Thursday, May 5, 2011

BREAKING: Gary Williams To Step Down At Maryland

The coaching carousal is spinning once again in the ACC. The University of Maryland has confirmed that Gary Williams is retiring as head coach of the Terps after 22 seasons.

"It's the right time," Williams said in a University of Maryland release. "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."

As the top Terp Williams led Maryland to 14 NCAA tournament appearances, three ACC regular season titles, ACC tournament championships, seven Sweet 16's, two Elite Eights, two Final Fours and a National Championship in 2002.

Aside from winning the NCAA national championship in 2002, Williams biggest accomplishment at Maryland was returning the Terps as a force in the ACC after the painful incident involving the death of Len Bias that cast a pall over the program.

Those of us at the OSG HQ feel Williams will save on his dry cleaning bill since he won't be sweating through his suits any more.

Brother Wilkie interviewed and produced this feature on the out-going Maryland head coach last year. (Thanks ACC/Fox Sports South)

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