Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said in an interview that Turgeon had been suggested as a candidate by Williams. Other candidates included Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon and Arizona coach Sean Miller.

Anderson first reached out to Turgeon late last week, then interviewed him in Pittsburgh. Turgeon flew back to Texas to talk to his team and family before Maryland confirmed the hire Monday night.

Williams declined comment when asked Tuesday in a text message about recommending Turgeon. Williams has said he will be reluctant to appear often at Comcast Center for fear of stealing attention from the new coach.

"Mark is very well thought of by his peers," Williams said in a statement released by Maryland upon request. "He plays an aggressive style that I'm sure will appeal to Maryland fans. Maryland basketball is in good hands with Mark as the head coach."

Texas A&M was 24-9 last season and ranked 19th in the nation in fewest average points allowed.

"He's been well trained. He gets it," said ESPN analyst Jay Bilas. "He's been very successful in a very difficult league and at a place that's not easy to recruit to and win at. He's a tough dude. His teams play hard and they're disciplined. He's a no-nonsense basketball coach. He would not back off of anybody in that [Atlantic Coast Conference]."

Said Brown: "His values are pretty simple. You play hard and you guard and you rebound like crazy and take good shots. If you go in there and you don't play hard, he's not going to beg you. You won't play. I'm pretty sure his values haven't changed."

Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Bracken contributed to this article.

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