Turgeon to Be Next UMD Basketball Coach

Monday, May 9, 2011  |  Updated 9:41 PM EDT
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Turgeon to Be Next UMD Basketball Coach

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Mark Turgeon said he will replace Gary Williams as coach of the University of Maryland men's basketball team.

The university has not confirmed the hire.

Turgeon has been the coach at Texas A& M since 2007 and was the only coach in school history to lead the Aggies to four straight NCAA tournaments. He has coached at the Division 1 level for 13 seasons and only had two losing seasons during that time. Before A&M, Turgeon coached Wichita State for seven seasons, leading them to the Sweet 16 in 2006.

Several coaches said no to Maryland, including Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Villanova's Jay Wright and Butler's Brad Stevens.

Arizona’s Sean Miller spent about 40 hours over the weekend mulling over the Maryland opportunity, the Associated Press reported. He said Monday he owed it to himself to at least listen to an offer, but he ultimately decided to stay in the desert, agreeing to a contract extension over the weekend.

Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, who was born in Bethesda, Md., said Monday he never interviewed for the Maryland job and did not have a meeting to discuss it because he knew he wanted to stay in South Bend.

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