Citing a commitment to his players and his love for his job, Boston College basketball Coach Gary Williams yesterday announced he has turned down an opportunity to take over "an outstanding program" at Wake Forest.
"I felt almost to the point of being physically sick because of the pressure involved in the decision," Williams said. "You always have some doubts, but I really feel I have a good situation."
In a prepared statement, Gene Hooks, Wake Forest athletic director, said, "Gary is an outstanding coach and person and would have been an excellent leader for our basketball program, but if he couldn't be absolutely sure that everything is right for him to come, his decision is a good one for everyone concerned."
Williams, 39, has been the Big East Conference Eagles' coach for three years and has several years left on his contract, which was renegotiated after last season. The Wake Forest job opened last week when Carl Tacy resigned after 13 years in the post . . .
The Maryland football game against West Virginia the night of Sept. 21, is the second sellout of the season. The Terrapins' opener Sept. 7 against Penn State also sold out. Maryland season ticket sales have surpassed 20,000, well above last year's record of 16,500. But some season tickets that include both the Penn State and West Virginia games are left.