Typical Terps

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Sparky

Baltimore, MD

#1 Mar 14, 2008
The good thinkg about the loss is that it doesn't surprise me and the second thing is that I did not stay up to watch it.
The basketball program is in a bit of a down period, but that is part of what each team goes through, with the exception of Duke.
The teams in whom I have an interest and pride do not have to win big every year. The win over UNC made the Maryland basketball year for me.
Now I can watch the NCAA tournament relaxed and without any tension. Although I have to admit I really would like to see Duke get spanked, early. I enjoy seeing pain on the rodent-like face of coach K. Sorry, that was mean spirited.
David M

Waverly, NY

#2 Mar 14, 2008
This is typical of Maryland Basketball and other professional sports teams in Maryland. They lack the killer instinct. Get a lead and then blow it in the end. The Terps have a long history of having a lead and getting complacent and then losing. This goes back to the time of Lefty. When watching Duke or Carolina, those teams know how to push the knife all the way through and bury their opponent. Now I also can sit back and enjoy the tournament.
Tom

Rockville, MD

#3 Mar 14, 2008
Gary, it is time to go. You have lost your ability to motivate. This is not a year pattern, it is consistent with the team since the year after they won the national championship. Time to go.
SevernDave

Fort George G Meade, MD

#4 Mar 14, 2008
I agree with you, Sparky. Next to seeing the TERPS win (which is a pipe dream), the next best thing is seeing disappointment and sadness on the little rat-faced Coach K!!!......And I agree with you, Tom. It's time for Gary to go. We have parlayed the golden opportunity to recruit great talent that comes from winning a National Championship into NOTHING!!! And the blame for that can only fall on one person. Thanks for the great times Gary, but we need new blood!!
Big Mike

Bethesda, MD

#5 Mar 14, 2008
Hey look the mens basketball team has some great kids, and maybe in the future they may even turn out to be good ball players. I think last night exposed the truth to the world that you can't be consistent year after year when you recruit developmental players. I like GW but last night I saw players like Eric Hayes, and Dave Neal get on the floor and just take up space. No contribution what so ever, although their future doesn't look as bad as you may think. Bowie will be a good point guard and should start or split time with Bobby Maze next year, and Gus Gilchrist should be a big help in the paint with Jerome B Cliff tucker will be better as well, but understand something GV should not play the point at all. Let me make that clear GV (IS NOT A POINT GUARD, HE IS A SHOOTING GUARD THAT NEEDS WORK ON HIS OUTSIDE SHOT, AND DECISION MAKING SKILLS). If the state of Maryland basketball is left in the hands of Cliff tucker, Bowie, Jerome, and GV there are some positives there, but you need to recruit players that can step in and play now not ones that should be good by the time they are juniors. GW knew that was coming when you lose six seniors, my question is how could you not use that as a selling point to the top players in the local area that there is a possibility that you may get to play alot as a freshman. In this day and age with a program like Maryland and a chance to play in the top conference in the country that would have locked up players like Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and so on. Next years roster should be good enough to compete but will they be good enough to win? Right now at the end of the season when the smoke is cleared and the players lockers have been cleaned out it's all up to the coaching staff.
Terrance

Baltimore, MD

#6 Mar 14, 2008
This program is what it is. An NIT program, that perhaps can pull it together now and then to make it to the tourney.
What else can you say? Watching Tyrese Rice, with his heart and desire, being the catalyst of their comeback.
can't remember recently when we had a guy like that to depend on.
Kudos to James Gist - not enough around him. Too bad Eric Hayes (remember he was the future at point guard) and Vazquez turn the ball over all the time.
Chuck from PA

Bensalem, PA

#7 Mar 14, 2008
I wonder... Does any team have a more worse history of blowing big leads. It seems like every team in the ACC that has a record of great come-from-behind victories, it was against Maryland. I still haven't gotten over the two most famous ones, of course, against Duke: the final four loss when they were up by 22 and the up-by-10, with less than a minute to go, debacle. I think it must be the coach's fault since it happens year after year after year. Maybe it is time for Gary to go.
Scarano

AOL

#8 Mar 14, 2008
Rick,

You are right on target. The Terps can be so painful to watch. I feel for Gary. He always gives it his very best.
Go Pro Greivis

United States

#9 Mar 14, 2008
With that heroic performance last night, I really hope that Greivis decides to turn pro or just leave the team. He may be the best player on the team, but the Terps will never go anywhere while he is still in College Park. I am a lifelong Terp and alum and I do not want him back. His stat line might end up with what you would want, but it is what does no show up that is killing them. Gary needs to get off his high horse and start getting some big time players. If he does not, the grumblings of the fan base will continue to grow for Gary to get out of town. I am a huge Gary fan and don't want him to go, but he HAS to change for the long term survival of the program. It will be a long, very long off season.
ech

Baltimore, MD

#10 Mar 14, 2008
well here we go again with the gary basher show. derservidly so. anybody have any names they would like to recommend as new UM head coach. please tell me can personality to recruit.
Royce

Baltimore, MD

#11 Mar 14, 2008
Scarano wrote:
Rick,
You are right on target. The Terps can be so painful to watch. I feel for Gary. He always gives it his very best.
These are Gary's players, his program. You'd think they would recruit shooters, once in a while. Oh well.
Don

Chicago, IL

#12 Mar 14, 2008
Great article. Sad, but true. So where does the program go from here? I never thought I would say this but maybe it's time for Gary to step down. It seems like we have the talent but, like you said, can't sustain any type of momentum. And when that happens don't you have to hold the coach accountable? Comments?
by-byegary

United States

#13 Mar 14, 2008
This is on Gary and his stubborn style, personality and recruiting. The game is changing and he's not. Time for him to go. Terps have the talent - not the teachers.
Jamon

Berlin, NH

#14 Mar 14, 2008
by-byegary wrote:
This is on Gary and his stubborn style, personality and recruiting. The game is changing and he's not. Time for him to go. Terps have the talent - not the teachers.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the problem. Just watch and listen to the way Gary "inspires" his players: he is abusive, mean and ungrateful. He never gets close to his players, never shows any interest or concern for their welfare, doesn't even check up on them after they get hurt. He allows them to party during the season, heck, so does he. Why isn't he able to recruit? HIs reputation precedes him. Who would want to play for such an asshole?
Nice Rationalization

Oxford, UK

#15 Mar 14, 2008
Sparky wrote:
The good thinkg about the loss is that it doesn't surprise me and the second thing is that I did not stay up to watch it.
The basketball program is in a bit of a down period, but that is part of what each team goes through, with the exception of Duke.
The teams in whom I have an interest and pride do not have to win big every year. The win over UNC made the Maryland basketball year for me.
Now I can watch the NCAA tournament relaxed and without any tension. Although I have to admit I really would like to see Duke get spanked, early. I enjoy seeing pain on the rodent-like face of coach K. Sorry, that was mean spirited.
And the Duke fans are already totally immersed in schadenfreud over the Terps following asinine comments like yours.
jon dey

Saint John, Canada

#16 Mar 14, 2008
When the turn-overs started I had to switch the channel. It was either that or throw my beer at the TV>
ron nixon

United States

#17 Mar 14, 2008
i agree, the program is in meltdown mode. i think we have a choice of several problems. one: coaching is not up to where the terps should be. players are not responding to coaching or anything else. late use of freshmen in the season spells doom in second halfs this year. lack of leadership on the floor. vasquez is just not a point guard, and is not the leader. james gist, a senior never took over as the leader. he drifted from inside to outside all season. osby is strictly a role player. hayes is lost right now at the 2 guard, i think he is forcing some passes trying to get his old job back. no depth period.
Ed in Philly

Levittown, PA

#18 Mar 14, 2008
ech wrote:
well here we go again with the gary basher show. derservidly so. anybody have any names they would like to recommend as new UM head coach. please tell me can personality to recruit.
Mike Brey, Oliver Purnell, Brenda Frese (all with ties to Maryland)

Gary - Leave with your dignity.
mb bill

Myrtle Beach, SC

#19 Mar 14, 2008
team reflects its coach,chokes in the end , for years always has ,always will. gary is a nice guy ,but will miss that 2 foot putt everytime.
Ed in Philly

Levittown, PA

#20 Mar 14, 2008
Gary's stubborness and lack of willingness or abilty to adjust kills this team/program. The last two games are perect examples. Two weak teams who are entirely dependant on one player (Singletary and Rice) to create for other players. Mainly by driving the basket. We have no one who can defend these guys on our roster. Yet, instead of going to a zone (as Rat Face did with success)to prevent these players from taking over, Gary refuses to take off the man-to-man defense.

He has to go. Let him resign and go off into the sunset, but the program is bigger than the man.

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