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Terrapins Face an Old Friend in Walz

RALEIGH, N.C. — Louisville Coach Jeff Walz spent six seasons — one at Minnesota and five at Maryland — as an assistant to Brenda Frese. That familiarity with the Terrapins' personnel and coaching style should help the Cardinals tonight, he said.

"There's not going to be a surprise of individual skill," said Walz, who was named the WBCA/Maggie Dixon rookie coach of the year in 2008 after leading the Cardinals to their first-ever berth in the round of 16. "I'm familiar with all of their kids. I recruited them and coached a few of them. Now it's going to come down to what team executes the best on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor."

Frese played down the meeting between the two coaches, saying: "Obviously I think both coaches are going to be well prepared. Obviously when the ball tips, it's Maryland versus Louisville. It doesn't have anything to do with two coaches."

Walz, who is known for his intense style, was on the bench when Maryland won the NCAA title in 2006. He left for the Louisville job following the 2006-07 season. He says that he still keeps in touch with some of his former players at Maryland, and several Terrapins were at McDonough Arena on Jan. 17 when the Cardinals visited Georgetown. He also hears from senior Marissa Coleman via text message and Facebook. (Both coaches, incidentally, have Facebook profiles; Frese has 349 friends and Walz has 294.)

Senior Kristi Toliver credited Walz with showing her a different side of herself. "He wasn't afraid to speak his mind with me," she said. "He is very blunt and bold with his approach towards his players. I was able to learn a lot from him in how to handle situations and how to respond to certain situations, so I think that's what I got the most out of the time we spent together."

By Camille Powell  |  March 30, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Women's basketball  
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Hopefully, Coach Walz will still consider the Terps friends after tonight's Terrapins victory! He is missed alot by the Terps family, but now he's on the other side of the court and work comes first! Go TERPS!!!!

Posted by: TerpGrad | March 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Here's a nice, fun story on Gary's UMD team:

Tournament teams improve APR scores

Updated: March 16, 2009, 7:03 PM ET
Associated Press

North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Connecticut share a No. 1 seeding in the NCAA tournament. Their graduation rates have less in common.

The numbers ranged from 86 percent at North Carolina to 33 percent at UConn, according to a report released Monday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

Louisville was at 42 percent and Pitt at 69 percent.

The study also found that fewer tournament teams have failing Academic Progress Rates than last year. Twenty-one of the 65 tournament teams have APR scores under 925, the cutoff below which the NCAA can penalize schools. Last year, 35 teams had APR scores below 925.

Graduation rates remained similar to last year. Forty of the teams had graduation rates of at least 50 percent.

The graduation rates were based on whether freshmen who entered school between the 1998-99 and 2001-02 school years earned diplomas within six years.

Seven teams had a 100 percent graduation rate: Binghamton, Florida State, Marquette, Robert Morris, Utah State, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.

The five lowest rates were at Cal State Northridge (8 percent), MARYLAND (10 percent), Portland State (17 percent), Arizona (20 percent) and Clemson (29 percent).

The study noted the ongoing gaps between the graduation rates of white and African-American players. Twenty-five tournament teams had a gap of 20 percentage points or more between the two groups.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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Gary-the-God had the 2nd lowest graduation rate of any NCAA Tourney team at a whopping 10%.

Of course this isn't Gary's fault at all.

ahhahhahahahahhahahahhaha

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 30, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Poopy Mc-I-Have-No-Life, you are such a f'ing p*ssy. A little, whiny, p*ssy.

Posted by: brianxp | March 30, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Great 4 years by Coleman and Toliver. Nothing to be down about. They left it all out on the court night in night out. They just ran into the wrong team tonight coached by the wrong man.

Our seniors will be missed.

Posted by: brianxp | March 30, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing end of the season. Exposed by Vanderbilt. Sleepwalked against Louisville.

Poor coaching job by Frese.

Posted by: Siamese1 | March 30, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

If you close the report by the Institute of Diversity and Ethics in sports, and reach into reality...those numbers won't be relevant.

If you think that these athletes (they are NOT students) are at these institutions to complete a degree, you are mentally retarded.

Posted by: caphcky | March 30, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Poor coaching job by Frese.

Posted by: Siamese1 | March 30, 2009 10:08 PM

You really have some nerve pal.

Posted by: brianxp | March 30, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

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