“I remember John’s face when Joe Smith took off and dunked like that,” Williams said last month when I asked him about the game. “He had the look of, ‘What do we got here?’ From that moment, I felt our program had arrived.”
A game at Cole Field House was tentatively scheduled for the next year, but Georgetown was denied a split of the tickets. When the school couldn’t be guaranteed an allotment of even 3,000, Thompson — feeling the Hoyas had treated the 1993 game as a contest on a neutral court — essentially told Maryland to beat it.
Gary’s take for years: Georgetown still owes us a game at our place.
While the two men have mended fences — for example, after Maryland won the 2002 NCAA championship, the first radio show Williams appeared on was Thompson’s — the business of putting the game back together has never been settled.
After Anderson’s latest proclamation, who knows if it ever will?
Anderson has to know he is not controlling the price of crude oil in this saga, and that sanctions work only if your side can do without longer than the other side can.
The same goes for Edsall, who often appears a few fries short of a Happy Meal. He should know how bad it looks when he keeps his former quarterback from going to Vanderbilt to reunite with the former Terps coordinator who recruited him, even if James Franklin and O’Brien were communicating during the season, about which Maryland has complained to the ACC.
Either way, the lack of basic awareness sometimes displayed at Maryland makes College Park feel like a galaxy away from downtown Washington, rather than a short drive up Rhode Island Avenue.
Between Ralph Friedgen’s awkward firing, frenzied coaching searches, taking over a financial mess and all things Edsall, it hasn’t been a boffo publicity blitz for Anderson.
“I have to take responsibility for some of things that happened with Randy,” Anderson said. “With everything that happened with Ralph and how it was handled, he inherited a lot of that and he had nothing to do with it.
“From a P.R. standpoint, there have been some personal attacks. But some things — like our finances and the record we had — are unavoidable when talking about Maryland.”
What about convincing every coach to honor a boycott that seems to hinder rather than kick-start a long-dormant rivalry?
“If four of your brothers are allowed to sit at the table and eat and one isn’t, are you really a family?”
Given that no one from Georgetown has yet called to schedule Maryland in men’s basketball, maybe a more pertinent question should be asked:
Can the athletic department that starves together stay together?
For Mike Wise’s previous columns, go to washingtonpost.com/wise.