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Postseason Evaluations: Gary Williams

This week, Terrapins Insider has taken a look at each of the Maryland players and how they performed this season. With those evaluations complete, we'll now take a look at the man responsible for leading this squad through an up-and-down campaign that eventually concluded with a return trip to the NCAA tournament.

An image of Maryland Coach Gary Williams popped up on the television screen inside the Terrapins' locker room at Sprint Center the day before their NCAA tournament journey was to commence. Maryland's players, assistant coaches and staff members immediately stopped whatever it was they were doing to gather around the monitor, turn up the volume and listen to what their leader had to say.

Williams was seated at a podium in front of an assembled gathering of reporters, taking his turn to face questions about the season his team had experienced. There were questions about California, Maryland's upcoming first round opponent. There were questions about schemes and approaches and game plans. And there were questions about the criticism Williams had endured en route to his 13th NCAA tournament appearance in 20 seasons at the helm of his alma mater.

In the locker room, the team inched closer to the screen, eyes locked on the man to whom they had been steadfastly loyal. One of the most popular questions asked of the players in the preceding weeks had been if they felt as though they were playing for their coach. On the surface, it seemed like a silly question. Of course they were playing for Williams. He was the one in charge. Don't all players on all teams play for the guy who brought them in?

But there was added emphasis in part of the question that made it stand out. Do you feel like you're playing for your coach? And to a man, the players answered in the affirmative.

Questions loomed around this particular squad from Day One. Three guards? Four, if you count Landon Milbourne? All on the floor at the same time? What is this, Villanova? Duke? And that front court? How will that collection of "post players" survive? Better yet, how will the team survive with that collection of post players? Will Braxton Dupree pan out? Will Milbourne wear down at the power forward position? Will Greivis Vasquez try to win games by himself as he had to so many times the previous season? And on and on and on.

The Terrapins were forced into overtime in the third game of the season by Vermont, a good team in its own right, but not one that should be hanging with the likes of Maryland. Vasquez sent the game into overtime on a three-pointer with six seconds left, and Maryland escaped with a win.

Then the Terrapins went to Orlando over Thanksgiving and shocked Michigan State, then ranked No. 5 in the country. This is what Williams-led teams do -- win games no one expected them to win. But then they dropped consecutive decisions by significant margins to Gonzaga and Georgetown. The three-game stretch was considered a success, if for no other reason than the Terrapins did not go O-3.

Maryland knocked off Michigan at home a few days later, and confidence around the team abounded. The Terrapins had earned two quality wins in their first seven games. After making it through December without any of the hiccups that plagued the team the year before, Maryland appeared in great shape entering ACC play.

But a home loss to Morgan State on Jan. 7 decimated most of the optimism that had surrounded the team. Few people figured at that point that both of those teams would end up in the NCAA tournament.

The Terrapins started conference play 2-4, a string that included back-to-back road losses in the state of Florida. Both of those contests were close, the kind of games many people felt Maryland had to win. In retrospect, the losses at Miami and Florida State provided a great deal of foreshadowing for how the next few months would progress.

First, there was the fact that -- in just the second and third games of ACC play -- it was commonly thought that the Terrapins had to win them both. Or at least that, given the closeness of the losses, that those two losses would come back to haunt Maryland at season's end.

Secondly, there were Williams's reactions to both defeats. After his team blew a double-digit lead at Miami, Williams appeared extremely distraught. His postgame press conference lasted less than four minutes, and he snapped at a team spokesman at its conclusion. He appeared completely drained. And it was only the middle of January.

Williams's demeanor following an overtime loss at Florida State three days later was completely different. He was disappointed, sure. But he seemed much more upbeat about his team's prospects. Perhaps he was steeled by the thought that his team "should have" won those two games in Florida. Maybe it was his team's effort in that Florida State game that endeared this collection of players to him. They had been outdone by a Seminoles squad that was much bigger up front and more talented on the perimeter. And yet Maryland remained competitive until the very end.

In the following weeks, Williams became involved in a public spat with Maryland athletic department officials over the recruitment of players who never ended up at the university. His recruiting efforts and patterns were scrutinized extensively in a three-part Washington Post series. His relationship with Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow was called into question, as was his job status.

But not once was Williams's coaching acumen challenged. And over the final two months of the season, Williams proved himself once again to be a master motivator and tactician. For starters, he got the most out of an undersize squad that lacked the natural talent present on many other ACC rosters.

He also made a key lineup change that may have altered the course of his team's season. He inserted Sean Mosley into the starting unit, providing it with a more physical defensive presence, and put Eric Hayes into a reserve role. With Hayes coming off the bench, Maryland suddenly possessed some offensive burst in its second wave. Both players eventually thrived in their new positions. The switch worked out nicely for all parties involved.

And perhaps most notably, he showed a willingness and ability to adapt, made evident by his frequent implementation of a 3-2 zone defense. Throughout his career, Williams had heavily relied upon high-pressure man-to-man defense, but with the makeup of this season's squad, the zone look fit best. So that's what he went with.

There were games when Maryland simply was outclassed -- in a 41-point loss at Duke, a 17-point loss at North Carolina and a 29-point loss at Clemson -- but there also were games when the Terrapins performed well beyond their means. They beat North Carolina at home. They beat Wake Forest in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. They challenged Duke and Wake Forest at Comcast Center, as well.

Maryland was not a good team this season because of overwhelming talent or because it had just the right mix of players. The Terrapins became a good team this season because they bought into the notion that they could be. Williams was the one who sold that notion to them. He remained focused on whichever game was next on the schedule, compartmentalizing past losses and any outside noise that threatened to distract him from the task at hand. Williams's tunnel vision was extreme beyond measurement. And it had to be.

Did he acknowledge the criticism heaped on him and his program in the middle of the season? Certainly. It would have been impossible not to. Did that criticism gnaw at him, fuel him, push his desire to win with this team further and further? He would never give the criticism such credit, but it's likely that it did.

Even on Selection Sunday, once Maryland had been awarded a No. 10 seed in the West Region and was slotted to play a very winnable game against California, Williams would not allow talk of personal vindication. This season was not about redemption, Williams insisted. But, really, it was.

The players knew the challenge facing their coach. They knew it would take all he had to squeeze an NCAA tournament bid out of their compilation of abilities. They wanted to prove that Williams could win with them.

By the end of the season, Williams had molded this unit into a reflection of his own image -- back perpetually against the wall, certain that no one believed in it, deliriously determined to prove the world wrong.

Maryland's season ended on a sour note. The Terrapins were defeated soundly by a hyper-athletic and imposing Memphis squad. By that point, Williams had maxed out his players. There was nothing more he could do. He already had done more than enough.

What did you think of the coaching job Williams did this season? How would you evaluate his performance?

By Steve Yanda  |  March 27, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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Comments

This season was one of Gary's best coaching jobs in his career. Recruiting discussion decide, how many other ACC coaches could have won 7 conference games (9 if you count the ACCT) with this team, beaten 3 top-10 teams, and made it to the 2nd round of the NCAA tourney? Only Gary, and maybe two others. Its amazing this team accomplished so much without starting a player taller than 6'6-7".

Posted by: eric_the_red | March 27, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Gary should get a big fat 'F.' Not only can he not recruit but he can't even get his kids to show up for the NCAA's (when they snuck in as one of the last bubble teams) when they got destroyed by Memphis, a team that is now out of the tourney.

So sad.

C'mon GW, hang 'em up and spend your days at The Green Turtle, EJ's Landing, Bentley's, Cornerstone, Santa Fe, Town Hall or any other crummy bar along Route 1.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 27, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

A++ Gary. With a little more talent and another coaching effort like that, we should once again be a team the committee pencils in at the beginning of the year alongside Duke and UNC.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | March 27, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I've seen very few teams, professional or college, in any sport play as consistently hard as this year's team did. That's a testament to Gary and his staff. If you seriously believe that the Memphis loss was a result of "not showing up" and that Memphis isn't that good because they lost last night, you don't know basketball.

He's far from perfect but he's principled and he doesn't compromise. That's a lot more than can be said for Jim Calhoun. This year's team made me proud to be a Terps fan.

Posted by: elee014 | March 27, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I thought Gary did the best he could with what he had to work with. It's not Gary's fault that Vasquez said that Cameron Indoor Stadium is his house or that Memphis would struggle to win games in the ACC. The home loss to Morgan State was disconcerting as was squandering double-digit leads at Miami and at home to Boston College, and I don't even want to talk about the regular-season finale at Virginia, but GW rallied the team and pushed it to the NCAA Tournament. Making the NCAA Tournament and winning a game in it was about all we could truthfully expect from the Terps this year, and Gary made it happen when all seemed lost midway through the campaign. TERPS FOREVER!!!

Posted by: djdavew2002 | March 27, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Nice comment, Poopy. Shows about as much knowledge as your name implies you would have. Gary should get an 'F' because his team got blown out by a much more talented Memphis squad? After having won a first round game in a tournament most people didn't think they'd get in this year? Give me a break.

You're right, Gary Williams doesn't recruit well. So? Whenever he has recruited (Steve Francis, Joe Smith), he has bowed out in the Sweet 16, and those guys have left early. His best team was anchored by two guys no one paid attention to coming out of high school. That's because he can coach his ass off, and players who come in almost always leave as better players.

So I'll take it the way it is, thanks.

Posted by: grimesman | March 27, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Poopy McPoop has chosen an apt screen name, he (she) doesn't know poop about coaching.

Williams did a great job of coaching this year. Too bad that Maryland, for whatever reason, cannot attract the top tier talent. Williams won the NCAA with a good group, just think what he could do with a very good or even great group. How far could he take the current Wake team?

Posted by: jimbrooks99 | March 27, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

A+++++++
One of Gary's best coching seasons ever!!! Congrats hopefully we build off of it next year.

Shows what people like STEVE YANDA, ERIC PRISBELL, and all the other fools on this blog know. Keep hating...Gary is one of the Greatest coaches ever!!

Posted by: beas13 | March 27, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

2-3 zone, not 3-2.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | March 27, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Gary had a great year, fitting for a Hall of Fame coach. Basketball people did not think this team had the talent to get to the second round of the NCAA and Gary got us there. He was great before this season, great even when WaPo cited unworthy sources questioning his coaching prowess, and great next year when the Terps should contend for the ACC title.

I would love if the NCAA actually had the onions to go after Calhoun, but MD fans know Gary does it right, year after year, and we love him for it.

GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!GARY!

Posted by: jpfterps | March 27, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

terps never should have made the tourney. they made it in on the acc's past rep and not the current state. i hope maryland keeps that sot williams forever - he is instant entertainment.

Posted by: funkey | March 27, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

With the tools Gary had this year, I say give the guy an A+!!! I can not state enough why I love Gary Williams...but the job he did this year under all of the criticism solidifies his HOF status in my books. There is NO coach I know that could have done what Gary did! The Post literally tried to severe Gary's ties to MAryland with those horrible write ups and yet and still...he gets this team to the big dance and gets them at least 2 games! the youngsters will learn and rebound from this experience. I appreciate this guy on so many levels...from a person who loves the game and from someone who has had a brief coaching stint and understands how easy it is NOT to coach anyone on that level! Way to go Gary!!!!!!

Posted by: cbmuzik | March 27, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

BrokenClipboard,

Actually, it was a 3-2 zone. Three up top and 2 in the post. 2-3 zone is two up top and three down low.

Posted by: kyureosity | March 27, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure the Terps played a 3-2 zone most of the time but packed it in pretty tight most of the time that it looked 2-3. It probably killed Williams to have to play zone, but they played it very well for a primarily man-to-man team. If Vasquez returns, they should be improved next year with or without Stephenson.

Posted by: LeftCoast4 | March 27, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

GARY GARY GARY GARY GARY GARY GARY GARY!!!

it was fun chanting that after the big win over wake in atlanta!!!

if ever there was any doubt...that should be put to bed forever...one of his best coaching years for sure...he'll never quit on his boys and that attracts the same loyalty...'nuff said!!!

say what you want about his recruiting...but you gotta respect a man that stays clean and errors on the side of caution...he wouldnt need to change much or even come close to cheating to get a better at it either...just develop more relationships with AAU coaches and recruits in general...all the while clearly staying within the lines...

no question he can coach 'em up!!!

realistic optimizm for the first time in a while heading into the next year...

now if only we could get debbie yow to fire dan snyder and vinnie cerrato!!!

Posted by: deadskin | March 27, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing how Gary did his best job of coaching this season. But this seems to be based on preseason predictions of a last-place ACC finish.

My question is, why should Maryland, a major ACC college, ever be picked to finish last in its conference. There is something very wrong with that, especially considering we are only about five years removed from a national title.

In addition, the other thing I keep hearing is how great Gary had the Terps playing at the end of the season.

Last I looked Maryland marched into last-place Virginia for the final game of the season and lost to a team that had about 4 league wins total. How is that playing great?
Just wondering.

Posted by: dovelevine | March 27, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Comments all around, first to dovelevine: One thing you have to remember about this year's squad is that we are missing two key recruits, Gilchrist and that other guy. Coaches think about where is this team going to be in the next couple of years. I'm sure that if Gary knew ahead of time that these recruits wouldn't pan out he could've found other players. Sadly, no one has a crystal ball. So you play with the cards you're dealt with. The fact that despite losing these guys thus creating a huge gap in talent for the team and still make the tourney says a lot about Gary's coaching ability.

Second, I will admit that some of the losses were disconcerting, especially when it seemed we'd be left out of another tourney. There's the ugly losses (Duke, Gonzaga, Clemson, G'Town), the heartbreakers (Wake, Miami, FSU) and the WTF losses (Morgan St., UVA). But one thing about Gary is he doesn't dwell on the losses. The mentality of this team has always been, "We took our lumps; let's get ready for the next game."

Third, in terms of how this season went, let compare ourselves to Wake Forest. Here's a team that was ranked #1 at one point in the season. They have talent to spare. Yet how did they end up? One and done in both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. If you compared Maryland and Wake side-by-side, which team exceeded expectations and which team underachieved? Who would you rather have coaching your team, Gaudio or GW?

The answers are obvious...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | March 27, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

How Bout them Huskies now? Is there any merit to the Rudy Gay as heck issue now? Geez... Calhoun and Uconn are a bunch of sleazy scum. Why the HECK else would you want to go to Connecticuit? I lived there for a month... it's depressing... Yet Rudy Gay ends up there after looking like he was a lock with MD... and Gary takes the HIGH ROAD and leaves it at that. i admire gary for that. I hope u conn rots in NCAA sanctions... I hope Gary NEVER succumbs to the recruiting scums of the world. I would rather watch my MD team give me a heart break and excitement then to end up in NCAA sanction again. And even with good players, things don't work out for coaches. it's the PLYERS that have to EXECUTE... and i don't think they did it too well at all times this year.

Do people really think if Gary leaves, whoever comes in will do better.... wow... really.... wow... who?

Go Gary. Garyland. You are MD's Messiah of College basketball... you have taken us to the promise land.... we are forever indebted to u. i am not sure if anyone else was there for the last twenty years we would have had a banner... Please Garyland, Stay and continue to lead us...

Posted by: doeshin | March 27, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

doveline,

if in our worst years, we simply miss out on the dance like we did 3 of last 4 though right on the bubble (basically 1 win shy of dancing)...i think thats pretty damn good...

granted the years were sad underachivements rather than rebuilding years...but here in what could be considered a rebuilding year we're back in the dance!!!

i think we're headed in the right direction...i think we're finally looking foward to next year and whats comming back/in vs. what we didnt get done with what is walking out the door...

think about this...after all that was said and done this year in the acc...once again maryland was right their with unc and duke as the only acc teams left in the tourney!!!

say it with me now...GARY GARY GARY GARY!!!

Posted by: deadskin | March 27, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

You wrote, "This season was not about redemption, Williams insisted. But, really, it was."
REDEMPTION for WHAT?
For taking over a program wrecked by Bob Wade - under some theory that no good deed ever goes unpunished?
For helping mold a group into a TEAM, an entity greater than the sum of all its parts?
IF Vasquez stays in school, if the new recruits even partially live up to their press clippings, Gary Williams will have a group that will be very tough by tournament time.
And if you don't think the TERPS were tough towards the end of this year, look at the tape of the second North Carolina/MARYLAND game.
GRADE: A

Posted by: lmiller328 | March 27, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This was one of Gary Williams best coaching efforts. We saw what can be done by a group of players willing to play team basketball work hard and listen to their coach. This team learned from Gary how to take advantage of their own strenths and abilities while at the same time exploit the weaknesses of their opponents. There are probably 20 or 30 teams with more talent that did not make it to the NCAA tournament. You can attribute that directly to Gary Williams and the willingness of this team to come out and work and play hard. A great great accomplishment for Gary and the Terps this year to make the tournament. We saw from this team and from Gary what college basketball and college athletics should be all about. Gary has proven himself time and time again. And he runs a clean program. Despite what a bunch of lowlife WAPO reporters and other naysayers try to lay on him he is a hall of fame coach and one of the best coaching today.

Go Terps and let's look to next year. I think we'll have a good team!!

Posted by: Jaymand | March 27, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Although he is one of the best coaches in the country his teams for the last several years have been grossly outmanned. Why is that?? He’s a great coach, strong media area with some of the greatest college facilities in the country but is seems we’re always taking a backseat to the NC’s, Dukes, Connecticut’s and so forth and so on……….. Wait till next year.

Posted by: Bean1 | March 27, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Any team picked to finish 7th or below in the preseason ACC poll and still made it to the second round of the NCAA's did a masterful job of competing. With that, Gary did an excellent job coaching the team this year.

As far as local talent. They guys we speak of that "got away" are whiners and baby's and can't handle the demands that coach puts on them. Any one of them would have quit on the team if they went through a season like this year. I like the fact that he has fighters instead of whiners on the team.

Gary is from the "old school" and doesn't bow down to possible "NBA" talent. It would take us 3 years to recover from a coaching change. Let it go, Gary is our coach. Every other ACC team has finished their season the same way the Terps did, getting drubbed by someone else. UNC will eventually get theirs too.

Posted by: djbchill | March 27, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

All,

It has been established in previous posts by Brianxp and myself that the troll formerly known as Poopy McPoop now be referred to as Poopy Mc-No-Life.

Please update your records to show this change. Thanks.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 27, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

ecglotfelty

thanks for the perspective! no, really. This is one the maddening things about being a Terps fan. One thing we never expect to do is lose ugly. I have no issues with the heartbreakers, cos thems the breaks. I've always had issues with the ugly and WTF losses, and I've always had the sense that Gary has too.

We seem to all agree that Gary over-achieved with the hand he was dealt. The disagreement seems to be about how much of the cards Gary deals himself. It is well established that recruiting isn't an exact science and that projecting a 17 year old is only a tad easier than projecting 7 specific stock positions. Graduating from school (or coming close to it) falls ultimately on the player and the athletic department, but Gary can create the kind of culture in the "locker-room" that makes academic progress important to the players.

By the way, how come there was no mention whatsoever of the fact that Curtis Malone, controversial AAU persona, is married to the widow of Derek Smith, and therefore step-father to Nolan Smith. Nolan Smith now plays at an overhyped school that I refuse to name. I understand that the presence of a former teammate of the student-athlete's late father on the staff, was (or could have been) an important factor. At least a red flag? Or am I too partisan here?

Posted by: mabkhar | March 27, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Apologists reign! Gary is great! Look what he got out of the team HE put together!

All of you Koolaid Hall of Mediocrity Bliss members should go root for UMBC.

We need Kentucky fans. We need UNC fans. We need Duke, Kansas, UConn, Memphis St., Louisville, MSU, UCLA, Gonzaga and Arizona fans. THEY EXPECT MORE FROM THEIR PROGRAMS THAN DO YOU BLOWHARDS!!!

OK, the season is over. Now let's watch as the recruiting fruits spoil on the vine.

Maybe we can "over-achieve" next year too...

Posted by: petecard | March 27, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

anyone seen this???

http://www.len-bias.com/

Posted by: deadskin | March 27, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"We need Kentucky fans." petecard, you found the absolute best words to undermine your own argument.

That line explains exactly why so-called Terp fans such as yourself are nothing but trouble. You've got the same mentality as the UK fans that ran a class act and quality coach like Tubby Smith out of dodge. Two years later - whoops! Looks like Tubby wasn't so bad after all!

Posted by: BrooklynDave | March 27, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

'A' for coaching a group of overachievers, but an 'F' for recruiting a group of guys who simply are not talented enough for this university.

I've been saying it's time for Gary to go for a couple years now. I did see some fight in him this year that makes me think he might be able to bring the program back, though. Let's see what happens next year.

Posted by: srcog | March 27, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

A+
To any of you who have said the phrase "Fire Gary" within the past year: Please report to the closest town square for your public flogging.

Posted by: aviscardo | March 28, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Gary should get a big fat 'F.' Not only can he not recruit but he can't even get his kids to show up for the NCAA's (when they snuck in as one of the last bubble teams) when they got destroyed by Memphis, a team that is now out of the tourney.

So sad.

C'mon GW, hang 'em up and spend your days at The Green Turtle, EJ's Landing, Bentley's, Cornerstone, Santa Fe, Town Hall or any other crummy bar along Route 1.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 27, 2009 1:38 PM

Poopy Mc-No-Life, you are not funny, you are not clever. no one on here wants you here, go troll some other blog you geek.

Posted by: brianxp | March 28, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

petecard:
Kentucky fans? Kentucky fans? Are you serious? The same fans that drove a national championship winning coach out, only to watch him take another school to the tournament while they can't get past the second round of the bloody NIT? The same fans who thought they could do better with Gillespie and now have to pay through the nose to buy out his contract? The same school that both Donavan and Calipari said NO WAY to? This is what happens when you have fans who "demand more" from their team. Lexington has more crybabies than all the maternity wards in Tokyo. Good luck finding an A-list coach who wants a kamikaze mission.

UCon fans? UCon fans? Maybe you weren't around when MD was given the death penalty for crimes under Bob Wade's watch. Gary was being punished for something he never did. If the NCAA doesn't give Calhoun any more than a "shame on you" reaction, than the NCAA is just as crooked as they are. Why anyone would root for an obviously shameless program as UCon needs a check up from the neck up. (BTW that was not a typo on UCon)

Face it, petecard. What you're describing is by definition a fair-weather fan. They feel like the final four should be their birthrite . In case you haven't been following, only three of the teams you mentioned are still playing. So much for expectations!

So if the Terps do better next year, which we all expect they will, good luck climbing back on the bandwagon. Most of us never left it and never will. And yes, we'll all be wearing those red Kool-Aid moustaches on our faces.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | March 28, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

You have to excuse Petecard's comments. He is mentally handicapped. I have verified this (I'm not kidding). He doesn't know any better.

Posted by: brianxp | March 28, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Kentucky fans got rid of a coach they knew wouldn't deliver an elite program (Tubby), who got his championship courtesy of Pitino. Tubby will do a fine job getting Minn. to the tournament fairly often. Avery low threshold of success. Mediocre.

They also didn't mess around with Gillespie. Bad hire. Eat the problem. Move on.

They expect an elite program. Most of you morons just don't care.

Kansas is a better example. With Self they will be there year after year.

We have Gary...yea!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: petecard | March 28, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Petecard is the schitzophrenic cat who goes back and forth between wanting Gary fired and praising Gary for a great coaching job. The bottom line is that Petecard has severe mental issues. Anyone who pays any attention to this blog knows this. Petecard, I really hope you do get professional help one day.

Posted by: brianxp | March 28, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

It's weird how conference loyalties come about. I can understand rooting for a team, but a whole conference? Baffles me. I'm in Washington, what does Florida State or Louisville have to do with me?

Still, I recall somebody on a Post blog scolding me -- excoriating me, really -- for suggesting a few months back that the Big East was stronger than the ACC this year. He insisted it wasn't possible and was an artifact of the Big East having a bunch of weak clubs at the bottom, that inflated everybody's else's record.

Where's that guy now, I wonder? He even provided a completely incomprehensible explanation involving a horde of midget boxers.

Really. I am not making this up.

So outside of UNC, the ACC is kerplunkt. Do I care? Not really.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 29, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

brianxp, you seem to be quite the shrink.

I have never suggested that Gary be fired. I want him to do a much better recruiting job. If he doesn't, I don't want his contract to be extended.

I have complimented his game coaching many times. His is a very good game coach.

brian, "buddy," you probably attack most people you don't agree with. You certainly don't read others' opinions very carefully and you are guilty of mis-representing other's views.

Maybe you need help.

Posted by: petecard | March 29, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Petecard, you HAVE gone back and forth repeatedly between attacking Gary and saying you want him gone and then praising him. Stop being dishonest you fruitcake.

Posted by: brianxp | March 29, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Great job Gary. Memphis was unbeatable that night. Too bad we had to catch them on a night when all they did was drop 3's all night like they have never done this season. I am not saying we beat them 9 out of 10 times, but maybe 4 out of 10. Real good season.

Posted by: lavar609 | March 30, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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