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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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com. "If they get the right guy, they'll win really big."
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Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:50 pm
 

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Mind boggling for me as I was at the fundraising event last night near Columbia and, for the first time in my 57 year life, got to talk to Gary Willimas for a little bit over 5 minutes. I thanked him for all that he had done for all these years. He said several times"Thanks, I really appreciate that" . Just numbing that within 24 hours later he has retired.



Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:46 pm
 

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Gary Williams was a great man, and there's a lot about him that people don't know. Check out his never before released story at http://TrendDefender.com. I'll admit that I made up the story, but that shouldn't stop you from reading it. Without giving away too much, it involves a trade for a time machine and Gary Williams saying, "Don't hate the player, hate the game."




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:41 pm
 

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A fantastic job that Gray Williams has done at lowly school like Maryland but really he has not done a good job lately and it's better off that Maryland gets a new head coach but there is no way he hell like ESPN have said that this school will every hire a big name at all or even get were they were six years ago or every to the elite basketball world again. So once again good luck to you Williams but for you Maryland and there fans you guys are done for good or really you guys have been done for quite awhile now.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:06 pm
 

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As a Tarheel fan I just want to say Williams was a fantastic coach.  He always had lesser talent than UNC and Duke but they always played tough, hard-nosed basketball.  For many years with Williams at the helm, Maryland was always the team right behind UNC and Duke.  He and his Maryland teams gave them fits.  I don't know the records during his 22 years, but I'll bet over the last 10 he probably had a winning record against both of them.   

I understand Maryland fans not looking forward to him leaving.  Look what happened to UNC after Smith left...although the fall wasn't immediate, it did happen.  Good luck to Gary in his retirement.  The ACC (excluding UNC) and Maryland basketball will miss you.     &
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Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:05 pm
 

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One of the better coaches in the NCAA. I hope Maryland finds another coach who becomes as good as Coach Williams is.  What people forget was the Coach Williams brought Maryland out of sanctions brought on by the previous coach covering up the death of  (forget the players name).  Wins a NC in a league with Duke and UNC.  Outstanding job Coach Williams



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 10:39 pm
 

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Let's face it, those teams Maryland had with Juan Dixon in the early 2000s were a flash in the pan. The Terps are not truly an elite basketball program. Yes, they had an amazing run while Dixon was playing for them; but other than that, Maryland hasn't had much to cheer about.
Thought a Jayhawk fan would be classier than that.  Who did Kansas lose to this season in the NCAA tourney??  VCU??  Hmmm...let's see...national champions in 1988...then 2008...I can't remember any prior to '88...so your team steps up every 20 years or so...maybe you guys make some noise in 2028.  I guess being a Jayhawk fan you know a flash in the pan when you see one.



Since: Jun 4, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 10:30 pm
 

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You need to leran your history better...Maryland has had a strong program since the 70s. John Lucas, Len Elmore, Tom McMillen, Albert King, Len Bias, Joe Smith, and Steve Francis would all take offense at the notion that the program they built (and tore apart in one case) was a "flash in the pan". 461-252 in 22 years with 14 NCAA tournament appearances, 3 ACC regular season titles, 7 Sweet Sixteens, 2 Elite Eights, 2 Final Fours and a National Championship put's Williams tenure at UMD in a class with the most elite coaches. FEAR THE TURTLE and...HEY...YOU SUCK!




Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 10:21 pm
 

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NYKLIB ended his message with this:

Hope they can get a coach who can recruit well because they make the ACC much more interesting to watch and he made the Maryland program come on the national map.

That bolded part is priceless!!  I'm assuming that would have taken place in 2002 after they won the national championship...and I sure don't want any part of that map. 

Thanks for the laugh NYK...lmao!!




Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 10:21 pm
 

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Thanks for chiming in Jayhack fans... real classy.  MD fans will always appreciate what Gary did for the basketball program and wish him luck in the future.  He apparently is staying on as Asst. AD so I would assume he'll be directly involved in hiring his sucessor.  I don't think there was anything behind this other than he wasn't going to be extended beyond his 2 years left, and without Jordon Williams, wasn't going to be a serious contender for the league or national titles.  So why not start the next era 2 years earlier and move forward?



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:56 pm
 

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Rumor is he really wanted the job in Raleigh...


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