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Comments From Yow And Williams

Earlier today, Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow made a joint appearance with Gary Williams. Below are the comments Yow and Williams gave pertaining to Williams's job status and the speculation that has existed in the past week.

Debbie Yow:

"Hey guys, I just wanted to come in and say a couple of things. One of them was, it's still an emotional time for me, as you might imagine. I'm adjusting as any of you would be adjusting if you'd just lost a close family member. So I have my good moments and I have my bad moments, but I'm having a pretty good day today.

"The other reason I'm here is I just really – I would have done this on Friday at media availability if I had not had to be in North Carolina, but I really want to lay to rest any of these crazy rumors that are floating around related to the job security of Coach Williams. He has my personal full support, as he does from the department and from the university.

"You know, he and I communicate regularly, and a couple of the things he's communicated to me are pretty important. One of those is he is very optimistic about the future, and he's very focused on recruiting. We all know that's important, and he's after it with as much enthusiasm and passion as I've seen in my 15 years.

"Our team is playing, is playing really hard. Saturday night's victory was just terrific. I heard about the atmosphere in the building, and I wish I could have been here but we were on the drive back from the burial so I missed it. But I would have loved to have been here for that.

"His current contract, which was, I believe, we've done this I think seven times, but I think the current contract is 10 years. And so, we still have three and a half years on that contract and a one-year rollover option this year for going to the NCAA tournament. In addition to that, if it's, if it's never, you know, if we ever get to the place where it's not enough and he needs more in recruiting we'll deal with it. He'll tell me what he needs, and we'll take care of it then.

"So, um, those are the two reasons I came in. Thank you for your kindness about Kay's passing and also just wanted to settle any rumors that were out there. All I'm focused on is supporting him and supporting the staff and the team and winning more basketball games this year, which we're going to do. That's it. You've got a lot to do right now getting ready to go on a big trip down to North Carolina."

Gary Williams:

"It's nice that, uh, she said those things. I've never felt threatened by anything. I know what I've done, just this decade. Very few programs have done what we've done this decade. I think there's probably three or four, maybe. You know, Florida, because they've won it twice. You could say UCLA, even though they haven't won a national championship this decade. (North) Carolina, Duke, you know, those two because they've won it this decade. But, you know, I'm secure in what I've done.

"In the last 15 years, the only two teams not to finish last in the league in the regular season have been Maryland and North Carolina. This decade, we've been to the Final Four, won a national championship, Sweet 16 losing to Michigan State on a Steve Blake jump shot to go to the Elite Eight. ACC champions. 19 wins with (D.J.) Strawberry tearing his ACL, our best player. 19 wins with Chris McCray being ineligible the last 12, 13 games of the season, our leading scorer. The next year we won 26 and I think that tied for the sixth-best mark in the school's history. Winning an NCAA game against Davidson. Losing to Butler, who gave Florida the best game during the NCAA tournament, the closest game, to the eventual national champions. Then last year we won 19 and beat the No. 1 team in the country on their court.

"So that's been this decade, and I'll compare that with anybody in the country, so I haven't felt threatened at all. Logically, I think.

"I mean, she's the athletic director. She wanted to make a statement. That's certainly her prerogative. But for me, I'm the coach. I'm the coach here at Maryland. I get measured by a lot of things. You know, you get compared to other coaches around the country, so I think I'm in pretty good shape.

"Yeah, I we lose Dave Neal off this year's team. We've signed Jordan Williams and James Padgett, and I think we're in a pretty good position. I really believe we can be a top 25 team preseason next year."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 2, 2009; 5:54 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Amen, Debbie Yow. And Amen Gary Williams.

2 class acts.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Gary and Debbie's comments seem like a direct rebuke to the kinds of reports that Prisbelle and especially Yanda were bringing their readers in the past week. I, for one, see today's joint appearance as the end of this absurd issue.

However, I think we learned something about our new Terps beat reporter, Steve Yanda. His reporting on the Gary vs Athletic Dept were irresponsible at best, taking quotes out of context and exploiting the issue by hyping up a controversy based on unsubstantiated rumors. It was pitiful.

Even when Yanda writes a simple transcript like today's comments from Gary and Debbie, he ads the word "uh" as if that's in the actual script. Unreal.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Top 25 team NEXT SEASON???
Excuse me but isn't there still about half a season of conference play left THIS SEASON?
G-Will is really starting to lose it isn't he?

Posted by: dovelevine | February 2, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

BTW are you telling me that that Worthington assistant to Yow acted on her own without Yow's knowledge? Yea right. Looks like Yow left someone alone to hang in the wind. Good one.
Ahh good times in College Park. Where's the old Vous when you need a stiff one.

Posted by: dovelevine | February 2, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Yow also seems to be telling just about everyone in the press to F off for running this all while she was off burying her sister. You read between the lines and she is basically saying "shame on you you &!*^@$*&!^@$"

Posted by: Lee26 | February 3, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Yanda should be reporting on rumors of tension between the AD and GW, if such rumors exist. It's good to see them apparently burying whatever hatched may have been in play. I just hope Gary takes my advice and signs Blago as a recruiting specialist.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | February 3, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to Steve Yanda for publishing Williams' and Yow's remarks en toto. Coach Williams put the last decade convincingly into perspective. He's done very well indeed. The boo-birds' "win now, win forever" mantras are most unrealistic. There are about 325 division one teams and Maryland's are always in the top 25%, even though College Park town is, well, the pits. There's no good reason why UMd should give up its academic standards to become an athletic refuge. BTW, those big salaries that coaches now get are mostly funded by private supporters, not public monies.

Posted by: AncientTerp | February 3, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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