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Burney Will Not Play for Terrapins This Season


Maryland fourth-year junior forward Jerome Burney has not participated in team workouts this fall and will not play for the Terrapins this season because of lingering issues with two right foot injuries the player suffered last winter, according to multiple sources that include the player’s mother.

Maryland confirmed that Burney will miss the season in a statement released Friday afternoon.

Burney, listed at 6 feet 9 and 222 pounds, was expected to compete for playing time in the Terrapins' front court this season. Last year, Maryland relied on an undersize front court that consisted of 6-7 forwards Dave Neal and Landon Milbourne.

Burney’s mother, Toni, said in a telephone interview that her son has not practiced with the men’s basketball team since the start of the fall semester and that the notion of Burney sitting out the coming season has been discussed since the middle of summer.

“I really don’t think he’s going to be playing this year,” Toni Burney said. “What he had told me before when he first said something about possibly not playing is that it doesn't mean that he can never play basketball again. It doesn't even mean that he can't, you know, be on the team again.”

Maryland Coach Gary Williams said in the statement: “Jerome is very much a part of this team even though he won’t be playing this year. We feel badly for Jerome that he never had the chance to be the college basketball player we all felt he could be because of his injuries.”

Burney, who redshirted the 2006-07 season with a stress fracture in his left foot, is in his fourth year at College Park and is on schedule to graduate with a degree in kinesiology next spring, according to the statement. The NCAA rarely grants more than one medical redshirt to a player. Toni Burney said the decision on whether her son will play for Maryland in the 2010-11 season has not been made.

Last season, Burney learned he had a stress fracture in his right foot in December and missed 16 games before returning to action in mid-February. Burney broke two sesamoid bones on the bottom of his right big toe during practice 10 days after his return.

Though a sesamoid bone injury requires a much longer recovery time, Toni Burney said her son’s lingering health problems are born out of the stress fracture in his right foot, an injury she believes never fully healed before Jerome resumed play.

Jerome was supposed to have a CT scan upon returning to school in August, according to Toni Burney, but she said he never underwent the procedure. “Every time I ask him about it, he says, 'Well, the trainer never scheduled the CAT scan and he has to schedule it.' ” Toni Burney said.

Burney has played in 26 games the past two seasons, averaging 7.4 minutes, 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

Jerome “said that he's played basketball but it wasn't with the team, and I don't see how he can play if he don't never practice with them,” Toni Burney said. “That's just me. That's just what I figure. ... I don't know if it's his decision or who's decision it is if he plays or not.”

By Steve Yanda  |  October 2, 2009; 11:47 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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God damn it

Posted by: Barno1 | October 2, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

There goes our NCAA title.

And no need to use obscene language Barno. Talk about classless.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 2, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The Skins are done, and we're only 3 games into the season, and Gilbert is already hurt and not talking to the media. I'm just not ready to start hearing about how bad the Terps are going to be again this year. Can we get a story on the Caps? Please?

Posted by: jmadams | October 2, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Guess it's up to STEVE GOINS to lead us to the PROMISED LAND....GO TERPS!!!

Posted by: iamasofaking | October 2, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

This will have little to no effect on the Terps team this year. Now, we simply don't have someone keeping the seat warm for J. Williams and Padgett. We'll find depth elsewhere.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 2, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear it, young man. Get well soon.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | October 2, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

College Park: where bad news doesn't rain, it pours.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 2, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

WTF. He was just hooping at the rec center yesterday... Hope he didn't hurt it there.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | October 2, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Dino Gregory is better than Burney anyhow

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | October 2, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

This is old news. InsideMDSports had this information almost a month ago.

Posted by: dc1984us | October 2, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

@jmadams. umm, this is the Terrapins Insider. Why would you come here looking for news on the CAPS?

Posted by: JMSinCHeights | October 2, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Why is this bad news? Doesn't this mean we have a 5th scholarship opening up for 2010-2011? Now we can bring in two big men along with Stoglin, Terrence, and Parker. He wasn't going to play more than 5 minutes a game anyway.

Posted by: jrraley | October 2, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Jerome was a smart and active player. I'd looked forward to his return. I hope he heals solidly and can resume here or outside Maryland.

Posted by: Towards_Light | October 2, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"God damn it" is not obscene language in my book Poop, though it may be in yours. I'm assuming you were one of those dbags who complained to the university about the "Hey You Suck" and "We're gonna be the hell out of you and you" lyrics during Rock n Roll part II? Why would that not surprise me.

The day Poop makes a relevant comment is the day I retire from posting.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 2, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

What I don't understand is why Poopy McPoopy keeps coming around here. Practically everyone on here despises the guy. He's not funny. He's not even close to witty. He makes the dumbest comments on every blog. He never makes any contributions other than to try to start stuff with Barno and a few others. Why is he even here? Is he that much of a loser that he's got nothing better to do with his time? (I know what the answer is, but I just wonder if he does)

My advice to Poopy McPoop is to find something else to do with your time/life. Nobody around here wants you to keep posting comments here. You're an idiot, which obviously is your thing. But please do yourself and all of us a favor and just GO AWAY!

Posted by: brianxp | October 2, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse


This is really bad news. GW must have had some forewarning that it might happen, and if the university did not schedule the CT scan then shame on them. We need four effective bigs to compete for a FF/NC. We have more than enough guards. Ryan Randle only played 5-10 minutes a game for most of his junior year, but we would not have won the NC without him.

Barno - is Goins still with the team? Is he good for a 10 minutes a game?

btw - remember we went to a FF with Mike Mardesich playing significant minutes at center.

LM could fill in a bit at 4 but would hate to see his talents wasted out of position.

I guess I better not check how the stock market did today either....


Posted by: HughGRection | October 2, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Brian, Barno,

I actually get a kick out of Poopy and at times find him original. Ok, not with his "obscene" comment. If he is our resident bad guy, then so be it.

I recall when I was at CP, I had two friends who we called the anti-fans. That is, until Doug Williams threw that touchdown pass to Didier in Superbowl XXII (to go up 35-10), they were certain the Redskins were going to lose and made fun of us who were certain they would win. Ok, they jumped back on board when DG ran that Punt return back in Chicago but were screaming "I told you so!" when Denver went up 10-0 (we have it on videotape - played it at their bachelor parties). Always were the same way and remain so in their support for MD to this day.

IF the Terps win big this season, I suspect Poopie will be on this board showing serious support.

With respect to all -


Posted by: HughGRection | October 2, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

poopy is a tool but this is bad news for the Terps. We really could have used Burney.

We will not get much from the freshmen bigs.

Posted by: jpfterps | October 2, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

A kinesiology major missing out on his college athletics career due to injuries. Oh irony you fickle fickle b****!

He always sounded like a good kid, worked fairly hard, clearly good with the books. A shame.

Posted by: ckstevenson | October 2, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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