Multiple reasons account for dearth o...

Multiple reasons account for dearth of Terps wins

There are 13 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Dec 28, 2007, titled Multiple reasons account for dearth of Terps wins. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

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Rich

Hancock, MD

#1 Dec 28, 2007
Why is it that so many Sun sports writers miss the most important reason for the basis of their entire article. How could Jeff not state the lack of veteran leadership is and will be the primary reason for the Terps so-so season? Gist turned out to be a bust...not much better since his freshman year....lotta promising young talent, and a top-notch recruiting class next year...we'll just have to wait it out...
Ken

AOL

#2 Dec 28, 2007
Gary hit it right on the dime
lets reminisce! ROFL
Yeah I am wishing Lefty was back!
Thomas Bustard

Miami, FL

#3 Dec 28, 2007
There's another reason the Terps are losing--a bad coach. I once heard Debbie Yow state "coaching isn't rocket science--a coach has to win games and graduate student athletes". Gary Williams does neither!
Larry

AOL

#4 Dec 28, 2007
I am worried if any athlete graduates
I don't want them to be pacmans though I just want championships
Yow and Gary hardly get along so if she has any b*** she should let him go the longer this and lacrosse lingers the sooner her a** will be down the pike also...tiring on not moving forward faster in overall sports excellence...how come Virginia is ranked ahead of us on this issue...maybe their AD should be getting more accolades.looks like title 9 is influencing the ad position at turtleu
ravenmad1

Baltimore, MD

#5 Dec 28, 2007
people lets realize the Terps have been rebuilding for a couple of years now and it will take a couple of more years before they come back they are young and if everyone progresses they may be back in the final four lets say 2011
Larry in Chicago

North Chicago, IL

#6 Dec 28, 2007
unbelievable...yeah, Gary's not a good coach. Brilliant comment. I sure wonder who coached the '02 and '01 teams? I sure wonder if he's in the top, what, 10 of active coaches. It's frustrating they're not playing great yet (it's only December!), but come on, he can't coach? silly.
Jamie

AOL

#7 Dec 28, 2007
Larry you just come out of the snow
what we are experiencing is the decline of GW ala Denny Crum get over it and start lobbying for a coach for our future
Alan

Canton, MI

#8 Dec 28, 2007
Gary Williams is one of the top 10 b'ball coaches in the country. No question! He has taken second tier players and turned them into great college and good NBA players. This is a very young team. Let all the naysayers comment in three years.
Southern MD Joe

AOL

#9 Dec 28, 2007
Baby Terps should win the next four.After that we weep.
Unless they play Defense,,,,,,,,
Jamie

AOL

#10 Dec 28, 2007
in three years I hope we have our new coach in place.................
John

AOL

#11 Dec 28, 2007
from SI "Is Gary Williams on the hot seat? Why has Maryland underperformed the past few years? How do the next few years look for the Terps from a talent perspective?
--Iceman, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Well, consecutive home losses to Boston College, Ohio and American (Ohio and American!?!) have certainly put Terps fans into a foul mood, and the five-year grace period following Williams's 2002 national title has ended. But I would still be surprised if Williams's job was in real trouble this season unless his team just quits on him during the ACC schedule (which I highly doubt will happen). Next season? That's another story.
The Terps' problems this season are pretty clear: they can't shoot and they don't take care of the ball. According to kenpom.com , Maryland's effective field-goal percentage (37.9) ranks 233rd in the nation, and its turnover percentage (23.9) is even worse, ranking 264th.(General) Greivis Vasquez is a fun player who may have a pro future, but he's also maddeningly inconsistent and turns the ball over too much. The Terps also don't have a Lonny Baxter-quality big man (James Gist isn't the guy). At least Maryland still plays decent defense, but things will have to improve in a hurry or the ACC season could get ugly.
Williams has also been a victim of his own success, losing three quality assistants to head-coaching jobs since the 2002 national title run: Dave Dickerson (Tulane), Jimmy Patsos (Loyola) and Mike Lonergan (Vermont). During that stretch the Terps' NCAA tournament performances have also slipped:
2002: National Champion
2003: NCAA Regional Semis
2004: NCAA Second Round
2005: No NCAA bid
2006: No NCAA bid
2007: NCAA Second Round
Is help on the way in College Park? I'm not so sure. Williams has never been known as a workaholic recruiter, and while that hardly hurt him in the earlier part of this decade (the '02 champs didn't have a single high-school All-America), the renowned player-development program that produced Baxter, Juan Dixon and Chris Wilcox has taken a slide. The Terps will lose Gist and Bambale Osby next season and bring in just one freshman who's among the top 150 recruits in the country per Rivals.com (Sean Mosley, a 6-3 guard from Baltimore's St. Frances High). Also coming in will be Bobby Maze, a 6-2 guard and juco transfer who started his career at Oklahoma, and Gus Gilchrist, a 6-10 center who originally signed with Virginia Tech.
It'll be up to them to make the Comcast Center a place that opponents fear again. Right now that's not the case.
Jamie

AOL

#12 Dec 28, 2007
John...where's Billy Hahn?
Larry in Chicago

North Chicago, IL

#13 Dec 28, 2007
Jamie, I really wish I knew you in '01 and '02 so you could clearly explain to me how horrible a coach Gary Williams is. Silly me, I only look at facts. PATIENCE terp fans! Man, you all sound almost as bad at the DOOK fans in their newspaper last year when they were in the dumps for a while. Aren't we just slightly above DOOK fans' mentality? happy new year, let's chat when we're in the ncaa's in march

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