Nov 19, 2012
Former Maryland Coach Supports Move To Big Ten

The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/terrapins-insider/wp/2012/11/18/former-maryland-basketball-coach-gary-williams-supports-move-to-big-ten/

Former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, a College Park graduate and longtime advocate of the ACC, voiced support for a possible move to the Big Ten in a telephone interview Sunday night, saying that despite his great experiences and fond memories in the ACC, it was likely in the best interests of the school’s athletic department as a whole.

“Anybody that has been connected with the ACC will say there have been great moments, said Williams, who led the Terps to the 2002 NCAA championship. Up until they expanded in 2003, we were by far the best basketball coach in the country. That was a great thing to be part of. At the same time, once expansion started — and not just in ACC, but everywhere — things changed.

“A lot of it has to do with football. I think sometimes people don’t understand, or they forget a little bit, that your ability to run an athletic department is based on selling tickets and raising money and then, with your conference, the amount of money you can earn from the various contracts you have. When you look at the Big Ten, they have done a great job of putting every school in a great situation.”

Williams said that the highlight of his coaching tenure at Maryland were the games against North Carolina and Duke, the Terps’ most fierce rivals. But he noted that only once in his 22 years was the ACC men’s basketball tournament played in Washington. The vast majority were played in Greensboro, N.C. “So it was never like we were the most important part of the ACC as a basketball program, he added.

After retiring in May 2011 following 22 seasons as Maryland’s coach, Williams signed a five-year deal to serve as special assistant to Maryland’s athletic director, Kevin Anderson, at a salary of $400,000 a year. But he made clear that Anderson does not dictate his view on this or any other university matter.

, Former Maryland Coach Supports Move To Big Ten

The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/terrapins-insider/wp/2012/11/18/former-maryland-basketball-coach-gary-williams-supports-move-to-big-ten/

Former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, a College Park graduate and longtime advocate of the ACC, voiced support for a possible move to the Big Ten in a telephone interview Sunday night, saying that despite his great experiences and fond memories in the ACC, it was likely in the best interests of the school’s athletic department as a whole.

Anybody that has been connected with the ACC will say there have been great moments, said Williams, who led the Terps to the 2002 NCAA championship. Up until they expanded in 2003, we were by far the best basketball coach in the country. That was a great thing to be part of. At the same time, once expansion started — and not just in ACC, but everywhere — things changed.

“A lot of it has to do with football. I think sometimes people don’t understand, or they forget a little bit, that your ability to run an athletic department is based on selling tickets and raising money and then, with your conference, the amount of money you can earn from the various contracts you have. When you look at the Big Ten, they have done a great job of putting every school in a great situation.”

Williams said that the highlight of his coaching tenure at Maryland were the games against North Carolina and Duke, the Terps’ most fierce rivals. But he noted that only once in his 22 years was the ACC men’s basketball tournament played in Washington. The vast majority were played in Greensboro, N.C. “So it was never like we were the most important part of the ACC as a basketball program, ” he added.

After retiring in May 2011 following 22 seasons as Maryland’s coach, Williams signed a five-year deal to serve as special assistant to Maryland’s athletic director, Kevin Anderson, at a salary of $400,000 a year. But he made clear that Anderson does not dictate his view on this or any other university matter.






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