Gibbs 'not sure' how to process Williams news
During an afternoon workout, Sterling Gibbs got a text message from a reporter saying that Maryland coach Gary Williams was retiring. The news "definitely came as a shock" to the Terps point guard signee.
“Then Nick Faust called me. He told me the same thing and that it was confirmed by ESPN," Gibbs said Thursday. "He was definitely a great coach. So hopefully they’ll be able to replace him with somebody of his caliber and still be at the top of the ACC.”
Gibbs, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior from Seton Hall Prep (N.J.), said he was still processing the information and planned to talk the news over with his family before making a decision on his future. He called a report that said he would ask out of his letter of intent to Maryland “premature.”
“Right now I’m not sure what I’m going to do,” Gibbs said. “Honestly, it just came as a surprise. When someone mentioned it to me, I honestly just didn’t think it was true. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do right now.”
Gibbs said he and his mother had a conversation with Terps assistant coach Rob Ehsan on Wednesday, but that he didn’t have any indication that Williams might be considering retirement. The Washington Times reported that Ehsan will take over as interim coach.
“I think he’s a really good guy,” Gibbs said of Ehsan. “He’s a good coach, but right now I’m not sure. I still have to talk it over with my family and just try to make the best decision for myself.”