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"In terms of, 'Why now?', it's just a gut feeling more than anything else," Coach Gary Williams told the crowd about his retirement from coaching at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., on Friday, May 6, 2011. He said he still feels like he could coach, but he'd rather leave too early than too l(...)

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University of Maryland students Michael Rossbach, left, a junior, and Andrew Pajak, a sophomore, donned their Maryland shirts to attend a press conference Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., where Coach Gary Williams officially announced his retirement. "It's heartbreakin(...)

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"In terms of, 'Why now?', it's just a gut feeling more than anything else," Coach Gary Williams told the crowd about his retirement from coaching at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., on Friday, May 6, 2011. He said he still feels like he could coach, but he'd rather leave too early than too l(...)

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Hundreds of University of Maryland students and alumni applaud as Coach Gary Williams enters the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., on Friday, May 6, 2011 to officially announce his retirement as the school's basketball coach. Many students sported yellow "Garyland" t(...)

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"In terms of, 'Why now?', it's just a gut feeling more than anything else," Coach Gary Williams told the crowd about his retirement from coaching at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., on Friday, May 6, 2011. He said he still feels like he could coach, but he'd rather leave too early than too l(...)

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Gary Williams waves to the crowd of University of Maryland students and alumni in the audience at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., on Friday, May 6, 2011, the day that, after a 33-year career, 22 of which have been at the University of Maryland, Williams officially announced his retirement. (...)

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University of Maryland students and alumni give Coach Gary Williams a standing ovation during a press conference Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., where the coach announced that, after a 33-year career, 22 of which have been at the University of Maryland, he would be re(...)

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Coach Gary Williams enters the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland in College Park on Friday, May 6, 2011 for a press conference to officially announce his retirement after a 33-year career, 22 of which have been at the University of Maryland. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Flanked by University of Maryland president Wallace Lowe, left, and diretor of athletics Kevin Anderson, coach Gary Williams gives one last wave to the crowd of Terps fans who came out to the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., on Friday, May 6, 2011 to officially say goodbye and thank him for his (...)

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Outgoing Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams speaks Friday during a news conference to formally announce his retirement as the head basketball coach at Maryland in College Park, Md. Williams coached college basketball for 33 years, the last 22 at his alma mater. (Associated Press)

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The Washington Times Gary Williams' success with Maryland's basketball program often is cited as the reason Comcast Center was built to replace Cole Field House. The Terrapins moved into 17,950-seat arena after the 2002 season.

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'IT'S THE RIGHT TIME': Gary Williams' firebrand style of coaching defined Maryland basketball since he arrived in College Park in 1989. (The Washington Times)

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Gary Williams is retiring after 22 seasons as Maryland basketball coach.

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Maryland head coach Gary Williams talks to his team during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)