“He was always one of the top people on our list” – Maryland AD Kevin Anderson
mmmhmmm, ok *cough*Gottfried*cough*.
Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon has accepted Maryland’s offer to become their new head basketball coach. He replaces Gary Williams who retired last week. Turgeon has been at A&M for the last for seasons, making the NCAA Tournament each year. He also was the head coach at Wichita State and Jacksonville State.
Turgeon, who is 46, has some UNC ties. He was recruited by Larry Brown at Kansas, played point guard for four years, and then became an assistant coach at KU. He was an assistant under Brown and Roy Williams when Roy took over the program.
Larry Brown said that Turgeon, who was one of his first recruits, “is right up there” with some of his other former assistants, including John Calipari, Bill Self and Gregg Popovich, in terms of his basketball IQ.
So Maryland’s coaching search ends after being turned down by names like Sean Miller, Brey, Jamie Dixon, Brad Stevens, and others. Not sure if Debbie Yow contacted any of those coaches about the Maryland job (I kid, I kid).
When Turgeon was at Jacksonville State, one of their league opponents was Georgia State, their head coach during that time was Lefty Driesell.