Jan. 27, 8:00 a.m.: Maryland Coach Gary Williams on Monday conducted a fascinating news conference, during which he touched upon his recruiting, which is the biggest reason why the Terrapins have fallen so fast since winning the national title in 2002.
“Well, we have signed two players that will be in the top 50 in the country for next year, and I am looking forward for those guys coming in here,” Williams said, referring to big men Jordan Williams and James Padgett.
According to Rivals.com top 150, dated Aug. 19, 2008, Williams is rated the No. 102 senior in the country. Padgett is not in the top 150. And on their bios, Williams is the No. 17 center in the country. Padgett is the No. 21 center in the country.
In Rob Harrington’s top 100 for the Class of 2009, which is dated Nov. 12, 2008, neither Williams nor Padgett is ranked among the top 100. So I do not know where Gary Williams is seeing that his guys are rated in the top 50.
Williams was also asked about Gus Gilchrist (South Florida) and Tyree Evans (Kent State) attending other schools. He said losing both this past off-season was unusual, adding, “Yeah, and it wasn’t my fault that they are not here. You know, that was somebody else’s call.”
I guess one can read that different ways. But it could certainly be seen as a veiled criticism of Maryland’s administration.
Gary’s comments are interesting. South Florida hired Gilchrist’s mentor/trainer Terrelle Woody in an apparent package deal. Was Gary open to the same package deal for Maryland and felt the administration didn’t support him? I never thought he felt that way.
In any event, as I have said since the Duke game, the story about this Maryland team has quickly changed from a game-to-game analysis to bigger questions about the overall direction of the program and the future of its head coach.
January 27, 2009; 8:01 AM ET
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