The University of Maryland has won one men's basketball National Championship, one less than North Carolina State, who beat us last night. Many here think that because we did it once we are one of the elite programs. Sorry Charlie, as much as I want it to be true, it ain't so. One thing is for sure, it takes some time to build that kind of reputation. It takes a coach that is willing and able to build a program to get there. It takes a coach who is willing to work just as hard once he gets there. After we won that National Championship we missed the tournament 4 out of the next nine years including Gary's last year here.
The number of programs that have won successive championships 6:UCLA, Kentucky, Duke, Oklahoma State, San Francisco, and Florida. The number that have won multiple championships 14. All the rest have won just once. There were many who wanted Gary Williams fired in his first 10 years here. It took 13 years here at Maryland to win that National Championship. It took him 24 years in coaching to win one National Championship.
There have only been 12 coaches to win multiple National Championships. It took John Wooden 16 years at UCLA to win his first National Championship. It took Roy Williams 15 years at Kansas and then two at North Carolina to win his first. It took Mike Krzyzewski 11 years at Duke to win his first. It took Billy Donavan 10 years at Florida to win his first. It took Denny Crum 9 years at Louisville to win his first. Let's not panic.
There have been great coaches who never won a National Championship, I suppose. There have been great teams that did not win a National Championship; that I know because we had one of those that lost to North Carolina State in the ACC championship in 1974 and I watched it happen. It takes both a great coach, a great team, and sometimes a little luck.
Here we are in the third year of Mark Turgeon's head coaching career at Maryland with some malcontents talking about his lack of coaching skills. The same comments were made about those multiple winners during their earlier years at their respective programs. Some here criticize his substitution patterns. Some suggest that he is solely responsible for the lack of player development. Others suggest that his team is underperforming due to his lack of coaching proficiency. Unfortunately there are some vocal minorities in every crowd that think they know more than the head coach. In little league we called them parents. At the high school level they were like stage moms. On this board I call them what they are Negative Nellies. They think the the grass is greener everywhere but here. They are quick to jump on the administration because the favorite coach of the day wasn't offered a multi year multi million dollar contract. It doesn't matter that said preferred coach had problems at his previous employment.
I see a head coach working his tail off to make his players and this program better. I know that he has been successful at his earlier stops. I hope that Mark is not thin skinned and just understands how much we really do want him to succeed. I hold out no hope that the Negative Nellies will be quiet until Maryland wins it's next National Championship.