Maryland doesn’t need a new coach, they need an exorcist

Maryland coughed up a 16-point lead against BC tonight for yet another collapse. By my count, that’s three losses this year that came after they held a double-digit lead. Not to mention the Duke debacle.

I really feel for these guys. I’m no Vasquez apologist, but it wasn’t easy seeing him in tears on the sideline toward the end of the game.  It’s not good when you’re genuinely concerned for your team’s mental well-being.  And make no mistake, this season’s team has become a basket case. The real question now is, how does it compare to the great basket cases of recent memory?  Have a look and judge for yourself. Fun times…and get well soon, guys. We kid because we love.








Is it just me, or does he look a little like Gary?

Is it just me, or does he look a little like Gary?


5 Responses to “Maryland doesn’t need a new coach, they need an exorcist”

  1. 1 Jobu
    January 28, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Two comments:

    1) I don’t really appreciate the old Jean Van de Velde comparison. I did pull a tin cup once; but that was the day before my wedding, I had a great lie, and I finally made it over the water with my 3-wood. You can compare me to Kevin Costner if you want.

    2) Someone on this blog needs to write in defense of Gary Williams. It could go a little like this: (1) Loyalty. (2) Alma Mater. (3) Championship winning coaches are few and far between. (4) What once was, can be again, if you believe.

  2. 2 M.A.S.H.
    January 28, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I don’t think anyone on this blog needs to do anything, but for your information, here you go:


    So there you have it…I’m on record as saying he deserves at least one more year after this one. And I used the same argument that you laid out, that has been laid out a hundred thousand times before, and that is getting more and more tired with every team failure. But still…if you read, I use that defense, and advocate for his return.

    Look, the guy’s a great coach. But you know what? He’s not doing very well right now, and hasn’t been for several years. Whether you want him gone or not, those are the facts, and they need to be acknowledged. It’s not a question of believing…it’s a question of seeing.

  3. January 28, 2009 at 10:42 am

    This is an ugly season. There are two schools of thought on this issue. There is the prevailing wind in college athletics that dictates you “gotta win now or else”. Then, there is the traditional “stick with the guy who got you there through thick and thin” approach, AKA the “Joe Paterno coach for life” approach.

    Nobody is doubting Gary’s coaching abilities. He’s got a great system, and he gets as much or more out of his guys than can be expected. There is reason to doubt his recruiting abilities. I agree with MASH’s assessment that we have some top recruits coming in, and I think it would be fair to let them play out a bit. The team is in a swoon but even at their worst they’ve still been on the bubble the last few years.

    However, I think everyone would agree that the wheels have come off this year. Just to add insult to injury, this nugget was buried at the bottom of the WP article on last night’s game:

    “Freshman forward Jin Soo Kim has been ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA, school officials announced. Kim will continue to practice with the team while Maryland appeals the decision to the NCAA.”

    You know, I always said that Jin Soo McCray was going to be a trouble maker on this team. Where was Debbie Yow on this pick?!

  4. January 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Congratulations on the link from the Cheeseboy’s blog on the Washington Post website!


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