COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Maryland head coach Gary Williams was presented with a plaque by Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany prior to Wednesday’s game at No. 5 Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Williams served as the Buckeyes’ head coach for three seasons from 1987-89 prior to his legendary coaching tenure at Maryland.
“Gary is an outstanding ambassador to college basketball,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “With his passion and tireless work ethic, he changed the culture and brought back a winning tradition to both basketball programs at Maryland and Ohio State. He and his teams made an indelible mark in both the ACC and Big Ten conferences and this recognition is a testament to his leadership and commitment to his student-athletes and our universities.”
A member of the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame, University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Washington Sports Hall of Champions, and the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum Hall of Legends, Williams ranks third in ACC history with 461 wins behind only Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith.
In his 33 years as a head coach, he amassed an overall record of 668-380 (.637), including 461-252 (.646) at Maryland. Williams also served as head coach at Ohio State, Boston College and American.
His career is nothing short of extraordinary: 14 NCAA tournament appearances, three ACC regular season titles, ACC tournament championships, seven Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights, two Final Fours and 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.
Williams garnered a 59-41 (.590) record in three seasons at Ohio State, including one NCAA Tournament appearance.
Tonight’s matchup marks the first meeting between Maryland and Ohio State since 1985 – two seasons prior to Williams’ arrival as head coach. The Buckeyes won the game at home, 78-66.
Williams, Calhoun to Team Up for “Lunch with Legends”
NEW YORK – Hall of Fame coaching legends Gary Williams and Jim Calhoun will team up for “Lunch with the Legends”Friday, November 8 in advance of the Maryland men’s basketball team’s season-opener against Connecticut at 6:30 p.m. in the Barclays Center. The event will be held in the University Club in New York, N.Y. at 12:00 p.m.
Williams and Calhoun, in addition to former Maryland and Connecticut players, will engage with attendees as they reflect on their respective national championship winning teams. The Barclays Center contest will mark the first time the pair of sides has met since Maryland defeated UConn, 90-82, in the 2002 NCAA Regional finals en route to the national championship.
Tickets for the event are very limited. Seats are available for only $100, and VIP tables may also be purchased through the Terrapin Club. To RSVP, click here. For more information, please call the Terrapin Club directly at 301-314-7020.
After the lunch, head over to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. to see the Terrapins tip-off their season against Connecticut at 6:30 p.m. For more information on tickets, click here.
The winningest coach in Maryland basketball history (461-252), Williams led his alma mater to the pinnacle of collegiate athletics when the Terps captured the national title in 2002. In 22 seasons with Williams at the helm, Maryland earned 14 NCAA Tournament berths, in addition to seven appearances in the Sweet 16.
Calhoun became just the fifth coach in history to win three NCAA titles when he led Connecticut to the 2011 championship two seasons ago. He accumulated a 625-243 record in 26 seasons as head coach of the Huskies, and was named Big East Coach of the Year four times.
On Maryland Madness:
“I thought it was a fantastic night. It was what I excepted. A lot of great memories, a lot of energy in the building. Our players loved it. The former players loved it. I think the fans loved it. It was a great night for Maryland basketball.”
On Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell:
“It was great because Lefty started all of this 42 years ago. And just for him to be here. And of course he wanted to scrimmage at midnight. And I said, ‘I can’t stay awake that late.’ We did our little scrimmage and we brought a lot of past back tonight because of that. And then just Gary. I’ve been around Gary a lot more and it was very cordial of him to be here and do his thing and of course he’s well-loved in this building. It’s great to have those two guys because those two guys inspire me every day to work hard. To have those two guys here tonight meant a lot to me.”
Maryland Head Women’s Basketball Coach Brenda Frese
On Maryland Madness:
“Tonight was really special for both teams. I think for our players to be able to understand the past and what was here before them, I thought it was a pretty emotional night.”
On how tonight represented the evolution of women’s basketball at Maryland:
“Something I learned tonight was that both programs really only had three coaches. You knew it, but you didn’t know it. You really saw it out in front of you tonight. What Dottie McKnight and Chris Weller did laid the foundation and took steps for me to be able to be here. They did it when there was no television or behind the scenes and maybe not as many fans as we enjoy now. All the hard work they put in put us in the position we are in now.”
Former Maryland Men’s Basketball Coach Lefty Driesell
On Maryland Madness:
“I am very happy to be here. We are not celebrating me or Cole Field house. We are celebrating Mark Turgeon’s team. I told him, I am not coming unless I see his team scrimmage because I want to see what kind of team he is going to have this year.”
“I told them last year they ought to have them at midnight. I still think it ought to be at midnight. That is the way we drew a crowd because most of the students were just feeling right at midnight. That is the reason we filled it up.”
On the UCLA of the East quote:
“I was at Davidson and we were 27-3 one year and ranked third in the final standings. Coach Kehoe was talking to about coming to Maryland. He brought Jay McMillen to breakfast with us and Jay said, Maryland could be the UCLA of the East. I said, yeah if
we had Tom McMillen we might be. I wanted Jay to help me recruit Tom. In fact Jay drove Tom to campus the last day you could register for classes. So, it was more or less a recruiting pitch to get Tom.”
Former Maryland Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Weller
On Maryland Madness:
“Well if Lefty said it should have been at midnight, then it should have been at midnight. I am just delighted to be included. Women’s basketball at Maryland is a frontrunner because of people like Lefty Driesell.”
On feelings of being back in Cole Field House:
“I cannot wait to see some of the players and I was really anxious to see Lefty and Johnny Holiday. There are just so many memories. I was here 27 years. I was here the last game and had a lot of nice memories at that time. The players are the main memories.”
Maryland Women’s Basketball Senior Forward Alyssa Thomas
On Cole Field House:
“Just the atmosphere and tonight was definitely something special. To see the players who played here and started the Maryland legacy.”
Maryland Men’s Basketball Junior Guard Dez Wells
On the tradition:
“We talked to Lefty about those guys basing this tradition here. This place is special. I care about legacy and this place.”
On Cole Field House:
“It was my first time being in here since I’ve been to Maryland. I walked past it a lot of times, but this is my first time being in it. I have an appreciation for those guys who came before me and made this place the historic place that it is.”
The Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams honored the past and present of Terrapins basketball at Maryland Madness in front of an electric crowd of 11,500 at Cole Field House Friday night.
The history of both programs was on display with numerous legendary figures on hand for the event and the atmosphere evoked great games of the past in the hallowed building.
An alumni game featuring former Maryland players Juan Dixon, Walt Williams and Byron Mouton, among others, opened the event. A ceremony narrated by former Terp gymnast and current broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein paid tribute to other legends including Ernie Graham and Vicky Bullett.
The women’s team came to the floor first. Coach Brenda Frese addressed the crowd after meeting at mid-court with former Terrapin coaches Dottie McKnight and Chris Weller.
“Tonight was really special for both teams,” Frese said. “I think for our players to be able to understand the past and what was here before them, I thought it was a pretty emotional night.”
The men’s team followed, with the players pumping up the crowd with a number of acrobatic dunks. Head coachMark Turgeon was introduced after former Maryland coaches Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams to the delight of the Terrapin faithful in attendance.
“I thought it was a fantastic night,” Turgeon said upon his introduction, flashing a V-sign and a fist pump in honor of his predecessors. “Our players loved it. The former players loved it. The crowd loved it. It’s one of the nights you’ll always remember.”
The event ended with each team participating in separate scrimmages. Both squads continued to honor the past, sporting the names of former Terrapin greats who shared their number on the back of each jersey.
The men’s team opens the season against UConn on Nov. 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The women’s team faces South Florida on the road in its opener.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former Maryland head coach Gary Williams will be one of 13 members of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Legends Class, league commissioner John Swofford announced Thursday.
Williams, who led the Terrapins to the 2002 National Championships and to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances in his 22 seasons at College Park, is one of two coaches in the class, joining former Wake Forest coach Carl Tracy.
Also included on the team is a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary basketball team, six former All-Americas, three former All-ACC selections, six former NBA Draft selections and four players who led their teams to five ACC Championships.
Making up the rest of the class are: former ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan; Boston College’s Gerry Ward; Clemson’s Terrell McIntyre; Duke’s Trajan Langdon; Georgia Tech point guard Mark Price; Florida State’s Tharon Mayes; Miami’s Mike Wittman; North Carolina’s Mike O’Koren; NC State’s Dereck Whittenburg; Virginia’s Travis Watson; and Virginia Tech’s Ace Custis.
One of the most respected coaches in ACC history, Williams took over the Maryland program in 1990 and rebuilt the Terrapins into a national basketball powerhouse. In all, he won 461 games in 22 seasons at his alma mater, posting a 461-252 (.647) to become the winningest coach in Terrapin history.
Known for his fiery coaching style, Williams led Maryland to 14 NCAA appearances, including two Final Four appearances. He was named National Coach of the Year after leading Maryland to the 2002 NCAA National Championship, the first ever for the school. He was twice named ACC Coach of the Year (2002, 2010) and led the Terps to the 2004 ACC Tournament Championship.
A native of Collingswood, N.J., Williams played three seasons at Maryland (1964-67) as a point guard for Coach Bud Millikan and was named team captain in his senior season of 1967.
He graduated in 1968 with a degree in Marketing and spent three seasons as a high school coach before beginning his college coaching career as an assistant at Lafayette (1972-73) and Boston College (1973-78). He then served as a head coach at American University (1978-82), Boston College (1982-86) and Ohio State (1986-89) before taking over at Maryland.
He has an overall coaching record of 668-380 (.637) for 33 seasons and ranks 34th on the NCAA’s all-time wins list. In all, he led his teams to 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and 8 trips to the NIT. He finished his career ranked 3rd among all ACC coaches in total wins and ACC victories trailing only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Dean Smith.
By the time you’re reading this, you may already know the details.
There are significant rumors swirling regarding what type of penalties Penn State University will be handed down Monday by the NCAA, but they seem to be consistent. It appears as though PSU football will lose bowl eligibility for multiple seasons, suffer multiple scholarship reductions and be fined tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars. There could be more handed down by NCAA President Mark Emmert, there could be more handed down by the Big Ten Conference.
The penalties coming just after a statue of former Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno was removed from outside Beaver Stadium in State College. The penalties have been explained as being less than “the death penalty” famously handed down to Southern Methodist University over 20 years ago by the NCAA. The penalties however are thought to be potentially as bad as possible while football is still allowed to be played.
I’ve thought a lot about the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State over the last year. I’ve written a good bit about Sandusky, Paterno and others in recent weeks. I’ve spoken even more during the course of my radio show. I guess I would describe myself as “fascinated” with the story. I will work under the assumption that I’m not the only one.
Some will debate the merits of the penalty handed down by the NCAA. I’ll probably work with the thought that there isn’t a penalty that I’d consider too strong. I’m not sure how much more really needs to be said about that, truthfully.
I’ll admit that the one statement I can’t help but continuously repeat over and over again is “Thank God I’m not at all associated with Penn State.” Thank God I don’t have to think about this. Thank God I don’t have to feel any culpability and guilt towards the fact that I worshipped a coach and a program that was willing to risk the wellbeing of children in order to protect their own reverence. Thank God I never helped build a community where sport was more important than human life.
But a particular Facebook post I came across this weekend caught me off guard and made me think a bit. HFS morning show host Maynard Edwards mockingly posted about the Baltimore Ravens’ re-signing of RB Ray Rice earlier this week, jesting about his overall lack of concern about the sport of football. He followed up a question about why he didn’t like football with a particularly interesting answer…
“Our national obsession with that particular sport I believe has gotten a tad bit out of hand. I realize it didn’t happen in the NFL, but when we(‘ve) got people more willing to go along with the (rape) of children in order to preserve a stupid game, we might need to do a national (gut) check on that.”
For the sake of full disclosure, Maynard Edwards is one of the first people that helped me get into the radio industry. He’s also the last person I would have thought I would have ever quoted in a sports column.
It’s an interesting thought process. Perhaps the culture created by rapid Penn State fans that believed “football above all” was more about the culture of the game itself. Perhaps all football fans at all levels (NFL, college, high school) need to ask themselves if their obsession with the game would interfere with their ability to do the right thing and take a stand against a criminal.
ROCKVILLE, Md. - Retired basketball coach Gary Williams will receive a lifetime achievement award in a ceremony at the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame this Saturday night at the Capital Hilton.
In addition, longtime play-by-play announcer Johnny Holliday will be inducted into the Hall at the ceremony, along with former Maryland player Len Bias.
“Gary’s contributions to the Washington, D.C., basketball community are tremendous,” said Bob Geoghan, founder of the Hall. “I can’t think of anyone locally who deserves this type of recognition and award more.”
Williams was a head coach for 33 years, including 22 at his alma mater. He earned a record of 668-360 overall and 461-252 at Maryland. He was the National Coach of the Year in 2002 and the ACC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2010.
Holliday is known throughout the nation as the Voice of the Terrapins and recently completed his 33rd year as the play-by-play man for University of Maryland football and men’s basketball. A former Washingtonian of the Year, Holliday is also known throughout the region for his tireless fund-raising endeavors and his charity leadership.
Bias is still considered to be one of the best college basketball players ever in the game. He was the ACC Player of the Year in 1985 and 1986, and was the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft.
Others being inducted on Saturday are former NBA player and current broadcaster Phil Chenier; Georgetown University announcer Rich Chvotkin; former Washington and Baltimore general manager Bob Ferry, high school coach Stu Vetter and Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the NBA.
The Maryland Terrapins appear to be set at guard for many years to come under new coach Mark Turgeon, but one of their own right now felt left out and is reportedly set to transfer.
Sophomore guard Mychal Parker, who was brought to Maryland under ex-Terps coach Gary Williams, averaged 4.3 ppg and three rebounds off the bench this season, and seemed to be on the outside looking in for Mark Turgeon in the future.
Parker announced his departure today via a statement to The Recruting Scoop, and called it one of the toughest decisions he has ever had to make.
“I have come to the realization that it is in my best interests to continue my education and my career elsewhere,” said Parker. “I’m very grateful for the opportunities and support I’ve gotten from the University of Maryland and from Coach Turgeon. I will always consider myself a Terp for life.”
Parker, a former four-star recruit out of Charlottesville, said Coach Turgeon approached him and advised him of his lack of playing time over the coming seasons with Jake Layman coming in next winter.
“We appreciate the effort and commitment Mychal made to our success and our program this season,” Turgeon said. “We certainly wish him well as he continues his academic and athletic pursuits.
Possible destinations for Parker include ECU and UAB, where former Maryland assistant Rob Ehsan is located on the staff.
Ehsan was a former Gary Williams assistant who recruited Parker to College Park, and was key in his development his freshman year at College Park.
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You’re going to have to indulge me on this one. I have no one to yell at and no incredible statement to make about a current sporting event.
Instead, if this column was called “Your Saturday Reality Check”, I would have gotten this perfectly to the date.
Ten years ago-Sunday, March 24, 2002-the University of Maryland met the University of Connecticut in the East Region Final (or the Elite 8 if you well) of the NCAA Tournament. The game was at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University.
For full disclosure, I wasn’t there. It was my freshman year at the University of Maryland, but I didn’t make the trip. I didn’t make the trip to the Georgia Dome for the Final Four either, which is one of the greatest regrets of my still very young life. I actually think our own Luke Jones was at the game, but I’m just rambling now.
You certainly remember the shots that defined the game. The Terrapins trailed the Huskies 77-74 with just under four minutes to play as Caron Butler simply wouldn’t let UConn go away quietly. Juan Dixon calmly sank a three pointer from near the top of the key to even the game back up. Then in the final minute, a previously scoreless Steve Blake altered a play call in the huddle and used a ball fake to create an open three for himself to put the Terps up 86-80, effectively the final nail in the coffin of a 90-82 victory.
What I remember was how the game felt like the most intense college basketball game I had ever witnessed. While Gary Williams likely ruined an expensive suit due to sweat that afternoon, Glenn Clark also ruined a number of t-shirts and a pair of pajama pants. This was a game where neither team ever appeared to have the upper hand. Lonny Baxter was absolutely dominant in the paint against future NBA standout Emeka Okafor, but Butler’s 32 points kept the Huskies at Maryland’s heels all afternoon.
We’re planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the University of Maryland’s only basketball championship throughout the week on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net. I’ve admitted regularly that I openly wept at Cole Field House that early April night (the anniversary of the championship is this Sunday for those scoring at home) in College Park. I had two goals for my life from about the time I was eight years old. One was to become a professional broadcaster, the other was to attend the University of Maryland.
Being a “Terp” was in my blood. My grandmother (a journalism teacher in Baltimore County and later professor at Morgan State University) is a University of Maryland alum. While I was too young for the Bob Wade era of Maryland basketball to mean much to me, the early years of the Gary Williams era (which were not always pretty) shaped who I wanted to be when I stepped on a basketball court at Chapel Hill Elementary School or Perry Hall Middle School. I pretended to be Evers Burns. I pretended to be Kevin McLinton. I ABSOLUTELY pretended to be Walt “The Wizard” Williams, Joe Smith, Keith Booth and Sarunas Jasikevicius.
I really had no idea I’d ever witness my heroes playing in a Final Four or for a national championship. I had felt the 1999 team (lead by Steve Francis) had a legitimate chance, but Erick Barkley and St. John’s extinguished those hopes in the Sweet 16. Just weeks before Maryland’s initial Final Four run in 2001 there were calls for the head of Gary Williams after an embarrassing streak of five losses in six games (including a “rock bottom” defeat at the hands of Florida State on Valentine’s Day).
But there was something about the 2001-2002 Terps that made you believe the entire time that team was capable of finally breaking through. The heartbreak of blowing a big loss to Duke in the Final Four the year earlier seemed to fuel them to an ACC regular season championship and back to that afternoon at the Carrier Dome. The confidence of an incredible group of upperclassmen was never lacking at any point during the season.
Maryland’s run to the National Championship was unprecedented. After an opening round win over Siena, the Terps faced a modern day “Murderer’s Row” of basketball programs as they ran through Wisconsin, Kentucky, UConn and then Kansas and Indiana. Maryland faced the highest seed they could possibly face in every round as a 1 seed (16, 8, 4, 2, 1, 1) as well. Yet somehow they never really seemed to be in danger of losing.
In the Final Four a huge second half lead was cut into by the Jayhawks, but it never appeared particularly nerve-racking. The Hoosiers briefly held a second half lead in the National Championship game, but a quick baseline jumper from Dixon turned the game back toward the favor of Maryland.
The only game that involved great drama was the UConn game. It was the type of drama that sees eight ties and seven lead changes in the final 13 minutes. It was the type of drama that almost could never be fairly described in words. (ESPN’s Dick Vitale described it as a “Maalox Masher” immediately after the game. He’s certainly a wordsmith if nothing else.)
It was the type of drama that made you think “whoever wins this game is winning a national championship” in the second half. At least it made me feel that way…and I was right.
To this day, this is still my absolute favorite game I’ve ever watched. More so than the Tennessee Titans/Baltimore Ravens AFC Divisional Playoff in 2001, more so than the Mike Mussina/Randy Johnson showdown at Camden Yards in Game 4 of the 1997 ALDS, even more so than the Andre Agassi/James Blake thriller at the 2005 U.S. Open. If your heart can take it, it’s worth reliving below.
I’m not sure mine can, but I’m still grateful for these memories some ten years later.