Report: Gary Williams retiring as Terps coach


Maryland coach Gary Williams is retiring.

Williams, who has spent the past 22 seasons at his alma mater and won the national title in 2002, will make it official on Friday afternoon, sources told

Williams has gone to 14 NCAA appearances in the past 18 seasons, including seven Sweet 16’s.

He has won 461 games in his tenure at College Park. The Terps were 19-14 this past season.

Williams began his head coaching career at American before spending four seasons at Boston College and three at Ohio State.

His career coaching mark is 668-380 in 33 seasons.

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Fact-checking The Baltimore Sun and WBAL-TV on Terps’ new hire

See below for a correction/update.

An unnamed reporter for the Baltimore Sun reports:

Clemson assistant coach Andre Powell is joining the Terps football team as running backs coach, Maryland announced in a news release Monday.

Powell has been at Clemson for the past four years, where he also coached special teams during part of his tenure.

Gerry Sandusky also reported on the 11 p.m. news Monday that Maryland hired Powell away from Clemson.

The truth is that Powell was fired by Clemson on January 2nd, 2011, after the Tigers’ loss to South Florida in their bowl game.

UPDATE: Since this post was originally written, the unnamed Sun reporter quietly changed his post to read:

He was let go Jan. 2, a few days after Clemson lost the Meineke Car Care Bowl 31-26 to South Florida.

The Sun reporter did not post an update or correction. He changed his copy without even acknowledging he had been wrong. This is poor form for a journalist with a newspaper. Print stories require a higher standard than this and almost every conscientious blogger would do what Barker didn’t do.

UPDATE: The references to Jeff Barker of the Sun in the original post were changed. Barker was not working when the post was written. The blog itself is Barker’s but the byline for that individual post was a generic one that I missed initially. I apologize for the error and we regret any incovenience.

VIDEO: Orioles FanFest

The Baltimore Sun’s video from FanFest is below:

Flacco on Zorn firing

“I also feel like a little bit like I’m being attacked,” Flacco said. “You fire the quarterback coach. Usually when your fire a position coach, it’s because you’re not really happy with how that position did. And when I look back on my season and our season as a team, I mean, we won 13 games. I felt like I had a pretty good year and you’re firing the quarterback coach? It’s kind of an attack on me, I feel like.

“This year will be what it is. We’re going to be successful this year. I would have just liked [Zorn] to be a part of it. He would have liked to be a part of it. And I think it would have been good for him to be a part of it.”

Orioles make an offer to Vlad Guerrero


Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Orioles have made an offer to free agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero.

Rosenthal suspects that the offer is worth between $3 million and $5 million. Vlad is thought to be looking for something closer to $8 million, but the Angels, Rangers and Blue Jays have all dropped out of the running and there’s no reason for the O’s to meet his demands. If Vlad concedes and winds up in Baltimore, Luke Scott would move to left field to open the DH role.

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