COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams was released yesterday from Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, where he had spent the past week after being admitted with pneumonia.
Williams, who turned 50 last Saturday, will continue to recuperate at his home and will miss the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
According to team trainer J. J. Bush, who has been in touch with Williams and his doctors, Williams'condition will be re-evaluated on Monday before any determination is made in regard to coaching in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
"They'll redefine his goals and re-evaluate what his next step is," said Bush.
According to a statement released yesterday by the school's sports information office, Williams suffered from what has been described an "atypical case of bacterial pneumonia." Bush said that it was caused by a mycoplasma. "He had what used to be called viral pneumonia," Bush said.
Williams continues to be treated with antibiotics and has also been prescribed "complete rest for the next four or five days" at his home in Mitchellville. Sports information director Herb Hartnett said that Williams likely would be unavailable to the media until the NCAA tournament bids are announced Sunday night.
Bush said that Williams was in much better spirits when he was released yesterday. "He stopped and shook hands, and signed some autographs," said Bush. "He's going to take it easy. Friends are going to bring him food to his house. . . His goal is to come back [for the NCAAs]."
Interim coach Billy Hahn will continue to direct the team in Williams' absence. The 10th-ranked Terrapins play Florida State in Friday's last quarterfinal game at the Greensboro Coliseum. Maryland is seeded third.
After closing practice to the media yesterday, Hahn was rushing off to see Williams last night.
"It's a crying shame that he can't be with us," Hahn said.