Mark Turgeon's Maryland Terrapins looked every bit like they belonged in the nation's Top 5 during a dominating 72-59 road victory over Northwestern on Saturday night in Evanston, Ill.
The Terrapins moved to 13-1 on the year and 2-0 in league play, also marking Turgeon's 100th victory in four-plus years in College Park.
— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) January 3, 2016
As the stream of congratulations flowed in for Turgeon on Saturday night, including the above tweet from the program, I was reminded of one of the best Turgeon anecdotes I had read recently, courtesy of a tremendously well-done story by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com earlier this year.
It highlighted a fact that should not be lost as Turgeon earns win No. 100 and the Terrapins look to be in good position to make a deep run in March -- he almost did not make it here.
The turnaround Turgeon has orchestrated has been nothing short of remarkable, a mix of smart recruiting, good coaching, and the fortuitously timed arrival of one stabilizing force (Dez Wells) and one of the nation's best players (Melo Trimble).
In Parrish's piece, he sets the scene by turning the clocks back and focuses on a conversation Turgeon had during a car ride with his teenage son, William Harris. It would seem that this is during the thick of conversations in the media about the coach being on the hot seat, after missing out on the postseason and before a run to the NCAA tournament. Parrish writes:
"He said, 'Dad, do you think you're going to get fired?'" Turgeon remembered, and that's never a question you want to hear from your son, if only because no father wants his children worrying about adult things.
Turgeon considered the question for a moment.
He then posed a question of his own.
"I said, 'Do you believe in your Dad?'' Turgeon recalled. "And he said, 'Yep.' And then I said, 'Do you like living here?' And he said, 'I love it.' And I said, 'Then don't worry about it. There's no chance I'm getting fired. No chance. We're going to get it done.'"
As I mentioned, give the full piece a read. You can find it here.