There was a lot of entertainment, both obvious and subtle, to be found at Maryland‘s basketball media day.
There’s the joy of listening for Maryland coach Gary Williams‘ subtle digs at a laundry list of causes (more on those later). There’s an “in-other-words” count of the coach’s favorite phrase (today’s roughly 25-minute output was eight). There’s the chance to catch up with some players you haven’t seen in a while while also meeting some new ones.
But there was a curveball.
The program will be the subject of a reality series, to be filmed between now and the exhibition game on Nov. 8. It will debut on Nov. 21.
There’s no working title. I’m not sure anyone has any idea what to really expect from it. But it will no doubt be a little something different.
The football and women’s basketball programs already have their own in-house reality shows, and it makes sense for Williams’ team to jump on that bandwagon as well. Will it be controversial? Almost certainly not. But it will provide fans a slight (if fixed) window into a program that’s taken its share of hits in recent years.
—- Patrick Stevens