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Wednesday / November 20.
  • Maryland’s Williams Gets Extension; World’s Tallest Man Without a School

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    Maryland coach Gary Williams, who took a lot of heat last year for his supposed failures in recruiting, received a one-year extension through 2013.

    “I’m pleased for Gary that he met the competitive and academic benchmarks of his contract,” said Maryland AD Deborah Yow. “The 2009-10 season has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory.”

    Williams, recently voted onto the board of directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, is the winningest coach in Maryland history and enters the season with a 418-229 mark in his previous 20 seasons in College Park.

    “I’m looking forward to coaching this team this year,” said Williams. “We’re all very anxious for the start of the season.”

    He is sixth nationally among active coaches with 625 victories (625-357) in 31 seasons overall.

    WORLD’S TALLEST MAN WITHOUT A SCHOOL

    The world’s tallest man is Turk Sultan Kosen, who chimes in at 8 feet, 1 inch.

    “I’m really proud and happy I’ve managed to get into the Guinness Books of World Records because it’s been one of my dreams,” Kosen told  Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira of The Today Showthrough translator Kelly Garrett, according to msnbc.com.

    Anybody got a scholarship for this cat?

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    (Photos courtesy Maryland athletics, MSNBC.com)

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    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.