Warne was the defensive coordinator responsible for aiding the Terps’ back-to-back appearances in
The move wasn’t surprising – what assistant coach doesn’t dream of helming his own program? – but it did raise some eyebrows considering that Warne was a member of Maryland’s staff when athletic director
Warne said the acrimony between the two schools had no impact on his decision to leave Maryland.
“No hesitation whatsoever,” he said Friday afternoon. “Coach [
Warne said he didn't eye the Hoyas opening when Urick stepped down on July 13. But when the school inquired, he listened.
"I wasn't looking for a job," he said. "I guess this was an opportunity that came about and it came about fast. I wasn't really looking. You hear all the rumors and then all of a sudden, it's like, 'Hey, as an assistant, I want to see if I have an opportunity to have a chance to run my own program and take my experiences and learn from them and build something that's mine.' But I didn't have to leave. The opportunity presented itself."
Warne is intent on reversing Georgetown's trend of five consecutive years without qualifying for the NCAA tournament, but he did acknowledge that he would be interested in resuming the annual series with the Terps.