Terps Q&As with Heather A. Dinich
12:36 PM EDT, April 14, 2006
Steve: Heather, thanks for all of your astute commentary. As a longtime season ticket holder, (basketball, both men and women) I am disappointed not to see Gary or any of the men comment on the success of the women's team. I thought at least Gary would be in Boston. What's the story here?
April 5, 2006
Texas Terp, Dallas: I follow Maryland basketball closely and a recent Q&A referenced the Terps' interest in possibly recruiting a 'big' for next year from the JUCOs. I have not heard anything about this, however, given the clear lack of bulk with the present frontline, with no immediate answer in the 2006 recruiting class, and Gary's prior success with same (Ryan Randle, Jamar Smith), I think it's a good and necesary idea to bridge the gap between DuPree's and Gregory's arrival in 2007. Is Maryland specifically targeting any single player?
March 21, 2006
Dan, Bowie: Hello Heather! I agree with all of your responses regarding recruiting. The senior and junior classes have been two of best classes "on paper" in the Gary Williams era. The problem I see is that these players are not developing over the years. Mike Jones still has the same problems he had as a freshman - the inability to put the ball on the floor and take it to the basket when defenders are taking away his jump shot, looseness with the ball when making passes, lack of lateral quickness on defense and the inability to move without the ball on offense. Does the coaching staff provide these players with off-season goals and are they allowed to monitor their progress? Thanks.
10:36 AM EST, March 7, 2006
Joe, Tacoma, Wash.: Given the Terps' poor season this year, should an NIT bid (if tendered) be accepted? Looking at the recruiting classes for 2006 and 2007, it doesn't appear things are going to get better anytime soon -- is this because top prospects are turned off by Maryland or Coach Williams?
February 25, 2006
George, Fort Washington: Maryland fans are so desperate for the recruiting class to help this team out in 2006-07. I like the prospect point guard, Eric Hayes, but people should realize that he is coming in as a freshman, and he is going to make some mistakes like every freshman in college basketball. If he can't make an immediate impact on the team next season, will Gary Williams (unfortunately) rely on D.J. Strawberry or Parrish Brown again?
February 15, 2006
Roger, Miami, Fla.: It has been frustrating to see how both the men's basketball and football teams failed to capitalize on their successes 3 & 4 years ago. What are they doing about their staffs to improve recruiting because it is obvious to me that, even though they are both great X's and O's coaches, this where both of them fail. There is no excuse that neither one of them can win the recruiting battle in the state and that is pretty pathetic.
February 13, 2006
Gary, Silver Spring: Maryland's senior basketball class has suffered another black eye with Chris McCray's dismissal. So far, that class has three arrests, one has left the program, and one was lost to poor academics. Since winning the national championship, Gary Williams' recruiting classes have been less than stellar. Has he lost his touch?
January 23, 2006
Brett, Baltimore: Do you think had John Gilchrist had stayed we would be a more dominant team in the ACC?
January 17, 2006
Ari, Ardmore, Pa.: Why if Chris Mcray was at Cornerstone along with Travis Garrison was he not suspended as well? They both violated the same team rule.
5:06 PM EST, January 9, 2006
Jim, Moultrie, Ga.: It appears Coach Friedgen is a good coach but a poor recruiter. Why are so many potential recruits leaving and going elsewhere? Will Maryland football return to the big time? I am tired of my friends here in Georgia ragging me about my university's poor football proformance. Is his job safe?