Maryland Basketball Fans Thank Gary Williams For Many Accomplishments

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.

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