David Stern

On eve of Hall of Fame induction, Gary Williams still emotional about Maryland career

A few months after Maryland men's basketball star Len Bias died from a cocaine overdose in June 1986, and a few days after Dunbar High coach Bob Wade was named to replace Lefty Driesell as coach, a reporter called Gary Williams to ask whether he would have considered taking the job.

"It would have been hard, but I would have had to do it — Maryland's my school," said Williams, who was entering his ninth year as a Division I head coach and had just been hired at Ohio State.

Three years later, Maryland called.

A quarter-century after that, so did the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

On Friday night, the four-plus-decade coaching career of...

30°