Maryland's Gary Williams to Retire

Maryland coach Gary Williams has announced his retirement.

Williams, 66, will join Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson and University President Dr. Wallace D. Loh at a press conference on Friday at 1 p.m. in Comcast Center.

“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 is the fifth winningest active coach in the country, and third in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind only Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski. In his 33 years as a head coach, he amassed an overall record of 668-380 (.637) and 461-252 (.646) at Maryland.

Williams has reached 14 NCAA tournaments, seven Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights, two Final Fours and won a National Championship in 2002. Williams was the National Coach of the Year in 2002, and the ACC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2010.

“Gary Williams is a legend,” Anderson said. “His accomplishments on the court have earned him a place among the elite in college basketball history. But Gary’s legacy here at Maryland goes far beyond basketball. From his philanthropic efforts to his tireless work with fans and alumni to his impact with our students, Gary has left an indelible mark of excellence on this university.”

Among those coaches mentioned by ESPN.com as potential replacements for Williams are VCU’s Shaka Smart, Villanova’s Jay Wright, Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Pitt’s Jamie Dixon, Butler’s Brad Stevens, Minnesota’s Tubby Smith and Texas A&M’s Mark Turgeon.

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395 comments
ponzies86
ponzies86

How about Shumpert and a 1st rounder for Irving

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Knicks gonna get Kyrie though...it's aligning 

what pieces do we have for him though?

rgm891
rgm891

The Warriors are so much fun to watch. Clippers are such a different team without CP3.

ponzies86
ponzies86

What we lost in Gallo, Chandler and Mozgov in that Melo trade we gain big time with Hardaway Jr, Tyler, Murray, and Aldrich 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Whose watching the Karate Kid with JB SMOOVE next???

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Took us 40+ games to Gel 

last month we would've lost to Cleveland by 10pts after leading and Kyrie would've been the reason...we did a good job of not even let them have hope. 

bigdishing
bigdishing

Hardaway looks like the real deal. He's watchable even when he's on the bench. Dude goes bananas if Melo hits a three in the first quarter. 

brookdon
brookdon

Cavs Blog Highlights!!

"This going to be one of those games that makes me sad isn’t it"

"I didn’t really expect to win this game, but wow. Just wow"

" When things go right for the Knicks, everything goes right

When things go wrong, everything goes wrong. Losing Andrea B was a blessing."

"Melo’s gonna go for 81 tonight"

"It’s not his fault he has no defensive strategy for Melo, who has been on fire, it’s the refs.

It’s all about accountability, right Mike? (More fans against the coach. Figures)

"This reminds me of the days when my high school still had a football team and I would check the paper in the morning just to see how much they lost by."

"“The NBA Cares” I guess the Cavs aren’t in the NBA anymore?"

"Did we pass on Hardaway to draft Sergey Karasev…? "

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

1st time a Knick rookie is just a complete threat in his 1st Season. 

Aside from Mark Jackson and Patrick Ewing. 


SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Man, I enjoyed watching THJr play tonight. He is confident and it seems like he wants to become a great player. JR definitely looks like he has his lift back. He wasn't elevating like that earlier.

knickfan2
knickfan2

Tim Hardaway jr. is becoming what I thought Marshon Brooks would have been. I wanted Brooks over Shump, but real tak...THjr is light years ahead of both. I still have faith in Shump though.

C0P0
C0P0

Timmy is my new fav for sure. Been that way since he got here too. 

C0P0
C0P0

That dunk was nasty. Jr gets another biscuit for that gem. 

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Griffin all types of shook right now as Bogut is out playing him.

rgm891
rgm891

I can finally start wearing Knicks gear in public almost once again!

C0P0
C0P0

@ponzies86   Irving and Varejao for Shumpert, AB and Felton. No more giving up picks. 

bigdishing
bigdishing

@KnickelusKnickleby  I doubt it. FO has to be creative and just get us a top 15 pg, doesn't have to be top 5. Maybe target Lowry in the offseason. 

rgm891
rgm891

@KnickelusKnickleby Only thing we have going for us is Time. Unless Kyrie Irving tells them to trade him cause he's unhappy.

C0P0
C0P0

@ponzies86  Not sure about that pound for pound, probably not, but Timmy and Tyler really make me happy. I think a good Jr is missing from your equation however. That's the equalizer. We do well with better guard play. Also Felton was part of that deal and now he's back and Prigs makes a difference. 

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

  @Jerry Gee Your acting like team's never give up little runs here and there after attaining a big lead. Stop being so over dramatic

bigdishing
bigdishing

@Jerry Gee  Murry kinda sucks, at least tonight. He had two turnovers in less than a minute. 

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

@OLDKNICK  Bargnani coming back and will be a good edition in the 2nd Unit as Center

he definitely wasn't the issue 

it was the spacing in the Starting Lineup

we play better small ball. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@orlando_knickfan Biggest Knick troll is Robin Lundberg...but that was funny..LOL.

He reallys Urks me..when he calls knick fans the "Knick fan police"....

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@OLDKNICK Hes also improved his defense and rebounding...but hey...melo sucks right?

rgm891
rgm891

@Kiyan Carter  How about that constant dribble penetration and kick to melo or hardaway? That would be lethal game in and game out.

rgm891
rgm891

@C0P0 @ponzies86 If Irving is already stating he wants out of Cleveland. I can't see how he will last with them past this season or even next at most. He will demand a trade if this is 100% true.  I mean if I was in his shoes and I wanted out. I would demand a trade and get out of Ohio asap.  No reason to wait on it, especially since he's signed until 2015.

ponzies86
ponzies86

@C0P0  Those players are younger and Hardaway jr has more upside then Gallo and shoots the 3 ball better 

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

@MeloStat301 Landry never had "It" THJR has "It" 

Like Father Like Son i guess added Size and Hops with a better J

closing in on .500 lol lets climb that Hill

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Biggie @OLDKNICK I think its a bit of both...hes shooting 47% from three, 46% from the field on 16 ppg since the benching...awesome numbers.

C0P0
C0P0

@KnickelusKnickleby @rgm891  Too bad Cavs would never deal with us, then again. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@SuperDuper @MeloStat301 @KnickelusKnickleby lol...I was being sarcastic...expect someone to come up w/ stats to defend landry...in 3...2...1...