Gary Williams Recounts Getting Tossed 5 Minutes into a Game At Duke

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(Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Former Maryland head basketball coach and current Naismith Hall of Fame finalist, Gary Williams, who’s now a Comcast and the Big 10 Network analyst, joins Mac and Jim to discuss coaching in the ACC, working the refs and to discuss the current crop of ACC teams.

On Syracuse: I think they’ve won seven games in the league by five or less points. They really struggle to score some times. Fair is really good, but he got into a little bit of foul trouble last night and he got pretty tentative, especially after he got his fourth foul. They don’t have a lot of ways to go to score. Ennis is a very good guard, but they play a low scoring style this year.

On Jim Boeheim’s outburst: You’re still in the game, if Duke is bringing the ball inbounds you’re down two, you can steal the inbounds pass or foul and they can miss the free throws. Sure, things can happen.

On coaching in Cameron: Duke’s a tough place. I got kicked out in 1998 in the first five minutes. I got thrown for arguing a walk call. The officials had just received a memorandum, before the game, about bench conduct, which I was unaware of. The late great Fred Barakat had sent that out, so I guess they were ready and they got me. At the same time, you have to fight for your program. Sometimes you went over the line trying to fight for your team, but I wasn’t going to just sit there and not try to get better or not to try to be competetive against the top teams in the league.

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