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Gary Williams gets choked up over Greivis


Gary Williams fans will love this. Gary Williams haters will say that the coach is wasting valuable time weeping over his departed players, time that could be better spent looking at recruiting video tapes of third graders.

Anyhow, watch Lindsay Czarniak's interview with the coach, above. Fast forward to the 2:00 mark, if you're in a hurry. Then get ready to rewind.

"I know you've said all of the seniors that will be leaving are important to you, and I know that Greivis has talked to me just about how much you've done for him," NBC Washington's Lindsay Czarniak said to Williams. "How frustrating is it to know that you won't be able to coach him again?"

Then I count an eight-second pause as Williams tries to gather himself and swallows back the, um, "emotions." That's not bad television.

His best answer, though, came during the previous question, when he was asked about watching the game-winning three drop.

"That's the side of coaching that's really tough," Williams said. "Because you think you've done some good things that day as a coach to get your team to come back, and it's just like playing. You do everything right. Greivis made great plays down the stretch, Eric Hayes played a great game for his last game. But that shot goes in, so all that doesn't matter. That wipes out, and you get the feeling that you just could have done something, you could have done something else to win the game."

Greivis himself seemed to get a bit misty when Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez asked him to reflect back on his Terps career.

"It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."

It's an unbelievable experience," Vasquez also told Hernandez, when asked about the crazy game and the end of his career. "This is what March Madness is all about. I'm thankful. I'm happy to be where I'm at right now. I feel like crying the whole day, but that's not gonna solve anything....I'm happy. I'm not satisfied, though. I wish i could come back one more year."

The ACC Coach of the Year and the ACC Player of the year, letting fly with their emotions, right in front of all of us. Which all makes me think back, once again, to the quote Greivis gave Heather Dinich at the Baltimore Sun during his freshman year.

"Gary Williams is the greatest coach in the United States of America," Greivis told Dinich then. "I love him. I love him. He's a great coach. He's so passionate. He loves the game. He's just like me. We don't want to lose. I hate losing. I really can't go to sleep. It really bothers me when I lose. He wants to win. He wants to get better every day. He loves to be on the court, practice and work. I love that. I love his passion. I love the way he coaches. It's going to be an interesting four years for me. I think he can take my game to the next level. That's what I really believe if I really listen to what he says."

(Via @Sportsyack)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 23, 2010; 12:04 AM ET
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Comments

That is...awesome.

Posted by: BMoreChil | March 23, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

What Chil said...

Posted by: BillStoner | March 23, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Ugh, my heart drops every time I see that basket go in. I still want to believe it will bounce off the back of the rim, like Blake's buzzer attempt against MSU a few years ago.

It's sad to see Greivis, Hayes, and Landon go, but there's a lot to be excited for. I know I'm pumped to see what Gary is gonna do with Jordan Williams and these nasty guards coming in next year.

Posted by: MillBurray | March 23, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad he's gone so I won't have to read any more Bogs about him

Posted by: gfsportsfan | March 23, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I am going to miss GV in a Terps Uniform. Great player. Will miss LM and EH as well, although I suspect we'll see EH coaching somewhere someday...successfully.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Going to miss GV. Great player and great rep for the U of Maryland. Anxious to see what his draft status will be for this summer.

Posted by: terpwiz | March 23, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

It's been a pleasure to witness GV's ongoing maturation process into a man, it will still continue, but in the meantime......it's nice to reflect. Gary Williams is my kind of guy too. It was a fun season. Thanks for it UMD, every last one of you.

Posted by: OG_Barno | March 23, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for sharing this, Dan.

Wow, what a bond between this coach and his player. In a world of falsity, of feigned emotion, GV and GW are the genuine article. It takes some of the sting out of the ending to this season, but it leaves me with even more regret, wishing that I had savored every moment of the last four years, both good and bad. Maryland fans were lucky to have the privilege to watch GV. Thanks for the memories, Greivis!

Posted by: xfreestater | March 23, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad he's gone so I won't have to read any more Bogs about him

Posted by: gfsportsfan

You don't have to read any blogs about GV. I'm sure there are plenty of blogs on I'majerk.com for people like you.

Posted by: DodgerDog | March 23, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Man, if that stuff doesn't touch you, you got a hole where your heart should be!

Posted by: shanks1 | March 23, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Because GV stayed four years there is a bond between coach and player. You will never see the emotion between coach and the one and done players.

What was so neat about GV is that he wore his emotions on his sleeves where everybody could see. Most other players keep their emotions to themselves.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | March 23, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Who says college basketball is just a business? "Just a business" won't cause emotions like that. I think that's the first player I've seen Gary get *REALLY* choked up about. I wish all the seniors a great career in whatever they do. It's been a great ride. Now on to next season.

Posted by: bullwinkle1 | March 23, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

So is Vazquez in the 8% or the 92%? Considering he stayed four years I would hope it is the 8%. Otherwise Williams should get choked up about that instead of just on the court coaching issues.

Posted by: SYalie06 | March 23, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Thank you GV for 4 years of amazing. I cant describe how weird it will be next year to see these Terps without GV and Eric Hayes on the floor. They were truly the perfect back-court for Gary Williams. From outspoken to borderline cocky/arrogant, to calm and always level-headed, they both possessed the perfect qualities and talents to complement each other and made this program a tough out every single time they stepped on the court for 4 years.

While it is difficult to imagine the future without both of them, one thing is for sure:
Gary Williams will never stop getting these specific types of players. From Profit, Booth, Walt, Dixon, Blake, Baxter, to this modern generation of Strawberry, GV, Hayes, and Milbourne, we can be assured that in 4 years we will be feeling the same way about players X,Y,and Z as we do with GV, EH, and LM.

Posted by: kman2 | March 23, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

So is Vazquez in the 8% or the 92%? Considering he stayed four years I would hope it is the 8%. Otherwise Williams should get choked up about that instead of just on the court coaching issues.

Posted by: SYalie06 | March 23, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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All four of this year's seniors, including Jerome Burney, who missed the entire season because of injuries, will graduate in May. Ten of the last twelve seniors in men's basketball at Maryland earned their degrees in four years. But, hey, don't let facts get in the way of a good rant.

Posted by: 74umgrad1 | March 23, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I love Gary Williams...thanks for a GREAT exciting year coach! This is a man with a heart! And a big one...forget you naysayers.

I've never played for Maryland but I almost feel I've been coached by Gary all my life since high school just watching this man's intensity on the sideline...if anyone can relate to that feeling.

And Greivis...I wish you ALL the best in your endeavors my friend. It was a pleasure watching you play and I'm sure you'll do fine at the next level.

Give David Stern a good reason to up dat salary son son!

Posted by: cbmuzik | March 23, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Terps! Thank you for a great season! You overachieved in almost every category the pre season experts looked at. GV and GW will always have their haters but it is clear to me that they love UMD basketball and give everything they have for the sport, the school and the fans!

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Posted by: linjian76 | March 23, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Just imagine for a second, If they had a healthy Jerome Burney in the front court rotation, ( his foot injury was his downfall, glad to hear that he is getting his BA ) it would have been great to see how much farther this squad could have gone.

Posted by: terpfan4141 | March 23, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad he's gone so I won't have to read any more Bogs about him

Posted by: gfsportsfan |

I say get mad at the person who forced you to read those bogs against your will. Did they make you perform sex acts on them too?

Posted by: ged0386 | March 23, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The above comment: hilarious

Posted by: Barno1 | March 23, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for sharing this, Dan.

Wow, what a bond between this coach and his player. In a world of falsity, of feigned emotion, GV and GW are the genuine article. It takes some of the sting out of the ending to this season, but it leaves me with even more regret, wishing that I had savored every moment of the last four years, both good and bad. Maryland fans were lucky to have the privilege to watch GV. Thanks for the memories, Greivis!

Posted by: xfreestater | March 23, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Re-posted because, well, it says it all.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 23, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Great job seniors, and Gary is one heck of a coach. I worry about the level of talent he recruits sometimes...but he always gets the best out of what he brings in, and a few of his best players (Juan Dixon, Greivis) have developed a strength of relationship with him that should be the envy of any coach and that goes beyond simply coaching basketball. Good to see...

Posted by: chop1 | March 23, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I am a 44 year old life long Terrapins fan so I am a little biased but how many players can you recall that played with the passion that Greivis played with. Love him or hate him you had to admire the way he played the game and inspired those around him.

Posted by: chris_bodmer | March 24, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Ole!! Sweaty Gary crying about not coaching Beavis Vasquez anymore. Must be tough knowing this is as close to an NCAA championship that he'll ever get again in his career. Or maybe he's crying about that 8% grad rate for the Twerps? Ahh - doubtful.

Posted by: DCHead1 | March 25, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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