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The University of Maryland confirmed Monday that Texas A&M Aggies basketball coach Mark Turgeon will be the new head coach of the Terrapin basketball program, replacing Gary Williams.
Maryland made the official announcement on their athletics website:
"We're thrilled to bring Mark to the University, where I'm sure he will continue to build on the great legacy and success of Maryland Basketball," said Anderson. "In Mark, we have brought one of the outstanding young coaches in the country, and one who has a proven record of achievement on and off the court. We couldn't be more excited."
Turgeon will be introduced at a news conference on Wednesday at noon in Heritage Hall at Comcast Center. Terms of the contract were not immediately released, though reports are being estimated around $2.5M/year.
Turgeon is 250-159 after 13 seasons overall as a head coach and worked as an assistant at Kansas under Larry Brown and at Oregon after that.
Texas A&M Aggies basketball coach Mark Turgeon will be the new head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, according to CBS Sports' Gary Parrish. Turgeon had reportedly received a Maryland contract offer earlier Monday afternoon, according to Andy Katz, and has been expected to accept it for a few hours now, according to Jeff Goodman.
He'll take over a program that's proved it can contend annually when it's at its best, as Gary Williams did for a solid decade that included a national championship. His first order of business: retaining what he can of Williams' final recruiting class, which includes at least two players who've said they plan to re-open their recruitment.
Turgeon isn't the biggest name Maryland could've landed, but he's among the most respected coaches remaining after the school made runs at Butler Bulldogs coach Brad Stevens, Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey and Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller over the weekend.
The Maryland Terrapins basketball team still does not have a new coach, despite earlier indications on Monday that Texas A&M Aggies head coach Mark Turgeon would be Gary Williams' successor. According to multiple reports, Turgeon is returning to Texas A&M, but has not yet made any decision on his future. Turgeon has not scheduled a meeting with his team, which may be an indication that he needs time to think this over.
Testudo Times, our Maryland blog, has some doubts about Turgeon coming east, but thinks it will still happen:
This is way too fuzzy to decipher anything strong out of it, but no contract signed yet isn't good. I still think this one gets done, but it ain't a done deal.
ESPN's Andy Katz reported earlier on Monday that Turgeon received a contract offer from Maryland, so the decision for him now is if he is comfortable giving up the Aggies to kick off the post-Gary Williams era in Maryland.
Texas A&M Aggies basketball coach Mark Turgeon is reportedly very interested in replacing Gary Williams as Maryland Terrapins coach, according to FOX Sports' Jeff Goodman. Goodman also reports Turgeon will likely decide Monday whether he'll leave College Station for College Park or not.
Turgeon has coached Texas A&M since 2007, leading the Aggies to a 97-40 record including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and three March Madness wins. He came from Wichita State, where he'd achieved a 2006 Sweet Sixteen and held a 128-90 record after seven seasons. He's also coached at Jacksonville State and held assistant positions with the Philadelphia 76ers, Oregon Ducks and his alma mater.
Saturday night, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne slapped down rumors that Arizona coach Sean Miller would leave for the same position at Maryland by announcing that Miller would be staying in Tucson. Sunday brings Maryland's two new targets: Butler coach Brad Stevens and Notre Dame coach Mike Brey.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Anderson's next likely target will be Butler's Brad Stevens, who is fresh off consecutive national championship game appearances. Stevens was wooed a year ago, notably by Oregon, but stayed in his native Indiana. If Stevens says no then Maryland native Mike Brey of Notre Dame and Mark Turgeon of Texas A&M are expected to be next on the list.
However, Goodman additionally reported that Stevens has since turned down Maryland.
That means that what Washington Post's Steve Yanda is reporting — that Maryland has a meeting with Brey on Sunday — might mean a bit more ... even though Testudo Times notes that Brey might be a longshot. It's a fun time to be a Maryland basketball fan, no doubt.
We were awakened on Saturday morning by reports indicating Sean Miller was the next head coach at Maryland. A few hours later, though, conflicting reports emerged, saying Miller and Maryland planned to talk, had mutual interest, but no deal was done. And on Saturday night, the news came full-circle as Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne took to Twitter to fire back and squash the reports.
Byrne brought his snark with him, attempting to break his own news on his personal Twitter account Saturday night. It was a simple tweet, but he is, apparently, confident Miller will be staying at Arizona.
So that takes care of that, we think. Then again, this wouldn't be the first time a coach said he was staying, had a change of heart and bolted town in an instant. But if Byrne is to be believed, and there's no reason he isn't, Arizona has staved-off attempts by Maryland to lure Miller away and will keep the coach that led them deep into the NCAA Tournament this year. And Miller comes out the big winner, in all likelihood, as he will have probably earned himself a significant raise due to Maryland's overtures.
If Miller is staying at Arizona, Maryland will have to turn its attention elsewhere in the effort to replace Gary Williams. Earlier in the week, Williams retired abruptly, leaving the Terps scrambling for a new head coach at a time the coaching carousel is usually silent.
On Saturday morning, ESPN 980 reported that Sean Miller was expected to be announced as the next head coach of Maryland's basketball program on Monday. Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman, however, reports that while Miller is interested in the position, the process is not yet that far along, and that the Arizona head coach has not yet met with Maryland. On Saturday afternoon, Goodman tweets:
Sean Miller hasn't even met with Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson yet. Report by ESPN980 saying this is done are inaccurate.
However, my sources said Miller is "leaning towards taking Maryland." However, nothing will be done until after meeting today in Vegas.
Obviously, this is a developing story of great concern to Maryland and Arizona basketball fans alike. As of now, Maryland has not announced any decision to fill the vacancy left by longtime head coach Gary Williams. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates. And for more on these schools, check out SB Nation's Maryland blog, Testudo Times, and our Arizona blog, Arizona Desert Swarm.
Gary Williams announced his retirement as Maryland's basketball coach on Friday, and the school is apparently wasting no time in finding his successor. Washington, D.C.-area radio station ESPN 980 reports that Arizona coach Sean Miller will be the Terrapins' next coach.
According to sources; Sean Miller will be named new men's basketball coach at the University of Maryland on Monday
Miller, age 42, has been a head coach since 2004. He spent his first five seasons with Xavier, where he led the Musketeers to two Sweet Sixteen appearances and one Elite Eight berth. Miller was then hired by Arizona, where he turned around a struggling Wildcats program and reached the 2011 Elite Eight in only his second season.
Miller would certainly have some big shoes to fill, as Williams' 22-year career at Maryland included a catalog of NCAA tournament wins and a national championship. But Miller's resume, while relatively short, is an impressive one.
Gary Williams formally announced his retirement as the Maryland basketball head coach in a news conference at the Comcast Center, attended by media and several hundred fans. Williams was moved to the verge of tears several times, and said he had contemplated the decision for a couple years before making it.
"This is my decision," he said to begin. "I've read a lot of rumors things it, in fact. But it's not a quick decision. It's been a decision I've thought about for a while."
Williams said he was leaving because he wanted to try to do some other things, saying he felt healthy and was conscious of coaches who stay too long. He said that Jordan Williams' departure had nothing to do with his decision, and that it was just time for him to try something else.
"I feel like I still could coach," he said. "But at the same time, you realize there are other things out there. This gives me a chance, while I'm relatively healthy, to do some things."
"I've had my time. I had a job for 43 years in coaching. How many coaches have been able to do that."
He said he would help athletic director Kevin Anderson's search for a replacement in whatever way he could, and promoted the job itself when asked.
"We play in a great league. Check who has won the most national championships the last 10 years and check who's won the most NCAA Tourney games in last 20 years. That's where we live," he said.
Prior to Williams' remarks, University president Wallace Loh said he will move to name the Comcast Center floor after Williams. When asked about that, Williams paused for several seconds.
"It's a great honor," he said. "I've had some really good people help with that, which I really appreciate. I'm fortunate in terms of time to be able to coach here as long as I have. At the same time, when that happens, hopefully a lot of people fell the same way that they were responsible for that happening."
Gary Williams will formally announce his retirement as Maryland's basketball coach in a press conference at 1 p.m. Friday. This press conference is unlike most press conferences in that it is open to the public. The event will take place in the Comcast Center and will be broadcasted on TerpsTV.
Williams made the news official in a press release on Thursday night. He will depart after 22 season at Maryland's head coach, a ride that included 14 NCAA Tournament berths, seven Sweet 16 appearances, three ACC regular-season titles, two Final Four appearances and one national championship. Many big names have been linked to the Maryland opening, including Villanova's Jay Wright, Notre Dame's Mike Brey and several others.
It promises to be an emotional day at College Park. Williams may have had his critics, especially recently with Maryland's slow fall from the heights it reached in 2002, but he was Maryland basketball, and he was the man that rescued it from great depths.
With Maryland head coach Gary Williams out the door after suddenly retiring on Thursday, the attention turns to who replaces him. Believe it or not, Maryland is an attractive job, with excellent facilities, a fertile recruiting ground and the allure of coaching in the ACC all listed as perks of the job. So while the program may be down a bit, at least by Terps’ standards, Maryland should be swinging for the fences.
And the early reports suggest Maryland is doing just that in the barely-underway search for Williams’ replacement. Testudo Times, SB Nation’s Maryland blog, took stock of the potential candidates, a list that includes Villanova’s Jay Williams, Butler’s Brad Stevens and Arizona’s Sean Miller.
Miller, who’s my favorite candidate of the bunch, is a rising star in the coaching world. Per Terrapins insider – remember, fear Yandabell – he’d be interested if Maryland called. But the same guys also say that Maryland would be even more interested in Jay Wright, the current head man at Villanova.
Like I said, swinging out of their shoes. It’s an ambitious list, to be certain, but it may not be as unrealistic as it seems. Miller will reportedly listen, though it’s unclear if Wright interest is mutual between the Terps and Wright. And Stevens? Well, that one seems a tad bit unrealistic.
Now that news of Gary Williams' retirement as the Maryland Terrapins basketball head coach has settled in, how are fans reacting to this turn of events. Our Terrapins blog, Testudo Times, posted its stream of consciousness right after learning the news. It covers a wide variety of emotions and questions, from wondering why this all went down to possibly irrational dreams of who the next coach will be and then finally coming to acceptance of the whole matter:
Regardless: thank you Gary. Even FG has to accept this one. Gary had his down years, but his value to the university has been immense, perhaps even immeasurable. He won us a national championship, for one, and that alone is a spot at the center of every Terrapin fan's heart. Consider where the program was when he came in. Consider where it is when he left it. Night and day. He built Comcast Center. He's been a financial windfall in many ways. He's put up with things that no one else would've, and he stayed at the program when no one else would've. He took Maryland from the death penalty to the pinnacle of the sport. They might've fallen back a little, but they're still on the doorstep of the elites. Thanks, Gary, for everything.
Did I write irrational dreams for their next coach? As Testudo Times pointed out just after that stream of consciousness, there are already rumors floating out there that the Maryland coaching position will be one of the most attractive jobs for someone to take.
SB Nation DC sees Williams' retirement as the culmination of a changing of the guard in Maryland athletics, detailing the changes that have occurred over the last year.
The Maryland Terrapins have already contacted Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey about taking over the basketball coaching job vacated by Gary Williams' Thursday retirement, to which Notre Dame has countered with a pending contract extension offer, reports the Chicago Tribute's Brian Hamilton.
Brey was born in Maryland, and his first coaching job was at Maryland's DeMatha Catholic High, his alma mater. He was also the head coach for the nearby Delaware Blue Hens after a stop on Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Blue Devils staff.
After the 2010-11 season, Brey was named the Coach of the Year by Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com. He's been with the Irish since 2000, posting a 238-120 record that includes seven tournament appearances but only one trip past the second round. At Delaware, he coached the team to two America East Conference titles.
The Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area has become one of the top producers of NBA talent in the past decade, joining Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle in the largely post-New York City hoop hierarchy. Players like Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, Roy Hibbert, Donte Greene, Jeff Green, Ty Lawson and Michael Beasley came up in the D.C./Maryland area. But they have one thing in common: none of them went to Maryland.
One of the biggest knocks on Gary Williams, who retired abruptly on Thursday after 22 years in charged of the Terrapins, is that under his leadership, Maryland struggled to recruit locally. That's a problem for plenty of major conference programs, but given the quality of D.C. and Baltimore talent of late, it's been a neon problem.
Williams did earn the recruitment of Baltimore's Nick Faust, and the coach's departure will lead the four-star class of 2011 guard to re-open his recruitment. Class of 2012 wing Justin Anderson, who attends Durant's old high school in northern Virginia, has also committed to Maryland. Whether those pick-ups would have led to a local recruiting renaissance for Williams will never be known.
The news of Gary Williams' retirement from Maryland is less than an hour old and already the fallout has started. Two of the school's top signees have announced they will reopen recruitment following Williams' announcement on Thursday.
Both Sterling Gibbs and Nick Faust will reopen their recruitments, according to Adam Zagoria.
"Yes, I will reopen with Nick Faust," Gibbs, a point guard out of Seton Hall Prep, said by text.
Faust, a 6-6, 175-pound shooting guard from Baltimore City College High, originally picked Maryland over Oregon State, Florida State, Marquette and Villanova.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Gibbs also considered DePaul, Indiana, Pitt, Rutgers, St. John's and Seton Hall.
Since they both signed letters of intent, Gibbs and Faust will have to get permission from Maryland before they are able to look elsewhere. Gibbs is a three-star point guard from West Orange, NJ; Faust was a Top 75 recruit from Baltimore.
Gary Williams was announced as the head coach of Maryland Terrapins basketball in 1989, just as the program was recovering from the 1986 death of superstar Len Bias. The death of the Boston Celtics' draftee forced coach Lefty Driesell out of College Park -- his successor, Bob Wade, produced two nine-win seasons in three years, so the Terps turned to Williams, who'd made the NCAA Tournament at three straight coaching stops: American, Boston College and Ohio State.
After an embarrassing 1990 DUI arrest, he posted two straight winning seasons in Maryland before soon beginning a run of tourney appearances that lasted over a decade and included the 2002 national championship, the only one in program history. Williams was responsible for six of the seven winningest seasons in Terps history. The two-time ACC Coach of the Year developed a particularly strong home court atmosphere, winning almost 82 percent of his home games.
The Terps have struggled (by their recent standards) since 2004, failing to make it past the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Williams' last venture into national headlines before retiring came in April 2011, when N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow accused him of tampering with the Wolfpack coaching search. The two have had a tempestuous relationship since Yow was Williams' boss at Maryland, where she publicly complained about his recruiting style -- Williams tended to favor less-heralded players -- and reportedly tried to fire him.
Thus far, Maryland fans don't seem all that torn up about his exit, at least as far as SB Nation's Backing The Pack goes. He'll likely be remembered as one of the last highly successful coaches from a dominant era of ACC basketball, whether he was beloved around the rest of the conference or not. He's the conference's third-winningest coach of all time, behind only Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith.
Shortly after the original report first surfaced on Thursday afternoon, it has been confirmed that Maryland head coach Gary Williams is retiring as the head coach of Maryland basketball. From SportsCenter's Twitter account:
BREAKING NEWS: Gary Williams confirmed to ESPN's @notthefakeSVP [SportCenter's Scott Van Pelt - ed.] that he is retiring as Maryland's basketball coach
We still aren't clear of Williams' motives behind his unexpected decision to retire, but according to a statement released by the University of Maryland, he will stay within the program as an assistant to athletic director Kevin Anderson. The statement quotes Williams as stating:
“It’s the right time,” Williams said. “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.”
For more on the Maryland basketball program, be sure to check out our Terrapins blog, Testudo Times.
After Thursday's surprising announcement that longtime coach Gary Williams is retiring, Robert Ehsan will become Maryland Terrapins basketball's acting head coach, according to a tweet by the Washington Times' Patrick Stevens. Ehsan has been a member of Williams' staff for six seasons, last year holding the position of assistant coach. There's no telling how long he'll hold the position for.
Much of Ehsan's experience on the Maryland staff was directly involved with recruiting and scouting. He also helped coordinate off-court activities like Williams' summer camps. He's a former UC-Davis starting point guard who graduated college only six years ago with an economics degree. As a senior, he proved to be a sharp free throw shooter, so all right!
Ehsan's first two years in College Park were spent as a graduate assistant before he moved up to become assistant recruiting coordinator.
Longtime Maryland Terrapins basketball head coach Gary Williams is stepping down, according to a report by FOX Sports' Jeff Goodman. The stunning announcement could reportedly be made as early as Friday afternoon. No word at this point on the reason for the reported move; Williams has been at Maryland for 22 of his 33 coaching seasons.
Earlier this week, Williams sort of gave his blessing to departing star Jordan Williams, who declared for the NBA Draft. Perhaps the younger Williams' sudden decision to turn pro was an indication of his coach's intentions, if the report is accurate.
Williams has been coaching at Maryland, his alma mater, since 1989, winning the 2002 national title and going 461-252, turning out six consensus All-Americans. The Terps won five regular season ACC titles in his time on the sidelines, plus one conference tournament championship.
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