Tag:Gary Williams
Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 4:51 pm

Report: Maryland AD to meet with Arizona's Miller

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson is expected to soon meet with Arizona's Sean Miller about succeeding Gary Williams as the Terrapins' basketball coach, the Washington Post reported Friday. The paper added that there is "mutual interest" between the two sides.

Miller just finished his second season at Arizona by winning the Pac-10 and taking the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. He's losing Derrick Williams from that roster but should still have a team talented enough to be ranked in the preseason Top 25, which might make it tough to leave now. Still, the Maryland job is too good to ignore -- especially for a Pittsburgh native and former ACC assistant. So Miller will listen and consider coaching at a third school in a span of four years. He was at Xavier before moving to Arizona.

Notre Dame's Mike Brey is another serious candidate for the Maryland job.

According to sources, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon and Villanova's Jay Wright are likely uninterested.

Williams retired Thursday after 22 seasons at the school.

He led Maryland to 14 NCAA tournaments and the 2002 national championship.
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:51 am
Edited on: May 6, 2011 8:59 am

Dixon, Miller among possible Maryland targets

Maryland's search for Gary Williams' successor is underway and figures to center on some of the men connected to most high-profile openings over the past few years -- specifically Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Arizona's Sean Miller and Villanova's Jay Wright, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com.

Notre Dame's Mike Brey is also in the mix.

Brey is a Maryland native who would almost certainly take the job if offered, according to a source. But the same source said Dixon, Miller and Wright would probably have to make it clear to Maryland officials that they're uninterested before the ACC school moved that direction. The level of interest from Dixon, Miller and Wright varies and is unclear, though all three would at least take a phone call and listen, multiple sources told CBSSports.com, considering the Maryland job is widely viewed as one of the nation's best because of tradition, support and a rich recruiting base of Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

One thing worth noting is that Dixon has an existing and strong relationship with first-year Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, who was previously the AD at Army when Dixon's sister, Maggie Dixon, was the school's women's basketball coach. She died from heart failure in April 2006 at the age of 28 just after completing her first season at Army. It should also be noted that Dixon has in recent years rejected multiple overtures to remain at Pittsburgh (most notably from Arizona, Southern California and North Carolina State), that Miller likely has a preseason top 20 team at Arizona and that Wright is a Philadelphia native who has passed on countless opportunities over the past five years. Those things could help the job fall to Brey or somebody like Minnesota's Tubby Smith or VCU's Shaka Smart.

Williams retired Thursday after 22 seasons at the school.

He led Maryland to 14 NCAA tournaments and the 2002 national championship.
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 10:04 am

Williams retiring from Maryland

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
Posted on: February 21, 2009 8:43 pm

Vasquez's triple-double turns bad week good

Who is better at recovering from a beatdown than Gary Williams?

Seriously, who?

Just four days ago the Maryland coach was getting his brains kicked in at Clemson, losing 93-64 and looking like he was headed toward a fourth NIT in five seasons. It was bad and ugly and deflating for a team that had previously won consecutive games and pulled to .500 in the ACC, so bad and ugly and deflating, in fact, that I mentioned in the Friday Look Ahead that it doesn't matter that Roy Williams thinks North Carolina "f-cking stinks" at pressing , because the Tar Heels wouldn't need to press Saturday to handle an out-manned group of Terrapins.

Stupid, me.

And did you see Greivis Vasquez?

We've had a bunch of insane performances this season -- Jodie Meeks' 54-point game at Tennessee probably being the most notable -- but good luck trying to find one more impressive on a huge stage than the 35-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist effort Vasquez delivered in Maryland's 88-85 overtime victory over third-ranked North Carolina. The junior guard literally scored Maryland's first 16 points en route to recording the school's first triple-double since 1987, and if you're into stunning statistics, take a look at these:

  • Vasquez made as many 3-pointers (five) as UNC did as a team (five).
  • Vasquez recorded twice as many assists (10) as UNC did as a team (five).
  • Vasquez recorded more rebounds (11) than everybody not named Tyler Hansbrough (11).

That, my friends, is some kind of all-around performance.

And suddenly Maryland doesn't look like an NIT team anymore.

And Gary Williams has again silenced his critics with another stunning victory.

Posted on: January 30, 2009 2:48 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2009 6:10 pm

Dear Gary (on the saga at Maryland)

Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: This is simple: Get rid of the associate athletic director, keep Gary Williams and publicly support him. (Beyond that), who is out there that would want to come to Maryland that would make it a better basketball program? In my opinion, there isn't anyone out there waiting in the wings that could come in and improve the situation. So I don't understand you or anyone else saying that Williams IS or 'should be' in trouble.

-- KVS

First, it isn't as simple as moving the associate athletic director, because the person Williams really doesn't get along with is the actual athletic director, Debbie Yow. Their relationship has been strained for years, which is one of the reasons I talked about Williams being on the "hot seat" back in the preseason. And just so we're clear, today's Final thought in the Friday Look Ahead isn't me rehashing an old column for the fun of it. Williams and the Maryland administration have been publicly fighting this week, which is what makes all of this relevant. It sucks for both sides, no question. But don't think for a second that there's a simple solution, because there isn't.

Now to your other point: Who would want to come to Maryland?

Answer: Just about everybody.

It's a GREAT job, one of the best jobs in the country. There's wonderful tradition, a talented natural recruiting base (Washington DC, Baltimore, etc.) and a league affiliation second-to-none. There aren't 10 guys in the country who wouldn't listen if Maryland called. So while I'm not suggesting that's a reason to part ways with Williams, what I am suggesting is that any worry that Maryland couldn't find somebody good to take the job is silly.

Most anybody would take the Maryland job.

But that's another column for another day.

Posted on: October 29, 2008 4:36 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2008 8:52 am

Victory for GP!

I love it when I crush other humans with the written word, just take their opinions and bury them deep. It happens more than some of you are willing to recognize because I have a unique, God-given ability to argue. I'm blessed, I tell you. And so on that note, I wanted to commend my Dear Gary pen pal AW for realizing as much and conceding defeat as it pertains to Gary Williams being on the hot seat.

If you didn't see it, here's AW's email and my rebuttal from this morning.

(Click this link and read his note and my response. Note his confidence and  my vigor.)

Did you read that?


Now here's AW's follow-up email that just arrived:

Dear Gary:You actually make sense. I, for once in my career, stand corrected.  Well said with GOOD facts.  Add me to the list of believers that Coach Williams is in the frying pan as you say. Thanks for enlightning myself and others.  Good Article.

-- AW

OK, fellas!

Cue the music!

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 29, 2008 1:33 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2008 1:33 pm

Dear Gary (on Gary Williams and his hot seat)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Are you serious? Oh, I get it. You just used Gary Williams name (in your Coaches on the Hot Seat column) as your headline gimmick, right?

Three points:

1. He plays in the toughest conference.

2. He has had numerous top 20 and top 10 and top five teams.


Williams will be there as long as he wants to be.

It is entirely his decision.

-- AW

To answer your initial question, yes, I'm serious, AW.

And if you want to spend the afternoon talking about stuff that was relevant five or more years ago, that's OK by me as long as we place it into context. Maryland won a national title in 2002, at which time Gary Williams was winning big and Gary Parrish was a 155-pound specimen of love. But that was six long years ago. These days, Williams isn't doing so hot and I'm gray-haired and fat. So lots of things have changed in the past six years, and that's my round-about way of telling you that what was relevant in 2002 doesn't mean much in 2008, which brings me back to Williams' current situation at Maryland.

Here's the truth: Contrary to your email, Maryland does NOT play in the toughest conference; the Big East is the toughest conference. And though Williams has had "numerous top 20 and top 10 and top five teams" he hasn't had those too often recently, which is why he's posted a winning record in the ACC only once in the past five seasons. Furthermore, three of the past four seasons have resulted in NIT bids, and unless the Terrapins overachieve this season (they were picked seventh in the official preseason poll) that streak will move to four NITs in five years.

Is that OK at Maryland?

I'll ask again: Is that OK at Maryland?

If so, then I stand corrected. But if it's not -- and I don't think it is -- then I absolutely believe a season that stops short of the NCAA tournament could have Williams in trouble based upon a combination of three things.

1. A less-than-ideal relationship with his athletic director.

2. A stretch of five years with just one NCAA tournament appearance.

3. A growing inability to secure the elite prospects from Baltimore, Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas.

Now don't get me wrong; it's a dicey situation.

As Tennessee football is finding out, there is no good way to remove a legend -- especially one who is an alum and respected as a brilliant coach. But college basketball at this level is less about coaching than it is about securing talent, and that's the thing people tend to forget when they start yapping about coaches. I mean, why do you think Kansas State's Delonte Hill is the highest-paid assistant in the country? Because of his ability to draw-up an inbounds play? No, silly. It's because of his ability to secure recruits, specifically recruits from the D.C. area that should be fertile ground for Maryland but is instead serving as a talent source for multiple other schools, among them Kansas State.

Bottom line, this sucks.

I want to be clear in stating that Williams' career is the stuff of Hall of Famers, and the man should be in the Hall of Fame someday. But there is no denying that Maryland isn't winning like it used to or recruiting at the level to ensure it can keep up with North Carolina and Duke, which is why it's reasonable to assume Williams must either turn things around quickly or risk going out the way he probably never imagined.

And with that, I'm heading to the gym so I can work on getting back to my fighting weight of 155 pounds.

Oh, for the good old days.

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