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Teams On Intersecting Paths?

I'm here at the Civic Center, where there the seats are multi-colored and the upper decks are dimly lit. It's somewhat of a cavernous place. Not all that aesthetically pleasing.

Anyways, here's a story that ran in the Orlando Sentinel yesterday revealing the legacy aspirations of Florida State guard Toney Douglas. His goal is to be remembered not for his prolific stats, but for leading the Seminoles back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. With the talent around Douglas this season, that's not beyond the realm of possibility.

The Seminoles' ability to play well on their home court will go a long way toward determining whether they can attain the goal Douglas set forth.

Here's a question for you all to ponder as you watch today's game (it's on Raycom): Considering each's standing five years ago, are these two programs headed in different directions?

By Steve Yanda  |  January 17, 2009; 10:41 AM ET
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The Seminoles and the Terps are certainly headed in different directions.

Maryland's program is becoming a joke. National championship to the pits. The NIT has become a lofty goal.

It all comes down to Gary. His recruiting results have been abismal. His players are intimidated by their home court.

Maryland is now a team other ACC schools expect to beat.

Is it true that Gary has tenure?

Posted by: petecard | January 17, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

So it seems. Some teams wax and some wane. Expectations of annual finishes in the top 25 are unrealistic nowadays. Maryland's slide continues despite flashes of excellent play. Key mistakes and mediocre shooting made the difference this time. The program certainly isn't a joke and firing Coach Williams would be shameful and unproductive. He's put in hundreds of thousands of his own money into scholarships. The competition for excellent players puts UMd at a disadvantage - College Park isn't very attractive and the university's academic standards too strict for many athletes. Let's keep Gary Williams.

Posted by: AncientTerp | January 17, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but you are going to have to substantiate the mediocrity of the basketball program with better claims.

Academics? Maryland basketball has one of the worst graduation rates in the ACC. In fact, Duke and UNC have higher academic standards.

Location? You're telling me recruits would rather visit Durham, NC than the nation's capital?

Keeping a coach merely because he's a high-priced donor seems to be your weakest argument.

I suppose your next argument will be that recruits don't like our mascot. That's it!

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | January 18, 2009 2:37 AM | Report abuse

Academic standards too strict? That one is laughable.

I recall Maryland signing Chris Wilcox, a guy UNC wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole because of poor academics.

Academic standards too strict? Gary Williams once chided Obinna Ekezie because he studied on a team bus.

Maryland is a fine university and gets better every day. But athletic programs get something called academic exemptions.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | January 18, 2009 2:42 AM | Report abuse

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