As a follow-up to this morning’s dead-tree look at Gary Williams in retirement, one question that didn’t quite fit into the story the right way was whether he finds himself wishing he was still on the job.
“I was very fortunate just to work for 43 straight years doing something you like to do,” Williams said. “Not many people get the opportunity to what you like to do … I set high standards for myself and personally, I felt like the last game I could give it everything I had. It was important not to become a caricature of yourself, because I’ve seen it with other coaches, without naming anyone. It’s kind of sad. I’ve never wanted pity from anybody. Just let me coach. I was fortunate. I coached the last game like I wanted to.”
Williams, of course, will have his court-naming ceremony at Comcast Center tonight prior to Maryland’s meeting with Duke. The Terps’ last game against Duke? That was in the ACC tournament, Williams’ last game in a 33-year head coaching career.