On when Maryland turned the corner
“The first year [1989-90] was the
On the pressure he felt early on to rebuild the program
"People have short memories. I got the job in '89. If you don't win [by] '94-'95, that's five years. People don't want to hear what was going on during those five years. They just know it's five years. I figured we had to start winning. I didn't think we could get to the Sweet 16. We didn't play like freshmen and sophomores. They played like juniors and seniors."
On his chance to leave Maryland early in his tenure
“I had a situation where I could have gone as an assistant coach because [former
On the team that followed the national championship in 2002
“That’s the forgotten year. People never talk about ’03. They talk about ’01, ’02 and 2010, when Michigan State beat us on that last-second shot. Here comes
On the criticism he endured toward the end of his career
“Things change. It used to be that if you got to a Final Four, you had job security for the rest of your life. It’s not that way anymore. I understand that. The patience isn’t there. The money coaches make changes the way people look at coaches. Two of those years when we didn’t make the NCAA tournament, Chris McCray was declared ineligible under a new NCAA rule that was put in. D.J. Strawberry tore his ACL one year and we didn’t make it. I don’t think there’s too many teams in the country — maybe a Duke, when they were loaded — that could have survived those two injuries. I heard things. You get to a certain age in coaching, people look at you if you don’t win.
On coaching again in the pros or college