Mac Attack 2/13/12: The Big Ten Network, and former Maryland Coach Gary Williams calls in to talk about how the ACC race is shaping up, if he misses coaching, and what it’s like to coach in arenas like Cameron, and the Comcast Center.
Williams admitted that he still closely follows the ACC because old habits die slowly when it comes to following his former team, the University of Maryland Terrapins. He said the ACC is still a tight race but sees UNC taking the lead. He sees a lot of the 2009 National Championship team in this year’s squad.
“I think a lot of people look at 2009 when basically Carolina team came back again and won the national championship…they became a really good team. Their smallest victory margin was 12 points in the NCAA tournament that year. This Carolina team has the chance to do that…now is the time, if they are gonna do it, they better do it…when they shoot the ball well, their defense is good enough to beat anybody.”
He said the ACC would get proper recognition come March Madness. He said the ACC would rise to the occasion, showing off their skills.
“When it all settles down and comes to tournament play, there are some really good teams in the ACC.”
He said at times he misses coaching, but he knew it was the right time to step out of the game. He was concerned his age would act as a hindrance, and he never wanted to feel like he was letting his team down.
“You miss the practices, the games, the excitement of the games…it was a tremendous thrill and I got the opportunity to do that…you forget quickly the things you didn’t like about it…There’s a reason [most coaches are not my age]…I feel good that my last game I coached as hard as I could…[I am glad I left knowing I was still giving it my all]…no one can say when the right time to stop coaching is.”