They say the best thing about retirement is getting to do all the things you never had time for while working 33 straight years as a college basketball coach. Well, Gary Williams has wasted zero time in getting around to his new pastime. You see, the former Maryland Terrapins coach and N.C. State Wolfpack AD Debbie Yow don't like each other, so much that Williams says he remains "worn down" by having to work with Yow for 15 years before she left for Raleigh.
Your most recent clue that bad blood remains was Yow's claim that Williams had interfered in the Wolfpack coaching search, but this feud goes back far, far longer than that. The coach, in a Thursday telephone interview with the Washington Post's John Feinstein:
I started thinking about it last year after we tied Duke for the ACC title. I've been doing this a long time and I thought it might be time to do something else. After [Debbie] Yow left, I thought I might enjoy it more this year and I really did like working with Kevin Anderson. He's a straight shooter. But I think I'd been worn down by the previous 15 years [with Yow]. It grinds on you.