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Doug Dull, a team spokesman at Maryland, did not immediately return a call or e-mail from The Associated Press for comment. But Williams did release a statement to the Baltimore Sun saying he hasn’t talked to anyone, coach or athletic director, connected to the N.C. State search.

“I don’t have any interest in the N.C. State search, since I’m coaching at Maryland and working hard to run our program,” Williams said. “Anyone who says I’ve had contact with a prospective coach or athletic director regarding this search isn’t being truthful.”

As for the hiring of Gottfried, Yow said it came together in a matter of days. She said initially she didn’t believe he would want to leave his TV job to return to the sidelines. Yow said had interviewed three other candidates in person and spoke with others by phone.

“He develops talent, he values graduation … and he motivates them to achieve,” she said. “He has a fiery attitude and a can-do spirit. And that’s exactly what State needs at this time in our program.”