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Posted at 5:25 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Gary Williams: 'It's time for Maryland to get unified'

By Matt Bonesteel

Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams was on the Junkies on Wednesday morning, and had some illuminating quotes about how the mood has changed in College Park since Kevin Anderson took over (along with a quote about the team's tough schedule this season). Dan Steinberg, D.C.'s preeminent sports-talk transcriber, has the key passages over at the D.C. Sports Bog.

By Matt Bonesteel  | January 26, 2011; 5:25 PM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  
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When asked about Anderson on the Junkies Wednesday morning, Williams pleaded for everyone to just get along.

"I think he's come in and he's done a good job," Williams said.

That weeping sound you hear is Barno crying.

Posted by: epdaly | January 26, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really expect GW to badmouth his new boss in the press??? Seriously??

Is the fact that GW had good things to say really supposed to change everyone elses opinion of KA??

Negotiating, complaining via the press is one of the things that sunk Fridge

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 26, 2011 6:54 PM | Report abuse

GW said the right things. No way does he want any controversy nor to get involved with the RF Firing fiasco.

It's in his best interest that the FB team packs Byrd and He wants Edsall to be given the benefit of the doubt regardless of how poorly RF was handled.

Only an idiot would call his hoss out on the radio.....and the junkies would love for him to say anything's their job.

Beat UVA.



Posted by: HughGRection | January 26, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA and HGR are spot on. Epdaly, Gary had to say that...but this, as usual, apparently goes over your head.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 26, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Actually I don't think Coach Williams has to say anything to appease anybody. I take him at his word and he's 100% correct: it's time to let it go. Get over it, it's done. I'm looking forward to the rest of the basketball season, the lacrosse season and yes, next football season when I will fully support the team.

Posted by: erniegogo | January 27, 2011 6:34 AM | Report abuse

"I've had like four or five different head coaching jobs -- you think you know the job going in. When I came to Maryland, I had no idea the severity of the situation there when I took the job, or else I wouldn't have come."

So much for all you guys who give him unending praise for taking the job when things were so bad!

Posted by: petecard | January 27, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

"We could be 14-0 every year if we wanted to be, we could be in the top 25 in the country, but we play Villanova, we play Temple, we play Pittsburgh, we play Illinois," Williams said. "And you lose those games, and that's a loss, even though they're pretty good teams. That's the problem. Everybody wants you to play a great schedule, but you have to balance it."

Wow! We didn't win one game against a good team. No one expects us to win all of them. Maybe half. But none! This guy is such an excuse maker. But of course he drinks the Koolaid too!

Wouldn't it serve him better to take the high road and stop making excuses?

Posted by: petecard | January 27, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Settle down Pete. Too many Koolaid references from you already today.

That is all...carry on....

Posted by: fushezzi | January 27, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Okay, coffee buzz is gone...

Posted by: petecard | January 27, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If I were Coach Williams and (1) I failed to sell out 2010-11 season tickets, single game tickets to the Duke game, and ACC Tourney tickets (all as of 1/1/11); and (2) the ACC's COY for football was recently fired for not "putting butts in seats", I might shamelessly kiss Kevin Anderson's butt, too. Be very, very careful Gary or you may be next.

Posted by: kgrub | January 27, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Single game tickets to the Duke game have been sold out for a while.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 27, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Within the last two weeks, I received an e-mail solicitation from either the Terrapin Ticket Office or the Terrapin Club offering me more Duke tickets. If you want to quibble, Duke tickets may not have been on sale to the general public for a month or so, but the fact the UMD has any available tickets for the Duke game is extraordinary.

Posted by: kgrub | January 28, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Not really as extraordinary as you might think. For the past couple years UMD has held onto an allotment of upper deck, behind the basket tickets for the Duke game in order to use those to sell ticket packages. If there are some single game tix for the Duke game available, it's because they didn't sell all those ticket packages. Trust me, the Duke game will be a sell out...who cares when that sellout officially occurs? As long as every seat is taken for that game by tip off, not me.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 28, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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