When Gary Williams announced his retirement after 22 years as Maryland's basketball coach, he did so to become the Terps' assistant athletic director. This put him in a position to affect the coaching search, and he said that he would do whatever Kevin Anderson wanted him to do to help. Three days later, Maryland hired Mark Turgeon.
And as it turned out, Williams did indeed play a role in the Terps' decision. Via Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun.
Gary Williams had suggested to Maryland that it seriously look at Mark Turegon -- and it did. Turgeon also recommended by Roy Williams.
Sure, Williams and Turgeon could not be more different stylistically. But if Williams himself endorses the hire, then Terps fans should probably feel pretty good about it too.