After serving a one-game suspension, Pe'Shon Howard was reinstated by coach Mark Turgeon on Sunday night. The 6-foot-3, junior point guard will travel with the team to Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Tuesday for Maryland's game against Boston College.
Howard, who was suspended for a violation of team rules, and the Terps were informed of Turgeon's decision during a team meeting on Sunday. When he first announced the suspension, Turgeon left open the possibility of Howard's suspension lasting longer than one game.
“He’s been punished. We’ll welcome him back with open arms," Turgeon said. "Hopefully he’s learned from his mistakes and other players have learned from his mistakes. We need Pe’Shon. We need a mature, confident Pe’Shon moving forward for us to finish strong.”
Turgeon responds to Coach K
After Maryland topped Duke, 83-81, on Saturday, coach Mike Krzyzewski was asked about the end of the storied rivalry between the Terps and Blue Devils and offered some polarizing comments.
“I have a great deal of respect for Maryland,” Krzyzewski said. “If it was such a rivalry, they’d still be in the ACC. Obviously they don’t think it’s that important, or they wouldn’t be in the Big Ten. I respect their basketball program and the job their coaches have done and their players have done over the years. We’ve had some great games with them, but we have great games against a lot of people. A lot of people want to beat us, and they’re one of them.”
Turgeon was asked if he had any opinion about Krzyzewski's comments during Monday's ACC Teleconference. Instead of offering a different opinion, Turgeon took the high road.
“I heard about it,” Turgeon said before being pressed further for his opinion. “Not really. It’s his opinion. He’s won a lot of games. He’s an Olympic coach. He’s won two gold medals. It’s his opinion. Some people are going to like it, some people aren’t. I don’t really have a comment on it.”
Padgett still a leader
During practice last week, leading up to Saturday's game against Duke, Turgeon took the drastic step of revoking the title of team captain from Howard and James Padgett.
After the Duke game, Padgett said he didn't take Turgeon's actions personally. And since losing his captainship, he's still attempted to maintain a leadership role, according to Turgeon.
“I’ve never done it before," Turgeon said of removing the team's captains. "I wanted everyone to be a better leader. I just didn’t think that we were doing a good job with it.
"With that said, I’ve stripped it, but James is still trying to be a leader. Dez is still trying to be a leader. I’m just trying to help out a lot more. James is a mature kid. He’s handled it the right way. I thought he responded great. He played well in the game. He knows he still has a responsibility within the locker room when I’m not around or in the dorm rooms to make sure these young guys are doing what’s right.”
More from Turgeon and the Terps later today previewing Tuesday's game vs. Boston College.