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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: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:25 am

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When Williams took the Maryland job while at Ohio State, the rant by local sports personality Jimmy Crum is a classic. Crum telling Williams goodbye and good riddance to a liar.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:19 am

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No one likes to push a LEGEND out the door. Some of the MORONS on this board think a legend is a coach who bring their teams 5-10 national titles. Well try rooting for a school who had as much hardhship as we have had over the years-from the 70s teams who were undoubtedly one of the nations best teams but couldnt break through , to the 80s with Len Bias death and the Bob Wade years, to probation where we were not on TV for an entire year (NCAA gave us a virtual death penalty for driving Rudy Archer around-yes thats it, but everyone knows it was for the Bias years and Leftys bending of the rules) to Gary coming in and building us from the ground up into a contender and becoming the only coach in the last 30+ years to win a national title with no high school all-americans. So I wish Gary a happy retirement and Lets GOOOOOOOOOOOO Maryland!!

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:00 am

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I am a UNC fan, I have friends who are Maryland and Duke fans.  Over the years we came to the conclusions that although Gary Williams would frustrate because he could hardly ever get the blue chipper All American from the Baltimore/DC area in his back yard, he was great at turning very good players into great players.  Example:  Juan Dixon (who was actually from Baltimore).  It is no surprise that he "had grown tired of the summer culture" because that was not his strong point in the first place.

What people forget is just how truly bad Maryland was when he took over.  They were coming off severe NCAA sanctions and the Wade era, also still shell shocked at the Len Bias death.  If it was not for Walt Williams, Maryland would have been nearly winless 2 or 3 years straight.  But within a couple of years he had Joe Smith and Maryland was definitely relevant again.  At first he was known for screaming and sweating through suits but soon became known for upsetting #1 teams.

While Williams only got one NCAA title even the Duke fans conclude he was robbed by the officials of a 2nd in the final 4 game in '01 versus Duke.  Maryland has really been the only team that could rise up and challenge UNC and Duke in the ACC consistently, which isn't easy to do.

As for the Kansas fan, please take a look at the number of times these 3 ACC schools have put up national championship banners in the last 10 years before you squawk Jayhawk.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:57 am

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Wow, I hate to hear this. Gary Williams was always a favorite of mine. Nothing to complain about 'ol Gary Williams. That National Title Team sure was fun to watch. Enjoy your Retirment Gary.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:43 am

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Weatherness: That is Gary. Straight shooter. He will be remembered for not being recruiter, but as a teacher. His kids were never the brightest or best. But they bought into his style of play and were better for it. Just look at Jordan Williams. He was a project and still is. The kid is making a big mistake and wont be taken highly and will sit on the bench. And Juan Dixon. He was outshined on his own high school team but won a National Championship.

Thanks Gary. Sorry to see you go, but maybe you're right. Good time to go.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:25 am

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Kansas!!!  Biggest choke school in the NCAA year in and year out! 

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:14 am

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We got our first one in 1952. And before the NCAA Tournament started, we won a couple of Helms Foundation Titles in 1922 and 1923. Five national titles (Three NCAA titles) to Maryland's one. It may take us a generation or so to win a title, but we're still a far better program than Maryland could ever dream of being.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:08 am

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Gary Williams is one of the good guys ib basketball.  I will always remember his interview about JAY BURSON.  Enjoy your well earned retirement Coach Williams.

Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:33 am

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I liked Gary Williams. The ACC won't be the same. I'm so used to seeing him, Roy Williams, and Coach K on the sidelines during ACC rivalry matchups. Those 3 coaches define the ACC and its excellence. Thanks Gary for the great years (coming from a UNC fan). If he had some more talent, imagine how much more competitive the ACC could've been. I really respect the long tenured coaches such as Gary. Shows commentment and loyalty unlike a lot of these current coaches that jump to new jobs like hot potatoes. I

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:53 pm

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Kansas chirping is funny. In the 2002 championship run Maryladn faced Kansas and Chris Wilcox blocked Gooden's first three shots. Gooden reacted like the fear of the lord had been placed in him and was entirely ineffective until about 5 minutes was left in the game.

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