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Top of the Arc - January 28, 2009

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.

By Eric Prisbell  |  January 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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Sad but its tme for Gary to go he did alot for the school in its time of need, but you cant live in the past and he dosnt seem to have the desire for the future.

Posted by: mrpjs1976 | January 28, 2009 1:40 PM

As a Maryland alumnus I love Gary for what he's done for Maryland basketball and will be forever grateful that he brought Maryland its first national basketball championship. Unfortunately, Gary’s time has come and gone. It's time to replace him with a young coach who can ensure that Maryland will compete in the current world of D-1 basketball. The Maryland program is slipping into the territory of embarrassment.

Posted by: Kaneforgov | January 28, 2009 1:54 PM

it might be time for all of em to go and get some fresh blood...this bickering is just fodder for the media and deters from the facade of educating the students and truth of trying to win ball games.

Posted by: outrbnksm | January 28, 2009 1:55 PM

I loved - loved these results.

Duke --- 85
Maryland --- 44

Boston College -- 76
Maryland -- 67

Prediction:

Miami -- 87
Maryland -- 58

Maryland will finish with a 15 - 16 record

No NCAA bid

No NIT bid

How can any parent, let their son play for a program like Maryland - with a 10 % graduation rate.

Carolina blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels ! - Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | January 28, 2009 3:19 PM

a football team that squeaks into a third world bowl game and couldn't find a BCS bowl with a coonhound leading them. a basketball team that may not be the 4th best in the metro area. it sounds to me that the rot starts right at the top and that rhymes with WOW! it may be time for a general housecleaning, sparing the men's soccer and women's basketball teams.

anyone know if ServePro has a college atheletics division?

Posted by: mdrockjock | January 28, 2009 4:22 PM

This is the just the latest example of the Washington Post running wild and creating pseudo controversies.

Gary is not going anywhere. Deal with it.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2009 9:44 PM

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