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Dear Gary (on the saga at Maryland)

Posted on: January 30, 2009 2:48 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2009 6:10 pm
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Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: This is simple: Get rid of the associate athletic director, keep Gary Williams and publicly support him. (Beyond that), who is out there that would want to come to Maryland that would make it a better basketball program? In my opinion, there isn't anyone out there waiting in the wings that could come in and improve the situation. So I don't understand you or anyone else saying that Williams IS or 'should be' in trouble.

-- KVS

First, it isn't as simple as moving the associate athletic director, because the person Williams really doesn't get along with is the actual athletic director, Debbie Yow. Their relationship has been strained for years, which is one of the reasons I talked about Williams being on the "hot seat" back in the preseason. And just so we're clear, today's Final thought in the Friday Look Ahead isn't me rehashing an old column for the fun of it. Williams and the Maryland administration have been publicly fighting this week, which is what makes all of this relevant. It sucks for both sides, no question. But don't think for a second that there's a simple solution, because there isn't.

Now to your other point: Who would want to come to Maryland?

Answer: Just about everybody.

It's a GREAT job, one of the best jobs in the country. There's wonderful tradition, a talented natural recruiting base (Washington DC, Baltimore, etc.) and a league affiliation second-to-none. There aren't 10 guys in the country who wouldn't listen if Maryland called. So while I'm not suggesting that's a reason to part ways with Williams, what I am suggesting is that any worry that Maryland couldn't find somebody good to take the job is silly.

Most anybody would take the Maryland job.

But that's another column for another day.

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