Williams: 'Maybe Apathy' was Problem
Maryland center Edwin Williams remembers the feeling in 2006, when Maryland blew a chance to win the Atlantic Division title against Wake Forest. Back then, Williams said, he didn’t feel the Terrapins felt they were good enough, didn’t feel they had enough confidence in themselves.
On Saturday, Maryland squandered another chance to take a significant step toward a division championship. Williams said the problem Saturday might have been “apathy.”
“We should have gone out and played our hearts out,” Williams said. “And we didn’t.” He said players “just weren’t focused, myself included.”
For a senior leader like Williams, this was difficult to understand.
“I kept telling myself, ‘Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t take anything for granted,’” Williams said. “And I think we did. I think we took a lot for granted. We thought other people would get us up, and we didn’t get ourselves up.”
In the locker room after the 37-3 loss to Florida State, there was mostly silence. Some players spoke to their specific units. Williams told some players to not let anyone break the team apart, to avoid pointing fingers and to win and lose as a team.
“I was pretty sure, win or lose, that I would cry,” he said.
While Williams took the loss hard, he tried to maintain perspective.
“As time goes, I think I will understand that is just the way it goes,” he said. “You really have to think about the good times. You won’t think about the scores and who won and who lost. You will think about the people you shared relationships with, the people and the atmospheres. In the grand scheme of things, the scores and wins and loses are not important. It’s about the people.”
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