Maryland's Mark Turgeon reunites with old friend on recruiting trail

Maryland's Mark Turgeon reunites with old friend on recruiting trail
July 11, 2014, 8:45 pm
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While out on the recruiting trail during the July live period, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon took a friendly jab at his good friend and former teammate Danny Manning after it appears he gave the new Wake Forest coach a lift.

Turgeon and Manning played together at Kansas under head coach Larry Brown from 1984-87, which included a trip to the 1986 Final Four. Turgeon was also an assistant on the Jayhawks staff when Manning led Kansas to a national title in 1988.

The two were in Philadelphia for the Reebok Breakout Classic on Thursday, as was Comcast SportsNet. While both scouted players, they often sat together and chatted as most coaches do.

Manning's Tulsa team came to College Park in December, an 85-74 Maryland victory. Prior to the game, Turgeon talked to the media about his relationship with his former teammate and reminiscing about the 1988 national championship that they shared.

“That was the best year of my life,” Turgeon said. “People think, well, you graduated. Wouldn’t you have loved to be on the championship team? I was like no, I had my chance … I wouldn’t trade my fifth year for anything.

“I thank Danny all the time for the national championship ring.”

Manning was hired by Wake Forest in April after head coach Jeff Bzdelik was fired.

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