banner
Jeff Gravley

Good Gary, Bad Gary

Posted May 5, 2011
Updated May 6, 2011

The sudden retirement of Gary Williams leaves a divot in the ACC and college basketball. Only Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith won more ACC games than Williams did.

He inherited a once proud program at Maryland that was in shambles after a bad hire of high school coach Bob Wade. The Terps were also still trying to recover from the cocaine death of star Len Bias after he was drafted by the Boston Celtics.

Gary Williams went to work repairing his alma mater bringing a national championship to College Park in 2002 and winning 3 ACC titles. 

The guy can flat coach basketball but some of his on-court antics went too far. A friend of mine told me of an ACC tournament about 10 years ago when he was sitting behind the Maryland bench with his son. The Terps were getting whipped and Gary Williams was spraying profanities after every other play.

Embarrassed for his son, my friend had heard enough. After one of Williams' "F-bomb" tirades my friend stood up and shouted, "Hey Gary, watch the language. I have a young son sitting here." To which Gary replied, "F your son!!" The ACC heard about that one and so did Gary Williams.

But I also remember how engaging Williams was on those practice days at the ACC tournament. He would stand in the hallway surrounded by media telling great stories. Laughing and joking, Williams had so many stories to share.

I hope he finally gets into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In early April, his former boss, NC State AD Debbie Yow, told me she nominated Williams for the Hall and suggested that the floor at the Comcast Center bear his name.

Gary Williams rubbed some the wrong way but he always wanted what was best for his sport.

His departure is not one of those good things for college basketball.

25 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • dtd1961 May 8, 2011

    Yow made him step down. I was waiting 4 NC State & MD 2 see Yow would punch him n the nose.

  • lmartin152 May 7, 2011

    ^Rdi73162

    Gary Williams better than Everett Case? Norm Sloan? Jim Valvano? Wow. Okay, if you say so.... (as eyes are rolling).

  • VT1994Hokie May 7, 2011

    Highly interesting article. I hate to read that he said this to a father/child. And, he should have given an autograph too. He is one of the most intense coaches that I have ever seen. He won. Regardless, he did a solid job up there. 3rd in the ACC is pretty impressive.

  • jmoore27540 May 7, 2011

    View quoted thread



    Your ignorance is comedy gold. Please continue.

  • duane11 May 6, 2011

    hows that??..Norm Sloan won a NT, as did V...and they had success other than those single yrs....other than just plain coaching at md longer(which would explain the higher total numbers of victories in acc play) than the aforementioned coache as at State, how was he 'better'?...for one thing, he never had an undefeated season.....do tell

  • gsms69 May 6, 2011

    My memories of him go back to Greensboro at the MD shoot around before an ACC tournament game, when a young girl in a wheelchair asked him for an autograph, on his way to the floor. He looked at her saying, "I don't have time." He should have made the time.

  • Rdi73162 May 6, 2011

    considering he was a better coach than state has "ever" had, what word describes the wolfies HC`s?

  • jmoore27540 May 6, 2011

    Generally speaking they dont curse the fans.....

  • tarheelgrad1998 May 6, 2011

    Really? There are coaches who curse when they get fired up??? No way...

  • Shelley Cooper May 6, 2011

    View quoted thread

More...

 

 

  • #FanTownHall: Live Q&A with Coach K

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on METV 50.2

  • PGA Golf: The Greenbrier Classic

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA Golf: The Greenbrier Classic

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • #FanTownHall: Live Q&A with Coach K

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • #FanTownHall: Live Q&A with Coach K

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm

    More Info
MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
Minnesota0Bot
2nd
Cincinnati0
 
Colorado12:35 PT1:35 MT2:35 CT3:35 ET15:35 ET19:35 GMT3:35 12:35 MST2:35 EST3:05 VEN23:35 UAE2:35 CT
Preview
Oakland
 
Seattle12:40 PT1:40 MT2:40 CT3:40 ET15:40 ET19:40 GMT3:40 12:40 MST2:40 EST3:10 VEN23:40 UAE2:40 CT
Preview
San Diego
 
Pittsburgh4:08 PT5:08 MT6:08 CT7:08 ET19:08 ET23:08 GMT7:08 4:08 MST6:08 EST6:38 VEN3:08 UAE (+1)6:08 CT
Preview
Detroit
 
Chi White Sox5:15 PT6:15 MT7:15 CT8:15 ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 MST7:15 EST7:45 VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 CT
Preview
St. Louis
American League
Boston10:07 PT11:07 MT12:07 CT1:07 ET13:07 ET17:07 GMT1:07 10:07 MST12:07 EST12:37 VEN21:07 UAE12:07 CT
Preview
Toronto
 
Texas4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Baltimore
 
NY Yankees4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
LA Angels
 
Cleveland4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Tampa Bay
 
Kansas City5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Houston
National League
Milwaukee4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Philadelphia
 
Washington4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Atlanta
 
Chi Cubs4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
NY Mets
 
San Francisco4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Miami
 
LA Dodgers6:40 PT7:40 MT8:40 CT9:40 ET21:40 ET1:40 GMT9:40 6:40 MST8:40 EST9:10 VEN5:40 UAE (+1)8:40 CT
Preview
Arizona
 
ATP Scoreboard
Wednesday, Jul. 1
Wimbledon (ATP/WTA)
Second Round
(16) D. Goffin77 6 6   
L. Broady63 1 1   
(21) R. Gasquet6 6 6   
K. De Scheppe0 3 3   
(27) B. Tomic77 6 77   
P. Herbert63 4 65   
(11) G. Dimitrov710 6 77   
S. Johnson68 2 62   
(7) M. Raonic6 6 65 77  
T. Haas0 2 77 64  
(1) N. Djokovic6 6 6   
J. Nieminen4 2 3   
J. Millman77 6 3 2 4 
M. Baghdatis65 2 6 6 6 
(17) J. Isner6 710 6   
M. Ebden2 68 4   
(26) N. Kyrgios77 6 6   
J. Monaco65 3 4   
D. Kudla6 3 77 6  
A. Zverev3 6 62 4  
(5) K. Nishikori     
S. Giraldo     
(24) L. Mayer6 77 6   
M. Granollers3 64 3   
(32) D. Thiem7 4 7 3 4 
F. Verdasco5 6 5 6 6 
(9) M. Cilic6 4 78 4 2 
R. Berankis3 6 66 6 2 
(14) K. Anderson65 78 6 1  
M. Ilhan77 66 4 1  
(4) S. Wawrinka4     
V. Estrella B3     
 
WTA Scoreboard
Wednesday, Jul. 1
Wimbledon (ATP/WTA)
First Round
Y. Wickmayer 
E. Kulichkova 
(21) M. Keys 
S. Voegele 
Second Round
(6) L. Safarova     
S. Hsieh     
(22) S. Stosur6 6    
U. Radwanska3 4    
(11) K. Pliskova65 4    
C. Vandeweghe77 6    
Z. Diyas7 6    
A. Sasnovich5 1    
(4) M. Sharapova6 6    
R. Hogenkamp3 1    
(29) I. Begu7 64 7   
L. Tsurenko5 77 5   
D. Hantuchova4 2    
H. Watson6 6    
(30) B. Bencic7 4 6   
A. Friedsam5 6 0   
(14) A. Petkovic6 0    
M. Duque-Mari3 0    
(7) A. Ivanovic0     
B. Mattek-San2     
S. Stephens2     
L. Davis3     
(23) V. Azarenka1     
K. Flipkens0     
J. Ostapenko3     
K. Mladenovic1     
(19) S. Errani 
A. Krunic 
(1) S. Williams 
T. Babos 
(16) V. Williams 
Y. Putintseva