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Could Gary Williams' Retirement Impact Big East?

Could Gary Williams' retirement as men's basketball coach at the University of Maryland wind up having on impact on Big East Conference basketball? Yes, if the speculative list of potential replacements for the long-time Terrapins' coach is accurate. There are three prominent Big East Conference coaches on it.

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Notre Dame's Mike Brey, Villanova's Jay Wright and Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon are on the short list of candidates. In South Bend, there is worry that Brey -- a Maryland native -- has his eye on the Maryland job."He certainly loves Notre Dame and feels good about the direction of the program," said former DeMatha (Md.) Catholic High School boys basketball coach Morgan Wootten, who gave Brey his start in coaching. "But he is a Maryland guy. If they called, I think he'd have to give it deep consideration.

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"It is home."

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Another source close to Brey, when asked about Maryland's interest in him on a scale of 1 to 10, believes it to be a 10.

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Big East basketball fans will just have to stay tuned. It could get interesting.

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