The Case for Gary

OK guys, I know we are all frustrated with the way things have gone for the Men's basketball team since the last national championship.  Hell I'm really mad because I just graduated, and in my four years at Maryland we only made the NCAA's once.  But lets show some respect for what Gary Williams has done for this university, and recognize that we are far better with him then we will ever be without him.  


1.  Gary has a proven track record of being able to succeed at this level

Folks, Gary Williams' stats match up with just about anyone's.

-He's got 615 career wins and only 350 losses

-Even in the last 5 years since the national championship he's maintained a winning record, winning 20 games three times in the last 6 years (in the other years he won 19).

-Prior to our recent troubles we made it to 11 straight NCAA tourneys


2.  Gary has succeeded in getting highly thought of recruits to commit

-Gary Williams has coached 28 NBA players in his time at Maryland

-Last year Williams was able to notch a 4-star recruit in Shane Mosely

-Mike Jones was a 5 Star Recruit

-Ibekwe, Gilchrist, Caner-Medley, Vasquez, Garrison, Gist, Tucker, Strawberry and even Dupree to a lesser extent were all highly thought of recruits coming out of highschool.

-Over the last couple years, Gary has had three recruits (Evans, Gilchrist and Walker) commit and then not end up on the baskeball court

-We have two 3-star (top 150) players coming in next year who are both bigs

-We have two future 5-star recruits who have UMD

If anyone wants to criticize Gary for recruiting, the better claim would be a talent evaluation claim.  But to be honest I think Gary has just run into some bad luck, and not brought along some of these young kids as well as he has in the past.  It's a little of column A and a little of column B.  Bottom line though, gary can coach, and he can recruit.  We would be crazy to give up on him now.

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