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.”
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