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Why Gary Williams will like Kevin Anderson

First off, new AD Kevin Anderson, who could start as early as Oct. 1, may get the Navy-Maryland football rivalry going, but we'll see ...

As for Gary Williams, I think Gary and Kevin Anderson share the same views on some issues. Anderson has also served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Issues Committee, and believes in several of the same issues near and dear to Williams’ heart.

Anderson said he would like college coaches to have more access with prospects because, under current rules, he believes it is difficult to forge a strong enough relationships to best decide whether the prospect is the right fit for the school. Coaches, including Williams, have long lamented strict recruiting guidelines that allow outside influences to have more access to recruits than college coaches.

Anderson also believes the NBA and NBA players’ association should work with the NCAA to alter the age restriction, which requires players to go to college for one year before they can enter the draft. Many coaches, including Williams, have said that, under the current rule, some players use college as a mere pit-stop and eschew academic responsibilities.

So the two will have some common ground.

Some fans feeling better about the hire after today's press conference?

Kevin Anderson is blunt and demanding, but he says he is fair.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 7, 2010; 5:18 PM ET
Categories:  Football , Men's basketball  
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Sharing those particular views doesn't mean much. Here are the ones I would like them to share: We need to be better in basketball. We need to be an elite program. We need to do a much better job of recruiting more talented players. We should NOT be using excuses for not being on par with Kansas, Michigan State, UNC, Kentucky, Conn, and about 10-20 other schools that have much better records than Maryland in the last 7 years.

Posted by: petecard | September 8, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Agreed! The Washington-Baltimore metropolitan statistical area is a hotbed of high-school basketball; every college of note aggressively recruits players from this area, yet Maryland seems content focusing its attention on recruits in suburban Pennsylvania, New Jersey, etc. I thought the addition of Keith Booth would give us a greater footprint in Baltimore, but that has yet to materialize. With the facilities Maryland has, players from this area should have Maryland as a first choice for where they want to play.

Posted by: JBTerp | September 8, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

There needs to be a local/regional pride developed in the DC/Baltimore region. I understand the kids in some respects. Many of them just want to get away from DC. i honestly needed to leave this place myself. however, the MD campus experience can be a different world yet only 15-45 minutes away from home. I just wonder how MD can't sell its campus. I know kids that left her to go to Penn State. There's nothing in State College, PA.

one way to foster regional pride is to establish some DC-Baltimore challenges at UMD-College Park. It my view it's Gary's fault. you got to introduce the kids to the school early. in my day going to Left's basketball camp was a big deal. though i paid, there were 12-13-14 year olds there on Lefty's radar. I don't even know if Gary has a camp.

To me, MD is not as much about playing the AAU game as it is selling the university.

Posted by: oknow1 | September 8, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Recruiting is problem right now for football and basketball. But some seem content to let it remain the way it is. Sadly, that will not help the programs evolve.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 8, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The importance of local recruiting is over rated as it has become a national process. Coaches see kids from all over the country at 8-10 major AAU tournaments. Top 25 rosters mostly show a East, Midwest or West leaning, but never reflect a 60-80 mile radius. The "local" argument is flawed and hasn't been a barometer of recruiting success for at least a decade and a half.

Posted by: Hoops44 | September 8, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I think hoops44 makes a point. In football, many of the top 100 players are from Florida, Texas, California, Ohio and some other southern states. Where are the best players being recruited from? Certainly not DC and Baltimore. Recruiting strategy should be national, not regional.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 8, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I should clarify that strategy should be national, not limited or centered upon regional recruiting.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 8, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again, demanding annual top-ten teams. Those who wish to make expensive demands need to cough up BIG BUCKS to underwrite the effort required. It takes much more than a great coach to make a perennial big winner. And a corrupt academic administration and state legislature is a big help, too.

Posted by: AncientTerp | September 8, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Pretty clear that AncientTerp drinks the Koolaid of mediocrity. Obviously all the schools that compete for national championships in football and basketball cheat! Give me a break.

Posted by: petecard | September 8, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

So Petecard, I agree the Terps had no place being on the court with MSU, Duke or UNC last year. You want to talk about big picture lets talk the last 20 years. Would you rate MD any lower than third in the ACC over that time in BB. Sidney Lowe gets great talent, maybe MD should hire him or maybe JTIII. I like rooting for a coach not a salesman. You can have a John Wall for one year I will take a Vasquez for four. Are you a Yankee fan?

Posted by: musicturtle | September 9, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

John Feinstein had a great comment on the radio yesterday. Gary will get along fine with his new AD because his name isn't "Debbie Yow"!

Posted by: DCFanCouncil | September 9, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Sorry all of you FOGs, but GW is a great coach and a lousy recruiter. It's a huge part of his job that he doesn't do well. No Sweet 16s in 7 years... that's a problem.

Don't even get me started about football.

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

AncientTerp - USC may fit the bill for your description. Are you saying you don't want a top 10 program? I bet you have no ambition in your life.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 9, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Again, Petecard, how many NC has the best recruiter ever, aka John Calipari, won? ZERO! Gary is still ahead of him. Name me a replacement. Who do you want to coach MD BB?

Posted by: musicturtle | September 10, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Okay big timers, you demand perennial top ten teams, then show us big money. Big talk is all you offer.

Posted by: AncientTerp | September 10, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

NOBODY WANTS TO COME TO MARYLAND IN COLLEGE PARK AND GET MUGGED BY THE LOCAL THUGS. P.G. COUNTY IS NOTHING BUT A "THUGHOLE," WHERE CRIMINALS RUN FREE.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | September 12, 2010 3:01 AM | Report abuse

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