Williams' stay to be longer

March 03, 1995|By Don Markus

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, who was hospitalized Tuesday with pneumonia and expected to be released by the end of the week, will stay at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park for an undetermined length of time.

According to a statement released yesterday by the school's sports information office, Williams "continues to improve slowly . . . and will be monitored on a day-to-day basis. He will not be released in time to coach the Virginia game."

Maryland team trainer J. J. Bush, who has been in contact both with Williams and his doctors, said that the coach, who turns 50 tomorrow, was found to have a buildup of fluids in both of his lungs. "There's a little more fluid in one lung than the other," Bush said.

Bush said test results on Williams, not all of which have come back, might determine when he will return. It isn't known whether Williams will be back in time for the ACC tournament, which begins for the Terrapins next Friday in Greensboro, N.C.

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