Parents of Jordan McNair say Maryland Terrapins coach DJ Durkin 'needs to go'

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NEW YORK -- Marty McNair, the father of late Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair, told ESPN on Thursday that football coach DJ Durkin should be fired because he didn't deliver on his recruiting promise -- simply taking care of Jordan.

"When I think of DJ Durkin, all I remember is him sitting at our kitchen table and assuring me that he would take care of my son," Marty McNair said, "and he did anything other than that.

"I think he should be relieved of his job. I don't think that he should be allowed to coach anyone else's child in an environment like this. My child died. That's something we'll never get back. That's something that will never heal. Yeah, he needs to go."

In an interview with ESPN at the Algonquin Hotel, Marty McNair and Jordan's mother, Tonya Wilson, openly grieved the June 13 death of their son as they talked about his final practice on May 29, which ultimately led to heatstroke.

The University of Maryland board of regents has called a special meeting Friday to receive updates about the school's actions in the wake of the June 13 death of football player Jordan McNair.

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USA Basketball gold medalists share memories from FIBA U17 World Cup, FIBA Americas U18 Championship

By Walter Villa | Aug 16, 2018Special to espnW

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MVP Jordan Horston, right, and her teammates at the FIBA U17 World Cup had plenty to celebrate this summer.

It was a golden summer for USA Basketball's U18 and U17 women's teams. For the players, the highlights weren't contained to the court. From Colorado's Rocky Mountains to Latvia's Baltic beaches, their memories dot the globe.

We caught up with several of the gold medalists from the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Mexico and the FIBA U17 World Cup in Belarus. They shared their most memorable moments.

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Ed Oliver, Rashan Gary, Khalil Tate and others; reranking the 2016 recruiting class

Aug 21, 2018

The 2016 recruiting class was one of the most hyped classes in recent memory. After a run of five consecutive No. 1 classes, Alabama was unseated in 2016 by Florida State. The Seminoles' class was led by No. 5 overall recruit Levonta Taylor, one of nine players who earned five-star ratings from ESPN that year. Three years later, the class has by and large lived up to expectations and also produced some breakout stars. We examined how different the class would look if we reranked players based on their college production. Here are the top 25 players knowing what we know now.

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ESPN 300 Hot Board Five-star predictions

Aug 17, 2018

Recruiting has slowed down a touch now that we are in a dead period and approaching the season. Most prospects will focus on their high school team and put recruiting on the back burner, and that includes some of the top prospects in the nation.

Of the 11 five-star recruits in the 2019 class, five remain uncommitted. While most of them are planning to wait to announce their decisions, there are a select few schools that stick out, helping to make predictions on where those recruits will eventually land. Here is a look at the uncommitted five-stars and where they currently stand.

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True freshmen Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence compete for starting QB job

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Trevor Lawrence's reputation was already something of a local legend before he hit high school. His mom, Amanda, remembers being at a restaurant about a half-hour outside their hometown of Cartersville, Georgia, when a man nervously approached, asking for an autograph. Trevor was in eighth grade at the time.

Cartersville high school coach Joey King had heard the hype, too, and he knew Lawrence would be something special. But the first-year coach had another QB on the roster, a 6-foot-5 junior with a strong arm, too. Still, he was curious enough about the kid everyone was buzzing about to invite him out for spring practice, four months before Lawrence would officially begin high school.

Could quarterback J.T. Daniels go from high school junior to USC's starting lineup as Sam Darnold's successor? Daniels is among the first-year players who could make plays from the minute they step on the field.

Preseason all-ACC team, players to watch, words from the ACC commissioner and everything you need to know for the start of the season.

From the All-SEC team to power rankings and Heisman hopefuls, we've got you covered, gearing you up for college football Saturdays this fall.

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Four star 2018 ESPN 100 Kira Lewis commits to Alabama Crimson Tide

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Four star 2018 ESPN 100 Jaiden Delaire reclassifies commits to Stanford Cardinal

Aug 8, 2018

Stanford added a quality piece to their incoming recruiting class when ESPN 100 forward Jaiden Delaire announced that he was returning to his original graduating class of 2018 and joining the Cardinals next month.

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Big Ten hopes for better NCAA tournament haul in 2018-19 season

Aug 15, 2018EmailprintCarsen Edwards is one of the best returning scorers in the Big Ten. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Students across the country are slowly making their way back toward campus this month. Even though we're still months away from basketball season, it's time to take a look at topics that will be dominating conversation in the build-up to Big Ten hoops season.

Here are five questions for the Big Ten:

1. Michigan State2. Michigan3. Maryland4. Purdue5. Nebraska6. Wisconsin7. Indiana8. Ohio State9. Penn State10. Minnesota11. Iowa12. Northwestern13. Illinois14. Rutgers

1. Can the Big Ten rehab its postseason performance?

Michigan's run to the national championship game helped the Big Ten save a bit of face in the NCAA tournament, but it was still a disappointing postseason for the conference. Only four teams earned tourney bids -- the lowest total since 2008 -- and the drought for winning a national championship stretched to 18 years.

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Five star 2019 class Kahlil Whitney commits Kentucky Wildcats

Aug 8, 2018

Kahlil Whitney, a five-star prospect and 14th-ranked player in the 2019 ESPN 100, has verbally committed to Kentucky.

Whitney chose Kentucky over Illinois, Oregon and Georgetown.

Here's what be brings to the Wildcats:

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Kentucky Wildcats land No. 14 overall basketball recruit Kahlil Whitney

Aug 8, 2018Emailprint

Kahlil Whitney, a five-star prospect and 14th-ranked player in the 2019 ESPN 100, has verbally committed to Kentucky.

Whitney chose Kentucky over Illinois, Oregon and Georgetown. He plays high school basketball at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey), where his team went 24-0 last season.

The perimeter player became the second five-star commitment for the Wildcats in the 2019 class, and he's drawn comparisons to Andrew Wiggins and Stanley Johnson.

D.J. Jeffries, a five-star forward from Mississippi's Olive Branch High School, announced Monday that he was decommitting from Kentucky and reopening his recruitment.

The race is on for the top prospects in 2019 and beyond. Find out which programs are in the mix for players like James Wiseman and Cole Anthony.

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Cardinal Newman freshman Ashlyn Watkins much more than a 14-year-old dunker

By Walter Villa | Aug 9, 2018Special to espnW

Cardinal Newman high school freshman Ashlyn Watkins, at 6-foot-3, gets a steal under the basket and races to the other end for a one-handed jam.

Sitting in the stands, Harriet Watkins watched her daughter steal the basketball. And she started to squirm.

"When she took off," Harriet said of her 14-year-old daughter, Ashlyn Watkins, "I was saying, 'Don't do it. Don't do it.'"

Ashlyn had a completely different thought.

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Hot Board - Updating where the top recruits are considering

Aug 6, 2018

It was a whirlwind three weeks on the recruiting front. Coaches crisscrossed the country -- perhaps for the last time, depending on what new rules are proposed by the NCAA -- hoping to find the future of their respective programs.

Now comes the hard part: actually securing commitments. Over the next couple of weeks, prospects will narrow their lists and set official visits for the fall. Recruiting boards will be cemented a little further and priority targets will be determined.

So who's going where? Here's the buzz on the top five players in the 2019 class and a handful of other noteworthy prospects.

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Washington high school standout Dalayah Daniels becomes a force on the basketball court

By Walter Villa | Aug 2, 2018Special to espnW

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Dalayah Daniels learned an important lesson from her big brother: Don't back down to anyone.

It happened at odd times and in odd places. Dalayah Daniels would get knocked down. A lot.

But this was no case of whodunit.

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D.J. Jeffries' dad says Kentucky unprofessional after decommitment

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The father of five-star forward D.J. Jeffries said Kentucky was "unprofessional" in the way it handled his son's decommitment from the school Monday.

"We talked with Kentucky, and it kinda shocked me," Corey Jeffries told John Martin on ESPN Radio's Memphis affiliate Tuesday morning. "They were kinda unprofessional. They didn't handle the news the way I expected them to handle it, being professionals."

D.J. Jeffries, a five-star forward from Mississippi's Olive Branch High School, announced Monday that he was decommitting from Kentucky and reopening his recruitment.

New NCAA rules, Penny Hardaway's emergence and LeBron James were among the dominant storylines on the recruiting trail in July.

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10 takeaways from recruiting trail during July evaluation period

Aug 1, 2018Emailprint

The month of July is all about recruiting. It's when coaches identify prospects to build their rosters for the coming seasons.

At the same time, a lot more than recruiting goes on. Trends begin to develop, both in recruiting and at the college level. Coaches at all levels interact with one another, opinions are shared, gossip spreads.

After spending three weeks on the recruiting trail, here are some of the major talking points:

1. Will the July period ever be the same?

The biggest talking point was the impact of reported NCAA proposals. Is this the last time coaches can attend events like Peach Jam and Las Vegas?

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Which prospects stood out as future stars in Las Vegas?

Jul 31, 2018

Las Vegas was the capital of the grassroots basketball world last week as more than 10 events were spread around the surrounding area for five days, attracting over 1,000 teams and hundreds of college coaches.

The ESPN recruiting team was out in full force to monitor the action, and although you can never see everything during a week like this, there were certainly some prospects who made a big impression and moved the needle on their recruitment.

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Forward D.J. Jeffries decommits from Kentucky Wildcats, reopens recruitment

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Five-star forward D.J. Jeffries announced Monday he was decommitting from Kentucky and reopening his recruitment.

Jeffries, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Olive Branch (Mississippi) High School, had committed to Kentucky in March, choosing the Wildcats over Alabama and Mississippi State.

He was coached on the AAU circuit by Penny Hardaway last spring and summer and played for the same AAU program this past grassroots season.

The new Memphis coach is going head-to-head with John Calipari over the No. 1 player, James Wiseman.

When Hardaway took over for Tubby Smith at Memphis, there were rumors that Jeffries could flip to the Tigers, but he stuck with his commitment at the time.

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Cornerback prospect Andrew Booth chooses Clemson

Jul 30, 2018Emailprint

The Clemson Tigers continue to win key recruiting battles for top prospects out of Georgia.

Andrew Booth, the No. 33-ranked prospect in the class of 2019, became the latest elite Peach State talent to pick Clemson.

The nation's No. 3-ranked cornerback picked the Tigers over Auburn, Georgia and many more of the nation's top programs, with the battle coming down to Clemson vs. Auburn.

The No. 5-ranked prospect in Georgia is joined by ESPN 300 safety Joseph Charleston and tight end Jaelyn Lay as four-star prospects out of the Peach State who are headed to Clemson. Recent Clemson recruits out of Georgia include quarterback Deshaun Watson, five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt and defensive end Austin Bryant

Booth becomes the highest-ranked prospect in the Tigers' 2019 class, and ninth ESPN 300 verbal, with wide receiver Frank Ladson Jr. joining Booth as top-50-ranked prospects overall in the 2019 cycle. Clemson continues to expand its national recruiting footprint with four-star commitments out of eight states.

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Georgia Bulldogs land RB John Emery

Jul 29, 2018Emailprint

Georgia continued its hot streak in recruiting on Sunday, landing three ESPN 300 commitments all in one day.

Running back John Emery got things started, giving the Dawgs its second highest ranked commit at No. 20 overall.

This commitment comes after the Georgia staff was able to reel in the No. 1 ranked running back in the 2018 class with Zamir White, as well as the No. 3 back in James Cook.

The staff also has D'Andre Swift on the roster, who was the No. 6 back in the 2017 class, so the stable is loaded with big names for the future.

The 5-foot-11, 202-pound Emery, out of Destrehan, Louisiana, chose Georgia over several other programs, including LSU. Emery is the No. 2 ranked prospect in Louisiana, and while the Tigers have done well so far with the top in-state prospects in the 2019 class, Emery is headed out of the state.

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Jeffery Carter, Class o 2019 cornerback, commits to Texas A&M Aggies

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Jeffery Carter, the No. 45 ranked prospect in the Class of 2019, is staying home for college.

The 6-foot, 182-pound cornerback with blazing 4.36 speed committed to the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday over Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks and more than 25 other offers from Power 5 programs.

The nation's No. 4 ranked cornerback adds to what could be a record-setting class for the Aggies, who have never finished higher than No. 4 in the 14 years ESPN has ranked prospects and recruiting classes.

Carter becomes the 12th ESPN 300 commitment for Jimbo Fisher's first full class in College Station, which includes five-star offensive lineman Kenyon Green and No. 1 ranked safety Brian Williams.

The Fort Worth-area prospect also continues the Aggies' run of reeling in top prospects in the Lone Star State. Texas A&M now has four of the top-10 ranked prospects in the state on the commit list, and nine of the top 20. The Aggies inked just two of the top 20 prospects within the state lines in February.

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