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Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:12 pm
Maryland's coaching search has turned to Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon.

A source told that Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson has -- after being rebuffed by Villanova's Jay Wright, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon and Arizona's Sean Miller -- targeted Turgeon to succeed Gary Williams, and that Turgeon is currently deciding whether to make the move to the ACC. Turgeon has spent the past four seasons at Texas A&M and made four consecutive NCAA tournaments.

Williams abruptly retired from Maryland last Thursday after 22 seasons.
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Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:07 pm

Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

North Carolina State AD-Debbie Yow called out Gary for not exactly giving her a ringing endorsement when she was interviewing coaches for the NC State job. That situation got pretty ugly... downright personal on a lot of levels. Gary never responded to Yow's comments, which makes you wonder if his silence was an unofficial admission of guilt. Then a month later... days after Jordan Williams declared for the NBA draft, Gary calls it quits. I don't think Gary Williams was losing sleep over the possibility of Jordan Williams seeking his ultimate payday. Gary's abrubt retirement probably wasn't about JW's draft decision and it probably wasn't about Yow's very public attacks directed towards him but I think we would all be naive to think these issues didn't nudge dude towards the door just a little bit. Gary probably wanted to go out on top like most coaches but all of a sudden college basketball got a little too dirty for Gary's taste. So he decided to exit stage left. I think he finally came to the realization that his window of opportunity was closed and at 66 years of age what sense would it have made for him to re-invent himself just to make a few more futile runs at a National Championship. I respect Gary for not milking his paycheck a few more years while preparing for retirement. It took some serious integrity to go out like he did... with very little fanfare and bravado...i should add. The average college basketball fan won't realize what Gary brought to the table and how he pumped life back into a dead basketball program until he's long gone. So he didn't get in bed with the AAU power brokers... You have to respect what he accomplished while running a clean program in a highly competitive conference for over 20 years.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:59 pm

Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

Where do you want to raise your children?  In a Park or a Station?  Obviously a Park--green, playground, trees, squirrels, room to play.  A station--fumes from gas or diesel, greasy, traffic, weird characters waiting to go somewhere, weird characters arriving.  No question, College PARK over College STATION.  And if you have been to both places you know how desolate College Station is.  It is great if you are an Aggie, but after that there is nothing but humidity, flat land, and stark buildings.  Mark Turgeon, flash the fans a "Gig 'Em" and head to the ACC.  You will be just a visible to the KU fans.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:18 pm

Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

Did I miss something somewhere as to the timing of Gary Williams departure from Maryland? To me it seems odd so late in the coaching cycle. Is there something going on behind the scenes making it difficult to find a replacement? Is Maryland aiming too high? I certainly think the Maryland job should be one of the better ones but is it a step up for the established coaches they have (allegedly) been pursuing? Am I the only one who would like real news not all the rumors and innuendo that have been out so far?

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:07 pm

Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

Maryland doesn't need Shaka Smart per se. They need the next Shaka Smart. Maryland's AD should hire one of the better lead assistants/recruiting specialists in the country and call it a day. i.e. Joe Dooley-Kansas, Rod Strickland-Kentucky, Butch Pierre-Oklahoma State, Russ Springmann-Texas, etc. The hunger to succeed will be there and a top assistant won't expect the Brinks truck to back up before they accept the job.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 7:15 pm

Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

With due respect to everyone's opinions...I'll throw mine in the hat.  Maryland is BIG TIME gig.  The coaches who have politely said no thus far, are also entrenched, or trying to become so at other Top 25 programs.  Regarding the job itself though, Maryland is one of the best in the business.  East coast recruiting hotbed, which Gary did not take advantage of.  He was a coach supreme, not much of a recruiter.  A great talent of a coach, who enjoys recruiting would absolutely murder it at the University of Maryland.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 7:13 pm

Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

  1. Your thoughts are the same as mine.  There is no reason for Turgeon to accept the Maryland job, when his heart is surely set on the Kansas job, regardless of how long it takes.  Meanwhile, there's absolutely nothing wrong with A&M anyway.  Turgeon has shown he can recruit and does compete well with other Big XII schools.  I also might add I believe that when the K-State job opens up again, Lon Kruger will be there to take the job.  I've always said Kruger made a mistake leaving K-State to begin with, and I still firmly believe this to be true. 

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 7:09 pm

Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

Its not a horrible job either. Maryland isnt exactly George Mason or George Washington in terms of prestige. him or hate him... found a way to get the Terps to the promised land. With all that being said...the challenges that come with becoming the next coach of Maryland are obvious. First and foremost, the next coach will have to excel at recruiting against Virginia, Virginia-Tech, Virginia-Commonwealth, Richmond, Georgetown, George Washington, George Mason, basically... a lot of George's for local talent. Then after winning some local recruiting wars hopefully... the next challenge will be recruiting against the rest of the ACC... North Carolina, Duke, NC State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, etc. No easy feat for the best of coaches... So youre right. Its not a great job from that standpoint but as far as facilities, location and tradition are concerned, Maryland has the potential to be an exceptional program under the right hire's direction. The problem is it looks like the best possible candidates understand what they're getting into and as a result will want to get paid handsomely to take on all those challenges. Gary was doing pretty well financially but maryland aint about to pay more than $2 million a year to whoever they hire in this economy. John Calapari got an 8 year/$32 million dollar contract to leave Memphis for Kentucky. If Maryland was working with that kind of coin, the hottest coaches in the country would be lined up. That's the driving force behind this situation...imo

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 6:48 pm

Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

Finding a great coach will not be easy after Gary ruined recruiting at MD. 

Hate to say the foregoing,as I am a long time Terps fan 60+years.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 6:30 pm

Source: Maryland targeting Turgeon

Turgeon to Maryland...doubtful.  He is waiting for Self to leave (probably for the NBA) so he can go jump over to Kansas.  Maryland would be an upgrade because Turgeon really doesn't like being 2nd fiddle to football and you don't have that problem at Maryland like you do at A&M.  That said, I think he stays in Big 12 country for the KU job to open up....if it does.

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 6:28 pm
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