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Anti Gary

Greenway, VA

#61 Dec 3, 2008
Jonosmith wrote:
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Please take your medication before you blog. In spite of your willingness to consort with us common folk, you are not the last word on Maryland men's basketball.
You seem to be under the impression that the Terps would be in the Final Four every year if they just fired Gary. Maybe yes, maybe no. You might have noticed that Syracuse, the 2003 National champs after Maryland with their own living legend in Jimmy Boeheim, haven't exactly been tearing it up lately either. You might also have noticed that since Gary took over UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Connecticut and Florida have dominated the championship. My suspicion is that the 2002 championship was a "perfect storm" event and it is unlikely, though not impossible,that we will have a repeat anytime soon.
Why would anyone be surprised that Georgetown recruits better than Maryland? I mean seriously, if you had a chance to go to Maryland or to Georgetown, forget about basketball, where would you go? Have you been to College Park?
The surprise is that the Maryland program, with so many strikes against it, has gone as far as it has under Williams. This tells me that the man is a helluva of a coach.
Now maybe he has lost it, maybe he hasn't. Maybe the University needs to support him more and maybe the landscape has changed. Chances are if the current team does poorly, they will get some fresh new face in and then you will get you wish but you may not like it. Just remember Craig Esherick.
What strikes does Maryland's program have against it other than Gary being the coach. Do you know how stupid you sound? Ask any top recruit if they'd rather play in the NCAA tournament or the NIT. Save your motivating speeches for Gary and his pitiful program!!
BrownShoes

Halethorpe, MD

#62 Dec 4, 2008
Anti Gary wrote:
<quoted text>What strikes does Maryland's program have against it other than Gary being the coach. Do you know how stupid you sound? Ask any top recruit if they'd rather play in the NCAA tournament or the NIT. Save your motivating speeches for Gary and his pitiful program!!
Ah.... another petty blog tyrant. Well, I listed the strikes against Maryland. Who else has done as well with this program? And before you further expose how little you actually know about college basketball and list Lefty, the landscape has changed dramatically since then.

I'm not opposed to firing Gary if this year's edition flames out again.

Where I question you is your seeming belief that Maryland will suddenly rise to the heights without him around. Maryland's athletic program is characterized by the occasional highlight from their big programs ( championships in men's and women's basketball, the steady drip of good to really good NFL players from the football team and so on) followed by lots of average and indifferent performances.

My conclusion would be whoever the movers and shakers are behind Maryland athletics (whether it's football or basketball), they are not committed to doing whatever it takes ( and in college athletics that covers a lot of ground) to have those teams perform at the highest possible level on a consistent basis. This isn't a basketball power like UNC , Duke, Kansas, UConn, or a football power like Texas, Alabama, USC....etc.

Maryland has not demonstrated a committment to consistently slug it out with the big boys (and girls) in those sports. Maryland is lucky to have had Williams and if they continue to employ him after he has become a second tier coach, as you maintain,then it's because they are a second tier University when it comes to athletics. That is probably what all those blue chip recruits see.

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