Williams retiring from Maryland; will Terps go after Brey?

Maryland coach Gary Williams is retiring after 19 seasons, and the speculation is already running rampant on who the Terps could lure. Many believe Notre Dame’s Mike Brey could be on the short list.

Suddenly, the college basketball coaching landscape is on the verge of a major shakeup.

Maryland coach Gary Williams is retiring after 19 seasons, and the speculation is already running rampant on who the Terps could lure for a spot that is considered one of the top 15 in the country.

And many believe Notre Dame’s Mike Brey could be on the short list.

Brey, who is on his way to the Kentucky Derby, was not immediately available for comment–according to a Notre Dame spokesperson.

Sources tell CBS Sports Network’s Jon Rothstein that Maryland is likely to target Brey because of his deep D.C. area roots.

The Irish head coach has strong ties to Maryland. It is after all his home state and where he played his high school basketball at DeMatha. He went to college at nearby George Washington before serving as assistant coach back at DeMatha, then at Duke under Coach K.

Brey served as head coach at Delaware before taking over at Notre Dame. The move to South Bend at the time was considered a surprising one for Brey because he was always considered a mid-atlantic guy. Now will he return?

Brey led Notre Dame to its best regular season in decades this past season, earning Big East Coach of the Year and Associated Press National Coach of the Year honors.

The Irish lost in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament however and have reached the Sweet 16 just once in Brey’s 11 years as head coach. That came in 2003, which is also the last time Maryland made the Sweet 16.

The question is whether Maryland is a major upgrade for Brey? Or with where the Terps and Irish currently stand, is it more of a lateral move?

You’d think when Coach K ultimately retires from Duke, Brey would be a contender there. Brey said recently he’s very happy at Notre Dame and plans to be here for a long time to come. Perhaps there are only a handful of jobs that could lure Brey from South Bend at this point. Duke would almost certainly be one, but is Maryland?

An obvious contender for the Maryland job is VCU coach Shaka Smart, who led the Richmond based Rams to the Final Four in a shocking run that began in a First Four game.

Or could Maryland be a job that ultimately lures Butler Coach Brad Stevens from Indianapolis? Stevens has led the Bulldogs to the national championship game each of the last two seasons.

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