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Reactions from your 2009-10 ACC Player and Coach of the Year

Greivis Vasquez knew this could be a big day for him, and he also knew that big days typically are accompanied by distractions. In the early part of last week, his cell phone was flooded with calls and text messages from people wanting to know if his jersey was going to be retired at Wednesday's game against Duke on senior night. He said then that he just wanted to try to focus on the game as much as possible.

So this morning, he turned off his cell phone -- even though he knew the ACC player of the year was going to be announced around midday -- and headed over to Hollywood Elementary School off of Route 1 in College Park. He visited with a classroom of star-struck children, took photographs, signed autographs and tried not to think about the honor that might soon be bestowed upon him.

"I started talking to one kid in Spanish and that just made my whole day even better," Vasquez said.

When he left the school and turned his phone back on, he said he received "at least 40 text messages" from people congratulating him on becoming the fifth different player in Maryland history to be named ACC player of the year.

"I was just thinking about it, you know, it’s nice to have that, but my thing about life is just, I want to be different, you know?" Vasquez said. "I want to be somebody that can help other people and just be a better person every day. I think Maryland really taught me the right things to do, not only as a player, but as a person. So being ACC player of the year, like I said, it’s nice. It’s a cool thing. But I just want to do better things in life. I want to be able to win championships and make people happy by doing that."

He headed back to campus and made a point of avoiding Maryland Coach Gary Williams. By then, he had heard that Williams had been named ACC coach of the year, and he knew what would happen if they saw each other, given the bond that they share.

"I’m a little concerned about that because if we talk face to face I guess we’re going to really cry in front of each other," Vasquez said. "We’re both so emotional and stuff. I’d rather see him in practice fired up and yelling to everybody. I just love him, man. I love him. I’m so happy for him. More than I’m happy for me, I’m happy for him, because this man works so hard. So hard."

Vasquez spoke with reporters about 45 minutes before the start of the team's 4 p.m. practice, but he said he already could predict his coach's demeanor.

"I know I’m going to see him in practice right now, and I can picture him just being like he didn’t win anything," Vasquez said. "I want to be like him. I want to be like him. And I’m going to go to practice like I didn’t win anything, so I want to get better too."

After Vasquez left the room, Williams entered and spoke to reporters about earning ACC coach of the year honors for the first time since 2002, the year the Terrapins won the national championship.

Williams joked that, unlike Vasquez, he had been waiting by the phone in his office all morning, hoping he would get the phone call telling him he'd won.

On a more serious note, Williams spoke about how the conference coach of the year honor is a reflection of the players on his team, as well as the assistants on his staff.

"I can be the best basketball coach in the history of mankind, but if I didn’t have good enough players, it wouldn’t matter," Williams said. "So coach of the year always means that you have good players."

And he said he actually had spent the morning in his office watching game film on the Terrapins, looking for ways to improve the team offensively and defensively before their next game -- Friday at 7 p.m. in the ACC tournament quarterfinals.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 9, 2010; 4:24 PM ET
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Comments

A gag order on Beavis Vasquez is long, long overdue. I love his play (when he is under control) but the crap he does after he makes a shot makes me embarrassed to be a MD fan.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 13, 2009 1:41 PM

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 9, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

A gag order on Beavis Vasquez is long, long overdue. I love his play (when he is under control) but the crap he does after he makes a shot makes me embarrassed to be a MD fan.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 13, 2009 1:41 PM

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 9, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Have we moved to the new topic?
btw Poopy, don't let any of the bashing get to you if you can today. I know you're celebrating with the rest of us. On a side note, looks like the Os finally have some decent pitching and batters throughout the lineup except for at SS. Watching the spring training games and they look good - not Yankees/Bosox good, but competitive at least.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 9, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Love GV's quote about not wanting to cry with GW. Hallmark movie sorts of emotions.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 9, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Hugh, I dunno, I think Atkins is gonna be a huge disappointment at 1st base, especially for the money he's being paid. I hope I'm wrong though.

Hugh, did you happen to catch the O's/Sox game Sunday on the MLB network? Was nice seeing them playing baseball.

It's neat because the O's new spring training home in Sarasota are the same fields I would play baseball on during my winter breaks from school as a kid.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 9, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Barno go "f" yourself? FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | March 9, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I only saw a part of it. Saving my sports watching time for this weekend and the ACC tourney. I've been listening to the games on the radio as I work - though I have not worked much today thanks to the TI! My kid is still mad that they traded Aubrey Huff so Atkins is persona non grata in our house. My take is that at least they are opening up the purse strings a bit for positions of need. We have the deal from Chik-fil-a where we get 10 games cheap as hell so we'll be going more than a few times this year. btw - it was yagermeister (sp?) that was raised in a toast to you. Did you live in that massive apartment bldg. across from Town Hall Liquors (and behind another liquor store)? we had nothing like that when I was in school. Most apartment dwellers lived in Spring Hill Lake behind Beltway Plaza. The funny thing is, I lived in Leonardtown; jpf mentioned that l-town is where the Sigma chis would go to use the bathroom. I guess they didn't have little sisters to clean them in their house.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 9, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Hugh, I dunno about the "opening the purse strings." Angelos has said that with MASN the O's could have a payroll around $100-110 milion yet they're payroll now is way lower than it was 10 years ago. And if they really wanted to open up the purse strings they should've done it for Teixiera last year, instead of giving him the worst contract he was offered.

And yes, I did live in Berkley Apts. (it's called something else now) that's behind Town Hall, the firehouse, College Park Liquors, etc.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 9, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Barno go "f" yourself? FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | March 9, 2010 5:31 PM

Now that's funny.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 9, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Poopy,

I meant to say "a little bit" or more like a "teensy weensy bit" with respect to Angelos and the purse strings; I do think Tejada was an excellent add. More excited about the youth movement in Baltimore. As a long time fan, I like to see the homegrown guys develop into major leaguers...I still see harold Baines as a mercenary hired gun. The Nats Dowry and MASN guarnatee him rich cash flows. Will be thankful when he is forced to field a competitive team again. I think he would feel more pressure to if the Nats weren't so god-awful. I think that the idea that folks who grew up with the Os would abandon them for the Nats has been disproven. I don't think its because the Nats suck themselves, I think its because we rooted for Cal and Eddie and others and we don't abandon our team for another. Again, lower standard for success for the Os than the other teams I follow - .500+ would be a marked improvement given the situation and ownership.

How do you think the terps end out the season?

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 9, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I think that the idea that folks who grew up with the Os would abandon them for the Nats has been disproven. I don't think its because the Nats suck themselves, I think its because we rooted for Cal and Eddie and others and we don't abandon our team for another.

Hugh this comment is why I despise the Nats and their fans, because those fans expect O's fans who did just that, who grew up with Eddie and Cal, to abandon the O's because the Natinals are new in town.

Also, the real test for Angelos will come when it's time to resign Jones, Wieters, Matusz, Tillman, Reimold, to long-term deal.s

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 9, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I think the Terps round out the season by playing Duke in the ACC Tourney Championship (who knows who'll win that) and should advance to at least the sweet-16 (and maybe farther depending on their bracket).

It's nice they're hitting their peak-play at the end of the season and I could see them going on a run to get in the Final 4.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 9, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

i just have to say that Joe lunardi is the biggest idiot in the world i know it doenst mean anything but still...his "bracketology" is a joke granted yes it doesnt matter but when its on sportscenter everyday you get tired of it.....i just dont see how the terps cause go last week at a 5 seed and then beating duke and uva then falling to a 6 seed and playing on the west coast.....

Posted by: skinsst21 | March 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was funny. It's from the Hokies Journal on WaPo:

"But while Vasquez's selection doesn't come as a surprise, Delaney said he wouldn't have picked the Terrapins guard to receive the award. Delaney would have picked himself.

Asked on Monday who he would have voted for, Delaney answered directly: "Me."

"I just feel like from Day 1 of the season," Delaney continued, "the effort I put in and even since I've been hurt and being the team that was predict so low and what we did and everything with winning and on a personal level, what I’ve done in the ACC – I think I deserve it. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t beat myself up over it if I didn’t get it or anything. It’s just something I'm going to strive to next year."

This guy sure likes to use the word 'I' doesn't he?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 9, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm even more glad that GV won it after reading Delaney's comments. Gonna have to visit the Hokies journal myself.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 9, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Ok I restrained myself from posting a comment on he Hokies board. Glad to see that you posted Poopy. The kid can play, no doubt....but he did miss those FTs in a must win game against a quality opponent - and GV hit his.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 9, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Poop,

At least Delaney didn't refer to himself in the third person. Or is that reserved for NBA-sized egos?

BTW, did you ever make it to Vegas to bet on the Terps against Duke? Making money from MD winning and Duke losing? That's better than porn.

Posted by: larry31 | March 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Larry, nah never even tried. Vegas is a good 3 hour drive from here and if I'm going to Vegas it's not just gonna be to place a single bet. It'll be for, at a minimum, 3 days of gambling and debauchery.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 9, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Great job Williams and Vasquez!
And my reaction is "wow your story from last year is looking better and better!"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/12/AR2009021202299_5.html?sid=ST2009021102913

Posted by: terpfan2011 | March 9, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Malcolm Delaney: "There is no 'I' in team, but there is an 'm' and an 'e'."

(Not an actual quote, but it should be!)

Posted by: SmittyATL | March 9, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

These are speed holes, they make the car go faster.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 10, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

i just have to say that Joe lunardi is the biggest idiot in the world i know it doenst mean anything but still...his "bracketology" is a joke granted yes it doesnt matter but when its on sportscenter everyday you get tired of it.....i just dont see how the terps cause go last week at a 5 seed and then beating duke and uva then falling to a 6 seed and playing on the west coast.....

Posted by: skinsst21 | March 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

While your post was hard to follow, I agree with your point. There is no chance in hell that the Terps fall to a 6 seed, even if we lose to GT. I think we're a 5 or 4 right now....a win over GT would solidify us a 4, a win over FSU would potentially move us to a 3, while an ACC tourney win would give us a definite 3 and a potential 2.

What do others think?

Posted by: H1Dynasty | March 10, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

I think our seeding could range from 3-5. I think a 2 or 6 would be highly unlikely even if we won the ACC or got blown out by GT in our first game. So, in short, for the most part, I agree with you H1D.

Of course given the questionable decisions the Selection Committee has made in the past, I am prepared for anything (can you imagine a 7 seed?)

Posted by: fushezzi | March 10, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

On another note I am PRAYING for us to win the ACC tourny and get a 3 seed (what I see as our ceiling). I think a few of the possible #2 seeds are suspect (Ohio St, Kansas St, New Mexico, Purdue) and would prefer to draw one of them instead of being a 4 or 5 seed, having to play a 4 or 5 seed in the second round and then having to play a 1 seed.

For an example, check out the latest bracket on cnnsi.com
(http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/andy_glockner/03/10/bracket.watch.wednesday/index.html?eref=sihp)

I'd much rather play Oakland and Richmond followed by (likely) Ohio State than have to play Illinois and Baylor (or a team like Gtown) and then have to play Syracuse.

I know, I'm getting ahead of myself, but that's what this time of season is for.

Posted by: fushezzi | March 10, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Fushezzi -

Agree completely with the value of the 3 seed over the 4. Additionally, location is a huge issue - will the Terps be sent to Boise? Not getting ahead of yourself - we are all hoping to see them seeded as favorably as possible. Either way, I just don't want to see them upset in the early rounds. And yes, I want to see them win the ACC tourney on the way there. That is what this week of the season is for.

Go Terps.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 10, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/09/AR2010030902830.html

Ok, I remember when Reagan was in office and the WaPo always published pictures of him looking sleepy, confused or irritated. Same with both GHWBush and GW Bush. I sense that GW gets the same treatment as a Republican president - look at how bug-eyed he is in the photo. Of all the photos of GW with GV, they pick that one? Man, I thought the article series last year was a bit unfair, and members of this board (Barno especially) helped fill in the gaps of what was going on with recruiting (Gus Gilchrist for example). But conspiracy theory aside, one would have thought that a better photo would be included on a day where two of the local faves were honored.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 10, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Am I missing something? Garo didn't attend Maryland? Is this another aspect of his "humor" that I just don't get?

As for the seedings, I think a 2 is possible, but the difference in a 2 or a 3 doesn't mean much. But here is something that might: I think a 6 seed is better than a 4/5. When I look at the probable 1 seeds, I would rather play a 2 or 3 in the first round of the Sweet 16. I know we shouldn't worry about this stuff... the idea is to beat whoever we play, but I would like that draw better.

As far as match-ups go, both Kansas and Kentucky concern me the most.

Posted by: petecard | March 10, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Good points, all. Especially the point about being a 4 or 5 vs a 3 or 6. I may now actually root for us to be a 6, as the matchup could be better in later rounds, and will help Gary motivate.

Posted by: H1Dynasty | March 10, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Barno definitely attended and graduated (I believe) from Maryland.

Posted by: fushezzi | March 10, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

"Yes, last year was a great, great, great year. We made the tournament and won ONE game. Oh, but no Sweet 16. But a year for the ages.

Now this year has been fun and we have beaten every team at the bottom of the league. Who have we lost to: Duke, WF, Clemson. We have beaten FSU twice, and they are the only wins we have against teams that have a chance to make the tournament.

And all of this has Garo and his Koolaid drinkers ready to take over the f*ing world, declare GV the player of the year nationally and the number 1 pick in the NBA draft. You guys just don't get it. And what's funny, you can't tolerate criticism from those of us who want mor ehtan mediocrity.

In Garo's Jamestown the koolaid is so sweet. But if you don't drink it, those that do will never let you be a fan and say what you think.... that is without attack after attack because you don't chant their chants.

Oh, Lord Gary, please save us and help us get to the dance...just to the dance... that's all we want. And even if we don't get there, or don't win a game, it doesn't matter... because we have you lord Gary!"

Posted by: petecard | February 17, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | March 9, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Garo's repost of my comment from 2/17 is classic. He ignores the main message of my post: That Koolaid drinkers like Garo just can't stand criticism and they are ready to declare victory before the key battles are waged.

It's sooooo boring.

It's also a little sick, because Garo ignores the many posts praising the team and the coach and hoping for wins.

I will say it again, but don't expect Garo to repost this:

This has been a wonderful season to be a Terp fan. We had a pretty difficult (rotten?) start but kept getting better and we are now certainly on a roll. COY, POY, a 4/5 seed in most projections. We beat all the tough teams in the ACC except WF ( and maybe we will get another shot). Co-champs for the ACC regular season.

It's all good.

After 6 years of gloom in the NCAA Tournament we have a chance this year to at least reach the Sweet 16 and maybe we can go deep.

Some of us have put aside our longer term goals for the program to be "Elite" again. It's not the time to be asking questions about next year and raising what-ifs. It's time to be Terp Fans.

That doesn't mean we are drinking the Koolaid.

Garo, my overall impression of your behavior on the blog yesterday is that it was disgraceful. But I don't expect that you will understand that.

Posted by: petecard | March 10, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: petecard | March 10, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Petecard, well you may have found it disgraceful, that's fine. But judging by the comments on here many others enjoyed seeing you and the dozens of other anti-Gary fans eat their words.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 10, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse


A gag order on Beavis Vasquez is long, long overdue. I love his play (when he is under control) but the crap he does after he makes a shot makes me embarrassed to be a MD fan.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 13, 2009 1:41 PM

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 9, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

As for Poopy continuing to repost this comment as if he thinks he's found some kind of contradiction, it really is amazing how stupid Poopy is. I stand by every word of the above comment. I still LOVE Greivis's play, I still think he shouldn't taunt opposing teams and if so Gary shouldn't make him available to the media, and I still think the shimmies are embarrassing.

The fact that Poopy thinks this is in some way the same as saying you hoped Vasquez would go pro early just shows how far this clown has to reach to try to find some semblance of a point. And yet he still comes up short.

Keep trying tho Poopy. Let us know when you find a comment from me on record saying I wanted Vasquez or Gary gone.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 10, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Folks, please keep this in mind:

"Entries that are unsigned or contain 'signatures' by someone other than the actual author will be removed."

I've had to remove a comment that didn't abide by this rule already today.

Posted by: Matt Bonesteel | March 10, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Only in Terps Insider-land can the award for Coach of the Year and Player of the Year generate so much controversy.

Not sure if anyone agrees, but I am happier for Gary than I am for GV, while extremely proud of both. GV never suffered the relentless attacks Gary did, the capper being the three part slam story Yanda & Prisbell wrote. GV had his detractors, sure, but Gary deserves better than he has gotten at UMD the last 3 years.

I guess the #3, #6 argument holds water, I would much rather play a wounded Purdue than 'Cuse or Kentucky. Gary has a way of beating the best teams though.

If Terps get to the final Sunday I might drive down to Greensboro, especially if they are playing Dook

Posted by: jpfterps | March 10, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to the Post for taking down Blinders1's phony comments which he attributed to me. I obviously attended and graduated from MD.

Perhaps Blinders1 felt the need to make up fake comments from me to try to deflect attention from his comments below about Greivis which I re-posted earlier
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I hope Vasquez stays in the draft.

Posted by: blinders1 | June 15, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Barno1 | March 10, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I hope Vasquez stays in the draft, he is a shoot first pg/sg hybrid who dominates the ball. While I like his competitiveness, his presence and the way he runs the offense inhibits the growth of the rest of the team. With Vasquez, we live and die by his hand, and history has shown that with him, the Terps limit is the round of 32.

In addition, Gary has demonstrated little ability to develop him, and really does not have adequate control of this player. Leaving Maryland is for the best.

Posted by: blinders1 | June 15, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Here is blinders1 full comment in full context. He was simply looking out for MD here...you see

Posted by: Barno1 | March 10, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

blinders1, That is pretty deplorable that would make up comments and pretend barno1 wrote them. If you don't like something he said, why don't you try arguing your point with him instead of using lame forgeries?

Congrats to Gary and Vasquez (pronounced Vas-kez, not Vas-kwez people). Gary is the man!

Posted by: Terps4life1 | March 10, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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