists the potential for violations in this situation. No violation was mentioned or implied. The university says it will be careful to make sure that there are no violations. This is needlessly attacking Maryland how? It's definitely news when one of the board of trustees of the school also runs a shoe company that's courting a recruit.

The general tenor of Maryland fans' comments about the Post's coverage reminds me of Homer Simpson's line about USA Today: "This is the only paper in America that's not afraid to tell the truth - that everything is just fine."

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 2, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how almost all the comments on this thread were fans enraged by the Post's slanted coverage of the Terps, but then the last 7 or 8 have been all supportive of the Post and their coverage. I wonder if Steve Yanda and his mommy and daddy are on finally among us in the comments section. Hmmm....

Posted by: Barno1 | March 2, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Wrong. I don't know the guy. It's interesting that you think the only way someone could disagree with you is because that person was biased, though.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 3, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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