Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The Maryland coaching search hasn’t quite rivaled N.C. State in terms of incompetence, but it seems to be getting there.
Seemingly every coach except Phil Jackson, Bob Knight and Kenny Reeves (pictured) turned down the N.C. State gig before Mark Gottfried accepted the job.
Now Maryland has swung and missed on Arizona’s Sean Miller, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey and Villanova’s Jay Wright in just three days since Gary Williams announced his retirement Thursday.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that Brey essentially said, “Thanks, but no thanks” to Maryland AD Kevin Anderson after the two were reportedly slated to meet Sunday.
The reigning Big East and National Coach of the Year, Brey will remain at Notre Dame, which he has built into a national power.
Miller, Maryland’s No. 1 target, agreed to an extension at Arizona that was announced late Saturday night.
And Wright, basketball’s answer to George Clooney, told the Post he was out, too.
“I’m flattered by the interest,” Wright told the Post by email, “but I love Villanova!”
Maryland must now press ahead without Miller, Brey or Wright and find somebody to take the job.
“I don’t believe it’s going to be a long process,” Anderson told the Post. “We’re doing our due diligence, making sure we’re going to hire the right person.
“We’re just not going to panic and pick somebody who might not be the best fit for Maryland. We’re going to look at the whole person. Here’s what I’m looking for: Someone with most, if not all, of the qualities Gary Williams possessed.”
Hey, there’s always Kenny Reeves.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.