Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon held off on speaking publicly for the most part, spare a few comments, since four players announced their intentions to transfer out of the program in the weeks that followed the end of his team’s 2013-14 season.
On Tuesday he broke the relative silence, speaking to reporters at a Big Ten press conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., a backdrop far more outwardly positive than the news that has been coming out of College Park of late.
He spoke on camera with Comcast SportsNet’s Jill Sorenson, touching a number of subjects but most notably the transfers of Roddy Peters, Nick Faust, Shaquille Cleare, and Seth Allen.
“You try not to take it personal but I understand the fans because I’m angry, you know, frustrated with everything that’s going so I understand where the fans are,” Turgeon said. “I kind of expect it to be honest with you. But life goes on.”
Turgeon clarified Maryland’s scholarship status, saying there are now 11 players under scholarship. That’s the same number as before Allen transferred, meaning that sufficient space has been freed for redshirt senior-to-be Jonathan Graham to be put back on scholarship.
It also factors in a full five-man recruiting class for 2014. A formal announcement that would indicate the signing of one of those players, international big man Michal Cekovsky, has yet to come from the school.
For comparison, Turgeon highlighted Maryland’s scholarship count this season to that number at the same time last season. The Terrapins had nine players officially in 2013, as opposed to 11 now.
“It may look a lot worse than it actually is but we have a very solid foundation,” he said. “So it’s never as bad as it seems and it’s never as good as it seems, but we’re kind of in the middle there.
“It hasn’t been a great two weeks but life goes on and as a competitor, you know, you just the next day you wake up and say well, how are we going to figure it out? We’re going to get it done. And I think we’re going to be terrific.”