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“The Maestro” Gary Williams Weighs In–”Move to the Big Ten” ——from the Baltimore Sun
Former Maryland coach Gary Williams said today that the school’s proposed move to the Big Ten would be a tremendous boost for the Terps’ athletic program.
In a telephone interview with The Baltimore Sun today, Williams said the school’s long history with ACC doesn’t pay the bills.
“You look around today with what’s going on, and those schools [in the Big Ten] are certainly in keeping with what Maryland feels about academics. You look at a school like Notre Dame that signed its own TV contract and are now partially joining the ACC. They’re looking out for their university. I think Maryland is looking at what’s best for them for the future. It’s not about today.”  
Williams, who played at Maryland in the mid-1960s, returned to his alma mater from Ohio State in 1989 after coaching in the Big Ten for three years. He also served as an analyst on the Big Ten Network last season after retiring in May 2011.         
“I coached in the [ACC] for 22 years. There’s great memories there, without a doubt. At the same time, you have to look at what’s best for the university,” Williams said. “I’m familiar with the Big Ten, coaching there and working at the Big Ten Network last year. I think I have a decent perspective. If I was coaching at Maryland now, historically in football there’s been good years [for the ACC], but the league has never been where it can pull your football program along a little bit.”
Williams thinks that many older fans will look forward to renewing a rivalry with Penn State in football — the teams last played in 1993 — and that the basketball team will get out from the shadow of Duke and North Carolina to play in what is arguably a stronger league right now.
“Who’s our rival in football? You can’t come up with a name and neither can I,” Williams said. “Who’s our rival in basketball? We can say Duke and Carolina, but we basically will be playing them once a year now. Duke and Carolina, that’s the rivalry. They don’t look at it as Maryland being their rival. The old ACC where you play everyone twice a year and see who’s the best team at the end of the year, that’s not happening anymore. The Big Ten, last I checked, had five teams in the top 20 in basketball.”
Williams said that joining the Big Ten would be a boost for athletes in non-revenue sports.
“That’s a tremendous thing for all your sports. [Big Ten Network] reaches 82 million households. They put on all the Olympic sports and they get national attention,” Williams said. 
Williams said that he has talked with Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson about the possible move.
“Every once in a while it takes courage, without a doubt. There will be people who are not happy about leaving the ACC, but if you weigh everything, academically and sportswise,” Williams said. “You have to look at schools — why Nebraska did it, why Notre Dame did it. You can go right down the line. You have to get out of the mentality, we’re different because we’re Maryland. You’re not.”
Big Ten Expansion, Featured Story
Coach K–”It’s an honor to be here” Speaks of Gary’s Importance To Maryland and the ACC

“I did something privately for him where I made a tape for him, gave him a toast. They didn’t have anything in the glass so I guess he owes me a drink. But, I love what Gary did for our league, not just for Maryland. He’s a fierce competitor, really one of the outstanding coaches in the history of college basketball, not just in the conference. I think you have to reward his commitment.

“When he did come [to Maryland] he came here from a great job. His love for the university being a graduate showed every time he coached; he was like a player. He and I are really close friends, and I think we became that because he knows that I’m a competitor and we respect one another. So that’s why I did the video, pumped him up in front of his fans hoping that would help him. Something like that is forever, and I appreciate it dearly at Duke. I would hope that everyone who has played basketball here at Maryland understands that the court is for everybody. It’s not just the guys who played for Gary. I mean Lefty [Driesell] started something here on a national level that was unbelievable. Some of the greatest players to ever play college basketball played here at Maryland for Lefty. Hopefully no one has forgotten, it’s a rich history of basketball here at Maryland. Beautiful basketball at Cole [Field House] and now here, so it’s an honor to be here for this game. I’m very happy for him.”


Duke Comes To Comcast Tonight—Chance For a Showcase Win The Night The Maestro is Honored

from umterps.com—scouting the Devils

• Duke, the sixth-ranked team in the country, is 16-3 overall and 4-1 in the ACC… The Blue Devils are coming off their first conference loss, a 76-73 home defeat to Florida State that snapped a 45-game home winning streak.

• Freshman Austin Rivers earned his fourth ACC Rookie of the Week honor last week and leads the team in scoring at 14.4 ppg… Rivers is one of three Blue Devils shooting at least 40 percent from 3-point range – Rivers is hitting at a .400 mark, junior guard Andre Dawkins is shooting .419 and junior forward Ryan Kelly is shooting .460.

• Duke leads the ACC and in field-goal percentage (.492) and 3-point field-goal percentage (.409), marks that respectively rank 13th and seventh nationally… The Blue Devils are also first in the ACC with 8.2 3-point FGs per game – in addition to Rivers, Dawkins and Kelly, junior guard Seth Curry has made 32 of 83 (.386) 3-pointers this season.

• Those four, along with junior forward Mason Plumlee, are all aver- aging double figures in scoring… Plumlee is shooting 61 percent from the field, averaging 11.2 ppg and 9.3 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the conference.

My take on tonight—Why not? Duke starts 5 future NBAers—certainly Austin Rivers might be a one and done guy. These guys are above McD AA–they are the most highly recruited guys in the country. This team is the best you could ever put together but not the best in the ACC–FSU is. But this night will belong to Maryland. Why because the Maestro is being honored and every Maryland bball player in recent memory will be in attendance (except Greivis who has a date with his former teammate KD in Oklahoma City). Tonight Turgeon will learn what a Terrapin crowd can be like. Tonight Senior Sean Mosley will be showcased and the leading scorer in the ACC — Terrell will put on a clinic. Tonight James Padgett will display his offensive rebounding prowess. And somewhere around midnight PeShon will drive to the bucket and dish to Stolin in the corner for a game winner!!! Even after Sunday night we must never lose our dreams. Terps 78 Duke 76.

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Gary’s Opening Comments at his Retirement Announcement

Sorry it’s late:

Gary Williams, Maryland Basketball
Rebroadcast of 5-5-2011 Koons Ford Terp Talk—Gary Retires

Terp Talk Thursday Night 05-05-11

Host–Bruce Posner Guests Keith Cavanaugh, Dino
Subjects–Gary retires suddenly, Possible coaching candidates, Lax news, Terp news,

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2012 Basketball Recruits, Gary Williams, Maryland Basketball

Random thoughts:

I trust our AD to make the right call.


This hire is SOOOOOOOOO important to Terrapin Nation. I originally liked the idea of Sean Miller because I thought he wanted the job so much. I want someone who is dieing for the role. Someone who loves and understands Maryland basketball. I always felt Gary lived and died with every game–why ?–because he loves the University so much. Terrapin Nation deserves that kind of Coach. He must be out there somewhere.

His graduation rate must be excellent and his recruiting ties are crucial. Yes I want it all because Terrapin nation der

Maryland Basketball
Brey Still In The Picture—John Lucas Throws His Hat into The Ring—Who is Mark Turgeon?

The hunt goes on. I guess when you try to hire someone who is already making 1-2 million a year, you better have 3 or 4 guys ready as backups. At this moment -that is 1AM Monday morning perhaps the field looks like the following:

John Lucas– a late entry who has coached on many levels and of course is the accomplished point guard for the Terps under Lefty—longshot

Mike Brey -Coach of the Regular season Big East champion Notre Dame–defeated UConn twice, Villanova , Pitt–#2 seed in NCAA

Mark Turgeon–Texas A&M coach—still don’t know much about him—successful in Big 12—ties to BW area?

Rob Ehsan–Asst to the Maestro Gary Williams, hasn’t beeen a head Coach yet–great recruiter–Rob and Bino have made a great recruiting team

Rick Barnes–great reegular season success at Texas—knows the ACC—doesn’t seem like the Terps want him

Todd Bozman–great job at Morgan State—haven’t heard his name yet

Bino Ranson, Gary Williams, Maryland Basketball
The Maestro Bids Farewell To Terp Nation

from umterps.com  Videos will be posted soon

Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams made it official during a news conference Friday afternoon at the Comcast Center.

After a legendary head coaching career spanning 33 years, including the last 22 at his alma mater, Williams announced his retirement. “I have great confidence in the future of the basketball program because of these gentlemen (Dr. Wallace Loh and Kevin Anderson) sitting here,” Williams said. “It’s not about supporting a player or a coach. It’s about supporting the Maryland basketball program. The bottom line is this program is in capable hands. Our current players are going to do an outstanding job. I am very confident we can have a program for everyone to be proud of in the future.”

At the hour-long news conference, Loh announced that the University would begin the steps to name the Comcast Center court after Williams. “Gary, you are a champion on the court, and a champion in the community,” Loh said. “Your legacy here will live forever. So therefore, in the coming weeks I will join Kevin Anderson in accepting his recommendation to the Board of Regents of this university that this basketball court be named in your honor.”

Maryland Basketball