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Dear Gary (on Gary Williams and his hot seat)

Posted on: October 29, 2008 1:33 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2008 1:33 pm

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Are you serious? Oh, I get it. You just used Gary Williams name (in your Coaches on the Hot Seat column) as your headline gimmick, right?

Three points:

1. He plays in the toughest conference.

2. He has had numerous top 20 and top 10 and top five teams.


Williams will be there as long as he wants to be.

It is entirely his decision.

-- AW

To answer your initial question, yes, I'm serious, AW.

And if you want to spend the afternoon talking about stuff that was relevant five or more years ago, that's OK by me as long as we place it into context. Maryland won a national title in 2002, at which time Gary Williams was winning big and Gary Parrish was a 155-pound specimen of love. But that was six long years ago. These days, Williams isn't doing so hot and I'm gray-haired and fat. So lots of things have changed in the past six years, and that's my round-about way of telling you that what was relevant in 2002 doesn't mean much in 2008, which brings me back to Williams' current situation at Maryland.

Here's the truth: Contrary to your email, Maryland does NOT play in the toughest conference; the Big East is the toughest conference. And though Williams has had "numerous top 20 and top 10 and top five teams" he hasn't had those too often recently, which is why he's posted a winning record in the ACC only once in the past five seasons. Furthermore, three of the past four seasons have resulted in NIT bids, and unless the Terrapins overachieve this season (they were picked seventh in the official preseason poll) that streak will move to four NITs in five years.

Is that OK at Maryland?

I'll ask again: Is that OK at Maryland?

If so, then I stand corrected. But if it's not -- and I don't think it is -- then I absolutely believe a season that stops short of the NCAA tournament could have Williams in trouble based upon a combination of three things.

1. A less-than-ideal relationship with his athletic director.

2. A stretch of five years with just one NCAA tournament appearance.

3. A growing inability to secure the elite prospects from Baltimore, Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas.

Now don't get me wrong; it's a dicey situation.

As Tennessee football is finding out, there is no good way to remove a legend -- especially one who is an alum and respected as a brilliant coach. But college basketball at this level is less about coaching than it is about securing talent, and that's the thing people tend to forget when they start yapping about coaches. I mean, why do you think Kansas State's Delonte Hill is the highest-paid assistant in the country? Because of his ability to draw-up an inbounds play? No, silly. It's because of his ability to secure recruits, specifically recruits from the D.C. area that should be fertile ground for Maryland but is instead serving as a talent source for multiple other schools, among them Kansas State.

Bottom line, this sucks.

I want to be clear in stating that Williams' career is the stuff of Hall of Famers, and the man should be in the Hall of Fame someday. But there is no denying that Maryland isn't winning like it used to or recruiting at the level to ensure it can keep up with North Carolina and Duke, which is why it's reasonable to assume Williams must either turn things around quickly or risk going out the way he probably never imagined.

And with that, I'm heading to the gym so I can work on getting back to my fighting weight of 155 pounds.

Oh, for the good old days.


Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2008 10:48 am

Dear Gary (on Gary Williams and his hot seat)

amen to that,Gary has not been perfect but he's done a great job in general. mabe this year of low expectations will change some minds 

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2008 10:01 pm

This is a bunch of CRAP..Hot Seat???

Why would Gary be on the hot seat?  When was the last time he had a losing season???? 16 yes 16 years ago and he is supposedly on the hot seat.  You have got to be kidding me. 

He raised the bar when he brought the Championship home.  You have to be kidding me.   GET A GRIP!

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2008 7:50 pm

Dear Gary (on Gary Williams and his hot seat)

I completely agree with AW!  Maryland is by far in the toughest conference.  2002 was the year we won the National Championship.  That wasn't that long ago. In 2004, Maryland won the ACC championship.  What's the big deal? Every year can't be a National Championship year.  Williams strives for nothing less than a championship.  Recruiting is made difficult.  I think we all know that there are internal factors that make it hard.  Tyree Evans...he isn't a terp because of a disconnect with the AD.  Do we put all of the blame on Williams.  I think not.   Maryland Basketball will be @ the top again and the MAN to do it is Williams.

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2008 5:55 pm

Dear Gary (on Gary Williams and his hot seat)

I love that rating. Straight ahead with that baccalaureate degree. LOL.

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2008 5:39 pm

Dear Gary (on Gary Williams and his hot seat)

However and whereever the spin goes--and I'm not into either side of the GW-has-to-go debate--it is clear that the Terps program has had a radical demise from its better years under our coach...only a blind syncopath would take exception to that. The question is this : will GW achieve with this team this season at a level that gives fans any reasonable hope for the near future. If not, then it's time for him to retire before he further stains his legacy and continues to drag this program through the present mess he has created by lack of effective recruiting and his tyrannical outbursts on the court and in department. If this year goes south, again, then the time has come for a change. But don't count out this season befor the first tipoff. We will know soon eneough. Hotseat? Yes. A done deal? Not yet.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2008 5:21 pm

Dear Gary (on Gary Williams and his hot seat)

By the way Gary do you really want to use  Delonte Hill and K State as your example of how to land recruits?Really?He must be the best recruiter in the history of basketball to be able to get a kid to come to a school he never visited.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2008 4:36 pm

Dear Gary (on Gary Williams and his hot seat)

Okay tough guy have at it.I am willing to bet I'm far more attuned to the recruiting situation at MD then you are.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2008 4:30 pm

Sorry, but Gary Parrish is right

As an MD man myself, I will tell you that people have been calling for Gary to get fired since 2004, and that was only 2 years after they won the whole thing!  We have a love/hate relationship with Gary Williams.  He gets the most out of some players and sometimes he really gets the team to listen.  But a lot of the time, the players just tune him out.  Gary Williams is old school and that doesn't really cut it as much today.  As for his recruiting, its been absolutely horrendous in the last few years.  He's getting the scraps from the DC/Baltimore area.  Now is it fair that he should get fired? No.  He won the flippin' championship only 6 years ago!  But it doesn't matter.  It's in the past and for the rabid Terps fans, its a little too far in the past.  And ultimately, he's going to get fired as soon as there is a chance to fire him because the AD and Gary have an absolutely horrible relationship.  It's an ending to a great legacy that saddens me, but it is what it is.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2008 8:21 pm

Dear Gary (on Gary Williams and his hot seat)

The only problem is would Maryland be able to find a head coach that can step in and do a better job, considering all the pressure that will be placed on him.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2008 5:58 pm

Dear Gary (on Gary Williams and his hot seat)

I didn't say just Balitmore.

Here's what I wrote:  3. A growing inability to secure the elite prospects from Baltimore, Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas.

Now do you really want to argue about whether Maryland is having recruiting success in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas? If so, that's fine. But understand I can list a long line of great players Maryland has missed on.  Just say the word and I'll prove you wrong.

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