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Year at school: 4th
Career record: 310-202
Mark Turgeon was not Maryland's first choice to replace Gary Williams in 2011 (Arizona's Sean Miller, among others, passed on the job), but he wouldn't have been hired if the school didn't think his performance at Wichita State and Texas A&M didn't make him worthy.
But in the three years he's run the Terrapins program, Turgeon hasn't lived up to the expectations that come with that job. And now with a move to a new conference, he'll face even more pressure to finally come through. The jump from the ACC to the Big Ten would have been a magnificently fresh start for Turgeon and the Terps if only he wasn't coming over with a roster in turmoil.
After Maryland went 17-15 and missed the postseason, falling to get any tourney invite for the second time in three years (it went to the NIT semifinals in 2012-13), six players transferred from the program. Two of them went to teams that were on the Terps' ACC schedule the year before.
Turgeon got two transfers of his own, but only ex-North Carolina Central guard Richaud Pack can play this season. That means Maryland will be putting a lot of hope into a lot of inexperienced or young players. At least two freshmen are likely to start, with 4-star point guard Melo Trimble getting thrust into a co-leadership role alongside senior Dez Wells.
CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein tweeted in July that Trimble is "as critical to Maryland next year as Tyler Ennis was to Syracuse" in 2013-14. Ennis had to do so much for the Orange, and when he struggled down the stretch, Syracuse went from undefeated in mid-February to out of the NCAA tournament on the first weekend.
Turgeon will have to prove the bed he's made from linens composed of departures, transfers, recruits and a league change will made for a comfortable surface.
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