After some deliberation I've decided that I had to go public with my stance in regards to athletic director Debbie Yow. The recent debacle with Tyree Evans is only the final straw in a string of poor behavior by Yow. In only the last few years Yow accepted an NIT bid without confirming the decision with the head basketball coach, allowed Shane Clark to be rejected by the University when he showed up for school in September, requested that the ACC access technical fouls on the Maryland student body if they misbehaved and has attempted to thwart Gary Williams at every turn. In addition the Athletic Department has also used proxies to try to silence those who have voiced concerns about how things are being done on public message boards. These kinds of Nixonian tactics are beneath contempt and should never be engaged in by a university official. All of these actions have reflected poorly on the University of Maryland. Yow's primary concern should be how the running of the athletic department reflects on the institution but instead she is more interested in self promotion and her petty feuds. Any positive publicity Maryland has received from recent success of its non-revenue sports was easily eclipsed by the negative publicity that resulted from how the Evans recruitment was handled.
When both the men's basketball and football head coaches are unhappy with the athletic department there is real trouble.
While the bad blood between Gary Williams and Debbie Yow has been going on for a long time this arrangement is no longer viable. It is obvious now that one of them has to go. To me the choice is clear. Athletic directors are merely stewards of the athletic department. Almost no one could name the AD at most of the highly successful athletic programs off the top of their head and with reason. They are replaceable. It is time for Debbie Yow to move on.
There is already a firedebbieyow.com website up and running. I encourage all fellow Terrapin Club members to voice their displeasure with President Mote and advocate that he request the resignation of the athletic director immediately.