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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: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:08 pm

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Gary Williams will be a legendary Balt/DC area figure and is certainly one of the 15 best coaches in the country right now.  Still, Gary refused, rightly so, to sully his hands in the murky waters of AAU/summer ball and all that has gone on there.  He stood by this belief and probably helped a heap of second-tier prospects carve out quality college careers and reach goals they never thought possible.  Still, a new coach will have a VERY fertile recruiting area to work with and just the right amount of ethic liberalism could see a quick improvement.  Fear the Turtle, thanks for all the fun Gary. 

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:07 pm

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Another sign of ACC demise, as cpaches leave or retire from the ACC. The ACC has become a Two Team Confeence with Coach K's Duke and Coach William's UNC Tarheels. It is much harder to compete with these two elite programs within the ACC so many great coaches are turning down ACC Schools and why they have trouble of having a balance competitive league. The Big East passed the ACC after adding 5 new programs 4 of them National Title Winners in ULou, UCincy, Marquette, and DePaul. While the ACC added BC, VT, Miami for Football not Basketball. The Big Ten has beaten the ACC in Basketball the last two years which was a first in consecutive years, another display of ACC Demise falling behind other Leagues not just the Big East. It will be interesting to see which Coach emerges to go to Maryland and it will reveal whether the ACC Basketball Demise to a Two Team League will continue.

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:02 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.

I for one am not sorry to see Gary Williams retire. That 2002 national title could have been ours if he and his team hadn't been standing in our way. And losing to Maryland was painful enough without Billy Packer practically cheering for Maryland during the broadcast.

Good-bye Gary, and good fucking riddance. To hell with Maryland! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:47 pm

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This is surprising news, but I can sure understand a coach getting burnout with all the recruiting hassles.   Gary was indeed a class act, and one ACC coach that could be a constant thorn to Duke, even in Cameron.   Like Coach K and Boeheim, who you mentioned, Williams was a class act, and I am glad he can retire with that 2002 National title on his resume.   Don't even get me started on scum like Calipari and Tressel, but unfortunately, their ilk is becoming more common in the NCAA.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:40 pm

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"Sorry he couldn't be John Calipari."  Thank goodness he isn't.  Unfortunately, Calipari will be viewed as a better coach by the media when he retires because of all the players he "recruited" (I mean paid) to come to his colleges.  He has had the NCAA investigate him at THREE different schools.  In Kentucky, he tried to recruit an ineligible player and he had trouble in Memphis and UMass.  No wonder he left those schools when he did.  Unfortunately, most of the "good" coaches are cheaters like Calipari and Tressel and are not class acts like Williams or Coach K or Boeheim.  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.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:29 pm

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I was raised in Maryland but grew up cheering for Duke, nethertheless this is a shock to me and I am sad to see him go, he was a great coach who did well with what he had, he couldn't score the Duke/UNC recruits but he always gave both the Carolina elites fits almost every year! God Bless you Gary!

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:26 pm

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Being a Washington/Maryland area sports fan, I haven't had much to cheer about with our teams, but that title back in '02 brought me some of the greatest joy I've ever had had when it comes to sports. Gary was a class act and honestly is such a good dude. I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple years ago and he couldn't have been nicer. As someone mentioned, with the departure of J-Will and now Gary, his replacement will have a very hard time maintaining the reputation that Maryland has upheld for the past 22 years. Gary consistantly made us proud to be Terps fans even when we had subpar teams that nobody ever gave a chance. Thanks for everything, Coach. You will be missed.
Washington Post is reporting that Gary got in a few digs at Debbie Yow on the way out the door.
Gary and that hag Debbie Yow shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence... But if this is true, I'm glad he did.

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:23 pm

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Wow did not see this coming, really thought he had 4 or 5 more years left in him. What a great coach and program that Gary rebuilt at Maryland.  He's gotten some undeserved bad knocks from fans the last few years, but few coaches in the history of the game have won more games. Hard to forget the early Gary days at cole field house where he would sweat through his jacket before the first half was over. The man had a huge passion for the game and it showed in his players. I'll always have huge respect for Coach Williams and his integrity and ability. Always brought a blue collar work ethic and excitement to the fans year after year with his squads.We  Terps fans will miss him tremendously.Always loved his style of game with the full court press,flex offense with fast paced transition basketball, hope the new coach isnt a half court guy. Cheers to Gary, maybe they'll finally put the man in the basketball hall of fame.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:17 pm

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This totally sucks. Jordan Williams thinking he is ready for the NBA sealed this deal. I have to thank the new AD for being a toal POS and running 2 high quality out of Maryland. Damn this sucks!

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:04 pm

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Wow. The end of an era. Gary, with the biggest "shoulder chip" in DI basketball, will be missed at Comcast and every other ACC arena. His guys always played hard, 'cause Gary coached hard. Non-stop really. With Jordan Williams taking a hike, this next year will be a major challenge for Gary's successor. The cupboard may be bare, but the Mid-Atlantic region is the "Whole Foods" of recruiting. Maryland will reload and be a factor NLT the 2013-14 season.

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