Gary Williams Is Irreplaceable, but Is Sean Miller the Man for Maryland?
I honestly didn't think I would be writing this for a long while. In a perfect world Jordan Williams would be returning for his Junior season and helping lead a bunch of rag-tag young Terrapins to another ACC Championship under coach Gary Williams.
Jordan Williams is obviously heading to the NBA, while Gary Williams is going to be grabbing his golf clubs and heading down to Hilton Head to play a round of golf with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon a little more often than most of us wanted or expected.
Out of no where Gary Williams decided to retire and shocked everyone in the DC area and all of us who have called the University of Maryland home.
Even though I'm a graduate of the university the first think of is not the brick walkways, the shrouds of trees around. I think of basketball, I think of Gary Williams patrolling the sidelines with the most intense look of any man doing his job and doing his job well.
The sweat on his brow, the scowl on his face, the way he worked the refs, the way he got 250 percent out of every player that put on the Maryland uniform is going to be unmeasured by any other coach that sits at his desk next.
Gary Williams is a legend and one of the ten greatest coaches to ever grace the collegiate hardwood. Sure he could be No. 10 on that list, but every person who is a true Terrapin and loves the program and everything Coach Williams has done for it is going to put them much higher on the list.
I won't put him on the same level as John Wooden, but he is damn close in my mind.
The court should be named after him, I know I'm not the first person to write that, to say that, nor will I be the last.
I fully expect to be unveiled at the very first home game next season when the team routes Nowhere State University under the new coach.
Don't worry about Sterling Gibbs or Nick Faust going elsewhere. I have it under good authority from very good sources (current and former players) that Gibbs and Faust will be wearing the red, black and gold next season.
They'd only ask for a release from their LOI if the school definitely came up very short in their next coaching search.
Which it appears that they won't.
It appears that upon hearing that the Maryland job was opening, current Arizona coach, Sean Miller, called Kevin Anderson about the opening. So obviously Miller is interested.
Jay Wright from Villanova is the alleged number one target on that list. Jaime Dixon from Pittsburgh and Shaka Smart from VCU round out the top four.
Brad Stevens? He seems happy where he is at currently, just signed a huge extension and mostly seems to be the fans' pipe dream.
Not a bad dream to have.
One of those guys is going to be the coach, they are going to have large shoes to fill, but they will do an admirable job.
I'm honestly pulling for the hiring of Sean Miller. He will most likely keep Bino Ranson on staff and this is bigger than most people think. Bino recruits the hell out of the DMV, Miller recruits the hell out of everywhere he goes. It's a win-win for everyone.
Plus if you want a coach that is going to be just like Gary Williams in his passion for the game, the way he prepares for a game, the way he gets maximum effort from players that other teams have already rejected or did not want.
Sure Miller finally has a class of players coming into Arizona that would make most coaches salivate and with this class he should be a top five team here in and here out and compete for a national championship.
Unless he comes to Maryland and brings Josiah Turner and Sidiki Johnson with him and then pair them with Gibbs and Faust and we have ourselves a national champion.
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