Quotes from Texas A&M Athletics
May 9, 2011
"I accepted the Maryland job earlier tonight. It was just too good an offer for me to pass on. The thing that made it the most difficult was the players. Those guys have done everything I've asked for four years and we've had a great ride. (Director of Athletics) Bill Byrne has been really good to me too. Those are the hardest parts of the whole thing. It's been a tough day. I've been back and forth many times. I just felt like Maryland was a great opportunity for me and my family.
"I told the players it was the hardest decision I've ever had to make. Marriage was easy for me, I knew I was in love. Going to KU was easy, that's where I always wanted to play college basketball. Going to Wichita State was easy. Going to Texas A&M was an easy choice. Today was one of the hardest choices I've had to make because of the young men in that locker room."
On the decision:
On what he'll miss about Texas A&M:
Texas A&M Athletics Director Bill Byrne
"I'm really sorry to see Mark go. He did a tremendous job for us. He has continued to build our program. The good thing about this compared to when we hired Billy (Gillispie) and when we hired Mark is that we have built ourselves a basketball fan base and we've built ourselves some incredible facilities. So going out and attracting a great coach to Texas A&M is going to be a lot easier than when we hired Mark and when we hired Billy. I'm confident we're going to have someone come in who will represent the values of Texas A&M, make sure the kids have a good experience and graduate, and that's what I told them a few minutes ago. We'll make sure they have a great experience here because I'm excited about the future of this basketball team coming up. This could have been Mark's best team. We need to make sure we continue on that path."