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Williams retiring from Maryland

Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 10:04 am
Gary Williams is retiring as Maryland's basketball coach, a source confirmed to on Thursday.

Williams subsequently confirmed the news with a released statement.

“It’s the right time,” Williams said. “My entire career has been an unbelievable blessing. I am fiercely proud of the program we have built here. I couldn’t have asked any more from my players, my assistant coaches, the great Maryland fans and this great university. Together, we did something very special here."

Williams spent 22 seasons at Maryland and led the Terrapins to the 2002 national championship while making 14 NCAA tournament appearances, seven Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights and two Final Fours. In recent years, though, he struggled recruiting the Washington D.C./Baltimore area and had grown tired of the summer culture where most high-major recruiting now takes place, a source said. Williams had not made the Sweet Sixteen since 2003. The Terrapins were 19-14 overall, 7-9 in the ACC last season. Their best player, Jordan Williams, announced on Wednesday that he is hiring an agent and staying in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The Maryland job is now the biggest available job from this offseason.

Coaches widely consider it to be one of the nation's best jobs because of its natural recruiting base.

"The right guy there will kill it," a source told "If they get the right guy, they'll win really big."
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Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: May 7, 2011 5:59 pm

Williams retiring from Maryland

Gary Williams was a fine and successful basketball coach and was a savior for a "dead in the water" Maryland program when he arrived. I would just like to extend my best wishes and thanks to Coach Williams for what he did with Terrapin basketball. I have been a Maryland sports fan all my life and this program provided me with one of the most memorable and exciting moments of my life when i heard, at the end of the MD -v- Stanford Regional Final, Sean McDonaugh say "..and for the first time in 100 years of Maryland basketball, the Terps are going to the Final Four" . I was tingling and had tears in my eyes at that moment. The eventual following national title was just icing to me. Thank you coach (and your staff and players) for that moment.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 5:31 pm

Williams retiring from Maryland

Have a great retirement Gary!! 

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 5:30 pm

Williams retiring from Maryland

I'm far from a Maryland fan....but remember Gary from the Big East. Here's hoping he's retiring for all the right reasons and that he has a well deserved retirement.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:30 pm

Williams retiring from Maryland

Gary Williams is THE BEST coach in the country, and he will be missed a Maryland and in the college basketball culture.  I have been a Terps fan for a long time, and it was always comforting to see him on the bench with passion and commitment.  Gary deserves all the accolades he will be given, including his name on the basketball court in the future. Gary also leaves the program better then he entered it, and his legacy will last forever.

I think Jordan Williams stupidly jumping early was the final straw, not his health, and I think it was the nail in the coffin so to speak.  But Gary is at peace with his decision, so that is the most important thing.  Gary, YOU WILL BE MISSED.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:37 am

Williams retiring from Maryland

No Big deal regarding DY. She is another school's problem now... just about every coach at UMD didn't like her, even the facilities mgrs at Cole and comcast has a distaste for her approach, which is basically two faced lying...

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 11:31 am

Williams retiring from Maryland

Going to be some more interesting details come out about the Yow-Williams relationship. I do not know how this would be a problem but I can tell you for sure, having been around Yow 4-5 times and talked with her several, that if I introduced her to 20 people who knew nothing about her and asked "Is she the Athletic Director or the Dean of Agricultural Studies" that 17 of the 20 would answer the latter.
If you look at some of the flim clips her and Williams have an almost physical aversion to being in the same proximity with one another. Recent verbal volleys from both of them is further indication that there was really a Big problem between the two. 

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:31 am

Williams retiring from Maryland

1st Ralph,now Gary....hmmm what really gives in College Park? Some dark times are ahead!

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:04 am

Source: Williams retiring from Maryland

This comes as quite a shock, to say the least. There is only one other current Coach that I respect more than Gary Williams. I am sure you can figure out who that is. Living in northern VA., I get to see the majority of the Terps games, and I will root for them because of Coach Williams. There are not many Coaches out there that can match the intensity or passion that he displays, game in and game out. It was a prevlidge just to watch him on the sidelines.

There is alot of speculation as to why he is doing this now. All kinds of rumors floating around this area as to why. Is it the AD? Is it his health? Is it the summer recruiting? Was it because of the Debbie Yow Coaching search? Is he burned out? I dont know, and I am not going to hazard a guess.

All I know is that MD just lost the best Coach they ever had. This is a blow, not only to UMD and the ACC, but all of College Basketball. I wish UMD the best of luck in thier Coaching search. Hopefully they find a good one, but they certainly wont find another Gary Williams.

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:57 am
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Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:40 am

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There are some people that just dont get it. "The it" is being able to recruit, win, and avoid on the court and off the court embarrassment for the school. Well Gary did it the right way. There were no on the court issues, no off the court issues and for the most part his players stayed the 4 year duration. Gary wasnt interested in the 1 and done kids that werent interested in a good college education. They just couldnt go straight to the NBA anymore. So when the new person comes in and Md bb is in the news for all the wrong reasons, maybe then those that forced Gary out will appreciate what he stood for and what he provided to the Maryland community.

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