CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Head coach Mark Turgeon of the Texas A&M Aggies reacts in the first half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Mark Turgeon Replacing Gary Williams At Maryland As Head Basketball Coach

Gary Williams has officially retired, and Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon will be his successor.

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Mark Turgeon Accepts Maryland Basketball Coaching Job, According To Report

Texas A&M Aggies basketball coach Mark Turgeon will be the new head coach of the Maryland Terrapinsaccording 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.

For more on the Maryland coaching search in the wake of Gary Williams' retirement, visit Testudo Times and SB Nation DC.


Sean Miller Has Not Yet Met With Maryland, According To Conflicting Report

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.


Sean Miller To Be Next Maryland Basketball Coach, According To Report

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.

For more on the Maryland basketball program, check out SB Nation's Terrapins blog, Testudo Times. And for more on Arizona basketball, head over to our Wildcats blog, Arizona Desert Swarm.


Gary Williams Retires As Maryland Basketball Coach, Will Remain As Special Assistant

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.

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