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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: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:54 pm

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Why so late in the game ? Why after major recruiting  is over?I think he was asked to resign because of his under the table  involvment  with the NCST job. He played really dirty  and he was called out on it by Debbie Yow I think the Terps were afraid of being sued. With Yow's close ties to the program and her obvious distaste for the coach this is a very plausable settlement in place of a major lawsuit from NCST and Yow. Just a simple man 's thought any major sports writer want to check into it??????

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:32 pm

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The jayhawks have won a title more recently than the orange have. We made it to the elite 8 this year. Sounds like you syracuse fans are jealous?

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:15 pm

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I didn't read what my fellow Jayhawk wrote, but it's wheat fields. Before you try to insult someone, try to sound a little educated. Otherwise, you just sound like a bitter jackass.
Have a pleasant day!

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:42 pm

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hey jackass, your jayhawks suck and choke every year anyway hater... LOSER, now go cry in your cornfield, b*tch....

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:30 pm

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Sorry to see him go, but Gary Williams can leave Maryland with his head held high!  Not only is he a great coach but he was the "right" coach to clean up after the Len Bias/Bob Wade debacle.  Gary was there to re-build after the disaster and guide the Terps to a National Championship!  So he's old-school and refuses to play the game of the shoe company sponsored Summer "Camps", I, like him, would rather watch a bunch of second tier kids giving 100% every night than watch the "one in done" classless acts of Calapari style college basketball.  Gary's only downfall is that he happened to coach in the same conference and in the same era of Coach K.  I hate Duke but you have to acknowledge their success.

Gary, thanks for 22 years of grit, hustle and passion at Maryland - now find a nice beach somewhere and relax!!

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:06 pm

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I still recall Gary Williams as the head coach of Ohio State while I was in Columbus.  Great coach, great career, it's now his right to retire on his terms and enjoy his life.  How long he can stay away from basketball will be tough on him as he is a basketball nut and I expect to see him on the sidelines announcing games via television, radio, or in the studio. 

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:54 pm

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GREAT NEWS,and I'm a Terp fan

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:37 pm

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So what this man has committed some violations. What D-1 coach hasn't lied about something. You have lied to you woman before does that make you a man with have no class

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:25 pm

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You are not a well informed sports fan and you have no class.

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:13 pm

Source: Williams retiring from Maryland

I think Bruce Pearl would be perfect for this job. He would definately get the best propects in the DC and Maryland area. With his connections down South he would be able to get some of the best players out of Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. Pearl is probably of the best recuiters in the country. 

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