Gary Williams to Mark Turgeon: 'You can be competitive' in ACC

May 18, 2011|By Matt Vensel

At his introductory press conference last week, Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon revealed that he chatted with his predecessor, Gary Williams, before accepting the job offer from Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson. Now we have a better idea of what Williams told Turgeon.

During an interview on ESPN 980-AM in D.C. on Tuesday, Williams was asked about what was discussed.

“The big thing for him, I wanted him to make sure about Kevin Anderson, our athletic director, [that he knew] the way I felt,” Williams said (via D.C. Sports Bog). “Obviously no one has all the answers, but I wanted to give him my honest feelings about Kevin Anderson and what it was like to work for him."

Williams said he also tried to convince Turgeon that the former Texas A&M coach could make sure Maryland remained competitive against ACC powerhouses Duke and North Carolina.

"And I tried to assure him that you won’t do it every year, but you can be competitive with those guys, really coming in and working hard," he said. "And I think that’s the thing I liked about Mark the best. He knew the challenge. He was ready to come in here and work hard."

Turgeon has only been on the job for 10 days, but he has already accomplished some big things for the Maryland program.

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