Fist pump and run

15 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The Mark Turgeon era at Maryland officially started on Friday night with, what else, a Gary Williams appearance.

Hey, why not?

The locals that cover the team didn’t know Williams was going to be there. Few new, judging by the sound of the ovation Williams received. The long-time Terp coach gave a fist pump and talked about how strange he felt not coaching this time of year for the first time in 43 years.

From the Washington Post:

Williams has vowed to stay away from the court while Turgeon seeks to build the program to his own liking, but he couldn’t resist returning to see the players on the school’s lone championship team…

“I talked to Mark Turgeon and made sure he was fine with it,” Williams said. “It’s just coming back to see these guys, and then I’m out of here.”

Former coaches that work with the coaches that take over for them have worked well in the past. Paul Hewitt has always told me that he would have never been able to make a smooth transition without the help of Bobby Cremins.

Looks like Williams is doing his best to remain tied to the program but also trying to connect Turgeon to the rabid fan base in College Park and then getting out of the way.

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