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Let the speculation begin

The announcement of coach Gary Williams' retirement from Maryland could create a domino effect in college basketball.

And one of those dominoes could include Notre Dame.

Irish coach Mike Brey has deep roots in the state of Maryland, and the Terrapins, who won the national title in 2002, could pull him away from South Bend.

Brey, who was named The Associated Press coach of the year after this season, was born in Bethesda, Md., and his father was a high school athletic director in Maryland.

Brey went to DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., graduated from George Washington and was an assistant coach at DeMatha under Morgan Wootten.

Brey is 238-120 in 11 seasons with the Irish.

Notre Dame went 27-7 and finished second in the Big East this past season with a 14-4 mark. The Irish, who were a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, fell to Florida State in the third round in Chicago.

Williams, who also coached at American Boston College and Ohio State, went 668-380 in 33 years of coaching. He was 461-252 at Maryland.