IMHO loosing Jordan Williams to the NBA is directly related to Gary retiring. He'd be starting over with an empty closet at age 66.
Coach Williams retirement is a loss for the University, and for college basketball. He is a class act all the way. Tough as nails, but a COACH.
I have been a passionate supporter of Gary since he came back to College Park. He has been one of the cleanest head coaches left in major conference college basketball, refusing to go along with the pay-to-play recruiting mentality of most of college basketball. Gary steadfastly refused to play ball with the recruiting from the ranks of the AAU program, the professional farm system for college basketball. And it cost him (and Maryland) a lot. He made a career of finding overlooked high school players that weren't represented (oh...sorry..."coached") by the AAU system. If that meant finding raw talent in the streets of Caracas or Baltimore or DC, thats what Gary would take. And coach to get the max out of them as a member of a TEAM. For darn sure they weren't all angels, and none have gone on to NBA superstardom, but somehow Gary got his teams to 3 ACC titles, 14 NCAA tournaments, 2 Final Fours, and a national championship.
Huge shoes to fill.
"...a lot of men fish all their lives without ever realizing that fish isn’t really what they’re after.”
from Michael Baughman, A River Seen Right (1995) who attributed it (incorrectly) to Henry David Thoreau.