It’s heartening fifth, sixth or 13th choice Mark Turgeon took Gary Williams’s old job. Because if the Texas A&M coach had turned down Maryland, I would hate to be Kevin Anderson today.
High-profile names who have either outright rejected the Maryland men’s basketball job, refused to enter into conversations with the athletic director about the opening or flat-out used Anderson and the school for a salary bump: Arizona’s Sean Miller, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Villanova’s Jay Wright, Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon and Butler’s Brad Stevens.
The fallback who took the gig Monday night? Turgeon, whose Aggie and Wichita State programs have been tournament-tested and clean. Still, Turgeon isn’t that name Garyland so covets and Anderson has unsuccessfully courted — and not in basketball alone.
In his pursuit of an It Guy to generate new revenue streams for the university’s athletic coffers, Anderson has come across as the gym-class dreamer who thinks he has a shot with the homecoming queen — only to be shot down by her and the members of her court. Out of options on prom night, he finally texts his biology lab partner, who thought he would never ask.