Turgeon was encouraged by urging from two icons

Gary Williams, Roy Williams helped him seal the deal with Maryland

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While Anderson flew to Las Vegas to meet with Arizona coach Sean Miller on Saturday, Turgeon was camping with his family in Pennsylvania in an area where there was no cellphone reception. Miller signed an extension late Saturday, and Anderson’s search continued.

Turgeon finally could check his voice mail Sunday and promptly called Anderson around noon. What followed was a whirlwind courtship; Anderson phoned his Texas A&M counterpart, Bill Byrne, for permission to speak with Turgeon and was in a car by 1. He arrived at a Pittsburgh hotel by 7, and he and Turgeon spoke for 2 1/2 hours. Then, Anderson drove back to Maryland, arriving home at 2:30 a.m.

Turgeon called Anderson on Monday morning and ultimately accepted the job to end a search Anderson insisted was filled with options throughout. Anderson said the one person he initiated contact with was Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon. While Army’s athletic director, Anderson hired Dixon’s sister, Maggie, as the women’s coach.

“I didn’t have to call people,” Anderson said. “The only one I even had a conversation and reached out to — and Mark knows that — was Jamie. Other than that, there were third parties and everything else [asking], ‘Did you know the Maryland job was open?’ I wanted not for candidates.”

Ultimately, Turgeon eventually became one of them. With the urging of two Williamses — one in the Hall of Fame, the other likely to soon have his name on the court at Comcast Center and owners of three national titles between them — he became the candidate for the Terps.

“It was going to take a great job for me to move,” Turgeon said. “I’ve turned down a lot of jobs over the last four years, and it was going to take a special one for me to move my family. And Maryland’s a special place and that’s why I’m here.”

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