Not sure how much he sweats, but new Maryland hire Mark Turgeon is getting compared quite a bit to Gary Williams.
It's the X's and O's thing. The defensive man-to-man. The overt competitiveness.
"One of the attributes he had is he's not going to back down with anybody," Maryland AD Kevin Anderson said.
But does he noticeably perspire? Will the Cameron Crazies chant "Sweat, Mark, sweat?" They might not admit it, but they sure enjoyed taunting Gary all those years.
Turgeon will be introduced on Wednesday at Comcast Center.
A few tidbits about the coaching search:
--Anderson interviewed Turgeon in Pittsburgh. The AD had reached out to Turgeon, who had contemplated the job and then called back and indicated interest.
"I've been following his career," Anderson said. "He did an outstanding job at Wichita State and then at Texas A&M."
--Anderson had initially reached out to Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon. Anderson and Dixon are friends. Dixon, of course, is staying put. So is his top guard, Ashton Gibbs, the brother of Maryland recruit Sterling Gibbs.
--Too soon to know the status of Maryland assistant coaches Rob Ehsan, Keith Booth ('BOOTH!") and Bino Ranson.
--There is a sophomore from Baltimore who went to DeMatha on Texas A&M's roster -- Naji Hibbert. That could be an entree to asking Turgeon about recruiting in the talent-rich Washington-Baltimore corridor.
--Turgeon had turned down overtures from Oregon last year.
"I accepted the Maryland job earlier tonight," he said in a prepared statement. "It was just too good an offer for me to pass on. The thing that made it the most difficult was the players. Those guys have done everything I've asked for four years and we've had a great ride."
--The Sun's Don Markus interviewed Larry Brown and he said he told his former point guard to wait for a place where he could win a national championship before making his next move.