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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."
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Source: Williams retiring from Maryland

My favorite Coach Williams comes from Boeheim courtesy of the Syracuse Post Standard. He calls Coach Williams "psycho' (in a loving ball busting way) and advised people sitting behind the Maryland bench to watch Coach Williams saying that he would be more entertaining than the game. I had the opportunity to test that theory myself and Boeheim was right, Coach Williams WAS more entertaining than the game. If any of his former players have put his passion for their career as Coach Williams did for his they will bw a success in life and isn't that the ultimate goal for a coach, to see his players have success?



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Source: Williams retiring from Maryland

Worst....cinco de mayo...ever!!!!!



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Source: Williams retiring from Maryland

Good luck to Gary Williams in retirement. He battled UNC and Duke in the ACC as well as anyone and Maryland was lucky to have him. This tarheel fan wishes him all the best.



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Source: Williams retiring from Maryland

"The right guy there will kill it," a source told CBSSports.com. "If they get the right guy, they'll win really big."

A source?  I'm guessing that source was the guy standing next to Gary Parrish as he was typing. 



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Source: Williams retiring from Maryland

I think UNC's Asst. Coach Steve Robinson would be good for the Job


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