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By McClatchy News Service | October 23, 1992
...C SAN DIEGO -- Sacramento Kings owner Jim Thomas and team president Rick Benner met yesterday with unsigned first-round draft choice Walt Williams and attorney Len Elmore, but no agreement was reached.The meeting was held in a downtown Baltimore hotel that served as a median point for the Kings' executives, who were inNew York for league meetings, and Williams and Elmore, two former Maryland Terrapins who reside in the Washington, D.C., area.The Kings did not change their offer, believing their seven-year, $15.2 million proposal to Williams represents fair market value.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- For each inductee he introduced Friday night, emcee Chick Hernandez ran through a list of that person's accomplishments at the University of Maryland. For most who were announced, the 400 people gathered at tables in the Heise Room at the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center would give a standard applause as the inductee was led from the back corner of the room to the front and eventually to their seat. But when Hernandez introduced Len Bias, the 400 rose from their seats and clapped for an extended period as members of Bias' family - his parents and two of his siblings - was led to the front of the room.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Evening Sun Staff | August 30, 1991
COLLEGE PARK -- In most parts, school starts next Tuesday and the beginning of the new fall term brings with it the obligatory reports of how each student spent his summer vacation.Walt Williams stepped forward yesterday to give his oral recap of the summer just past, the most significant portion of which was spent in Cuba playing for the U.S. basketball team in the Pan American Games.The U.S. squad had to settle for the bronze medal after losing to Puerto Rico."Even though we didn't win the gold, which was our intention, we had fun as a team," said Williams.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
A few months after Maryland men's basketball star Len Bias died from a cocaine overdose in June 1986, and a few days after Dunbar High coach Bob Wade was named to replace Lefty Driesell as coach, a reporter called Gary Williams to ask whether he would have considered taking the job. "It would have been hard, but I would have had to do it - Maryland's my school," said Williams, who was entering his ninth year as a Division I head coach and had...
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By Don Markus | March 30, 1993
Walt Williams often has demonstrated his loyalty to the University of Maryland. When the NCAA placed the Terrapins on probation after his sophomore year, Williams chose to finish his career in College Park even though it meant not playing in a postseason tournament.Williams, who became an All-American as a senior and was the No. 1 draft pick of the Sacramento Kings, has extended that loyalty with plans for a $125,000 endowment to the university.According to Len Elmore, Williams' attorney, the endowment will be placed in the school's general fund and directed for minority students.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | October 9, 1992
Contract negotiations between Walt Williams and theSacramento Kings broke off acrimoniously yesterday after the former University of Maryland All-American rejected a seven-year, $14.7 million offer.The offer to Williams, the Kings' No. 1 choice and the seventh player selected in June's NBA draft, came less than two days after LaPhonso Ellis, the No. 5 selection, signed a five-year, $13 million deal with the Denver Nuggets."It was always our approach that we wanted the other guys in front of him to sign," said Len Elmore, another former Terrapins All-American, who is representing Williams.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | March 11, 1992
COLLEGE PARK -- A year ago, Maryland guard Walt Williams was a nearly forgotten player on a virtually ignored team. Because of a broken leg, he appeared in only 17 games for a team that was banned by the NCAA from live television and postseason competition.The Terrapins are still ineligible to play after this week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but the 6-foot-8 senior from Temple Hills is getting the attention that eluded him for most of his college career. On Monday, he was named first-team All-ACC.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 24, 1991
COLLEGE PARK -- How's this for a script: Maryland is down 10 points to Wake Forest early in the second half, four when Walt Williams makes his first appearance after missing six weeks with a broken leg. Coming in to a prolonged standing ovation, the junior point guard hits his first shot, an over-the-head layup to tie the score.Not bad, but there's more: Williams makes two more acrobatic shots, including a crucial three-pointer, bringing down the house and the Deamon Deacons. As Cole Field House rocks, the Terrapins roll to an 86-78 victory, cooling off the Atlantic Coast Conference's hottest team and clinching a winning record.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - Before playing at Madison Square Garden in the 1990 ECAC Holiday Festival, Walt Williams was considered an up-and-coming player for a down-and-out program. A junior, Williams had stayed at Maryland rather than transferring to another school without penalty after the Terps were put on a harsh probation by the NCAA. Ineligible to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament or the NCAA tournament that season because of the sanctions, the late December tournament at a place often called "The World's Most Famous Arena" became a showcase for the 6-foot-8 guard from Temple Hills known as "The Wizard" and a program under second-year coach Gary Williams.
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March 31, 2003
Moves Basketball CLIPPERS: Paced F Tremaine Fowlkes on injured list with strained right shoulder. Activated G Keyon Dooling from injured list. MAVERICKS: Placed F Walt Williams (Maryland) on injured list with strained left hamstring and activated C Evan Eschmeyer. TIMBERWOLVES: Activated G Igor Rakocevic from injured list. Placed G Rod Strickland on injured list with strained left groin. Hockey BLACKHAWKS: Assigned G Craig Andersson and D Burke Henry to AHL Norfolk. HURRICANES: Assigned LW Damian Surma to AHL Lowell.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
Former Maryland basketball star Walt Williams, who currently serves as an analyst on the team's radio broadcast at home games, said Wednesday that he heard sophomore forward Charles Mitchell being "disruptive" during a timeout in Tuesday's game against Virginia Tech. The incident led to Mitchell being sent to the locker room by Terps coach Mark Turgeon . Williams said he didn't hear or see what preceeded the timeout. “I was listening to what Mark was telling them at the under 4-minute timeout, and I could hear Charles talking too. You could hear both of them.
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Sports Digest | June 21, 2013
Cycling Walt Williams to bike 100 miles for 'Team Walt' Former Maryland men's basketball player Walt Williams will bike 100 miles in the Catoctin Challenge, a two-day mountain ride that starts Saturday. Williams, who is participating in honor of the 20th anniversary of his father's death, is hoping to recruit other cyclists and hundreds of sponsors to join "Team Walt" as he tries to raise $50,000 for Camp Greentop and the Walter A. Williams Sr. Fund. Williams works as a financial adviser at The Legacy Wealth Management Group at UBS and has been involved with Boys and Girls Clubs, raising awareness and money for charities and people with disabilities, especially children, so they have access to outdoor recreation.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - Before playing at Madison Square Garden in the 1990 ECAC Holiday Festival, Walt Williams was considered an up-and-coming player for a down-and-out program. A junior, Williams had stayed at Maryland rather than transferring to another school without penalty after the Terps were put on a harsh probation by the NCAA. Ineligible to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament or the NCAA tournament that season because of the sanctions, the late December tournament at a place often called "The World's Most Famous Arena" became a showcase for the 6-foot-8 guard from Temple Hills known as "The Wizard" and a program under second-year coach Gary Williams.
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Sports Digest | October 10, 2012
Maryland Elmore collapses during meeting in Washington Former Maryland All-American Len Elmore collapsed during a meeting Tuesday of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics at Washington's Ritz-Carlton Hotel but walked out of the conference room under his own power about 20 minutes later after being evaluated by paramedics. When the meeting resumed, Southern Methodist University president Gerald Turner , the panel's co-chairman, announced that Elmore explained he has had this problem before and that it was related to "a long-standing health issue.
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By Connor Letourneau, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
Walt Williams isn't one to shy away from a challenge. The former NBA veteran, after all, is perhaps best known for playing under the most trying circumstances in the history of Maryland basketball. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the Terps were in the midst of major NCAA sanctions after the death of forward Len Bias, Williams honored his commitment to his home-state school and starred under new coach Gary Williams. It was a decision that forever endeared Walt Williams to Maryland fans, one many believe helped save the program.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2012
From the illuminated silhouette showing a familiar figure pumping his fist that adorned the outside of the arena, to the season's first sellout crowd inside, Comcast Center had a different feel to it Wednesday night. It had a different feel to Gary Williams, too - different from any of the game nights he had spent there during the last nine years of a 22-year career at Maryland. Even with an old and familiar rival, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his eighth-ranked Blue Devils, it was not the same for the 66-year-old coach.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | October 30, 1992
Former University of Maryland basketball star Walt Williams ended his holdout yesterday by signing a six-year, $13.38 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.Williams, the Kings' No. 1 pick and the seventh player chosen in the June NBA draft, will join the team for a preseason game tonight in Toronto against the defending champion Chicago Bulls."I've heard the numbers all along, but it's different to see them on a signed contract," Williams, 22, said by telephone from the offices of his attorney, Len Elmore.
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November 12, 1995
BaseballAtlanta Braves: Signed CF Marquis Grissom to four-year contract.BasketballNBA: Suspended without pay and fined Indiana F Dale Davis and Sacramento F Michael Smith $20,000 and two games; Sacramento C Duane Causwell $7,500 and one game; and Sacramento's Tyus Edney, Byron Houston, Sarunas Marciulionis, Olden Polynice, Lionel Simmons and Walt Williams and Indiana's Travis Best, Adrian Caldwell, Duane Ferrell, Fred Hoiberg, Mark Jackson, Reggie Miller...
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Kevin Cowherd | May 7, 2011
The crowd of students at Comcast Center chanted his name and he threw one last fist pump that would have taken out Manny Pacquiao, and so began the retirement ceremony Friday for Gary Williams. Twenty-two years as the iconic coach of Maryland. A school-record 441 wins, including a national championship in 2002. A total of 668 wins in 33 years as a head coach, the fifth-most wins among active Division I coaches. Some of this was surely going through his mind as he bounced into the arena with that odd, rolling gait that always reminded me of an amped-up fighter entering the ring.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2010
Gary Williams is a private person. The Maryland coach is most comfortable in the world of gym shorts, bouncing basketballs and the sound of sneakers echoing around practice gyms. He considers himself not a sports celebrity, but a teacher. But, Thursday night, Williams, not ordinarily chatty, was happy to step out of character — perhaps even out of his comfort zone — to receive a gift. The treat for Williams was not only to be inducted into the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards' newly-created "Hall of Legends" in an evening ceremony at the Hippodrome , but to be reunited with about a dozen of his former players and to be acknowledged by coaching peers such as Villanova's Jay Wright, Temple's Fran Dunphy, Minnesota's Tubby Smith and College of Charleston's Bobby Cremins.
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