N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow says Maryland coach Gary Williams tried to sabotage N.C. State's search for a new head men's basketball coach. Video by TRAVIS LONG - firstname.lastname@example.org
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When N.C. State introduced Debbie Yow as its new athletic director last year, the former Maryland AD downplayed rumors of a fractured relationship with Terrapins basketball coach Gary Williams, pointing out that she had nominated Williams for Hall of Fame consideration.
However, during this afternoon's news conference introducing the Wolfpack's new basketball coach, Mark Gottfried, Yow called out Williams for, in her words, trying to sabotage N.C. State's search for a new coach.
It started with Gottfried fielding a question about Yow's reputation of being difficult to work with, and N.C. State's "over the top" fan base. The coach responded, and so did Yow.
"You guys, come on. I don’t have a reputation across all men’s basketball of being difficult to work with. I have a reputation of not getting along with Gary Williams, who has tried to sabotage the search," she said. "Come on. We all know that, OK? So, whatever. It’s not a reputation. It’s Gary Williams out there doing his thing. Whatever."
In response, Maryland associate athletics director for media relations Doug Dull issued the following statement on Williams' behalf:
“I haven’t talked to anyone – coach or athletic director – connected to the N.C. State search," Williams said in the statement. "I don’t have any interest in the N.C. 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.”