Q: Before jumping into sports, you spent a lot of time covering politics. Did this Terps' season feel at all like covering a campaign? Was it like a campaign off its tracks or did you sense the coach and players never lost sight of where there’d be in March?
A: First of all, college basketball is way more like politics than I imagined. Just like politicians, big-program coaches must involve themselves in fundraising meet and greets. Gary Williams may appear maniacal on the bench but I hear he’s pretty good with the big donors.
Maryland’s “campaign” was hardly smooth. With the 41-point catastrophe at Cameron and the rumors at that time about Gary’s job security, I don’t think we knew where the Terps headed. But they righted themselves.
Q: Does Gary Williams remind you of any politicians? Seems like a bit of a straight talker, doesn't he?
A: He’s too blunt to be a politician. And I mean that as a compliment. I covered John McCain and he could be candid, too. But he didn’t curse as much in public places.
Q: Let's talk Greivis Vasquez for a second. Why does he say crazy things at inopportune times? And do you think his comments actually affect games?