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Gary Williams Retires: Sterling Gibbs Moving On?

Will Gary Williams' departure bring another recruit to Pitt? (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Will Gary Williams' departure bring another recruit to Pitt? (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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A semi-bombshell was dropped with the announcement that long-time Maryland Terrapins coach, Gary Williams, is retiring. The moderately interesting thing for Pitt fans is that it means Sterling Gibbs has decided to transfer.

Gibbs, the younger brother of Panther (well, for now, anyway) Ashton Gibbs could be moving on. Could he be coming to Pitt?

He did, after all, consider a bunch of schools including Pitt, Villanova, Indiana, and St. John's before deciding to sign with the Terps.

Despite reports to the contrary, however, Gibbs says it isn't a done deal that he's leaving:

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."

Oh, boy. Pitt just solved their over the schloarship limit, so I'm not so sure they'd be willing to be forced to make another move if they want to bring Gibbs in. But, of course, if older brother Ashton decides it's time to get paid and bolt for the NBA, then there would be the open spot.

He also could obviously take the route of trying to sit out a year and come in 2012. But since he hasn't suited up for Maryland yet, he could try to go somewhere to play right away.

A long way from all that happening - too many things would need to happen before we can even begin to think about any of this...such as, you know, Gibbs saying he's even leaving Maryland.

Still kind of interesting.