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Coffee Companion -- 5/6

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.

Running it back:

Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams stunned players and the university community by abruptly retiring Thursday after 22 seasons at his alma mater. His retirement announcement stunned friends and associates, too. ... Maryland recruit Justin Anderson still plans on playing at Maryland, but Nick Faust and Sterling Gibbs are unsure of what they will do. ... Chris Tillman was hammered for eight runs as the Orioles lost to the Royals, 9-1. ... Orioles left fielder Luke Scott will see team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Friday and have an MRI on Monday. ... Orioles top prospect Manny Machado left Thursday’s Single-A Delmarva game with an apparent knee injury. ... In between the hoagie toss and the Justin Bieber trivia contest, Bowie Baysox starter Alfredo Simon finally returned to affiliated baseball Thursday.

Hitting the links:

1. Kevin Cowherd: Gary Williams cleaned up Maryland basketball -- his way [Baltimore Sun]

2. Peter Schmuck: The timing of Williams' retirement from Maryland is befuddling [Baltimore Sun]

3. Waving a fond farewell to Gary Williams [ESPN]

4. Maryland faces questions and big decisions in the wake of Williams' retirement [Sporting News]

5. This is going to be a difficult loss for the entire Maryland program [CBS Sports]

6. Mike Wise: Williams leaves coaching having done it his way [Washington Post]

7. Williams' exit signals a changing of the guard [ESPN]

8. Jay Bilas thinks that Gary Williams deserves to go to the Hall of Fame [ESPN]

9. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Williams thought about retiring a year ago [Tracking the Terps]

10. A list of coaches linked to the Maryland job through media reports and sources [Baltimore Sun]

11. Another list of possible targets for the job [CBS Sports]

12. Is a recruiting culture change on tap for the Terps? [ESPN]

13. Gary Williams was the last man standing in the D.C. Sports scene [SB Nation]

14. After Thursday, Maryland Basketball will never be the same [The Loss Column]

15. What will Zach Britton do for his next act? [MASN]

16. The New York media is on to Luke Scott [NY Daily News]

17. Is Tandon Doss a tandem with Torrey Smith? [Ravens Insider]

18. Ray Lewis is staffing like a Raven [PR Web]

19. Capitals GM George McPhee said he expects Bruce Boudreau to return as coach [Washington Post]

20. The Capitals' latest postseason failure can be traced back to December [CBS Sports]

You said it:

"Long term this is for the best as the program had been in steady decline since the national championship (not on Yow).  We need someone new who can make this program relevant again.  What a low-class way to go out." -- reader View from the 500 Level responds to Gary Williams' surprise retirement

Video of the morning: 

Here's a video tribute to Gary Williams courtesy of the Testudo Times blog

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