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Joe Harrington leaves men's basketball coaching staff

Joe Harrington, Maryland’s director of men’s basketball student services, has left the coaching staff to pursue other interests, a team spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Harrington, who coached at George Mason from 1980 to 1987, was a teammate of Coach Gary Williams at Maryland under Bud Millikin. He joined Williams’ staff in November 2007, following head coaching stints at Long Beach State and Colorado. He also served as an assistant on the staff of the Toronto Raptors.

By Liz Clarke  | October 7, 2010; 6:13 PM ET
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Probably a good thing, although the timing is a question.. Did he ever really do anything to bring players to MD???

Posted by: frostanna | October 7, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

huh? who? perhaps someone from the board can explain what his responsibilities were.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | October 8, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

According to terrapintimes this was Gary's #2 guy for X and O's. He was an assistant but was not allowed to be labeled as one and was not allowed to recruit.

Just go to for a more detailed run-down....which also includes strong speculation that JOB is going to commit to LSU (dagger!).

Posted by: fushezzi | October 8, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: fushezzi | October 8, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Gary, It's a stroke of luck that I happen to be available to fill this vacancy. Call me! ;-)

Posted by: steven09 | October 8, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

UCONN admits to recruiting violations......Shocker

Posted by: fushezzi | October 8, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Harrington was a fill in for Michael Adams when he abruptly left the staff and I'm not sure if he was supposed to be here as long as he was and had that big of an impact on the program. I would expect Gary to maybe take his time on finding a new assistant so he has some more stability with the new hire. My big question is, why is he not calling Dave Dickerson who obtained all of his success while here and led him to getting the Tulane job before Katrina hit?

Posted by: DiehardTerp | October 8, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse


You're only allowed to have three assistants (Eshan, Booth, Ranson), so I doubt Dickerson would take the position. While he could be given an alternate title he wouldn't be allowed to do any recruiting, which (I believe) was something he was pretty good (or at least solid) at.

I'd believe that Dickerson can find better offers -- including an official assistant coach position -- elsewhere.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 8, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse


Who has Joe Harrington actually recruited because all I hear is Chuck Driesel and Keith Booth's name called and now Ranson's? Harrington is more of a X and O guy.

And had I known the report was incorrect, I would not have suggested calling Dave Dickerson. He's currently at Ohio State and he would have probably been one of the top candidates to be the next head coach of Maryland had he stayed under Gary and not walked into a death trap that no one saw coming at Tulane with Katrina.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | October 8, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse


Maybe you misinterpreted what I said. Harrington didnt recruit anyone and Dickerson CAN recruit so why waste his talent in that position.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 8, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm not say Dave Dickerson should take the job that Harrington took. If he's off the staff as an Assistant Coach, then they should have asked Dickerson to come back as one. According to this report, he was off the staff and Dickerson would have been a great hire. Then they would have had two great recruiters in Ranson and Dickerson.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | October 8, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

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