Maryland Basketball Has Reached Rock Bottom

June 03, 2008 |

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletic department announced today
that Augustus Gilchrist (Temple Hills, Md./Progressive Christian) has been granted a transfer release from the men’s basketball program.

Gilchrist enrolled at Maryland in January 2008. The ACC sit-out rule for Gus Gilchrist will expire the last day of Fall 2008 exams. Subsequent to that time, Gus would have been able to compete for Maryland in all remaining regular-season games, the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament.

“Gus has asked for a release to explore other options which may allow him to play more games at another university outside the ACC, pending an NCAA waiver,” said Head Coach Gary Williams.

“I would like to thank Coach Williams and the basketball staff at Maryland for all of their support and attempts in appealing this process,” said Gilchrist. “I wish them the best in the future.”

The release allows Gilchrist the opportunity to transfer to another NCAA school

With Gilchrist gone, and Mosley still very much on the border of qualification, don’t be suprised to see a 2008-09 Maryland team at the very cellar of the ACC and to see Gary Williams gone sometime before the season begins or once it ends.

Gary Williams did so much in bringing the program up and reaching 2 Final Fours after Bob Wade and Len Bias, but the Terps are essentially at the level that they were before Gary took over. Maryland is simply not an attractive place to play anymore which is sad considering the recruiting advantages that the Terps possess.

You’ve done great things Gary. You’re one of my heros in basketball, and you have a National Championship trophy, something that never can be taken away. You helped lead the effort in building the Comcast Center and reestablished Maryland as one of the East Coast’s most powerful programs.

However, things look ugly, very ugly for the next few years. He can go out now with his reputation mainly in tact or be forced into an awkward situation in a couple years in which we may not be able to remember him so fondly.

I think it’s time to say goodbye.