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Maryland legend Gary Williams calls out Coach K for outburst toward Duke fans

Maryland legend Gary Williams calls out Coach K for outburst toward Duke fans

Gary Williams was already a legend in the eyes of every Maryland basketball fan. As the only coach to lead them to the promised land, he is a Mount Rushmore figure in Terrapin athletics history.

If it’s possible, his standing in College Park probably just went way up.

Chris Knoche, one of the radio voices of Maryland’s radio broadcasts, was hosting a recent episode of the D.C. Basketball Coaches Podcast when he asked Williams about Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s recent outburst toward Duke fans.

Coach K had gone ballistic after hearing the Cameron Crazies chant “Coach Capel, sit with us,” at Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel, who coached in Durham prior to his job with Pitt.

The chant seemed innocent enough to bystanders, but it didn’t sit well with Coach K, who supposedly lost it because fans were using Capel’s name.

Gary Williams isn’t buying Coach K’s act, though.

“We played Duke 50 times, a couple were in the ACC Tournament, so say we played 23 games there at Cameron,” Williams said. “My name got used, 'Sweat Gary, Sweat' was the nicest thing they said. Let's put it that way. So that wasn't quite true what Coach k said about, 'We don't do that here.'”

Williams has commented on Coach K’s antics before, including when he’s admonished players on opposing teams. He continued to scoff at Coach K’s explanation for his anger, providing another example.

“When we had Vasquez down there his sophomore year, they had those dirt sheets, they had it in Spanish, yelling at him in the shootaround at 7 o'clock for an 8 o'clock game,” he went on. “I said, 'Greivis, what are they saying?' Greivis said, 'You don't want to know.' And then we win the game. He makes a layup right by our bench and then he purposely runs right by the student section, and whatever he said to them, I don't want to know either."

Coach K is, by most objective measures, the greatest college basketball coach in history. But that doesn’t make him infallible. And the best way to endear yourself to fans of any team other than Duke is by pointing out when Coach K is acting up.

Maryland fans can never get enough when it comes to their beef with Duke, and when it comes from their Hall of Fame head coach, it makes it all the sweeter.

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Report: Yale grad transfer Jordan Bruner considering Maryland among final three

Report: Yale grad transfer Jordan Bruner considering Maryland among final three

With the Terps facing the potential losses of two key scorers to the NBA Draft, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Yale is considering joining the Maryland roster for his final season of NCAA eligibility.

According to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, Bulldogs power forward Jordan Bruner has narrowed down his list of preferred transfer destinations to Maryland, Alabama and Baylor. ESPN ranked Bruner the third-best graduate transfer in the country following a season in which he led the Ivy League with 9.2 rebounds per game to go with 10.9 points and 3.7 assists.

The Terps are expected to lose Anthony Cowan Jr. (graduating) and Jalen Smith (NBA Draft) after claiming their first share of the Big 10 regular-season title in program history this season. Forward Ricky Lindo Jr. also entered the transfer portal. Smith started 30 games as a forward and led UMD with 10.5 rebounds per game.

Bruner originally declared for the NBA Draft on March 13 but reconsidered his position after the coronavirus pandemic put the sports world at a standstill. Five days after announcing his intent to go pro, he put his name in the transfer portal.

Per the Yale Daily News, Bruner received calls from 25 different programs within three hours of having his name in the portal. He reportedly trimmed his original list of 50 schools down to six—Maryland, Arkansas, Baylor, Gonzaga, Alabama and Louisville—before narrowing it down to the three Tuesday.

Injuries hit Bruner hard throughout his Yale career, including two meniscus tears—one of which forced him to miss all of his sophomore season. However, the 2020 All-Ivy First Team selection finally stayed healthy this year and only sat two games due to injury.

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Maryland lands commitment from 4-star LB Demeioun Robinson

Maryland lands commitment from 4-star LB Demeioun Robinson

Four-star linebacker Demeioun Robinson announced his commitment to Maryland on Friday, giving Terps head coach Mike Locksley his highest-rated commitment from the class of 2021.

Robinson, who attends Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md., is the No. 16 player in his class on the ESPN Jr. 300 rankings and No. 20 on 247Sports.

Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia and Texas A&M were also vying for Robinson's commitment. But in the end, the top-ranked recruit from the state of Maryland decided to stay home.

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The Terps began their recruitment of Robinson last summer, according to 247Sports's Maryland blog, giving Maryland an important leg up -- particularly in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson this week, Locksley talked about how his staff communicates with recruits during a time of social distancing.

"We do a lot of recruiting in the afternoon," Locksley said. "Whether it's FaceTime phone calls to recruits, direct messaging, and then we kind of get back together later in the afternoon as a staff just to see if there's any new updates on anything."

Robinson joins St. John's College High School's Taizse Johnson as Maryland's 4-star commitments from the class of 2021.

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