Gary Williams will formally announce his retirement as Maryland's basketball coach in a press conference at 1 p.m. Friday. This press conference is unlike most press conferences in that it is open to the public. The event will take place in the Comcast Center and will be broadcasted on TerpsTV.
Williams made the news official in a press release on Thursday night. He will depart after 22 season at Maryland's head coach, a ride that included 14 NCAA Tournament berths, seven Sweet 16 appearances, three ACC regular-season titles, two Final Four appearances and one national championship. Many big names have been linked to the Maryland opening, including Villanova's Jay Wright, Notre Dame's Mike Brey and several others.
It promises to be an emotional day at College Park. Williams may have had his critics, especially recently with Maryland's slow fall from the heights it reached in 2002, but he was Maryland basketball, and he was the man that rescued it from great depths.