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.