Maryland 1 and done

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In a span of 40 minutes last night here at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Maryland replayed its entire Atlantic Coast Conference season in an opening-round game of the ACC tournament against Boston College. Full Story
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NC LADIES Terps Fan

Parlin, NJ

#62 Mar 14, 2008
Ben wrote:
And one more thing, I'm tired of hearing we're young. Other teams are young too and they are gonna make the tournament and are palying well.
The women won their 2006 NCAA with NOT ONE SENIOR on the team.

Being young is well, B.S Gary.
NC LADIES Terps Fan

Parlin, NJ

#63 Mar 14, 2008
Turtlepower wrote:
The Maryland Terrapins would be the greatest and most feared team in the entire nation....IF THE GAMES WERE ONLY TWENTY MINS. LONG!!!
It must be poor conditioning - and that you can blame on a coach.
I've come to beleive this too. The Terps get this BIG lead in the first half, then forget there's another half to play.
Samuela

AOL

#64 Mar 14, 2008
brenda can't coach defense
Frank

AOL

#65 Mar 14, 2008
gary, fridge and cottle and yow need to go if we are to be top notch university our sports should follow
f dook and stanford and other that are ahead us why ?/ we are in nation capital all sorts of industry and lines of work we should be the best university in America we are approaching that in academics why not sports get the ad and bad coaches out of there
Frank

AOL

#66 Mar 14, 2008
gary yow and cottle and the fridge have to go
Crusher

Redmond, WA

#67 Mar 14, 2008
The University of Maryland still has a mens basketball team??
Emery Rudolph

Poolesville, MD

#68 Mar 14, 2008
Ed in Philly wrote:
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Emory - Whose responsible for bringing in the players? The coach, right? These are the players Gary Wiliams chose and if he chose poorly, he is still to blame.
No doubt Ed. I think I articulated pretty well that both the coaching staff and the players have to take the blame on their shoulders. If you follow any of the big league sports, you know that judging talent can be a crap shoot. Look how many first round drafts in the NFL and NBA turn out to be busts. You have to be able to not just pick someone who displays talent, you have to be able to judge their ability to -

1) Understand and retain the teachings of the coach.
2) Is unselfish and plays within the framework of the team concept.
3) Has court intelligence. Meaning they are running down the court knowing that they "may" need to accept a pass, not running with your back to your guys just looking to stick to the X and O's.

4) Last but not least - has heart and determination. This is probably the second most important aspect for success. Take a look at NC. They are relentless. It doesn't matter what the score is, they are battling and doing it hard for every single minute. The same with Duke. This trait follows them every year and they are always contenders.

UMD teams have provisional heart. They only get up for Duke and NC. This fact alone speaks to the lack of discipline in our program. It says we just don't push these guys hard enough in the right direction.

I also know one thing. High school players will play to impress a scout, but their true nature will be something other than impressive. We need scouts who can root out the imposters and recruit the real deal. We've seen great prospect turn out to be otherwise - Eric Hayes, Nick Canner-Medleys, Mike Jones, etc.

We've been fooled enough by promising recruits that turn out to be busts. What scares me is if there are truly talented players, but our program is removing their competitiveness.

Every aspect of our program deserves great scrutiny. Everyone shares the blame and everything must improve simultaneously.

I do want to make one point. I hear a lot of venom and disgust from so many people. I share in that disgust, but I need to emphasize that this "IS" college basketball - not the NBA. While many athletes want to take their game to the next level, many are rightfully using it to attain their primary goal - their Diploma. So while you may be disappointed and may have lost a few bucks on the game results, some of you are taking it way too far. I don't care if you purchase season tickets or donate to the program. I donate to and have done so for years. But my motivation for going to the game is to see well rounded college athletes compete. I don't understand people who swear and spit at these kids. When they (most)are not on the court they are in the classroom trying to become academic successes. So some of these posters, people who seem to be living vicariously through these athletes need to understand that while the game may be everything to you, these are kids getting ready for the real world. If you want to through searing hatred at players, sell you university tickets and go support an NBA team. They get enough money to deserve that kind of treatment.

No one loves March madness more than me, so enjoy the tournament. There's a lot of great ball in the next couple of weeks - even if UMD is not in it.

Emery Rudolph
Owings Mills, MD

So ease up.
Ed in Philly

Levittown, PA

#69 Mar 14, 2008
Emery: I agree with your point below. I say if Gary Williams recruits a midget to play center, you can't yell at the midget for not rebounding. Gary has brought these kids in and I am sure they are doing their best. It is the coach failing the kids and not the other way around.
Emery Rudolph wrote:
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I do want to make one point. I hear a lot of venom and disgust from so many people. I share in that disgust, but I need to emphasize that this "IS" college basketball - not the NBA. While many athletes want to take their game to the next level, many are rightfully using it to attain their primary goal - their Diploma. So while you may be disappointed and may have lost a few bucks on the game results, some of you are taking it way too far. I don't care if you purchase season tickets or donate to the program. I donate to and have done so for years. But my motivation for going to the game is to see well rounded college athletes compete. I don't understand people who swear and spit at these kids. When they (most)are not on the court they are in the classroom trying to become academic successes. So some of these posters, people who seem to be living vicariously through these athletes need to understand that while the game may be everything to you, these are kids getting ready for the real world. If you want to through searing hatred at players, sell you university tickets and go support an NBA team.
Schlomo

Irvington, NJ

#70 Mar 14, 2008
For years, Gary has ignored all of the top Jewish ballers...
Smell reality

Lusby, MD

#71 Mar 14, 2008
daman wrote:
The problem is you all are fair weather fans. When the terps won the NCAA championship Gary was awesome, and when we had a great team for years in a row he was awesome but as soon as a team hits a rough spot you want to FIRE him. Thats everyone's answer when a team has a rough year around here. It was Billick before, now its Gary. You all are a joke
A rough year? How about 5 straight rough years! When the Terps won the Nat Championship, it was because of the gritty play of a little guard, not because of Gary Williams. They won it despite GW's pathetic coaching!Even the year before when he finally had a team in the Final Four for the first time, they were embarrassed in front of the whole country by blowing a huge lead to Duke. Sound familiar? Blowing a huge lead? How about blowing a 10 point lead in the last minute to Duke by that same team. Blowing 20 point and 15 point leads back-to-back when a tournament berth was on the line? Gary's teams have been famous for choking in the big games on national TV. Gary has had one great team in 19 years! That's pathetic. It's been nothing but emabrrasing first round loses in the tournaments to teams they should have easily beat. For the last 6 years, Gary has had a sparkling new state-of-the-art arena to dazzle recruits with that he told Debbie Yow he needed to be able to recruit the top talent, and all he has come up with are Nik Caner-Medleys and NITs. His game is tired and old and he has to go!
Smell reality

Lusby, MD

#72 Mar 14, 2008
NIT as in Not In Tournament, again!
Smell reality

Lusby, MD

#73 Mar 14, 2008
Rich wrote:
Gary's still the man! For all of you whiners with no specific alternatives, think about this. In the history off ACC basketball, other than Duke and UNC, on NC state has won a national championship (waaay back in 1983 and 1974) save for Gary's Terps, only 6 years ago! So before everyone jumps off the Gary bandwagon, THINK ABOUT THAT ONE! Gary's the King! I'd put my stakes in Gary as much as ANY coach in the ACC other than Coach K and Roy Williams to get the Terps a chance to win at least 30 games and get to the final four in the future.(18 of last 20 past nat'l champs won at least 30 games)
You're friggin in the ozone with tha drivel. Gary has had one great team in 19 years here! BFD! he has had a brand new state-of-the-art areana to dangle in front of recruits that he said he had to have to stay competitive and all he has gotten are Nik Caner-Medleys and NITs. what's so great about that? Gary has always been a mediore coach who has underachieved. This is nothing new! This year is not a one year fluke! This is the GW MO. Wake up you ostreches with your head in the sand!And Dave Cottle and the Fridge are the exact same! Cottle just got beat by an unranked UMBC! He's doing it every year. And Fridges best year was his first when he was coaching Ron Vanderlinden's team! U of MD is an embarrasment. Wake up Debbie Yow. Stop building luxury suites that you will never fill and spend the money on some good coaches!
jim traver

Essex, MD

#74 Mar 16, 2008
Ed in Philly wrote:
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I did want to post again but when I read this I figured I'd give Jim a history lesson.
Lefty had two teams in the elite 8 which is the closest you can get to the Final Four without being in it. One of those teams had John Lucas, Mo Howard and Brad Davis. They ould have had a great freshman on that team named Moses had Moses Malone not gone pro instead.
Bob Wade, immediately after the Len Bias debacle made the NCAA's 33% of the time. That looks pretty good compared to our last four years.
As for new coaches, I would say Mike Brey, but I am open to any up and coming coach and nows the season to find them. They have a way of emerging in the NCAA tournament. The coaching legends of tomorrow are unkown today, we need to find one.
Get a book and learn the history of the program before you post your inaccuracies to defend Gary.
We may have been spoiled in the late 90's through 2002, but now we are just suffering.
What inaccuracies? Lefty never made the final four. Gary made it twice. Bob Wade's makeing the tourney 33% of the time is hardly impressive. You are an idiot!
FireGaryWilliams DOT com

Levittown, PA

#75 Mar 16, 2008
jim traver wrote:
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What inaccuracies? Lefty never made the final four. Gary made it twice. Bob Wade's makeing the tourney 33% of the time is hardly impressive. You are an idiot!
Jim, Go back to school, learn to read and do math.

Re-read my post and tell me where I said Left made the Final 4. You said Maryland was never close to the Final 4 before Gary and I pointed out that Lefty made the Elite 8 twice and one of those teams should have had Moses Malone on it. 33% of the time is better than 25% of the time. I would throw insults back at you but you probably couldn't read them or understand them.
firegarywilliamsDOTcom
jim traver

Essex, MD

#76 Mar 17, 2008
FireGaryWilliams DOT com wrote:
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Jim, Go back to school, learn to read and do math.
Re-read my post and tell me where I said Left made the Final 4. You said Maryland was never close to the Final 4 before Gary and I pointed out that Lefty made the Elite 8 twice and one of those teams should have had Moses Malone on it. 33% of the time is better than 25% of the time. I would throw insults back at you but you probably couldn't read them or understand them.
firegarywilliamsDOTcom
So you are saying that Bob Wade is/was a better coach than Gary because he got in the tourney 33% of the time? The same coach that had lifetime 36-50 record and resigned after allegations of NCAA violations? You expect me to give you any credibility when you try to compare Wade to Gary? With regards to Lefty. My point was Gary's resume blows Lefty's out of the water, i.e. more elite 8s, final fours, a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. LOL! I can't believe you actually started a website!
FireGaryWilliams DOT com

Levittown, PA

#77 Mar 17, 2008
jim traver wrote:
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So you are saying that Bob Wade is/was a better coach than Gary because he got in the tourney 33% of the time? The same coach that had lifetime 36-50 record and resigned after allegations of NCAA violations? You expect me to give you any credibility when you try to compare Wade to Gary? With regards to Lefty. My point was Gary's resume blows Lefty's out of the water, i.e. more elite 8s, final fours, a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. LOL! I can't believe you actually started a website!
Its not my website. Wade took over a program when all the players had transferred and was in chaos. He got in trouble for having someone drive Rudy Archer to PG comm College, which because Archer dropped out of school, he was considered a Recruit. I am not saying that Wade is better than Gary because he wasn't I am just saying that he was never given a fair chance at Maryland. I would take Lefty over Gary 10 times out of 10. The rules were different when Lefty was in place, you cant just compare stat's unless you want to compare apples and oranges.
jim traver

Essex, MD

#78 Mar 17, 2008
FireGaryWilliams DOT com wrote:
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Its not my website. Wade took over a program when all the players had transferred and was in chaos. He got in trouble for having someone drive Rudy Archer to PG comm College, which because Archer dropped out of school, he was considered a Recruit. I am not saying that Wade is better than Gary because he wasn't I am just saying that he was never given a fair chance at Maryland. I would take Lefty over Gary 10 times out of 10. The rules were different when Lefty was in place, you cant just compare stat's unless you want to compare apples and oranges.
You would take Lefty 10 out of 10 times? Based on what criteria? His James Madison or Georgia State years? Although I respect him, I remember being frustrated with him never quite got over the hump at MD. Respectable, but no final fours or national championships. Seems to me that you hold Gary to a higer standard. Gary cleaned up Lefty and Bob Wade's mess and brought MD its first and only NCAA Championship.
pixtaker

Columbia, MD

#79 Mar 17, 2008
Recruiting - a problem for some time - is the responsibility of the coaching staff as well as the alumni, both of the school and the team. We all need to get out there and sell the fact that Maryland is a good place to both play basketball and get a good education.

I saw Buck Williams sitting with Lefty at a late season game and would just imagine what a few hours a month of Buck talking to parents and coaches would do for recruiting. This may not be Duke or UNC or Kansas, but UMCP has a history of competing at the highest levels in both men's basketball and scholarship.

Tom McM - Rhodes Scholar and former congressman. Len Elmore - Harvard Law. Many others who used Maryland as a springboard to excellent careers both in and outside of athletics. Where is the Terrapin Club (ex-athletes club) in all this?

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