No one said “great for Gary” yesterday. No one began a tribute to Gary Williams on the eve of his retirement as Maryland’s men’s basketball coach with, “It’s about time the man got some peace and serenity. Good for him.”
All anyone said was, “Sad day for Maryland.”
“Real sad day,” said Walt Williams, who starred on Gary’s first team in College Park. “I looked at him on the sideline this year, up close. He displayed the same kind of intensity he displayed when I played for him 20 years ago.”
Dick Vitale, already emotional from having delivered a eulogy at a funeral, started crying over the phone late Thursday afternoon when he heard Gary was retiring.