Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m.: If the end of Gary Williams’s career at Maryland is near, then last night marked a significant step in that direction.
It had little to do with a loss to Boston College that all but crushed Maryland’s slight NCAA tournament hopes. And it had little to do with recruiting struggles that have made the Terrapins nearly irrelevant in the national recruiting landscape.
It has everything to do with that fact that a once private rift with his athletic department has now become public. For years, it was widely known that Williams and Athletic Director Debbie Yow rarely speak.
But Williams made it public Monday by saying that it was not his fault that two recruits wound up at other schools and that it was “somebody else’s call.” Williams said he did not reference Maryland, but school officials took it as an attack on their attempts to support his recruiting efforts.
And when I asked Williams whether he feels the athletic department supports his recruiting efforts, he said: “I don’t want to get into that now. No comment.”
He then tore into Kathy Worthington, saying: "Kathy Worthington does not speak for me. She has never won a national championship. She has never done anything. She is an associate AD. She doesn’t speak for me."
Williams went on for about 10 minutes last night in the locker roomo, addressing two reporters (The Sun's Jeff Barker and I) and columnist Mike Wise.
Gary’s comments, both Monday and late last night, have almost overshadowed the fact that his team is tumbling and will likely miss the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years. Even worse, the remaining schedule is particularly brutal and there is a chance Maryland could finish with a losing record.
After talking with many people, including school officials, the bigger problem is that Gary repeatedly criticizes the administration, sometimes in veiled comments, sometimes not. No telling where this goes from here, but I expect at least one school official to be monitoring Friday’s press conference inside the Comcast Center press room. At this point, the games have almost become the sidebar to the coaching drama and increasing questions about the future of the head coach.
January 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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