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Edsall happy to see lawsuit, ties to ACC over for Maryland

Posted on 09 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On if there is any update on Evan Mulrooney or Sean Christie:

“No. We’re still waiting to get back results on some tests that were done. I went up and saw [Evan] today. He’s doing well. I think he’ll still be in the hospital through the weekend and then hopefully we’ll have some more information after that and he’ll be out really soon. Sean, we’re waiting for word from the doctor. He had an MRI, so we’ll see where he’s at.”

 

On if he would consider moving Will Ulmer from quarterback:

“I told Will during the recruiting process that he’ll be a quarterback until he comes to me and tells me he doesn’t want to be a quarterback. We’re working him at quarterback and we’re developing him as quarterback. It he doesn’t think that he wants to be a quarterback anymore then he’ll come and tell me that.”

 

On if Shane Cockerille has improved:

“I think Shane is a little bit better than he was in the spring. Again, there are things he still needs to work on. He needs to get his elbow up a little bit when he throws and just some mechanical things that he’s got to do all the time. He does them sometimes, but he’s not doing them all the time so sometimes the accuracy isn’t where it needs to be. We’ve got to just continue to get him to focus on all those little things.”

 

On P.J Gallo’s improvement as a pass catcher:

“P.J’s a guy that can line up on the ball and can also flex out. He’s in a great competition with Andrew [Isaacs] and also with Derrick [Heyward]. It’s going to be interesting to see how that all plays out. P.J.’s just got to keep improving because he’s got great competition at that position.”

 

On the running back competition:

“I think there is great competition there. Brandon [Ross] has put the ball on the ground a little bit, which I don’t like. We have some guys that have missed some assignments. Again, we’re looking for those guys that can be consistent with everything they’re doing in terms of ball security, in terms of catching the ball, in terms of pass protection and in terms of their assignments. It’s too early to say this guy is sticking out or that guy is sticking out, but again, we’ll have a little bit of a scrimmage today with redzone and tight redzone and short yardage and goal line. We’ll have a bigger scrimmage on Saturday.”

 

“Like I said, I hope that somebody takes the bull by the horns and just separates them self. If nobody does then we’re going to have to make a decision on who are the two or three guys that have earned the right to play. Again, you can’t get four guys reps during the season. You can hardly get two guys reps there at that position. They are going to determine that. I hope that it’ll be determined when those guys determine it.”

 

On the settlement between the ACC and Maryland:

“Just glad that it’s over and we can just focus on the season and focus on football.”

 

On the freshman class:

“I’m pleased with the freshman class. Let’s reserve judgment until we get enough of a book on them here in preseason to be able to make any comments as they get into some of the scrimmage situations and more game like situations. Let’s see how they respond. Practice is one thing, but then when you get into the scrimmages, that’s another. I’m very pleased with the overall group. I think it’s a very good group and one that works hard. You can tell that they have a lot to learn. Again, I think the biggest thing from high school to college is just the technique. It’s so much different. For some of these guys, they’ve been coached, but they might not have had the extensive coaching they’re getting here and all the meeting time and everything else. How do they take it from the meeting room to the field and then when they get a little bit tired in the up tempo that we go, can they manage that. Overall I’m very pleased with the group. Those guys will separate themselves, but I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen so far.”

 

On if adding more pads adds more intensity to practice:

“I thought we had pretty good intensity yesterday. Here’s the thing, I’m never going to be satisfied after we get out here and everything because, again, I’m trying to get them to understand that we are striving for perfection each and every day. We might not get there, but we’re going to strive for it. I’m still looking for us to go from start to finish without any ebbs and flows to that practice. Sometimes some sides of the ball make more plays than others, but in terms of that consistent effort running to the ball and finishing plays on offense, that’s what we’re looking for and we’re not quite there yet. Now that we have the full pads on, all that’s going to do is allow us to a little scrimmaging, but we’ll still do some drills where we tag off and some drills where we thud. Of course today we’ll have scrimmaging, but even though we’re in full pads, other days we won’t be going live.”

 

On if he saw improvement from the receivers:

“I thought we were better in practice three and four, but still not at the level that we expect out of them. I thought we were better and we’ll continue to get better. I think the biggest thing there is once we get through Sunday; we’ll sit down as a coaching staff and say, who are our three best guys? Then come out here on Tuesday and kind of practice that way. That’s the thing we’re always looking for. Even though you’ll see some guys in the slot and see guys on the outside, it’s still a situation of who are our best three or who our best four, when you go into a four wide receiver set. Just because you see a guy at No. 2 right now, I’m not going to do too much with the depth chart until after our first scrimmage.”

 

On JaJuan Delaney:

“I think he’s playing with a little bit more effort and intensity than he did in the spring. That’s good to see and that’s what we saw in film from high school. Maybe it’s him feeling more comfortable coming off that injury. That’s one thing you’ve got to take a look at, or at least I do, from the standpoint that he might have not felt so comfortable cutting it loose in the spring. Now I see a guy who is starting to cut it loose more. He’s being more physical. Like all those young kids, he’s just got to get more consistent. That’s the one thing he’s lacking right now is consistency. All the young kids, especially the lineman, it’s the technique. At this level you’ve got to be able to punch and keep the hands in. Too many of them are going in and trying to hug the bear. Those are some of the big thing that we’re concentrating on with those young linemen.”

 

On Jeremiah Johnson:

“I thought he was a little bit rusty as we first got started. You could start to see him get a little more comfortable and more confident. When you come off the toe and you come off the hamstring, that’s probably natural. Then you come out here and you do all the things that you did before. I like the progress that he’s making and he’s just going to continue to get better and like I said, he hasn’t had any ill effects with the toe or with the hamstring, which is good.”

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Gary Williams takes place in Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

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Gary Williams takes place in Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Posted on 09 August 2014 by WNST Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Former University of Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams was officially enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night in Springfield, Mass.

“This is the biggest honor you can get as a coach,” Williams said during his induction speech. “I am truly honored to be a member of the [Naismith Memorial Basketball] Hall of Fame.”

Presented by Billy Cunningham, Williams acknowledged many of his former players and his longtime assistant coaches at Maryland: Dave Dickerson, Billy Hahn and Jimmy Patsos.

“Our fans at Maryland always stayed behind us,” Williams said. “I can’t thank our fans, alumni and students enough for all their support over the years. I thought I had a lifetime job at Ohio State, but Maryland called and gave me an education, a chance to play and an opportunity to coach.”

Also selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame , Williams is the first coach in history to be selected to both institutions in the same year.

Joining Williams in the Class of 2014 is Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s, Alonzo Mourning, Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, Bob Leonard, Nat Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis, Guy Rodgers and David Stern.

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.

Upon returning to the College Park campus in 1989, Gary Williams (Maryland ‘68) led his alma mater’s basketball program from a period of troubled times to an era of national prominence during his 22 seasons at the helm from 1993-2011.

With 14 NCAA Tournament berths in his final 18 seasons, Williams and his staff garnered seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, a pair of consecutive Final Four showings, and the 2002 National Championship – the first of its kind in Maryland basketball history.

After leading the Terrapins to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 2010, Williams was voted the league’s Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It was his second such award, as he was also honored in 2002.

With an all-time record of 461-252 (.646) as Maryland’s head coach, Williams stands as the Terrapins all-time winningest head basketball coach. He passed Charles “Lefty” Driesell, who amassed 348 victories in 18 seasons from 1969 to 1986.

The rise of the Maryland program ran parallel with Williams’ ascent among the most notable in the collegiate coaching fraternity. Williams was one of only five coaches to boast a string of 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1994-2004. He produced at least 20 wins in a school-record eight straight seasons from 1996-97 to 2003-04.

Williams was heralded as the national and Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year during the Terps’ 2002 championship run.

In 2001, Williams became just the sixth coach since 1980 to direct his alma mater to the Final Four. A year later, he became the first coach since 1974 to guide his alma mater to a national title.

A former Terrapin point guard and 1968 graduate, Williams was a starter under coach Bud Millikan during the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons. He was the team captain as a senior and still lists one of his most memorable basketball moments as his experience as a spectator at the 1966 national championship game conducted at Maryland’s legendary Cole Field House, between Texas Western and Kentucky.

Williams was hired by Maryland on June 13, 1989, inheriting a team that had won only nine games the year before and finished in last place in the ACC. Displaying his coaching abilities immediately, he helped the Terps to 19 wins while advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament – and making him the first coach in school history to lead a team into the postseason in his first year.

Williams began his coaching career as a graduate student at Maryland under freshman coach Tom Davis. The 1969 freshman team finished with a 12-4 record as Williams bonded with Davis in a relationship that would serve him well as his coaching career progressed.

After earning a degree in business, he continued his coaching career as an assistant at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. After one year, he took over as the head coach and guided his first team to a perfect 27-0 record and the state title. Williams has called that season “the ultimate — there wasn’t another game to win.” Upon winning the NCAA West Region championship in 2001, he fondly recalled his championship at Camden as the “only other time I’ve ever got to cut down a net.”

Williams spent one more year at Woodrow Wilson before accepting an invitation from Davis in 1972 to become an assistant at Lafayette College. While an assistant at Lafayette, Williams also served as the head soccer coach. In 1978, Williams accompanied Davis to Boston College. After one year there, Williams became the head coach at American University.

Williams immediately began making his mark at American. His 1981 squad set the still-standing school record for victories with a 24-6 mark, won the East Coast Conference championship, and played in the NIT. Williams was named the district coach of the year.

American returned to postseason play the next season as the Williams-led Eagles went 21-9 and played in the NIT for the second consecutive year. Only once prior to Williams’ arrival had AU attended a postseason tournament, and the Eagles have not returned since. Williams’ four-year record at AU was 72-42.

In 1983, Williams succeeded Davis at Boston College. He was once again an instant success, posting a 25-7 record and leading the Eagles to the regular-season championship of the Big East in his first season. Making his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Williams directed the Eagles to the Sweet 16. He finished third in the balloting for national coach of the year, and was honored again as the Eastern Coach of the Year by his peers. He went on to duplicate that NCAA Tournament success again in 1985, leading B.C. back to the Sweet Sixteen.

In 1987, Williams accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State, becoming the 10th basketball coach in that school’s illustrious history. He succeeded Eldon Miller and once again enjoyed success. In three years, the Buckeyes made three postseason appearances. His first squad defeated then-No. 1 and unbeaten Iowa (coached by Tom Davis) in the regular season, in what would be the first of many giant-killings.

During Williams’ three-year term at Ohio State, the Buckeyes defeated a second-ranked Purdue team, perennial power Kansas and highly regarded Big Ten powers Michigan and Illinois. Each of Williams’ three Ohio State teams advanced to postseason play, and he laid the groundwork for the highly successful teams that followed when he left Columbus for College Park.

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Turgeon grateful to see Williams get Hall of Fame recognition

Posted on 08 August 2014 by WNST Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Maryland Athletics hosted a luncheon Friday afternoon at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to celebrate Gary Williams’ enshrinement.

Family and friends joined Williams hours prior to the ceremony for a luncheon, which was hosted by Maryland broadcast icon Johnny Holliday.

Director of athletics Kevin Anderson, current men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon, former Terps standout Walt Williams, assistant coaches Billy Hahn and Dave Dickerson, and Williams’ daughter, Kristen Scott, were also in attendance and shared fond memories of the newest member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“He’s a Hall of Fame Terp,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “The Maryland family appreciates his commitment, dedication, and love for Maryland basketball and the University.”

Williams, who was also selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, will be the first coach in history to be selected to both storied institutions in the same year.

“The true test of being a great coach is the relationships you develop with your student-athletes,” said head coachMark Turgeon. “It’s great to see him getting the recognition he deserves. This is an outstanding day for the University of Maryland.”

The enshrinement ceremony is scheduled to begin in the Springfield Symphony Hall at 6:30 p.m. and the event will be broadcasted live on NBA TV.

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Maryland, ACC settle lawsuit over exit fee for $31 million

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Maryland, ACC settle lawsuit over exit fee for $31 million

Posted on 08 August 2014 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland and Atlantic Coast Conference Reach Legal Agreement

Lawsuits filed in the State of North Carolina and Maryland are dismissed

 COLLEGE PARK, MD – The University of Maryland and the Atlantic Coast Conference announced today they have reached a mediated agreement that ends all litigation between both parties.

Maryland has agreed that the ACC will keep the sum of $31,361,788 previously withheld in order to resolve the lawsuits, and the ACC has agreed that Maryland will have no obligation to make any other payments to the ACC. In addition, the lawsuits filed in the State of North Carolina and Maryland will be dismissed.

“The University of Maryland is proud of our long and storied 61-year association with the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland.  “Today’s agreement helps usher in exciting new eras for both the University and the ACC.  We wish the conference and our ACC university colleagues well.”

“Our student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and alumni will forever hold dear the memories of six outstanding decades in the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said Kevin Anderson, Director of Athletics at the University of Maryland.  “Today marks the next chapter in the history of Maryland Athletics, and we look forward to creating new memories in the decades to come.”

“On behalf of the ACC’s Council of Presidents, I am pleased that all parties can move forward, returning our focus where it belongs – on our student-athletes, intercollegiate athletic programs and institutions of higher learning,” said Donna Shalala, Chair of the ACC Council of Presidents and President of the University of Miami. “There is great excitement surrounding the ACC and its 15 member institutions and we extend our best wishes to our colleagues at Maryland as we look ahead to the upcoming academic year.”

“I commend our Council of Presidents and specifically President Donna Shalala for steering us to this resolution,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This agreement allows everyone to fully focus their energy and efforts on prioritizing the student-athletes, especially in this significant time of change within the NCAA restructuring. We wish the University of Maryland well and appreciate their past contributions as we collectively look toward the future.”

The ACC and the University of Maryland consider this matter closed and will have no further comment.

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Edsall appreciates new exposure coming from Big Ten Network

Posted on 07 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md - The fourth day of practice proved to be a momentous one for a Terps, as BTN was on the scene to capture Maryland’s fourth day of preseason camp at the on-campus practice facility.

“It won’t interrupt anything for us,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “We’ll be just going about our practice and they’ll be filming. It’s nice that they’re here. It’s nice to get that type of exposure and notoriety for our program. We look forward to hosting them and having them here.”

The extra attention didn’t distract from the competition happening on the field. Junior Albert Reid, locked in a four-way battle for the starting running back job, enjoys the balance of competing against and mentoring his fellow position mates.

“I‘m able to balance it. It’s not just coming out and competing with your teammates,” Reid said. “You also have to have that bond with your teammates. It’s not like you can just come out here and play football and then go in the locker room and not talk. To have a great team without building that family bond. Those guys are my family.”

Wes Brown, Brandon Ross and Jacquille Veii join Reid in the fight for carries. The player on the other side of the line witnessing that battle is senior linebacker Cole Farrand. The veteran acts as the quarterback of the defense and relishes keeping his teammates on the right track.

“I have obligations to the team,” Farrand said. “I have to help the freshman. The MIKE’s job is the quarterback of the defense, so I have to have my head on straight. With the core we have and we have a lot of seniors coming back, I think it looks very good on defense.”

As a whole, Farrand sees camp moving in the right direction.

“I think camp is going really well so far. The team is really coming together.”

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Edsall says CB Johnson improving as he works back from injury

Posted on 07 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

On Wednesday’s practice:

“I thought we had a better day yesterday. I thought that guys were sharper in what they were doing and picking things up and getting around. The offensive had a lot more enthusiasm yesterday. We still have a lot of things to get better on. Again, get the pads on for the first time and getting used to those things. I’m sure it will continue to get better each and every day.”

 

On Evan Mulrooney:

“Nothing concrete. He’s in the hospital, but nothing more than what I said yesterday.”

 

On Levern Jacobs’ absence from full team drills:

“Head coach’s decision. He’ll be out there probably on Saturday doing things. He and the head coach had an understanding on what was happening. He’ll be out doing things full speed on Saturday.”

 

On Spencer Myers:

“I see a guy that’s got high energy. He’s got a really good motor. He’s relentless and chases the ball. He plays with good leverage. We’ll work to get him some reps with the two’s this weekend in the scrimmage to go up against those guys. I’ve been pleased with him so far.”

 

On if he’s surprised by Spencer Myers:

“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised because anytime you get involved with someone who has a passion and a want to, to do something, you are going to get pretty good results. He’s talented. He understands competition. He understands leverage. He’s played the game before and he was very successful at it. I think playing that position he’s playing and what he does from a wrestling standpoint. It’s a pretty good relationship between the two.”

 

On Albert Reid:

“Albert’s another one of those guys who gives you everything he’s got all the time. He’s a guy that’s got a smile on his face. He competes hard. All the qualities you look for in a student athlete he embraces and he embodies. I just love the way the guy competes. He’s tough. He’s hard-nosed. He’s a team guy. He’s one of the guys on our leadership council. You know this; every day you come out here, you’re going to get his best effort and he’s going to do everything he can to not only make himself better but to push other guys to make them better.”

 

On the running back competition:

“You’re not going to keep four guys happy. That isn’t going to happen. They’ve already been told they’ll be two guys that will be there. Fourth and fifth guy, they’re going to have to make their name on special teams.  They know exactly what they have and its great competition out here. We’ve got to get it to two and then there’s a third. That’s all you can have up to practice. The other guys have got to go down and make their niche. They can get on special teams and play anywhere from 20-to-28 plays a game. They know exactly what it is. All of them are doing a great job. You can see that there’s competition. They’re hungry. They want it. But we aren’t keeping four guys happy. There’s going to be primarily two guys, but if we can have one guy, that’s what we want and then a guy who spells that guy You have a third guy that’s going to get minimal reps during the week, but he’ll be ready to go. That’s how we plan to go.”

 

On the opportunity for Juwann Winfree and other receivers after Nigel Kings’ departure:

“I think it’s an opportunity for everybody. All of a sudden Amba’s [Etta-Tawo] got a little bit more. Even Taivon [Jacobs] and Juwann, all those guys. Again, we try to train these guys where you don’t necessary have to be an X or a Z because we’re trying to get the best three on the field. Sometimes Stef [Diggs] could be a Z or an X. We’re trying to find the best guys that we can. We’ll get a chance to see more of him when we get going. He’s done a good job so far, but again it’s too early to say too much about that until we see him go through the scrimmage on Sunday.”

 

On Jeremiah Johnson:

“I’m just happy for him to back out here playing at the level he’s been playing at because it’s been over a year. I thought he was a little rusty the first two practices just getting back used to everything because he’s been away from it for a year. He’s a guy that we know can play and play at a high level. It’s good to have him out here and hopefully he can stay out here and get better. He’s competing with Alvin and Will because you can go left or right with either of those guys. Those guys understand that they can play either side. You are going to get the best guys out there you can.”

 

On Cole Farrand:

“Cole’s a guy that is making all the calls on defense. Getting all the things to everybody else and making the calls and making the checks. He should be and he is playing at a faster level because of his experience and playing in the games. He’s another guy that he’s worrying about another guy or his intensity or his toughness. After last year when you take a look what he played through and did the things that he did, he has the utmost respect of the coaches and the players. It’s good to have a guy who’s played as much as he have and as a senior, it’s hard to believe he’s a senior, it’s gone by so quick, but I’m glad he’s in there. He really helps to hold things together for us.”

 

On NCAA autonomy ruling for power five conferences:

“How it’ll change us in terms of how we operate we won’t know until legislation is put through and what type of legislation they want to adopt and go with. I think it’s good that we have that. I think its one step closer to the five conferences splitting off. I really do. Again, I think they’re bigger issues now that you have that in terms of who’s going to take charge of what’s best for football. You have this autonomy, but what’re we going to do with that to get the colligate model to get to where it should be or back to where it was in terms of, to me, stop recruiting these kids so early and lets focus and concentrate on the kids that we have on campus. I think that’s what we got away from with recruiting these kids too early. Hopefully we can get back to that with these things and then also give the student athletes the things that they deserve. That’s my whole thing. I want to do anything we can do to enhance their experience and to help them and I think that’s probably the biggest thing from the autonomy standpoint. I think what happens is now the five conferences that have more means than the other conferences can do some things they can do. So again I think this is just going to be another step closer to leading to some separation in terms of some of the division.”

 

On what he thinks student athletes deserve:

“I’m all in favor of the cost of attendance that they’re talking about. I’m in favor of having the guys on scholarship for four years. I think what’s happened with the scholarship is I think people are telling to remove them from their programs and move them on if they’re not good enough. I think the same thing from a health issue, what they’ve proposed there is all good. I still think we have to sit down and take a look of what is for the betterment of the game when it comes to recruiting and some of the other things that are out there with what is going on.’

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Williams set to be enshrined in Basketball Hall of Fame Friday

Posted on 07 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former University of Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams will officially be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Friday, Aug. 8, in Springfield, Mass. The enshrinement ceremony is scheduled to begin in the Springfield Symphony Hall at 6:30 p.m. and the event will be broadcasted live on NBA TV.

Also selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame , Williams will be the first coach in history to be selected to both institutions in the same year.

Joining Williams in the Class of 2014 is Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s, Alonzo Mourning, Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, Bob Leonard, Nat Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis, Guy Rodgers and David Stern.

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.

Upon returning to the College Park campus in 1989, Gary Williams (Maryland ‘68) led his alma mater’s basketball program from a period of troubled times to an era of national prominence during his 22 seasons at the helm from 1993-2011.

With 14 NCAA Tournament berths in his final 18 seasons, Williams and his staff garnered seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, a pair of consecutive Final Four showings, and the 2002 National Championship – the first of its kind in Maryland basketball history.

After leading the Terrapins to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 2010, Williams was voted the league’s Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It was his second such award, as he was also honored in 2002.

With an all-time record of 461-252 (.646) as Maryland’s head coach, Williams stands as the Terrapins all-time winningest head basketball coach. He passed Charles “Lefty” Driesell, who amassed 348 victories in 18 seasons from 1969 to 1986.

The rise of the Maryland program ran parallel with Williams’ ascent among the most notable in the collegiate coaching fraternity. Williams was one of only five coaches to boast a string of 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1994-2004. He produced at least 20 wins in a school-record eight straight seasons from 1996-97 to 2003-04.

Williams was heralded as the national and Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year during the Terps’ 2002 championship run.

In 2001, Williams became just the sixth coach since 1980 to direct his alma mater to the Final Four. A year later, he became the first coach since 1974 to guide his alma mater to a national title.

A former Terrapin point guard and 1968 graduate, Williams was a starter under coach Bud Millikan during the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons. He was the team captain as a senior and still lists one of his most memorable basketball moments as his experience as a spectator at the 1966 national championship game conducted at Maryland’s legendary Cole Field House, between Texas Western and Kentucky.

Williams was hired by Maryland on June 13, 1989, inheriting a team that had won only nine games the year before and finished in last place in the ACC. Displaying his coaching abilities immediately, he helped the Terps to 19 wins while advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament – and making him the first coach in school history to lead a team into the postseason in his first year.

Williams began his coaching career as a graduate student at Maryland under freshman coach Tom Davis. The 1969 freshman team finished with a 12-4 record as Williams bonded with Davis in a relationship that would serve him well as his coaching career progressed.

After earning a degree in business, he continued his coaching career as an assistant at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. After one year, he took over as the head coach and guided his first team to a perfect 27-0 record and the state title. Williams has called that season “the ultimate — there wasn’t another game to win.” Upon winning the NCAA West Region championship in 2001, he fondly recalled his championship at Camden as the “only other time I’ve ever got to cut down a net.”

Williams spent one more year at Woodrow Wilson before accepting an invitation from Davis in 1972 to become an assistant at Lafayette College. While an assistant at Lafayette, Williams also served as the head soccer coach. In 1978, Williams accompanied Davis to Boston College. After one year there, Williams became the head coach at American University.

Williams immediately began making his mark at American. His 1981 squad set the still-standing school record for victories with a 24-6 mark, won the East Coast Conference championship, and played in the NIT. Williams was named the district coach of the year.

American returned to postseason play the next season as the Williams-led Eagles went 21-9 and played in the NIT for the second consecutive year. Only once prior to Williams’ arrival had AU attended a postseason tournament, and the Eagles have not returned since. Williams’ four-year record at AU was 72-42.

In 1983, Williams succeeded Davis at Boston College. He was once again an instant success, posting a 25-7 record and leading the Eagles to the regular-season championship of the Big East in his first season. Making his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Williams directed the Eagles to the Sweet 16. He finished third in the balloting for national coach of the year, and was honored again as the Eastern Coach of the Year by his peers. He went on to duplicate that NCAA Tournament success again in 1985, leading B.C. back to the Sweet Sixteen.

In 1987, Williams accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State, becoming the 10th basketball coach in that school’s illustrious history. He succeeded Eldon Miller and once again enjoyed success. In three years, the Buckeyes made three postseason appearances. His first squad defeated then-No. 1 and unbeaten Iowa (coached by Tom Davis) in the regular season, in what would be the first of many giant-killings.

During Williams’ three-year term at Ohio State, the Buckeyes defeated a second-ranked Purdue team, perennial power Kansas and highly regarded Big Ten powers Michigan and Illinois. Each of Williams’ three Ohio State teams advanced to postseason play, and he laid the groundwork for the highly successful teams that followed when he left Columbus for College Park.

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Edsall likes camaraderie of Terps’ defense early in camp

Posted on 07 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md - The Maryland football team put the pads on for the first time in preseason camp Wednesday as the Terps continued to fine-tune all aspects of their game in preparation for their season opener at James Madison at the on-campus practice facility.

The offense made big plays throughout the session, with Taivon Jacobs, Stefon Diggs and Amba Etta-Tawo all catching passes down the field from quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe.

Deon Long, another member of the Maryland receiving corps with big play ability, is returning to action this week after missing the final six games of the 2013 season with a leg injury. Three days into practice, Long is excited about the progress he has made to this point.

“You have to start from square one,” Long said. “All the progress you put in before your injury is sort of wiped out. It’s a clean slate. You’ve got to have the mental toughness to build your strength back up.”

Long competed hard against a defensive unit that has impressed head coach Randy Edsall in the first three days of camp.

“The thing I like about the defense is their camaraderie,” Edsall said. “I like the leadership that they’re bringing to the practice field in the first two days. It’s not just one or two guys. It’s everybody. Everybody is very enthusiastic and holding people more accountable.”

One of those leaders is defensive lineman Andre Monroe. The senior, who tallied a team-high 9.5 sacks last season, is looking to build off an impressive junior campaign.

“I have desire. I learned at any early age that this game is a lot about desire. Then I just use the knowledge and play with instincts, which I think a lot of players overlook. That can take an average player and make them a great player.”

Monroe and his defensive teammates are not the only ones who expect big things.

“The defense is capable of anything,” Long said. “The sky is the limit.”

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Edsall: Deon Long has “got to get a lot better”

Posted on 06 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On yesterday’s practice:

“I thought practice went pretty well for the defense pretty much the whole time. Offensively we were good up until the 7-on-7 and the team. I didn’t think that was as good as it should be for us. That’s one of the things we talked about with the guys is that we’ve got to finish better. Yesterday was an example for our offense that we’ve got to do a better job finishing.”

 

On who stood out during summer workouts:

“We had a couple guys that I thought really did a great job this summer. I though all in all we had a really good summer. I thought C.J. [Brown] had a really good summer. He put on some weight and got stronger. The running backs, Wes [Brown], Brandon [Ross], Jacquille [Veii] and Kenny Goins, had a real good summer. Marcus Leak and Taivon Jacobs increased quite a bit. Andy Zeller and Sal [Conaboy], there on the offensive line, [performed well]. I thought the defensive line as a group probably had the best summer of everybody. Keith Bowers is still getting stronger. Malik Jones had a good summer. Quinton [Jefferson] did a good job as well. [Yannik] Cudjoe and Jalen Brooks did well. L.A. [Goree] had a very solid and quiet summer, he’s just a quiet guy, but he really did a good job. Sean Davis had an outstanding summer. Overall, those are the guys that stand out the most. I thought we had a very productive summer overall, but those are the guys that stood out a little bit more than the other guys. “

 

On how he grades the players in the summer:

“It’s overall, in terms of what they would have increased in vertical jump, squat, clean, bench and just overall effort and intensity in the summer.”

 

On Andre Monroe:

“He’s very quick. He’s a guy that understands leverage. You’ve got to get really low to block him. Like I said, I think it’s his speed and his quickness off the ball. He’s relentless and because of his height he has a built in advantage going against people. He’s got a good motor.”

 

On Deon Long:

“Deon’s got to get a lot better. I’m not happy with the way Deon is practicing right now. He’s got to do a better job of finishing on every play and he’s got to be more exact in everything he is doing. Let’s not leave people out of praise right now. Let’s get him back to doing the things he’s supposed to be doing and playing to the level of his talent ability. If he does that than we can start talking more about him.”

 

On what he attributes to Deon’s performance in practice:

“You’ve got to understand that you’ve got to come out here each and every day. To much who is given much is expected. When you come out here each and every day, you’ve got to do the things necessary in order to be better. Guys that are that far along in their career, you don’t expect to see mistakes, you expect them to come out here and be leaders and give the kind of effort that you would expect one of that stature to do.”

 

On Marcus Leak:

“He’s getting there. You can tell he’s been away from it. I like the way he’s worked, but his stamina and mental toughness have to get better. We’ve got to get these guys to understand at wide receiver that you’ve got to run hard every play. You’ve got to come off the ball and make people think you’re going to beat them deep all the time. You’ve got to get up in there and you’ve got to block and do those things. If we get those guys to do that, then they might get to living up to the potential they have from a talent standpoint.”

 

On the defense’s performance:

“The thing I like about the defense is I like their camaraderie. I like the leadership that they’re bringing to the practice field in the first two days. It’s not just one or two guys. It’s everybody. Everybody is very enthusiastic and holding people more accountable. That’s what we’ve got to get on the other side of the ball. We don’t have that on offense. We’ve got to get people stepping up. Defensively, it’s a group that really understands their roles. They understand what needs to be done and you can see them practice with that enthusiasm and that effort. That enthusiasm is what you want to see.”

 

On Silvano Altamirano’s reps:

“He didn’t get extended reps. He got the same reps he got the day before. He just happened to be with the first team. We’ll find out a little more today as now we get the pads on and you see the lineman really come off and get after it physically which is what you want to see.”

 

On Nate Adams:

“We’ll find out more today. When you put the pads on it’s different. Now we get the pads on and now you get to see how guys play with the pads on. Some of those guys are fast to the ball when the pads aren’t on, but then when you put the pads on it’s kind of one-step slow. Hopefully we don’t have any of those guys. I’m pleased with what I’ve seen, but again, we’ll evaluate him over the long haul, not just in one or two days.”

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Maryland women to visit Coppin as part of non-conference slate

Posted on 06 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women’s basketball team released its 2014 non-conference schedule Wednesday, which includes home matchups against four local foes, a trip to Puerto Rico and their ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Final Four opponent Notre Dame.

In their first matchup since the 2014 Final Four, the Terrapins will open the season against Mount St. Mary’s at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. They will host Wagner two days later on Nov. 16.

South Florida, who the Terrapins beat on the road to open last season, will come to College Park for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Maryland will finish that week with a trip across town to George Washington on Saturday, Nov. 22, then will host Loyola on Monday, Nov. 24.

Maryland will head to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Terps will take on 2014 NCAA Tournament team James Madison on Friday, Nov. 28, then Washington State on Nov. 29.

After their trip to Puerto Rico, the Terrapins will head to Indiana to take on the Fighting Irish on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Due to a scheduling conflict with the men’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Maryland and Notre Dame will play in Fort Wayne at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The Terps will return home to host Towson and American on Sunday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 12, then will play a noon game at Coppin State on Dec. 21.

The Terrapins will host Goldey-Beacom for an exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 1 and the University of the District of Columbia for an exhibition one week later.

Head coach Brenda Frese and the Terps went 28-7 in the 2013-14 season and made a trip to the Final Four in Nashville. The Terrapins beat Army and Texas in the NCAA First and Second Rounds in College Park, then beat top-seeded Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen and won at No. 3 Louisville to advance to the Final Four.

The full Big Ten schedule and television information will be available on umterps.com at a later date. For the list of the Terps’ home and away Big Ten opponents, log on to http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=716399&SPID=120729&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=29700&ATCLID=209421180.

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