Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com, continuing his fine coverage of the saga that is becoming the search for a new mens basketball coach at Maryland, is reporting via Twitter that current Butler head man Brad Stevens has turned down the Terps offer to take over in College Park.
Brad Stevens has spurned interest from Maryland, sources told FOXSports.com. Now it appears as though Mike Brey is next on the list.
Goodman has been spot on so far with this story, so I tend to believe him here. And it would only make sense for Maryland to keep going right down their supposed wish list to Notre Dame's Brey after losing out on Miller and Stevens.
That being said, this story took many twists and turns yesterday that I'm still not sure what to believe. Many thought by mid-afternoon Saturday that Arizona's Sean Miller was going to be the man to replace Gary Williams. By midnight on the east coast that dream had died for Terps fans, and the list of candidates shifted to names like Stevens, Brey, Mark Turgeon and Shaka Smart.
It really shouldn't surprise anyway Stevens turned down the Maryland job. His situation at Butler is currently just too good to leave. But that doesn't mean Maryland AD Kevin Anderson is off the hook. In the past 12 hours he's lost out on Stevens and Miller, who by all accounts WANTED the job. In the eyes of most Terps fans and local media members, he already botched the hiring of a football coach to replace Ralph Friedgen. Anderson needs to come up with a quality hire, and soon.