Mark Turgeon steps down as Maryland head coach

Maryland basketball has underperformed in recent years under head coach Mark Turgeon, and the team’s disgruntled fan base got its way on Friday.

Turgeon and Maryland have mutually agreed to part ways, according to a press release from the school. Turgeon said the decision came after several conversations between him and athletic director Damon Evans.

“After several in depth conversations with Damon, I have decided that the best thing for Maryland Basketball, myself and my family is to step down, effective immediately, as the head coach of Maryland Basketball,” Turgeon said. “I have always preached that Maryland Basketball is bigger than any one individual. My departure will enable a new voice to guide the team moving forward.”

The Terrapins were ranked No. 21 in the preseason poll, but they are off to a 5-3 start. They are coming off back-to-back losses to Louisville and Virginia Tech. Maryland fans have been heard booing Turgeon on numerous occasions this season. The fan dissatisfaction was reportedly a factor in Turgeon’s departure.

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