By Erie's Scribe on Mar 12, 2008 with Comments 4
Dude, what happened?
Hmm, just six March’s ago the Terps won the National Championship. Those Terps were led by 3 future NBA’ers (Steve Blake, Chris Wilcox, and Juan Dixon), and everyone’s favorite “guy who shot his gun off too close to the White House,” Lonnie Baxter. People actually feared the turtle. At that time, Gary Williams and his squad were in the middle of an 11 year run of NCAA appearances, and an 87 game non-conference home winning streak. It woulde be a stretch to say the Terps were dominant, but they were pretty damn good.
Fast forward to today, and the only turtle fearing to be seen is in the N.I.T. Over the past few years, no bubble discussion is complete without Maryland. This year, 18-13 Maryland looks to be headed to it’s third N.I.T. in four years. What the hell, why? How can a program go from national champs to N.I.T. junkies in six years with the same coach?
Did Gary Williams forget how to recruit? Where are the Wilcoxes, Joe Smiths and Stevie Franchises now? How do you let local talent like Kevin Durant go to Texas? Durant is just one example, but the Baltimore/DC area ain’t exactly hurting for hoops talent to my knowledge, and somehow this talent has avoided College Park lately. Can coaches actually forget how to recruit? Or, maybe Williams forgot how to coach?
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