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Gary Williams to be inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, source confirms

The list of the best college basketball coaches not to have made the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame apparently will shorten by at least one name when the 2014 class is unveiled Monday.

Longtime Maryland coach Gary Williams, who led the Terps to their only two Final Four appearances and lone national championship, in 2002, will be honored during a luncheon before Monday's NCAA men's title game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

A source close to Williams, 69, confirmed multiple media reports that the former Terps coach will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Reached by his phone Saturday night, Williams declined to comment.

The Washington Post, citing a source familiar with the situation, reported Saturday that Williams had been selected. CSN Washington confirmed that report, citing its own unnamed source.

The 2014 class of nominees is led by recently retired NBA commissioner David Stern. Two other college coaches, Nolan Richardson and Eddie Sutton, also were nominated.

Williams was selected last month for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo, in November.

Williams won 668 games during a 33-year coaching career that spanned stops at American, Boston College, Ohio State and Maryland. His teams appeared in 16 NCAA tournaments — including a stretch of 11 straight at Maryland — and led his team to the Sweet 16 nine times and to the Elite Eight twice.

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