Debbie Yow Claims Gary Williams Sabotaged N.C. State Coaching Search

What, you thought the long-rumored Gary Williams/Debbie Yow was over? Think again. This feud just got real.

You might have heard that N.C. State hired former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried to take over the program after being turned down by VCU's Shaka Smart and Cincinnati's Mick Cronin. You also might have heard the speculation that no coach wanted to work with Yow, especially after what happened with her and Williams. Put the pieces together, and - yeah, you get Yow saying stuff like this in Gottfried's introductory press conference.

"I don't have a reputation across all men's basketball as being difficult to work with. I have a reputation of not getting along with Gary Williams, who tried to sabotage the search. Come on. We all know that. So whatever," Yow said. "It's Gary Williams doing his thing, so whatever."    

This response came after two questions directed to Gottfried to address the rumors that Yow is difficult to work with. This wasn't even a question directed to Yow. But apparently, it was enough to get Yow to vent about what sounds like was years of frustration. 

Yow later said that she is "giving some thought" to legal action against Williams, and added that "someone will be writing about this nationally" (gee, I wonder who?). Welcome to N.C. State, Mark Gottfried!

Anyway, Williams issued the following statement, via Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times.

"I haven't talked to anyone - coach or athletic director - connected to the NC State search. I don't have any interest in the NC State search, since I'm coaching at Maryland and working hard to run our program. Anyone who says I've had contact with a prospective coach or athletic director regarding this search isn't being truthful."

Settle in, folks. This one's gonna be good.

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