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Yow to nominate Gary Williams for the Basketball Hall of Fame

Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow announced Thursday night at a Friends Of Gary dinner banquet that she plans to nominate men's basketball coach Gary Williams for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, according to multiple people who were in attendance at the event.

Yow confirmed in an email Friday that she is in the process of nominating Williams for Hall of Fame induction. Yow wrote that the first step in the nomination process includes "filling out a very extensive profile of achievements." The profile is due in October, though Yow said she would submit it before then.

Williams just completed his 21st season at the helm of his alma mater. During that time he has compiled an extensive resume that includes 442 wins, two Final Four berths, the 2002 National Championship, 14 NCAA tournament appearances and a .650 winning percentage. Williams, the fifth active winningest coach in college basketball, has been named ACC coach of the year twice -- in 2002 and 2010.

Williams also led programs at Ohio State, Boston College and American University prior to returning to Maryland. His coaching career has spanned 32 seasons, during which he has ammassed 649 wins and 17 NCAA tournament appearances.

By Steve Yanda  |  April 30, 2010; 2:27 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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How does the process work for the HOF? Who are the voters? What kind of hurdles would need to be passed to get him in the HOF, beyond nomination?

Surprised it has taken this long for Yow to nominate him - I thought the iron would have been struck shortly after the NC. I suspect we'll get some negative comments from a few posters; however I suspect he'll end up in the HOF at some point regardless.

Disagree with restonhoops earlier post on programs that have surpassed MD but will leave the others to pick it apart.

Anyone know when and where Goins had lunch today and what he ate?

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | April 30, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

HOF process, condensed from

- An active coach must have coached as either a fulltime assistant or head coach on the high school, college, and/or professional level for a minimum of 25 years.

- A nomination form and news clippings, magazine articles or other informative, factual data about the candidate must be submitted to the BHOF by October 31.

- A 9-member Screening Committee reviews and recommends candidates to the Honors Committee.

- To advance to the Honors Committee, the candidate needs at least 7 votes from the Screening Committee. The Screening Committee may recommend up to 10 finalists.

- If a candidate does not receive a single vote for 3 consecutive years, his candidacy is suspended from consideration for 5 years.

- Before review by the Honors Committee, the BHOF Board of Trustees can disqualify a candidate if it’s determined he has damaged the integrity of the game of basketball.

- There are 24 people on the Honors Committee. A candidate needs a minimum of 18 votes from the Honors Committee to be enshrined into the BHOF.

- The Honors Committee includes Hall of Famers, basketball executives, media members and other contributors to the game. There is a 12-person core group and 12 specialists who have an intimate understanding of the specific category of play considered by the committee.

- If the Honors Committee has not elected a candidate for 5 consecutive years, his candidacy is suspended from consideration for 5 years.

Posted by: MrScrotums | April 30, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I should mention that in the post above I included only the info that pertains to the process for an active men's coach.

Posted by: MrScrotums | April 30, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

If GW has been coaching for 32 years, he could have been nominated 6 years ago (October of his 26th year). Being the conference co-champion and ACC COTY last season will build on his credentials though, not to mention beating the eventual national champions in games the last two seasons.

Posted by: MrScrotums | April 30, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Yow, and further proof that their relationship is not nearly as poor as many in the local press mistakenly believe it to be.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 1, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe Yow is simply succumbing to pressure to nominate Gary. If the relationship was so peachy, why not nominate him 6 years ago?

Yow sucks. Tell her to beat it.

Posted by: jpfterps | May 3, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I don't recall MD fans making any noise about Gary needing to be inducted to the HOF 6 years ago. And as for her succumbing to such noise/pressure now, well that's pretty absurd too. There is no pressure on her to do this, and there never has been. Personally, I think it would have been a bit tacky to have nominated him in the immediate aftermath of the national championship. Furthermore, the nomination could have come from anyone--it didn't need to be Yow.

The truth is, now is a very appropriate time after a strong year and winning the ACC title and ACC Coach of the Year award (and just a year after many short-sighted Terps fans wanted him gone). He's also achieved some major milestones in the last 6 years that have strengthened his resume, including win number 500 and 600, surpassing Lefty as the all time winningest MD coach, and winning the ACC tourney and regular season titles.

Yow is far from perfect, but succumbing to mythical pressure is not one of her faults. I think a lot of MD fans wouldn't have such animosity towards her if the local media didn't try so hard to create the impression that Yow and Gary despise each, when in fact their working relationship is perfectly fine.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I nominate Yow for dismissal.

Posted by: epdaly | May 3, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

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