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Williams Contract Extended Through 2013

Maryland men's basketball Coach Gary Williams, who will enter his 21st season with the Terrapins, earned a one-year extension on his existing contract, the school's athletic department announced in a release this afternoon. The extension pushes the length of Williams's contract to June 30, 2013.

Williams, 64, earned the extension by reaching benchmarks in his contract for his team's success on the court and in the classroom. The Terrapins went 21-14 last season and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ranked as the sixth active winningest coach, Williams has compiled a 625-357 record over 31 seasons. He has tallied a 418-229 mark while at College Park. The Terrapins won a national championship under Williams in 2002.

By Steve Yanda  |  September 21, 2009; 3:42 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

2 words: Old. News.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 21, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

2 more words: Thank. God.

Posted by: fushezzi | September 21, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

2 more words: Final. Four.

Posted by: jrraley | September 21, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The amount of buyout on both sides always seems to determine the strength of the contract extensions. If the buyouts are small enough, contracts can be extended all Yow wants without sacrificing flexibility. Hopefully for Gary, the buyouts are sizable!

Posted by: EdDC | September 21, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Aren't they supposed to announce the heir apparent along with this?

I think Yow knows they need change to avoid mediocre programs, but is just trapped by their alliances and resulting power the footbal and basketball coaches have formed are strong.

Posted by: whomp1 | September 21, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Great news for Terp fans! Helps recruiting, helps tickets, helps the prospects of NCAA tourneys to come. Gary's one of those coaches you don't miss till he's gone. So glad he'll likely finish his coaching career as a Terp.

Posted by: bfjam | September 21, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

whomp1, don't confuse basketball with football. Both coaches have brought success to Maryland; the HUGE difference is that Gary is still bringing it, while Ralph has apparently run out of air. Gary delivered consistently for more than a decade before going all the way. Sure, the recruiting tailed off and we hit a stretch of mediocrity; but Gary has shown he can still win with average talent, and he can quickly fix his problem with a couple of strong recruits (and this year's class looks like a big step in the right direction).

This may be old news, but it is still GREAT news for Terps fans!

Posted by: SmittyATL | September 21, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Great news, Gary deserves to stay as long as he wants

Posted by: jpfterps | September 21, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Good for Gary and Good for the University of Maryland - a win win all around. I think Gary goes after Coach K leaves. I bet he wants ONE season in the ACC with out coach K.

Posted by: Stevida | September 21, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

No sniff from Michael Beasley; Ty Lawson; Carmello; Sam Young; Kevin Durant; Nolan Smith; Austin Freeman et al......

This Failure was a recruiting FELONY. GUILTY !

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | September 21, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

No sniff from Michael Beasley; Ty Lawson; Carmello; Sam Young; Kevin Durant; Nolan Smith; Austin Freeman et al......

This Failure was a recruiting FELONY. GUILTY !

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | September 21, 2009 8:20 PM

No offense (seriously) but you are an idiot.

Posted by: MDfan2000 | September 21, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Here's a coach with tons of integrity who runs a clean program and won the National Championship - would have been two without the Duke referees.

Posted by: nativedc | September 21, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Let's give james franklin another one million dollar guarantee to be Gary's coach in the waiting.

"He's got NBA offers"

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | September 21, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Ask the fans of the competition - Duke, carolina, Wake, NC State et al what they think of Gary. Most of them root for MD when they are not playing MD because they love him (kind of like how the entire conference loved Valvano). Sure they joke about the puddles he leaves on the floors of their gyms and such, but they always think that the ACC as a whole would suffer if Gary were to leave to another conference. Now maybe they think that he really can't recruit which leaves the higher tier recruits easier for them to recruit and they like him for that. BUt in reality, no matter how good a team is and no matter how highly they are ranked, they accept that there is a significant likelihood of losing to MD no matter how crappy they are that year. Duke fans love MD because we beatr Carolina and vice versa.

btw - for all of the alleged recruiting failures, I must mention one thing - a NC in 2002. No all-americans on the winning team. A classic recruiting failure - for Kansas, Duke, Connecticut, Kentucky and Wisconsin - all of whom had multiple McDonalds All americans on their teams.

Posted by: HughGRection | September 22, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Two words: Mediocrity Now!

Posted by: petecard | September 22, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Two words: Mediocrity Now!

Posted by: petecard | September 22, 2009 9:53 AM

_________________

Three words: Get A Job!

Posted by: spret07 | September 22, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Keep up the Recruiting offensive!

Posted by: cjterps98 | September 22, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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