Andy Kostka

Sports intern at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


University of Maryland Class of 2020. Former sports editor of The Diamondback, the independent student newspaper.


Four Region 2 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards. Seventh-place finish in Hearst Sports Writing Competition.

Out of the main spotlight, Travis Valmon leaves a Maryland basketball legacy of his own

Travis Valmon could’ve left, and Mark Turgeon made sure he knew it. The Maryland men’s basketball guard would hear it every year, the same spiel from his coach, telling Valmon he could see more playing time if he opted to transfer to another program. Those conversations — which would stem from Valmon’s performances in practice rather than games — always ended the same way, though. Valmon wanted to stay.

Maryland men’s basketball and TikTok: The race to go viral - The Diamondback

For everything that’s going right in Anthony Cowan’s world — he’s now No. 8 in Maryland men’s basketball scoring history and a major catalyst in the Terps’ nine-game winning streak — there’s still one nagging problem. It’s on his phone. It’s this one pesky app. And while he can make magic happen on the court, he just can’t seem to crack this TikTok thing, the phenomenon that’s gripping Maryland’s locker room and pitting player against player in the quest to go viral.

After poor shooting display, Eric Ayala hasn’t given up. Neither has Maryland basketball.

Only an hour or so earlier, when the stands had been full, these shots hadn’t been falling. So he returned to the court, long after the hordes of Maryland men’s basketball fans had vacated Xfinity Center. His dribbles echoed through the arena. The sweet swish of made threes pierced the silence, and the only noise in his ears was from his headphones — instead of the 15,855 cheering fans, pushing the Terps to a 56-51 win over Rutgers.

In career night, Anthony Cowan played like the MVP the Xfinity Center crowd crowned him as - The Diamondback

Anthony Cowan wasn’t fazed by the 11-inch difference in height, or the additional foot added on once Luka Garza raised both arms. Instead, the 6-foot Maryland men’s basketball guard went right to the rim, driving baseline before meeting the Iowa center in mid-air. He fell away — the better to get the ball out of Garza’s shadow — and flicked his acrobatic attempt to the rim. It fell home.

From Eppley to Xfinity: Will Clark’s roundabout journey to Maryland basketball

Will Clark didn’t have time to think when the ball reached him underneath the basket. And for that, he’s grateful. He recalled coach Mark Turgeon urging him forward on the break, yelling “Go, Will! Go, Will!” So Clark figured he was open. But even then, Hakim Hart had the ball and seemed to have a path to the hoop himself, and Clark thought his freshman teammate would be the one who’d lay in the transition chance. Instead, the ball whizzed into Clark’s arms. And before he could ponder just wha

“He’s relentless”: Now a starter, Donta Scott has made his mark for Maryland basketball

When Donta Scott received the ball near the free-throw line in the middle of Ohio State’s 2-3 zone midway through the second half Tuesday, he dribbled to his right, ran into a brick wall in the form of 6-foot-9, 270-pound Kaleb Wesson and bounced off. Scott lofted the ball up as he fell to the floor, however, and it ricocheted up off the back iron and fell through the hoop. Mark Turgeon turned away from Scott — who was just getting back to his feet — and smiled.

Maryland football recruited nationally, but Mike Locksley still hopes to “control the DMV”

Like much of the rest of the country, Mike Locksley didn’t know Rakim Jarrett would make his college decision on early signing day. The Maryland football coach thought the five-star wide receiver from St. John’s College High School was waiting until February, as Jarrett had previously tweeted. But then Jarrett took to Twitter again Wednesday morning, announcing he was “Staying at the crib with it” and joining the Terps despite committing to LSU in April.

Nick Cross didn’t play football until high school. Now he stars for Maryland’s secondary.

As Anna Awah-Cross waited in her car, a steady stream of DeMatha Catholic football players made their way to their own rides. Anna scanned the faces passing by in search of her son, not finding him amongst the throng of athletes he now called teammates. Finally, once the crowd died down and Anna’s car was one of the few remaining, Nick Cross would appear. “How come you take so long?” Anna would ask. He’d only shrug it off.

“It’s everything”: Maryland men’s basketball is quickly forming a defensive identity - The Diamondback

Before Mike Brey even reached the lectern Wednesday night, an apt reaction to the Maryland men’s basketball team escaped from the Notre Dame coach’s lips: “Wow.” His team had just been run off the floor at the Xfinity Center in a 72-51 loss, held to 29 percent from the field. He had just witnessed what the No. 3 team in the country could do.

Against the nation’s leading scorer, Darryl Morsell rose to the occasion — on both ends - The Diamondback

Shortly after the final buzzer sounded on No. 5 Maryland men’s basketball’s 84-63 victory over Marquette, Jalen Smith picked up Darryl Morsell and twirled his former high school teammate around. When Morsell’s feet returned to the floor once more, Smith whipped off his goggles and pointed at him. Anthony Cowan led the Terps’ scoring against the Golden Eagles with 22 points. Aaron Wiggins added 15. But there was no mistaking the true difference maker in Sunday’s Orlando Invitational final.

In home finale, Maryland football doesn’t show up en route to 54-7 loss to Nebraska

Nick Cross got one hand on Adrian Martinez’s overthrown pass early in the second quarter, but the Maryland football safety couldn’t corral the ball. It tipped up in the air, yet safety Jordan Mosley couldn’t quite grasp it, either. JD Spielman could, though. The Nebraska wide receiver pulled down the twice-tipped pass for a 25-yard score on third-and-11, furthering the Terps’ dismal start on a dismal afternoon. Through a cacophony of errors — fumbles, penalties, and bobbled would-be interceptions — Saturday turned from Maryland’s last best chance at obtaining often-elusive victories into just another blowout.

While Ricky Lindo often assumes a quieter role, his performance Tuesday spoke volumes

At the beginning of practice the day after Maryland men’s basketball cruised to victory against Rhode Island on Nov. 9, coach Mark Turgeon approached Ricky Lindo. “Do you know why you didn’t go back in the game?” Turgeon asked the 6-foot-8 forward, who had played less than a minute in the second half of the 73-55 drubbing. Lindo said he didn’t know why he featured for just seven minutes, finishing with three points.
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